Greenfield forum planned on marijuana legalization question

Recorder Staff
Published: 10/3/2016 11:26:48 PM

GREENFIELD — In just a few weeks, Massachusetts residents will go to the polls to decide if the state will become one of the few in the nation where recreational marijuana use is legal.

Are you still on the fence about which side is greener on that question? You’ll have a chance to voice your concerns or pitch your questions to a panel of experts in law enforcement and public health Thursday night at a public forum on the topic.

The forum, sponsored by The Recorder, other local media and Greenfield Community College, will run from 7 to 9 p.m. in GCC’s Cohn Family Dining Commons.

The panel will feature Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, regional Opioid Task Force Director Paul McNeil, who opposed the question, and Attorney Richard Evans and Will Luzier, the campaign manager for Yes on 4, who advocate for a yes vote on the Nov. 8 ballot question.

“The Recorder is orchestrating this program because the implications of legalization will be far-reaching in many aspects of our lives, not just in the areas of criminal justice and public health,” said the paper’s editor, George Forcier. “We’re hoping that engaging in a public discussion about the perceived pros and cons at an open event like this will help our area’s voters to make the best informed decision possible.”

Reporters from The Recorder, The Valley Advocate and WHMP will be joined by GCC students to direct the panel discussion, followed by a public question and answer section. Guests are encouraged to come prepared with questions of their own.

The event is to be simulcast at www.recorder.com and at GCTV for those who can’t attend.

A “yes” vote on ballot Question 4 would allow the use, cultivation, possession and distribution of recreational marijuana, and create a law that spells out in some detail the regulatory framework for making it happen. A “no” vote would make no changes to the current law, keeping only medical marijuana legal.

Currently, marijuana has been legalized in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Massachusetts voters approved medical marijuana use in 2012.

You can reach Tom Relihan at: 413-772-0261, ext. 264
or: trelihan@recorder.com
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