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Medical Marijuana Debate Set Tuesday in Wayland

Needham residents are encouraged to come hear both sides of the issue, which will appear as Question 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Needham residents who haven't decided where they stand on Question 3, which seeks to legalize medical marijuana, can hear both sides of the issue at an upcoming debate in Wayland.

Needham health officials have spoken out against allowing Massachusetts residents to obtain and even grow marijuana for medical purposes, as proposed by the ballot question.

But Needham Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Coordinator Carol Read also encouraged citizens to hear more about the topic to ensure they are fully educated before the Nov. 6 vote.

The upcoming debate, "Marijuana Medicine or Public Health Hazard?," is part of the Walden Forum, presented in cooperation with WaylandCares and the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance, of which Read is vice president. The debate will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wayland High School auditorium, 394 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland.

The debate will feature Kevin Sabet and Jeffrey Miron addressing both sides of the issue of legalizing medical marijuana in Massachusetts. 

Brief bios of the two speakers, as provided by the MAPA, are as follows:

Kevin Sabet, PhD., has a doctorate in public policy analysis from Oxford University with emphasis on drug policy, prevention, enforcement and legalization. A resident of Cambridge, he is the president of the Policy Solutions Lab and also directs the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida. He has served at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations.

Sabet has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and books. He is a frequent contributor to editorial pages and news media, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Al Jazeera, and BBC. His recent New York Times and Los Angeles Times op-eds earned him a “Five Best Columns” distinction from The Atlantic. 

He is also currently serving as one of five Americans on the Hemispheric expert panel charged to draft the “Report on Drug Policy for the Summit of the Americas,” organized by the Organization of American States.

Jeffrey Alan Miron, Ph.D. is an American economist. He is senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Miron has previously served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Boston University. He has been the recipient of an Olin Fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship.

He has studied the effects of drug criminalization for 15 years and argues that all drugs should be legalized, not just marijuana, and is author of the book, "Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition."

Miron has published more than 25 articles in referred journals and 50 op-eds in CNN.com, nytimes.com, forbes.com, and other outlets. Dr. Miron’s commentary on economic policy has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, Bloomberg, and Fox television, BBC radio, and in dozens of others around the world.

According to a press release about the event, the Walden Forum is "a free, public series that brings people together to talk, listen and learn from one another in a civil environment. It fosters discussion about important ethical, religious, political, scientific, social and other topics in a live-forum setting. Featuring dynamic world-class speakers on great topics throughout the year, the Walden Forum is a non-religious community program supported by First Parish in Wayland and others."

For more information, go to www.waldenforum.org.

Jillian Galloway October 01, 2012 at 03:40 PM
American taxpayers are being forced to pay $40 Billion a year for a prohibition that causes 10,000 brutal murders & 800,000 needless arrests each year, but which doesn't even stop CHILDREN getting marijuana. After seventy-five years of prohibition, it's obvious that the federal marijuana prohibition causes FAR more harm than good and must END! Drug Dealers Don't Card, Supermarkets Do.
Esoteric Knowledge October 01, 2012 at 04:56 PM
In My Opinion: The Office of National Drug Control Policy is corrupt and the Cato Institute is corrupt. The Cato Institute was founded by Charles Koch. Both are full of low IQ, pathological lying, psychopathic, control freak, conservative scum, and have unethical, unthinking, obedient twits that get paid big bucks to pretend they are smart people, and propagandize and deceive the public into conservative, pseudo-libertarian, corporatist-fascist, anti-human, and anti-democratic anti-values.
Info October 01, 2012 at 08:09 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAmLDfJvmYc www.mavoteNOonquestion3.com
John Casy October 01, 2012 at 11:04 PM
When is the goverment going to learn it has LOST the war on pot. I would not feel bad if someone made a example out of any police officer or judge who trys to in force laws against pot. Plus stop waisting peoples time on useless debates. Anyone who goes to these debates and are against pot should stay home. Then light up a joint and enjoy.
Greg October 02, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Why is there no comment section on the vote no site ? .. what are they afraid of .. possibly the truth ! Marijuana is non addictive .. no ones ever over dosed on marijuana .. the medical benefits are real ! Vote YES on 3 !!
Greg October 02, 2012 at 12:34 AM
http://healthland.time.com/2012/06/14/10-reasons-to-revisit-marijuana-policy-now/#marijuana-doesnt-cause-lung-cancer-or-death
Greg October 02, 2012 at 12:35 AM
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/06/06/report-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-not-linked-to-neighborhood-crime
Greg October 02, 2012 at 12:38 AM
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1893946,00.html#ixzz1puDAayjF
Greg October 02, 2012 at 12:40 AM
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/nov/02/news/la-heb-teens-marijuana-20111102
Greg October 02, 2012 at 12:40 AM
And one more ... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/elizabeth-warren-medical-marijuana_n_1911015.html
Greg October 02, 2012 at 12:42 AM
And I'd like to thank the Needham Patch for allowing people to comment on this subject ..

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