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Eagle River Youth Coalition helping parents, kids recognize marijuana products and effects

TinctureBelle, a Colorado marijuana company, was ordered to recall and destroy its pot-infused edibles that resembled iconic Hershey treats. The Eagle River Youth Coalition is hosting a discussion about legal marijuana and its effects on local youth. The event is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Eagle County Charter Academy in Edwards. You must RSVP.

EDWARDS — Just because marijuana is legal, doesn't mean your kids should be ingesting it.

Tonight's Eagle River Youth Coalition community conversation will focus on that and more.

Eat! Chat! Parent! is a monthly discussion of issues faced by local youth and the people who love them.

"It's not easy these days. About the time your child eases out of one phase, they enter another. It's good for parents to know they're not alone," said Carol Johnson, with the Eagle River Youth Coalition.

Tonight's event is called Legal Marijuana: Identifying Products and Recognizing Effects. Because marijuana is now legal in Colorado, there are many more products and many are odorless, Johnson said.

PRESENTERS

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Tonight's presenters will include Nicola Erb, Vail Police Department and Gore Range DUI Task Force director; Jeremy Hawkins, detective with the Eagle Police Department; Jaycey Beard, Eagle Valley High School senior and Youth Leadership Council and Devils Against Destructive Decisions member; Shannon Heinz, Vail Police Department; and Jennifer Coulson, TV8 host and local Realtor.

Parents are encouraged to bring their kids, from toddlers to high school students. After the initial presentations, the evening becomes a discussion with lots of back and forth, Johnson said.

"If you can understand marijuana, you'll be ahead of the game as a parent," Johnson said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

If You Go …

What: “Legal Marijuana: Identifying Products and Recognizing Effects,” part of Eat! Chat! Parent!, a monthly event hosted by the Eagle River Youth Coalition.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Where: Eagle County Charter Academy, 1105 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards.

Cost: Free, but you must RSVP.

More information: Free dinner, free childcare, free Spanish interpreter, but you must RSVP so they know how much food to buy, or whether to hire an interpreter. Call 970-949-9250, or go to eagleyouth.org.