Operation Snowball Inc. Training Announcement
Marijuana and Illinois: Pot's Impact on the Land of Lincoln
Presented by Tony Coder of Smart Approaches To Marijuana
Sept. 5, 2017
 Attention Snowball adult leaders!  Gain information and insight to prepare your youth leaders and inform Snowball participants about the multi-faceted issues concerning marijuana today.  This is a hot topic training led by the national organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM). Don't miss this opportunity! This Illinois Association of Behavioral Health training is sponsored by Operation Snowball Inc. with a reduced price for Operation Snowball Chapter adult leaders. 

Sept. 5, 2017
Marriott Chicago/Naperville Hotel
Naperville, IL
Cost: Snowball Chapters $50.00 pp/ Non-Members: $75.00 pp
Lunch will be on your own

Advanced registration and payment required

This training is an opportunity to understand the reality of states who have already legalized,  the likelihood of legalization initiatives in Illinois and create a strategy to protect public health and safety with partners. In 2017, marijuana legalization has been beaten in every state where a commercialization bill has been introduced and partners concerned with public health and safety have been the forces that are leading the way. Illinois could follow that model to protect children and the vulnerable and not allow the  marketing practices of the next “Big Tobacco.”
Although eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, no state has successfully legalized pot through a state legislature. Illinois legislators could be the first in the nation in 2018 to legalize marijuana.  In the crossfire are the young people who will be subject to the market via edibles, waxes and other forms of ingestion.
This event is held in advance of the IABH Annual Conference which has a separate fee
(See below for more information about the conference)

Presenter: Tony Coder
Director of State and Local Affairs
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)
 Tony Coder is the Director of State and Local Affairs at Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM). He is the main liaison to SAM’s more than three-dozen affiliates and the central contact for all state and local campaigns related to marijuana policy. Previously, he served as the Assistant Director at the Drug Free Action  Alliance where he was the policy director for  behavioral health issues for the agency. Mr. Coder was appointed to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Committee in 2016 by Governor John Kasich, a 14-member group providing insight and  expertise to the rule-making   process for medical marijuana in the State of Ohio. In 2015,  Mr. Coder led the grassroots organizational effort against the marijuana legalization initiative in Ohio. 

SEPT. 7 - 8, 2017
Naperville, IL 
Conference workshops include topics for professionals and practitioners in prevention, addiction, mental health, clinical management, mental health management, human resources and executive management. Inspiring keynote by Ryan Leaf, former NFL Quarterback. Pre-conference sessions on Sept. 6th included. CEUs available (LCSW, LCPC, LPC, LSW, IAODAPCA).

Please note: the Sept. 5th marijuana training is a separate registration form & fee from this conference and is not included in the conference registration. 

To view the preliminary conference agenda and to register for the full conference click here.

For Q and A about the IABH Annual Conference on Sept. 7 - 8, 2017 call 217-528-7335 
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Operation Snowball Mission Statement: Through the development of leadership skills, Operation Snowball shall be a youth and adult partnership, providing awareness and prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, while encouraging healthy decision-making in an active community of caring.