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Mar 07, 2022

RBR to Host Conversation About Effects of Marijuana

“I want you to know you were right. You told me marijuana would hurt my brain. It’s ruined my mind and my life, and I’m sorry. I love you.” – Johnny Stack to his mother, three days before he died by suicide.

Stack was born on Feb. 7, 2000, and died by suicide on Nov. 20, 2019, at the age of 19. He was an intelligent, funny, charming, handsome young man. He was from a normal suburban family and did everyday family things. He had a happy life, a 4.0 GPA with a college scholarship, and a family who loved him. Unfortunately, they lived in Colorado, the first state to legalize marijuana, in 2014 when Johnny was 14 years old.

Johnny dabbed for years, starting at age 14 as a freshman in high school at a party. Many people don’t know what “dabbed” means. Others don’t know the difference between smoking cannabis flower and dabbing high-THC concentrates, such as wax, oil, shatter or budder.

To clear up confusion and educate the community, a presentation will be held at Red Bank Regional High School on Monday, March 14 at 6:30 pm.

This is an in-person community conversation with guest speaker Laura Stack, founder and CEO of Johnny’s Ambassadors Youth Marijuana Prevention, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. She will be introduced by Carolyn Glassman whose son, Nick, had cannabis-induced psychosis and also recently died by suicide.

Laura Stack had a 30-year career as a keynote speaker. She is a bestselling author of eight productivity books and was a corporate spokesperson until it all came to a screeching halt when her son, Johnny, died by suicide after becoming psychotic from dabbing high-THC marijuana concentrates.

Her platform now brings education, awareness and prevention curriculum to parents, drug prevention conferences, community groups and schools to stop youth marijuana use. She is a powerful speaker who brings Johnny’s warning and solid research together in her new book, “The Dangerous Truth About Today’s Marijuana: Johnny Stack’s Life and Death Story.”

All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Laura Stack’s book. The conversation will begin promptly at 6:30 pm, so attendees are asked to arrive before then.

WHEN: Monday, March 14

WHERE: Red Bank Regional High School, 101 Ridge Rd. in Little Silver

TIME: 6:30 to 7:30 pm- seminar with Laura Stack with opening remarks by Carolyn Glassman

7:30 to 8 pm- Q&A

8 to 8:30 pm- book signing

ADMISSION: Free (donations to Johnny’s Ambassadors gratefully accepted when you register or at the event)

TO REGISTER: click here

CO-SPONSORED BY: WEforum, Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Affiliate (MMC), Tigger Stavola Foundation, The Source Foundation at Red Bank Regional High School, Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.