Student Affairs

Americana, Marijuana Laws and College Students: Intersections on the Development Highway

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Ken Winters
Price: $98.00

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The pro-marijuana era in the US may create a context that impacts the use of and consequences of marijuana by young adults. Twenty-three states have medical marijuana laws and four states permit its recreational use. Public health concerns and libertarian views are often at odds with this emerging pro-marijuana landscape. One public health question is whether pro-marijuana laws are contributing to changes in marijuana use and associated problems by young adults. This webinar will review the impact that changes in the new marijuana landscape have on college campuses. We will also examine the concerns of institutional leaders and explore the public health implications as well as looking at ways campuses can be proactive in their approach to this issue.


  • Gain an understanding of the marijuana laws in the US with respect to medical and recreational laws.
  • Increase knowledge of the possible health and social consequences of marijuana use by college students
  • Gain appreciation of counseling and policy-related approaches to address this issue on college campuses.


  • college and university student affairs staff and officials


Ken C. Winters, Ph.D. is the Director of the Winters Consultant Group, a research group that specializes in addiction research, education and training. He was a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, and also served as a Senior Scientist with the Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA. He founded and directed for 25 years the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CASAR). He continues as an advisor to CASAR and is Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota.

Dr. Winters received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of addictions, including adolescent drug abuse and problem gambling. His recent work in the field has focused on SBIRT models for adolescents. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, and the Journal of Gambling Studies. He has received numerous research grants from the National Institute of Health and various foundations, and was the 2005 recipient of the Senior Investigator Award by the National Center for Responsible Gaming.

Dr. Winters is a frequent publisher, speaker and trainer, and he is a consultant to many organizations, including Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, The Partnership at Drug Free.Org, and the Mentor Foundation (an international drug abuse prevention organization).

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