News 4 San Antonio to host Town Hall Q&A on marijuana
News 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.
The event was a huge success. Watch the video recap of it here.
By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com