A educational program and forum on marijuana will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. today at Neosho’s Calvary Baptist Church.

Presenting the program is Dr. Christian Thurstone, board certified child addictions psychiatrist, researcher and author, and a panel of local experts. An open forum for comments, questions and answers will follow the presentation.

Thurstone is the medical director of one of Colorado’s largest youth substance-abuse-treatment clinics — Denver Health and Hospital Authority’s Substance Abuse Treatment Education and Prevention (STEP) program — and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center, where he conducts research on youth substance use and addiction.

According to a press release provided by the Alliance of Southwest Missouri, the event will deal with marijuana and problems associated with addiction.