Marijuana: Where we are today and what to expect

Friday, April 12, 2019 | 9 AM – 12 PM

Elks Lodge 1350 26th Street, Vero Beach, FL

Presenter, Ed Shemelya, HIDTA Coordinator, National Marijuana Initiative 

Ed Shemelya is a 30 year veteran of the Kentucky State Police and is currently the National Coordinator of the National Marijuana Initiative. The initiative is responsible for assisting and improving the capabilities of the 32 High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas nationwide, in carrying out the National Drug Control Strategy objectives of disrupting domestic trafficking and production of, and reducing demand for, marijuana and derivative products.   


Highlights Include:

  • The impact of legalization
  • Usage among youth
  • Changes since legalization
  • DUI impact
  • Hospitalization rates
  • Diversion
  • School performance 
  • Concentrates
  • Taxation
  • Societal issues
  • Potency of today’s marijuana
  • Make informed decisions through data
  • Debunk the myths of marijuana
  • Resources for the key stakeholders 


9:00 – 9:30 Registration and Breakfast

9:30 – 11:30 Program

11:30 – 12:00 Q&A


Target Audience

Key stakeholders in the community including:

Mayors, Government, Law Enforcement, Superintendents, Prevention and Treatment Providers, Faith-Based Community Leaders, School Personnel, Business Community, Parents 


No cost to attend. Registration is required. Space is limited.




1507 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960