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The Citizens' Choice: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

A Discussion on Massachusetts 2016 Ballot Question 4

Andrew Freedman speaking, Dr. Hill and Sen. Lewis

WGBH and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate are proud to present The Citizens Choice: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana. Join us as we explore both sides of this issue – and attempt to answer the question, would legalizing recreational marijuana affect Massachusetts for better or for worse? Hear a variety of experts discuss this initiative, and prepare yourself to make an informed decision when you head into the voting booth this fall.

State Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown), will provide opening remarks on the Citizens' Initiative Review Project, a program aiming to address confusion among voters about ballot questions. Jim Braude, host of WGBH’s Greater Boston will moderate a panel discussion featuring Andrew Freedman, Director of Marijuana Coordination for the State of Colorado, 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), Madeline Martinez, Director Emeritus of Oregon NORML, Co-Founder of the NORML Women’s Alliance, and Owner of the World Famous Cannabis Café, Massachusetts State Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester), and Dr. Kevin Hill, Addiction Psychiatrist, Clinical Researcher, Author of Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed.

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