The Cannabis Legalization Summit

June 12, 2018

By Mckenzie Swanson

On June 13 at Heritage Park in Stony Plain, a Cannabis Legalization Summit is being held for all interested viewers to attend. Running from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM, this event has been organized to make people more aware of the important issue of drug use around our community. With topics such as benefits of using medical marijuana, the effects on the developing brain, and other general information about the legalization of cannabis, the summit is here to help those find out the truth about drug use from a medical perspective.

Providing as unbiased of an opinion as possible, keynote speaker, Dr. Hepburn and a panel representing organizations that include Aurora Cannabis, RCMP Drug Recognition Unit, Paul First Nation Health Centre, and Alberta Health Services will be available to provide as much information as possible to the community about their main concerns. Some of these include the recent legislation about legalizing marijuana and how is it going to impact children and the brain.

As Lorne Adamitz, apart of the Spruce Grove Enforcement Services, states: “Our keynote speaker was designed to answer the main concerns of the community which was to have a medical expert speak on all aspects of what is this drug? Is it actually medicine? Is it addictive? Is it not addictive? Is it going to impact my family?

“It’s not us saying marijuana is bad, it’s us trying to be as open minded as possible.”

With a panel to discuss and explain the various questions people have about drug use around our community, those who wish to pose a question will be given a microphone and can ask the panel in person any information they wish to hear. Also, those who want to remain anonymous, can use a sticky note to write their question on and put into a box for the panel to draw out of and answer.

After speaking with Lorne, the best advice he gave to us about those who are attending this event was: “It’s not to say this is bad, this is not bad. It’s to tell you this is the reality of it. Are there consequences? Yes, there are. Now, you have to decide is this worth it? And with youth’s you don’t tell them it’s bad, you give them the right and proper information, and ultimately, they have to make the decision for themselves.

“Hear what the truth is, good and bad, and give them the opportunity to make up your own mind.”

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