Public Health Service
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES    National Institutes of Health
                                         National Institute on Drug Abuse
                                         5600 Fishers Lane
                                         Rockville, Maryland 20857
Dear Colleague:
I am very pleased to invite you to attend the National conference on 
Marijuana Use:  Prevention, Treatment, and Researh, sponsored by the 
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health 
(NIH).  This is the first national conference to focus on providing 
scientifically based information on marijuana to dispel myths, increase 
public awareness of the rising trends in marijuana use, and educate the 
public about the consequences of marijuana use, especially for young 
people.  Another purpose is to educate the drug abuse prevention and 
treatment communities about research results that can assist in prevention 
and treatment efforts.
This conference is one of the principal elements in the Marijuana 
Prevention Initiative, which the Secretary of the U.S. Department of 
Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala, announced last December when she 
released the results of the 1994 Monitoring the Future study.  It responds 
to the significant upturns in marijuana use among 8th, 10th, and 12th 
grade students.
The conference will present outcomes of NIDA/NIH research that focus on:  
Extent of the Problem; What Marijuana Is, What It Does, and Where It Acts; 
Consequenses of Marijuana Use; and Research-Based Prevention and Treatment 
Approaches.  Scientists, the public, and practitioners will exchange 
information that can be disseminated through the media, national 
organizations, educators, juvenile justice authorities, and State and 
local antidrug coalitions.
We are very concerned about the significant increased use of marijuana, 
especially by young people.  This conference will synthesize and begin to 
disseminate scientifically accurate information about the consequences of 
marijuana use.  We know it will be useful to all who attend.
I encourage you to attend the conference.
                                    Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D.

               National Institute on Drug Abuse
             National Conference on Marijuana Use:
              Prevention, Treatment and Research

Tuesday, July 18, 1995
 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.     CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Wednesday, July 19, 1995
 7:30 a.m.                 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION/
                           CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

 8:45 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.     OPENING SESSION
                           Welcome and Remarks
                              Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D.
                              National Institute on Drug Abuse
                           Keynote Addresses
                           The Department's Marijuana Prevention
                              Donna Shalala, Ph.D.
                              Secretary of Health and Human Services

                           Marijuana Use and the National Drug
                           Control Strategy
                              Lee P. Brown, Ph.D.
                              Office of National Drug Confrol Policy

10:00 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.     Changing Trends, Patterns and Nature of
                           Marijuana Use

                           National Marijuana Media Campaign

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.    BREAK

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.    Marijuana: What It Is and What It Does

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    Effects of Marijuana on the Body

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.     LUNCHEON

 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.     Consequences of Marijuana Use

 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.     BREAK

 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.     Concurrent Workshops

 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.     Antecedents to Marijuana Use and
                           Familial Transmission

 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.     The Natural History of Marijuana Use:
                           From Initiation to Dependence

 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.     RECEPTION

Thursday, July 20, 1995
 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.     CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.     Preventing Marijuana Use

 9:45 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.     BREAK

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.    Treatment Strategies for Marijuana Use:
                           Adults and Adolescents

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Relationship Between Marijuana Use
                           and the Use of Other Drugs, and Other
                           Antisocial Problem Behaviors

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.     LUNCH (on your own)

 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.     Concurrent Worhshops

 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.     Behavioral Effects: Motivation,
                           Cognition, Intellectual Performance

 3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.     BREAK

 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.     Marijuana Use and Performance

 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.     CLOSING SESSION

                     Conference Location:
                  Crystal City Marriott Hotel
                 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway
                     Arlington, VA 22202

Registration Fee:  The registration fee for the conference is $75.00.
After June 30, 1995 registration fee will be $100.00.  This fee covers
continental breakfast each morning, lunch and reception on Wednesday,
and a copy of the Proceedings.

Credits:  CEU credits will be accepted through the Georgetown University
Hospital.  Applications will be available at the conference.

Confirmation:  A registratIon confirmation package will be sent to
registrants by Circle Solutions for all registrations received before
July 5, 1995.

Cancellation Policy:  All cancellatIons must be in writing.  Full refunds
will be made if request is postmarked on or before July 10, 1995.  After
that date, no portion of the registratIon fee can be refunded.  Refunds
will be mailed 30 days after the conference.

Lodging:  Special room rates have been negotiated at the Crystal City
Marriott Hotel.

Rates:  Single $114.00      Double $114.00
Cutoff Date:  Friday, June 30, 1995.  After this date the conference rate
may not be available.

Reservations:  Call 703/413-5500 and indicate to the reservationist that
you are attending the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National
Marijuana Conference.

Confirmation:  The Crystal City Marriott will send you a written
confirmation of your hotel reservation only if requested.  We advise you
to request a written confirmation and obtain a confirmation number
from the reservationist when you make the reservation.

Travel:  You are welcome to consider Cahan Travel Management (CTM),
subcontracted to Circle Solutions, Inc., to make your travel arrangements.
CTM has negotiated special rates for this conference.  Tickets must be
purchased seven days in advance.

To book your flights with CTM please call our travel agents Mary
Maybach or Christine Adams, at 800/356-3174 or 703/893-3240 between
9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. eastern time.

For further logistical information contact:

          Karen Tyler-Barnes
          Logistics Coordinator
          Circle Solutions, Inc.
          9201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 600
          McLean, VA 22102

          703/821-8955 ext. 440
          703/921-2098 (fax)
          CIRCCONF@DGS.DGSYS.COM (Internet)