A group of San Ramon Valley advocates are seeking local opinions on marijuana through online public surveys as part of an upcoming awareness campaign.
"The goal of the surveys are to raise awareness of Contra Costa County residents about the health, social and economic concerns of marijuana use, especially among youth," said Patty Hoyt, who coordinates the San Ramon Valley Alcohol Policy Coalition.
The surveys, which are available through December, are being implemented locally by the coalition and throughout the county in coordination with the Contra Costa County Marijuana Prevention Action Team.
Survey results will remain anonymous, according to organizers.
"The data will help us frame a campaign to highlight the negative consequences of marijuana use by youth and to empower parents to have healthy communications with their children. The campaign will begin next spring," added Hoyt, who is also the alcohol policy coordinator for the Discovery Counseling Center, based in Danville.
The local coalition is a group of advocates who work in the community to address underage use and abuse of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs. The county action team is a collaborative comprised of alcohol and other drug prevention providers, youth advocates, educators and parents.