• Jackson health department receives $47,000 grant for marijuana education - MLive.com

    JACKSON, MI – The Jackson County Health Department plans to educate expecting mothers, parents and other residents on the dangers of marijuana use thanks to a state grant it received in January.

    With the $47,000 grant, the health department will focus on teaching the laws and risks regarding medical marijuana. This includes providing lock boxes and building community partnerships to reach more people.

    The health department has been discussing marijuana education since the law passed legalizing recreational use in the state of Michigan in November 2018, Health Department Director Rashmi Travis said.

    Approximately 32,000 Jackson County voters, or just more than 53 percent, were in favor of legalizing recreational usage of marijuana, according to the 2018 official election results.

    The 40 lock boxes purchased with grant money will go to parents with medical marijuana to prevent children from getting into it, Travis said.

    Additionally, there will be an emphasis on providing marijuana knowledge to expecting and new mothers who receive help through the department’s Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program. The health department has created rough drafts of informational pamphlets it will hand out. These cover topics including the risks of breastfeeding while using marijuana and parenting while using marijuana.

    A current health educator is undergoing training, which will be finished at the end of February. After that, email blasts will be sent out to local agencies about scheduling educational presentations on marijuana.

    “We are hoping to reach any human service agency that has an interest in their staff learning more about the law,” Michelle White, director of health education and health promotion, said. “We also hope to reach health care providers as well.”

    Other community partnerships include working with Drug Free Jackson to create a prevention message for local youth. While the focus is medicinal marijuana use, White said educational sessions will talk about recreational use too.

    The grant money is available through September. Afterward, Travis hopes to find other funding opportunities to build on the work and partnerships.

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