Brown University hosts a forum Tuesday on legalizing marijuana. The event will feature doctors and researchers with perspective on the health effects of marijuana. Other experts will discuss public safety issues and the cost of regulating and taxing marijuana.
The forum comes as Rhode Island lawmakers consider once again whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Proponents say it will make marijuana sales safer and reduce unnecessary jail time. Opponents point to the adverse health effects of marijuana, including the potential for addiction.
From Brown's press release:
“There has been a big push for legalization in Rhode Island,” said organizing committee member Dr. Peter Friedmann, professor of medicine in the Warren Alpert Medical School and program director of the addiction medicine fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital. “We’re hoping for a reasoned civil discussion of the issues on both sides.”
For details on the public forum, visit Brown's web site.