Johnny's Ambassadors Youth Marijuana Prevention Conference LIVE AND LIVESTREAM
Johnny's Ambassadors Youth Marijuana Prevention Conference

About Johnny's Ambassadors Youth Marijuana Prevention Conference


This hybrid conference will be held LIVE in Lone Tree, CO, and LIVE STREAMED to virtual attendees. All attendees, live and virtual, will receive access to the recordings for 30 days to watch on your own time. This event is appropriate for educators, community-based organizations, school administrators, drug prevention specialists, mental health professionals, parents, teachers, coalitions, law enforcement, counselors, and anyone else working with youth, who need to understand the latest science around the harms of youth marijuana use.

You'll participate in real-time conference presentations and interact with the speakers through Q&A sessions (via chat if you're virtual).

DATE: Wednesday, July 6, 2022

TIME: 8:00 registration – 8:30 start – 5:30 end (MOUNTAIN). 

LOCATION: The IN PERSON session will be held at the Conference Center at RidgeGate, 9878 Schwab Way Suite 401 (Summit Room), Lone Tree, CO 80124. The virtual session will be LIVE STREAMED to any internet browser (not Zoom). All attendees will receive access to the recordings for 30 days to watch or review at their convenience. In-person registration includes breakfast, lunch, materials, parking, and all-day beverages.

HOTELS: Here is a link to nearby hotels.

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8:00 registration and breakfast

8:30 Laura Stack, Johnny’s Ambassadors – Emcee – Welcome and Johnny’s Warning

9:00 Libby Stuyt, MD – Youth Marijuana Addiction – The Science and the Treatment

10:00 Break

10:15 Karen Randall, MD – Cases From the Emergency Department: The Real Life End Points of Marijuana Legalization

11:15 Ken Finn, MD, IASIC – The Opioid and Cannabis Connection

12:15 Lunch and Conversation with Ben Cort

1:00 Luke Niforatos, SAM – Impacts of Marijuana Legalization on Youth in CO and Nationwide

2:00 LaTisha Bader, Ph.D. – Women and Girls and Weed

3:00 Break

3:15 Brad Roberts, MD – Psychosis, Suicide, Hyperemesis, and the Not-So-Medical Marijuana

4:15 Kari Eckert – What Parents Need To Know About Youth Substance Abuse and Suicide

5:15 Laura Stack - Close and Call To Action

5:30 Adjourn


$299: LIVE EVENT (includes breakfast, lunch, all-day beverages, parking, materials)

$99: LIVE STREAM (per connection) If you're flying in to Denver International Airport for the live event, make your hotel reservation at Marriott Denver South at Park Meadows.

All proceeds benefit the nonprofit, Johnny's Ambassadors.

8:30 Laura Stack, Founder & CEO, Johnny's Ambassadors

Welcome and Johnny’s Warning

Laura Stack was best known in the business world for her professional moniker, The Productivity ProHer 30-year career as a keynote speaker, bestselling author of eight productivity books, and corporate spokesperson came to a screeching halt on November 20, 2019, when her 19-year-old son, Johnny, died by suicide after becoming psychotic from dabbing high-THC marijuana concentrates. Laura responded by forming the nonprofit, Johnny’s Ambassadors, to educate parents and teens about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on adolescent brain development, mental illness, and suicide. Her platform now brings education, awareness, and prevention curriculum to parents, drug prevention conferences, community groups, and schools to stop youth marijuana use. She is a powerful speaker who brings Johnny’s personal warning and solid research together in her new book, The Dangerous Truth About Today’s Marijuana: Johnny Stack’s Life and Death Story

9:00 Libby Stuyt, MD

Youth Marijuana Addiction: The Science and the Treatment

Libby is a retired addiction psychiatrist and a clinical faculty member of the CU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. After serving for 20 years as the Director of the CO Mental Health Institute at the Pueblo Circle Program, Dr. Stuyt believes, “High-potency marijuana is the worst drug we have because it is so insidious. Everyone has ‘normalized’ it and believes it is safe.”

10:15 Karen Randall, MD

Cases From the Emergency Department: The Real Life End Points of Marijuana Legalization

Dr. Karen Randall is an emergency medicine physician. She has had residency training in family practice, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. Prior to moving back to Colorado, Dr. Randall taught residents and medical students at a large teaching hospital in Detroit. She currently practices emergency medicine in Southern Colorado, where she is the vice president of case management for the emergency department. Dr. Randall has a certificate in Cannabis Science and Medicine from the University of Vermont. 

