Staff Report

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has launched a digital and social media-based public education campaign to warn teens and pregnant and breastfeeding women against using cannabis.

The Cannabis Education Program uses scientific research as the basis for a series of videos from the California Department of Public Health’s statewide campaign “Let’s Talk Cannabis,” along with LA County’s “Bigger Choices” campaign.

Santa Barbara County’s campaign includes a rap music video, open conversations between parents and their children, and up-to-date information from credible sources about the dangers of using cannabis for youth, young adults, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. 

 “Our vision is that this campaign will create space for teens to have conversations about cannabis with trusted adults, and for soon-to-be moms or new moms to discuss the impacts of cannabis use with their healthcare providers,” said Van Do-Reynoso, the county’s public health director.

To learn more about health effects of cannabis, the educational campaign or other local efforts, visit and