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Vote No on Measure M

13 Months of Measure M

By Heidi Swan | September 27, 2022

Over the last 13 months, I have been deeply involved with fighting a cannabis business from overturning the ban on pot shops in the city where I live, Hermosa Beach, California. 13 months ago, I was utterly overwhelmed. All I knew was how bad this would be for the youth in my community. And how…

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Judging Meghan Podcast: Discussion About Overturning Our Ban on Pot Shops

By Heidi Swan | September 13, 2022

Meghan Judge Melendez has a great podcast where she talks about painful issues. She wants to bring them out into the open and give people hope that things can get better. She knows because it was tough for her at a few points in her own life. As it turns out, Meghan also happens to…

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Legal Retail Pot Coming to Your Town? What Can You Do?

By Heidi Swan | September 13, 2022

Scott Chipman from Americans Against the Legalization of Marijuana, or AALM, and I did a workshop together. We presented the data showing an increase in youth use when a local jurisdiction allows legal marijuana retail. Scott gave a history of legal marijuana in California. Then I went on to talk about what can be done…

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THC – The Human Consequences

By Heidi Swan | September 13, 2022

This edgy 3-minute video was co-produced by www.EveryBrainMatters.org and myself. Our purpose is to show how the industry and our lawmakers are not discussing the public health consequences. We interviewed some fantastic youth: Roxy, Jake, Kayan. There were several movers and shakers in the prevention field involved: Dr. Karen Randall, Dr. Eric Roberts, Dr. Ken…

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Marijuana Harmless? think Again

SPEAKING FOR MATFORCE

By Heidi Swan | April 14, 2022

I am very excited to be speaking about the link between marijuana and mental illness for http://www.matforce.org/, the top provider of prevention education and recovery support in Yavapai County in Arizona. Originally, I was introduced to them by my good friend, Sally Schindel. Sally has worked with them for years. I am very fortunate to have…

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WARNING LABELS PREVENT HOMELESSNESS – ON EMOTIONALLY NAKED

By Heidi Swan | April 14, 2022

The first time I became aware of Ann Moss Rogers was when she presented on http://www.JohnnysAmbassadors.org. Like Laura Stack, Ann Moss had a wonderful son, Charles, who suffered from addiction and died by suicide. Her work as an author and speaker is painfully honest and raw. Check out her speaking page and her books. It is…

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DR. JOE SHOW – A RADIO BROADCAST IN MASSACHUSETTS

By Heidi Swan | February 16, 2022

Dr. Joseph Shrand and I have some things in common. We both care about drug prevention education and we both like to use theater to help teach it. While preparing for this interview, I listened to several interviews. I learned about his I-M Approach teaching we all want to be valued by someone else. When…

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PODCAST WITH THE INSPIRATIONAL DR. RONEET LEV

By Heidi Swan | February 16, 2022

Dr. Roneet Lev is a former White House Appointee. She is a fierce advocate for drug reform and consumer protections. She also has a fantastic podcast called High Truths about drugs and addiction. We had a lively conversation about A Night In Jail and we play a clip from the audiobook. We also talk about the efforts we…

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This Initiative Is Not About Access

By Heidi Swan | January 9, 2022

Thanks to Easy Reader News for quoting me. “Heidi Swan told the council, ‘The city of Hermosa Beach is 1.4 square miles, so it’s a very short drive if you want to go outside our city to get products. Obviously, this initiative is not about access. There are many of us who feel there is…

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