Ben Cort

The Impact of Legalized Cannabis on our Youth & Community

 Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom


Ben Cort, national author and speaker, has been part of the recovery and prevention movement in almost every way imaginable from a recipient of services to a spokesperson to a respected professional inside of the treatment industry. Sober since 6/15/96 he has seen the devastation that substance abuse can bring first hand as well as the joy that is recovery.

Adult-use marijuana is legal in Connecticut with cannabis now on retail shelves around the state. The LOL Prevention Coalition is sponsoring a ZOOM event on March 20th where Ben will discuss the “unforeseen” problems that other states have experienced as they have legalized cannabis such as the growing number of hospital ER visits due to the extreme increase in the potency of this new industrialized marijuana and its various forms (flower, concentrated oils, pastes, edible gummies), etc.

Ben will share valuable advice for parents about how we can empower our children to make informed decisions around experimentation.

Check out our recent podcast episode featuring Ben Cort LISTEN

Ben Cort’s passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Sober since June 15, 1996, Cort has been a part of the recovery community in almost every way imaginable — from a recipient to a provider to a spokesperson. Cort has a deep understanding of the issues and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimized.

In 2007 Cort left his position as HR director of a Denver based S&P 500 firm to help start the Colorado-based nonprofit Phoenix Multisport (PM). As an original board member and then their first full-time employee, Cort was instrumental in building the organization, which has received frequent national recognition for their innovative approach to building sober communities around sport and healthy activities.

Following the passage of Colorado Amendment 64, which outlined a new statewide drug policy for cannabis, Cort was appointed to the Board of Directors of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) as well as NALGAP (the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Treatment Providers and their Allies). Cort’s passion about the intersection of recovery and public policy makes him frequent guest in the media.

Cort’s first book, Weed, Inc.: The Truth About the Pot Lobby, THC, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry, was released in September 2017. He resigned from his position with the University of Colorado Hospital in their chemical dependency treatment service line in January 2017 to focus on marijuana education and consulting in the substance use disorder treatment field.

Learn more about Ben Cort on his website