Cannabis lounges proposed

If adopted, a cannabis ordinance could make National City home to the first cannabis lounges in San Diego County, but it’s still relatively early in the process.

In September National City City Council directed city staff to draft a regulatory ordinance that would allow for a maximum of three cannabis businesses in National City’s industrial zones, and return with community feedback and an analysis of the potential fiscal impact.

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How Marijuana Exposure Affects Developing Babies’ Brains

As states have begun to legalize marijuana, its use has been more openly discussed. While the effects of other commonly used drugs, such as alcohol, have been studied extensively, the effects of marijuana – especially on developing babies during pregnancy – have been much less studied and less widely publicized.

To view Haravard research study click here.

MPI at Spring Jam

MPI will be partnering with Friday Night Live at Spring Jam 2020. This weekend long leadership conference will bring together middle school youth and the goal is to strengthen individuals as well as chapters through workshops and team events. The focus will be on alcohol and drug prevention.

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MPI at Sacramento Marijuana Prevention Summit

MPI is proud to partner with the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Arden Arcade (CSHAA) for their upcoming summit in March. The Sacramento County Coalition for Youth presents the 2020 Sacramento Marijuana Prevention Summit. Registration is now open!

The summit will feature keynotes from state and national experts, input from local leaders, and educational opportunities to continue the discussion regarding the impacts of recreational marijuana legalization on our community and our youth.

We are excited to have with us two amazing plenary speakers, Will Jones III and Joe Eberstein. Will Jones III serves as the Communications and Outreach Associate at SAM. He is an experienced speaker and community activist working on issues of social justice at the local and national level. Joe Eberstein works for the Center for Community Research Inc.; he is the Program Manager for the San Diego County (MPI) Marijuana Prevention Initiative.

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MPI and Urban Street Angels


MPI will be providing trainings to both youth and staff at Urban Street Angels. The training will be on January 28th. A key mission of Urban Street Angels is supporting housing and job training programs for transitional-age homeless youth, to help them off the streets with a hand up.

Transitional-age youth are individuals between the ages of 18 and 25. Many have suffered from years of abuse, trauma, and tough conditions while living on the streets. The needs of this demographic, largely ignored by existing support services, guided our growth toward our current mission.

To see more about Urban Street Angels click here,