A Central Michigan University group will host a panel discussion to explore the issue of medical marijuana and some commonly-held myths
MT. PLEASANT- Central Michigan University students once again lead the way in bringing sanity to the question of cannabis as they host a panel discussion on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
"Tell The Truth About Medical Marijuana" will explore the issue and straighten out some public perceptions about cannabis use. The event is hosted by the organization Student Advocates For Medical/Recreational Use of Cannabis (SAMRC). The group describes themselves as "a registered student organization at Central Michigan University that allows students with an interest in a marijuana-legalization movement to get involved."
SAMRC is an active part of the CMU community; on Tuesday, April 22 the group held a "Weed is In Tents" event. Not surprisingly the event involved a tent pitched on the campus, some music and free information. Group leader Ian Elliott has been active in actions beyond the campus borders, including interviews on the Planet Green Trees Internet Radio Show and a speaking appearance at this year's Hash Bash celebration.
"SAMRC's 'Tell the Truth' event was designed to give students interested in marijuana policy reform the opportunity to hear from, and interact with, those on the front lines of the movement," said Elliott. "While many students agree with reform, most don't understand the facts behind the arguments being given from various perspectives of society. Understanding how medical, commercial and legal influences effect marijuana policies is important in understanding the movement itself. SAMRC has brought all of these vital components into one educational event."
More information on the event, including a map, can be found HERE.
The discussion features notable panelists, including:
Matthew Abel, attorney with the Detroit firm of Cannabis Counsel, PLLC and the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of NORML
Adam Brook, entrepreneur and longtime emcee of Michigan's annual marijuana festival Hash Bash
Heidi Parikh, President of the Michigan-based nonprofit organization My Compassion
Anticipation has built for the panel discussion. "I look forward to participating tonight at CMU, as I get to share what I saw in Denver first hand, both sides of the coin for cannabis, medical and recreational," said Heidi Parikh.
"The educated youth will end the drug war as they get older and assume power," Adam Brook told The Compassion Chronicles. "I savor the opportunity to mold the future minds of America. After 25 years as an activist I have figured out that TIME is our best friend. The older folks with REEFER MADNESS are a dying breed."
The event begins at 7PM in the UC Auditorium on the CMU campus.
Ian Elliott wrote a guest blog on The Compassion Chronicles in January 2014. Read that posting HERE.
The student newspaper Central Michigan Life has featured stories on the SAMRC organization, including THIS POSTING.