The Dangerous Truth About Today’s Marijuana: Johnny Stack’s Life & Death Story

In Memory of Nicholas James Glassman

By WEforum Editors


“I want you to know you were right. You told me marijuana would hurt my brain. It’s ruined my mind and my life, and I’m sorry. I love you.” – Johnny Stack to his mother, 3 days before he died by suicide.

Johnny Stack was born on February 7, 2000, and died by suicide on November 20, 2019, at the age of 19. He was an intelligent, funny, charming, handsome young man. He was from a normal suburban family and did everyday family things. He had a happy life, a 4.0 GPA with a college scholarship, and a family who loved him very much. Unfortunately, they lived in Colorado, the first state to legalize marijuana, in 2014 when Johnny was 14 years old.

Johnny dabbed for years, starting at age 14 as a freshman in high school at a party. Do you know what “dabbed” means? Not everyone does. Do you understand the difference between smoking cannabis flower and dabbing high-THC concentrates, such as wax, oil, shatter, or budder (not a typo)? If you’ve never even heard about this or if you don’t know what cannabis concentrates are, and you have children, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews between the ages of 14 and 24, you are in the right place on Monday, March 14, at Red Bank Regional High School starting promptly at 6:30 p.m.

This is an IN-PERSON community conversation with guest speaker Laura Stack, Founder & CEO of Johnny’s Ambassadors Youth Marijuana Prevention (a 501c3 nonprofit). She will be introduced by Carolyn Glassman whose son Nick had cannabis-induced psychosis and also recently died by suicide.

Laura Stack had a 30-year career as a keynote speaker. She is a bestselling author of eight productivity books and was a corporate spokesperson until it all came to a screeching halt when her son Johnny died by suicide after becoming psychotic from dabbing high-THC marijuana concentrates.

Her platform now brings education, awareness, and prevention curriculum to parents, drug prevention conferences, community groups, and schools to stop youth marijuana use. She is a powerful speaker who brings Johnny’s warning and solid research together in her new book, The Dangerous Truth About Today’s Marijuana: Johnny Stack’s Life and Death Story. Described as a force of nature with unstoppable drive and unwavering purpose, Laura is determined to get teens to #StopDabbing.

All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Laura’s book. The conversation will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., so please arrive before then.


WHEN: Monday, March 14, 2022
WHERE: Red Bank Regional High School, 101 Ridge Rd, Little Silver, NJ 07739
TIME: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.- seminar with Laura Stack with opening remarks by Carolyn Glassman
7:30 to 8:00 p.m. – Q&A
8:00 to 8:30 p.m. – book signing
ADMISSION: FREE (donations to Johnny’s Ambassadors gratefully accepted when you register or at the event)

CO-SPONSORED BY: WEforum, Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Affiliate (MMC), Tigger Stavola Foundation, The Source Foundation at Red Bank Regional High School, Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.

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