Monthly News & Updates

November 2023 | Issue 27

Every Brain Matters supports and advocates for families harmed by marijuana. We counter the false narratives pushed by the Big Cannabis industry with facts, statistics, peer-reviewed scientific data, and the real-life stories of those whose lives have been impacted by this dangerous drug.

Spotlight Articles

Every Big Cannabis-funded claim of the supposed “benefits” of expanded legalization is dubious, exaggerated, misleading, or just plain untrue. Any windfall from sales tax is erased by the far more expensive economic burden to society. Despite claims to the contrary, legalization does not reduce violent crime – it increases it. It does not help the ongoing opioid crisis in Ohio – it makes it worse. And it will affect tens of thousands of Ohio children.

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The director of Every Brain Matters, Aubree Adams, was quoted in The Washington Post.

Aubree Adams, of Houston, has advocated for the prohibition of hemp-derived products to protect public health. She said her son struggled with marijuana use in Colorado, then moved to Texas for treatment. When she reconnected with him in December, Adams said, he was “skin and bones” and admitted he relapsed by using delta-8, describing it as easy to get in Texas.

“‘I just walk in there. I can buy it in gas stations,’” she recalled him saying. Adams last saw her son months ago. “I don’t get it. Why is Blue Bell ice cream pulled from the shelves when a few people are harmed, but these products are still on the shelves?”

Keep reading the full article here.

Hope for Recovery

Join us for our next Speakers Meeting!

In this new era of industrialized THC, families need support and hope. We gain courage and strength by hearing other people's valuable experiences about recovery. Click the image to register for this meeting.

November 3, 2023

December 1, 2023

Access all our Family Recovery Resources here. 

Advocacy In Action

A special thanks to Anne Hassel and Jordan Davidson for their advocacy work and for being featured in The Wall Street Journal.

The Cannabis That People Are Using for Anxiety Is Probably Making It Worse

Anne Hassel became a budtender at a Massachusetts dispensary in 2015 because she believed then that pot could help people suffering from various medical conditions, but now speaks out against the cannabis industry. PHOTO: ANNE HASSEL.


Please read this letter we wrote to the Honorable Merrick Garland about rescheduling marijuana, and feel free to use it to send to him, too.


Corinne LaMarca, Director of Jennifer's Messengers, has been leading the charge to Protect Ohio Families by sharing how her daughter was killed by a marijuana-impaired driver and publicly debating the marijuana lobbyists. Aubree Adams, director of Every Brain Matters, joined her to provide help. They drove long distances around Ohio doing presentations, interviews, and placing signs. Corinne states, "Aubree was such an amazing support to me.” Aubree states, “We had a rigorous schedule, and I am inspired by Corinne’s hard work and courage to share her loss with others continuously.”

If you would like to be involved, please get in touch with Protect Ohio Families.

We want to hear about the advocacy work you are doing to protect our families. Please contact us at

Parent Action Network, SAM is focused on training parents and families to help them feel more comfortable educating their elected officials by telling their stories and advocating for science-based drug policy decisions that protect public Health. We focus mainly on bringing awareness to the negative impact marijuana legalization has had on our families- our families have suffered from addiction, suicide, second-hand exposure toxicity, psychosis, amotivational syndrome, and other harmful effects of marijuana use. If you are interested in becoming a PAN advocate, sign up on our webpage today. Because of your voices, we are seeing more decision-makers become aware of this drug's harmful effects on public health and safety. Become a part of PAN at  

Moment of Science

2023 May 2, the Department of Public Safety in Canada released a report saying marijuana was a “major contributor” to people dying in car accidents.

2023 June 26 - Association Between Marijuana Laws and Suicide Among 12- to 25-Year-Olds in the Unit- MML and RML were associated with increased suicide-related mortality in female youth and 14- to 16-year-old individuals of both sexes.

2023 Oct. 2 - Changes in Cannabis Use From 2014 to 2019 Among Young Adults in Washington State - During the 5-year period following legalization, patterns of young adults' cannabis use shifted, including particularly sharp increases among females and increases in cannabis use disorder symptoms.

2023 Oct. 5 - "Higher Concentration of Marijuana Dispensaries in Neighborhoods with More Disadvantage Following Legalization in Washington - Marijuana dispensaries were disproportionately located in areas with greater disadvantage."

2023 Oct. 16 - Local retail outlets for legal marijuana may be associated with alcohol co-use among high school students

2023 Oct. 18 - Cannabidiol (CBD) products for pain: ineffective, expensive, and with potential harms

Moment of Silence

November Marijuana-related impaired-driving deaths:

November 4, 2017 - David Aguilar,

November 4, 2014 - Chad Britton, 16

November 2, 2014 - Cadence Boyer, 7. Washington.

November 11, 2018 - Xavier Olivares, 20. California.

November 6, 2019 - Nicholas (79) and Janie (75) Floccini. California.

November 10, 2020 - Kimmie Tillman, 8. Illinois.

November 12, 2021 - Wilton Thomason, Jr.,66. Georgia.

November 22, 2002 - Ethan Myers, 9. Colorado.

November 25, 2021 - Tony Hurkmans (61), Kelly Piquette (60). Michigan.

To memorialize and honor your loved one, please click this link.

November Remembrance:

November 1, 2021 - Kaeden Allan Kieran Steiner. 15

November 2, 2021 - Jacob Brian Gorman. 19

November 20. 2019 - Johnny Stack. 19

November 17, 2019 - Trevor Leopold. 19.

November Heavenly Birthday:

November 22, 1993 - Chase Rodgers.

November 8, 1971 - Spencer Burchett.

November 9, 1999 - Randy Bacchus, III.

November 17, 2001 - Ryan Gardiner Dow

November 13, 2000 - Brian Smith.

November 29, 1999 - Matthew Gordon Pontefract

Visit our memorial page here. 
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