Walden Forum Tackles Medical Marijuana Question

Voters will decide the issue themselves in November with Ballot Question 3.

The below is a press release from Walden Forum.

The Massachusetts Medical Marijuana initiative, also known as Question 3, will go to ballot vote on Nov. 6, 2012. The measure would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. It has become a passionate and heated debate for Massachusetts’ citizens and the Walden Forum is bringing it front and center to Wayland.

When:  Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

Where:  Wayland High School auditorium

Who: Kevin Sabet, Ph.D. has a doctorate in public policy analysis from Oxford University with emphasis on drug policy, prevention, enforcement and legalization. A resident of Cambridge, he is the president of the Policy Solutions Lab and also directs the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida. He has served at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations. Sabet has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and books. He is a frequent contributor to editorial pages and news media, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Al Jazeera, and BBC. His recent New York Times and Los Angeles Times op-eds earned him a “Five Best Columns” distinction from The Atlantic. He is also currently serving as one of five Americans on the Hemispheric expert panel charged to draft the “Report on Drug Policy for the Summit of the Americas,” organized by the Organization of American States.

Jeffrey Alan Miron, Ph.D. is an American economist. He is senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Miron has previously served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Boston University. He has been the recipient of an Olin Fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship. He has studied the effects of drug criminalization for fifteen years, and argues that all drugs should be legalized, not just marijuana, and is author of the book "Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition." Miron has published more than 25 articles in referred journals and 50 op-eds in CNN.com, nytimes.com, forbes.com, and other outlets. Miron’s commentary on economic policy has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, Bloomberg, and Fox television, BBC radio, and in dozens of others around the world.

This Walden Forum is presented in cooperation with WaylandCares and the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance.

The Walden Forum is a free public series that brings people together to talk, listen and learn from one another in a civil environment. It fosters discussion about important ethical, religious, political, scientific, social and other topics in a live-forum setting. Featuring dynamic world-class speakers on great topics throughout the year, the Walden Forum is a non-religious community program supported by First Parish in Wayland and others.

Jillian Galloway September 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
American taxpayers are being forced to pay $40 Billion a year for a prohibition that causes 10,000 brutal murders & 800,000 needless arrests every year, but which doesn't even stop CHILDREN from getting marijuana. After seventy years of prohibition, it's obvious that the federal marijuana prohibition causes FAR more harm than good and must END! Drug Dealers Don't Card, Supermarkets Do.
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