During this hour-long program, The Blunt Truth: Communities Dealing with Marijuana, hear how coalitions are getting their prevention message out as laws and attitudes change. Learn the best ways to educate the public about marijuana’s harmful effects on the developing brain. Find out how coalitions are working with local and state governments on legislation and ordinances. .

We’ll visit Fort Collins, Colorado to see how that city is dealing with almost two dozen dispensaries that have opened in just the past two years.

Key Concepts:

  • Learn strategies to educate the public
  • Gain new allies and strategies for community mobilization
  • Find out how coalitions are working with governments on legislation and ordinances

Originally Aired: August 25, 2011


Wanda Boone

Executive Director and Founder of Durham Together for Resilient Youth, “TRY”

Wanda Boone founded her coalition in 2003 after decades of working with at-risk youth and their families. T.R.Y operates programs for parents, youth, pregnant teens, and adjudicated youth. She has more than 30 years experience in executive management.

Boone is President Obama’s Faith and Community Partnership representative for North Carolina and is one of the executive founding members of the East Durham Children’s Initiative, modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone.

Boone earned an RN degree from the Englewood School of Nursing in Englewood, NJ and is a certified senior research associate and senior medical technologist at Duke University Medical Center.

Jim Cooper

Executive Director TOGETHER! & President Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WASAVP)

Jim Cooper has 15 years of nonprofit, corporate and government leadership experience working with community organizations, governments and businesses to achieve positive outcomes for people and the environment.

In addition to his work at TOGETHER!, he is the president of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WASAVP), and a member of the statewide coalition to reduce underage drinking, RUaD.

As an Army veteran and political activist, Cooper works to stand up for issues that affect health and safety.

Beth Shrader

Director, Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, Vermont

Beth Shrader has been the director of the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition in Vermont since 2004. Prior to joining the coalition, Shrader was involved in non-profit management, higher education and volunteer administration for more than 20 years while living in New Jersey.

Shrader holds a degree from Rutgers University in Natural Resource Management and attended graduate school at NC State University in forestry.