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News 4 San Antonio to host Town Hall Q&A on marijuana

San Antonio March Town HallNews 4 out of San Antonio will be hosting a town hall meeting at the Texas A&M San Antonio campus on the topic of marijuana legalization.

With Colorado and Washington already moving forward with legalization, News 4 states that they have learned that the same people behind the legislation in those states have set their sights on Texas. News 4 wants to hold this town hall in an effort to discuss the various aspects of legalization ranging from medical and mental issues related to cannabis, to treatment and prevention, along with the legal and economic impact of marijuana legalization.

This will be a true town hall style meeting with a panel of four speakers, two for legalization and two against, which the audience can interact with and ask questions.

There will also be audience experts including DEA agents, local law enforcement, and the mother of a 15-year-old who suffers from traumatic brain injury and stroke and is considering moving their family to Colorado for their daughter’s benefit. Also likely to attend are local cannabis activists from San Antonio NORML.

People will be able to ask any question on the topic and get an analysis from multiple sides.

Speaking in favor of legalization will be Rob Kampia, who is the co-founder and executive director of Marijuana Policy Project. Kampia the co-author of medical marijuana bills in 14 states and Washington, D.C. with MPP taking a leading role in passing the laws in Hawaii (2000), Montana (2004), Vermont (2004), Rhode Island (2006), Michigan (2008), Maine (2009), Arizona (2010), and Delaware (2011).

His group, MPP, is hiring a lobby group March 1st to begin attempts to legalize marijuana in Texas. Kampia also oversaw the campaign to decriminalize the possession of marijuana in Massachusetts, where voters passed MPP’s ballot initiative in 2008. This is the only state to decriminalize marijuana via a vote of the people.

Also speaking in favor is Dr. Bud Holcomb, an Austin psychiatrist who deals with drug addiction.

Speaking in opposition will be Jennifer Sharpe Potter, PhD, MPH – Assistant Dean for Research & Student Programs at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio and Associate Professor for Department of Psychiatry/Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Potter claims she will begin clinical trials soon to work with people who are trying to “conquer addiction” to marijuana.

A second opposition panelists has yet to be confirmed.

The town hall will be held at the large auditorium at the Texas A&M campus at Brooks City Base (2641 Louis Bauer Drive) – near Presa and SE Military on Thursday, March 6th from 6:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Register early for a seat on News 4’s Facebook page.

**Edit**
The event was a huge success. Watch the video recap of it here.

By: Stephen Carter
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  1. Douglas
    February 26, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I wish I could be there. I dont belive they would let that kind of T-H Meeting in Corpus Christi. The marijunan booge man will come get there children and take them back to mexicao and make them work in his pot feilds

  2. February 26, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    When will the old fools stop with the cannabis addiction BS. You don’t get addicted to cannabis any more than fat people get addicted to fatty foods.I mean come on with those old lies just tell the real truth for once.

  3. Emy Corrales
    February 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    you would get a lot of money legalizing marijuana people who need it for health reasons should be able to apparently meds are not enough for people who have real sickness I say u should even have this meeting you should just legalize it

  4. Sylvia
    February 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Marijuana doesn’t cause Cancer as cigarettes and Liquor does people! ….and I’m not a marijuana user!!

  5. Alexis
    February 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    All it means is that it’s more money for our state that’s the only difference that it’s going to make. We’re going to be around the same high people that we’ve been around every other day. They don’t flip out now so obviously it’s not a dangerous thing.

    • February 27, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      I feel this is an overlooked argument for legalization. By and large, the scare tactics employed to scare people away from cannabis use are not effective. Take a look at how many people who get arrested for possession, and then realize that for all of them, and for many more, the threat of arrest, paying fines, or being imprisoned wasn’t sufficient to deter cannabis use. In other words, that’s how many people are consuming cannabis already, today, right now.

      Moderate regulation won’t change this much. I’m sure there are people for whom this threat is an effective deterrant, and, that threat lifted, will likely at least try the drug. But that increase in usage won’t be much. Sure, the statistics will likely show largely increased usage due to inaccurate reporting in polls in today’s pot-prohibited society, but the real life effects of legalization should prove to be much less serious than that leap in consumption numbers might indicate.

      We are already smoking pot. Legalizing it won’t change that. Nor will tighter prohibition.

      • cannabis enthusiast
        February 27, 2014 at 9:08 pm

        Its not all about wanting it to be legal. Because we’ll smoke it regardless like you said. But it’s for the users to feel safer, people with jobs that can be lost if were drug tested. Im very interested to see how this meeting pans out.

      • March 4, 2014 at 12:43 am

        I agree with what Ryan Jung comment.

  6. David Karimi
    February 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I am all for the legalization of marijuana. I say keep the money here in the United States rather than the Cartel in Mexico, Cuba, Columbia or any other country. Besides you will never stop the use of marijuana…. So get over it!

  7. Damien
    February 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I agree with you 100%, Ryan and David; unfortunately, even with medical professionals beginning to openly discuss it’s benefits and disprove the twisted, lies and distortions that seemingly-vilified Marijuana and ultimately lead to it’s prohibition, I feel it is going to take quite a bit more effort to undo the public-mindset, stigma and unjust-damage the governmental and extremist fear-mongering has caused over the past decades since prohibition. Lest we forget the countless lives that have been destroyed and the monsters created due to the prohibition, itself – but that, my friend, is another story.

  8. Isela
    February 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Hope I get to see a video or something on what happened

  9. mick
    March 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    too many reasons that cannabis should be legal !!!!!

  10. tom paulson
    March 3, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Someone should ask how states can legally sale it when the frderal government continues to say it is more dangerous than heroin allowing states to make money from taxes makes the law and continued schedule 1 drug enforcement a true joke

  11. John Cox
    March 6, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I believe the prohibition has gone on long enough. It is unfortunate that
    it is going to take political greed to get it to end ,but , if that is what it takes,
    so be it . Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, people abuse are all symptoms of
    of greater social issues. People kick back after a hard days work and partake in their drug of choice. I don’t think a person should be fired or arrested for what they do on their free time . I do believe that the work place
    should be drug/alcohol free ,but, employers have no right to dictate what a
    person does on their free time. Marijuana should be rescheduled on par
    with alcohol immediately. I don’t use out of fear. I am a tax payer and
    a natural born citizen. I stand counted, if we still are a democracy….

  12. March 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    It’s time to legalize marijuana in Texas. The medicinal uses are needed, people’s freedom has been stepped on long enough. Hemp will allow farmers another well needed crop. Also allows the a The State of Texas another TAX revenue. The War on Drugs has been a TOTAL FAILURE….as well as a waste of tax payer dollars. This should be on the ballot of 2014 no later than 2016. Release all the prisoners that are in prison for the crime of possession to make more room for the more serious crimes..

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