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Youth Cannabis and Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program

Partners from the CHOICE and CPAA, and multiple other sectors across a seven-county region came together to develop a Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program (YMPEP). In 2022, legislation changed the name to Youth Cannabis and Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program (YCCTPP) to broaden the scope and reach of this initiative.  Plans for activity implementation include:  

  • Enhancing existing regional substance abuse prevention efforts

  • Strengthening community and regional networks

  • Implementation of substance abuse training programs

The prevention work of YCCTPP focuses on three areas:

  • Identifying YCCTPP program needs throughout the region

  • Improving the environment and systems of marijuana use

  • Enhancing community participation and engagement

The prevention services of YCCTPP focus on three identified populations:


  • American Indian/Alaskan Native youth

  • Youth struggling in school

  • Hispanic /Latino youth

The 2019 Regional Needs Assessment has been an important indicator of our priority populations.  Here in our region, we recently held two very important meetings to discuss these findings and agreed that the following are our top primary youth populations:

  • Youth who earn low to poor grades

  • Youth who live with someone who uses/has marijuana in the home

  • Parents who have NOT talked to their you about not using marijuana in the past 12 months

  • Rural communities that receive little to no funding for education and prevention

On February 9, 2022, a special virtual event sponsored in conjunction with CHOICE Regional Health Network by Capital Region ESD 133, Thurston County Public Health & Social Services, Grays Harbor Public Health & Social Services and Lewis County Public Health, featured Dr. Jason Kilmer from the University of Washington. Tune into the thoughtful discussion by viewing the YouTube video.

Parents may find the following interactive map helpful in  locating cannabis outlets in their neighborhood, especially within school districts. Being aware of these outlets can help parents talk with their children about cannabis use.

CHOICE/CPAA hopes you will find this tool useful.  To use, click on the arrows below on the top left side of the map for the legend, then click on the plus or minus sign to zoom in and out of the map. Clicking on any of the legend icons on the map will provide further details about the school or cannabis outlet.

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