11:15 Ken Finn, MD

The Opioid and Cannabis Connection

Kenneth Finn, MD has been practicing Pain Medicine in Colorado Springs since 1994.  He is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1995), Pain Medicine (1998), and Pain Management (2000).  He is President (2022) to the American Board of Pain Medicine and has served on their Exam Council for 20 years. He served on the Colorado Governor’s Task Force on Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for recreational use, Consumer Safety and Social Issues Work Group (2012) and serve 4 years on Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council (2014-18).  He has testified to the Canadian Senate on their marijuana bill (2018) and speaks internationally on the health impacts of marijuana, including being an invited speaker to the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, UCLA VA Medical Center, and the Texas Medical Society.  He is editor of Cannabis in Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach (2020) and currently the Co-Vice President (2021) of the International Academy on the Science and Impacts of Cannabis ( Dr. Finn is a member of Johnny's Ambassadors Scientific Advisory Board.

12:15 Ben Cort - Luncheon Speaker

How the Pot Industry Targets Our Youth

From non-profits to hospitals to private programs, Ben has been a leader inside of many forms of addiction treatment and prevention. From 2017-2020, Ben was a consultant to various treatment programs, state governments, professional and collegiate athletics, and labor. He is now CEO of the Foundry Steamboat Springs, an inpatient treatment program for men in the mountains of Colorado. His TED talk “Surprising Truths about Legalizing Cannabis” has been viewed over 2.5 million times.

1:00 Luke Niforatos

Impacts of Marijuana Legalization on Youth in CO and Nationwide

Luke is the Executive Vice President of one of the nation’s leading non-profit, non-partisan marijuana policy organizations, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM). He is also the CEO of Protect Our Kids PAC, a parent-led Super PAC. Prior to SAM, Luke worked in management in nonprofit health care as well founding and selling a digital health startup. Luke graduated from the University of Denver, is a Masters Candidate at Johns Hopkins University, and lives in south Denver with his lovely wife and two daughters.

2:00 LaTisha Bader, Ph.D.

Young Women and Weed

Dr. Bader has worked in the mental health and addiction field for over 18 years. She is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Addiction Counselor, and Certified Mental Performance Consultant working with elite athletes and teams. She currently compliments the multi-disciplinary team at Women’s Recovery by serving as the Chief Clinical Officer, advancing treatment for women. And authored a chapter in the evidence-based book, Cannabis in Medicine.

3:15 Brad Roberts, MD

Psychosis, Suicide, Hyperemesis, and the Not-So-Medical Marijuana

Marijuana legalization has led to increases in psychoses, suicide, recurrent vomiting episodes termed cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, and patients using marijuana instead of other treatments for their medical care resulting in adverse consequences. These patients present to the ED with adverse consequences to themselves, their families, other patients, the cost of medical care, and affect ED overcrowding. 

Brad Roberts was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. After graduating Cum Laude from Brigham Young University, completing medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completing residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico where he served as one of the chief residents, he returned back home, where he works at Parkview Health System with Southern Colorado Emergency Medicine Associates. He is also the Chief Medical Officer for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.

4:15 Kari Eckert

What Parents Need To Know About Youth Substance Abuse and Suicide

As Robbie’s mom and the executive director of Robbie’s Hope, Kari devotes the majority her time to advocating for youth mental health awareness and suicide prevention. She certified to give advice on strategies for youth suicide prevention as a QPR trainer and a youth mental health first aid trainer. She has given dozens of presentations on youth mental health and suicide prevention and has hosted three galas for the Robbie’s Hope Foundation. She worked closely with teens and mental health professionals to create the “Robbie’s Hope Adult Handbook” series and all other resources, programming, and legislative reform projects developed by the organization. Prior to raising two beautiful kids and co-founding Robbie’s Hope with her husband Jason, Kari was owner of Roberts-Eckert Funeral Home in Forest Lake, MN. She has her graduate degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree in psychology from North Dakota State University.

5:15 Closing with Laura Stack

Call To Action - Sponsors

5:30 Adjourn

Thank You to Our Leading Sponsors!