Media and Testimonials

"The Marijuana Education Initiative is the first tool that gives Colorado educators the opportunity to truly educate students about the use of Marijuana."

Jeremiah Blaha - Facility and Student Teacher coordinator, Colorado State University Pueblo School of Education.

"The class shows the student, in a very understandable way, what the consequences of being a habitual smoker are. When I found out the impact of marijuana on my brain and body, I was pretty discouraged and almost felt hopeless until I was taught that in a single year that the brain can heal a significant amount if you are not using."

MEI Student Participant

“The new curriculum is visionary and has the potential to fill an existing education gap statewide and nationally.”

Steamboat Today

"In short, this class gave me the gentle nudge I needed to start to change my lifestyle and gave me some strategies to help with this drastic change. Without this class I truly don’t know when I would have become aware of what I was doing or if I ever would have wanted to change. This class left me feeling excited to see what new hobbies I replace my old habits with and where I can take myself."

MEI Student Participant

"This is an issue we should be addressing at a school and district level, and all staff should understand the effects of marijuana on learning as well as the impact and reach marijuana has on our student population. It was a sobering but incredibly valuable session."

COLAB Participant

"I am currently in the process of implementing new curriculum in an existing elective, based on new national standards. Both the "All the World's a Stage" session and the "CO student and Marijuana" gave me numerous ideas for both activities and content. Both will help me meet my goals of designing meaningful formative assessments and checks for understanding."

COLAB Participant

"The session on marijuana gave us some tangible things that we can be doing as a community to address increased use data and the perception that marijuana is not harmful. I would like to bring the presenters into our buildings for presentations to parents and as a resource for our health teachers."

COLAB Participant

"As a teacher's aide at a Charter school in Colorado, I had the opportunity to observe The Marijuana Education Initiative's program.It is an interactive and visually insightful program, making it an appropriate curriculum for middle school kids. The facts learned from this program enable these children to make an educated choice when confronted with marijuana. As an adult I learned so many things I didn't know about marijuana."

8th Grade Staff Member

"The students were instantly responsive to the activities, discussion topics and mindfulness activities."

Katie Jaskowiak - Centennial High School Counselor

"I have worked many years in education and have seen several drug-based curricula come and go, but I have never seen something as promising as the curriculum created by MEI."

Jerry Buelter - Middle School Principal

“My feelings towards the marijuana intervention class are ones of gratitude and hopefulness. I say this because this class was the thing that got me to realize what exactly I have been doing to myself the past few years.”

MEI Student Participant

It’s no secret that ‘Just Say No’ just doesn’t work – but that’s never been truer than today in parts of the United States where cannabis is legal.  Read article>>

“We’ve gotten great responses from students, teachers and parents alike because everyone wants to know how to have this updated conversation.”
Sarah Grippa
Sarah Grippa
Marijuana Education Initiative
"A shift in perception demands a shift in education. This simple belief is what inspired us to create the Marijuana Education Initiative in 2015."
Sarah Grippa
Sarah Grippa
Marijuana Education Initiative

Harnessing the Power of the Brain

Which brain would you want?

"In the midst of legalization, teachers and administrators across the state and country are facing a new problem of how to best approach youth marijuana prevention as attitudes about adult use relax. While marijuana can be OK or even beneficial for adults, it can have seriously detrimental impacts on youth, physiologically, mentally and legally."-Sarah Grippa


Marijuana Education Initiative says it “fills a need for post-legalization, marijuana-specific curricula.”

CBS This Morning

Colo. students attend first pot-focused education course

OAK CREEK, Colo. -- The students are seventh graders in the first pot-focused education course in Colorado, created by school counselor Molly Lotz and teacher Sarah Grippa, co-founders of the Marijuana Education Initiative. Its message to the kids -- that pot can damage your still-developing brain -- is critical, Grippa said, and the students get that. "You think they're old enough to say or even to care, like, what's happening to my brain?" CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen asked her. "I think they are," Grippa said.

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CSU-Pueblo to Collaborate with Marijuana Education Initiative

Press Release September 29, 2016 - Colorado State University-Pueblo will begin to collaborate with representatives of the Marijuana Education Initiative (MEI) on potential college curriculum to help students better understand and confront the challenges associated with the changing dynamics created by legalized marijuana in Colorado. CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare said faculty and administrators have had preliminary meetings with MEI representatives in the hopes of collaborating on marijuana education and intervention curriculum.-continued...

CBS 8 News Now

What Nevada can learn from Colorado about marijuana

Molly Lotz, a former school counselor, is one of the creators of a new curriculum to educate children about the world of weed. "We like to start at the 5th grade because the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that kids need to be exposed to information that promotes prevention a good two years before they are exposed to marijuana for the first time," said Lotz, co-founder, Marijuana Education Initiative.

— A unique marijuana education curriculum created and piloted in Steamboat Springs during the past year is gaining the attention of schools across the country.

The Marijuana Education Initiative offers four types of school curriculum to address prevention of marijuana use, intervention for self-identified habitual users, alternative to suspension and athlete awareness.

...Sarah Grippa said the curriculum’s approach is modern and helps students decode the mixed messages they’ve heard about marijuana — that it’s absolutely not OK for kids to use, but that it’s safe and legal for adults.

“This is not a ‘just say no’ approach,” Grippa said. “This is a reality-based approach.”

Students in a health class using the curriculum will see images of marijuana’s effects on the brain and learn about behavioral impacts.

MEI Testifies at the Marijuana Cost-Benefit Analysis Committee