Parent University

Marijuana - What We Don't Know CAN Hurt our Kids.

Join us Tuesday, April 27th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm to hear about the lessons learned about marijuana in legalized states.

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For more information about the effects of marijuana, and for future Parent University initiatives, please contact Susan Visser:

Parent University

Community in Crisis is dedicated to providing parents with the knowledge and support they need to help their children make healthy life choices. Our Parent University seeks to educate parents on the risks of substance use on young people and empowers parents by providing them information, resources and skills.  If you have an idea or a topic that you would like considered for a Parent University, please send your ideas to Susan Visser at

Marijuana - What We Don't Know, Can Hurt our Kids.

Tuesday, April 27th from 7pm – 8:30pm.

Community in Crisis is pleased to welcome Luke Niforatos from Smart Approaches to Marijuanna (SAM) as our Parent University’s inaugural speaker. Luke will be presenting on Lessons Learned from Legalized States. Join us as we learn how we can keep our kids healthy and safe now that recreational marijuana is legalized in New Jersey. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions and answers.
We would like to thank the Bernards Health Department, Bernardsville Middle School HSA, EmPoWER Somerset, Ridge PTO and Safe Communities Coalition for supporting this event.
All in attendance will be entered for a drawing to WIN A $100 VISA GIFT CARD!

For more information on this and our other ‘Parent University’ programs, please reach out to Susan:

Click here to register for our Zoom Meeting.

Luke Niforatos
Executive Vice President
Smart Approaches to Marijuana

Luke Niforatos serves as the Executive Vice President at SAM, described by the New York Times as the “well-coordinated opposition” to legalization. Luke’s background is in nonprofit community healthcare, having helped manage Federally Qualified Health Centers and worked on health disparities. Prior to joining SAM, Luke was also the Co-Founder of DocBuddy, a healthcare start-up based in Denver, Colorado that he later sold. At SAM, Luke serves as the principal deputy to the CEO in his roles, manages the day to day operations of the organization, and serves as a spokesman on marijuana issues.

In 2018, he was the campaign manager for the successful ballot campaign to defeat legalization in North Dakota, and led SAM’s legislative victories in more than two dozen states. He has been featured at The Economist’s Cannabis Summit as well as the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and in dozens of events and town halls across the country on the subject of drug policy. He has also been featured in many national media outlets, including Fox News and CNBC, and his op-eds are regularly published across the country. Luke graduated from the University of Denver, and his home state of Colorado gives him a unique vantage point on the issue of sound drug policy.

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