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September 19, 2016

Expert panelists to discuss Massachusetts ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana

Senator Jason Lewis, Madeline Martinez, Andrew Freedman, Dr. Kevin Sabet, and Dr. Kevin Hill join WGBH’s Jim Braude to discuss the implementation process, economic impact and medical effects of legalizing recreational marijuana.

BOSTON – On Wednesday, September 21st at 7 p.m. the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, in partnership with WGBH, will host a panel discussion on the ballot question that, if approved, would make Massachusetts the latest state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. State Representative Jonathan Hecht will provide welcome remarks, discussing his work with the Massachusetts Citizens’ Initiative Review Pilot Project. Jim Braude of WGBH’s Greater Boston will moderate.

This is the first in a series of two Citizens’ Choice discussions the Institute and WGBH are partnering on to provide in-depth conversations on the ballot questions Massachusetts voters will be considering in the upcoming election. The second Citizens’ Choice discussion on October 27th will convene experts to discuss the Massachusetts ballot question to raise the cap on charter schools.

WHAT: A Citizens’ Choice panel discussion on Massachusetts ballot Question 4, the Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Panelists to Include: Andrew Freedman, Director of Marijuana Coordination, Colorado Dr. Kevin Hill, Addiction Psychiatrist, Clinical Researcher, Author of Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed The Honorable Jason Lewis, State Senator and Chairman of Senate Special Committee on Marijuana Madeline Martinez, Director Emeritus of Oregon NORML, Co-Founder of NORML Woman’s Alliance, and Owner of World Famous Cannabis Café Dr. Kevin Sabet, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, Co-Founder of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)

Moderated by Jim Braude, Host of WGBH-TV’s Greater Boston, and co-host of Boston Public Radio on 89.7 WGBH-FM Opening remarks by State Representative Jonathan Hecht

WHEN: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST

WHERE: Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate Columbia Point – Boston, MA 02125


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