Marijuana has been used for both medicinal and recreational purposes for a long time. Nevertheless, a full understanding of the effects of this plant on our health, and how to address the long-term residual consequences of its criminalization in our communities can remain elusive. As preparations and discussions unfold across California and other states around legalized adult use, increasing an understanding of marijuana can assist with achieving desirable and equitable outcomes. Please join CA4Health for a Web Forum series co-hosted by Dialogue4Health to learn more about Marijuana and Our Health; Marijuana and Communities; and Marijuana and Public Health.  


Marijuana and Communities: Criminalization, Impact, and Moving Forward

This session will provide a broad context for the community experience of marijuana criminalization and how we set a foundation for equitable policymaking moving forward.

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Jolene Forman, JD

Staff Attorney

Drug Policy Alliance

Oakland, CA

Jolene Forman is a staff attorney with the Drug Policy Alliance’s office of legal affairs. She engages in legislative and initiative drafting, policy advocacy, litigation, and public education in support of drug policy reform.

Forman received her earned J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, M.Sc. in Criminal Justice Policy…

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Diane Goldstein

Lt. Commander (Retired)

Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP)

Medford, MA

Diane Goldstein joined the Redondo Beach Police Department in 1983. She rose from a Patrol Officer and School Resource Officer to Sergeant in the Special Investigations Unit, finally retiring as a Lieutenant Commander - and the first female lieutenant in her department - in 2004. Diane came to oppose prohibition…

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Juell Stewart, MCP

Communications Director

Hood Incubator

Oakland, CA

Juell Stewart is a proud Chicagoan with a professional background in urban planning and economic development. She brings her expertise and her love of media, communications and messaging for all audiences to her role at The Hood Incubator. Juell began her career advocating for social justice as a labor organizer…

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Kristania De Leon

Project Manager, CA4Health

Public Health Institute

San Diego, CA

Kristania De Leon has worked and volunteered with a range of organizations addressing domestic and international women’s rights, homelessness, education, and promoting diversity. She joined the Public Health Institute in 2011, where her work focuses on public policy and advocacy, developing community-driven programming, capacity building, and bringing social justice issues…

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