A reminder about a hot-button issue: The Bradenton Herald and State College of Florida have engaged a dynamic panel for a Community Conversation about the medical marijuana amendment on the November ballot.
The Aug. 20 public forum, on SCF's Bradenton campus, will feature statewide leaders from both sides of the issue, law enforcement and a medical cannabis researcher.
Jessica Spencer, on leave from her post as project director for the Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition, is the statewide coalition director for the Vote No on 2! campaign.
Bob and Cathy Jordan of Parrish attribute her longtime survival from Lou Gehrig's disease to cannabis. Cathy Jordan is president of the Florida Cannabis Action Network.
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Palmetto Police Chief Rick Wells has served some three decades in law enforcement. He holds special training in drug recognition and interdiction techniques.
Greg Gerdeman, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of biology at Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg. He has studied the consequences of cannabis on the brain for more than 16 years. His research continues.
We invite the public to not only attend, but to send us your questions and concerns about the proposed amendment in advance of the forum.
We'll address as many of your questions as possible during the forum.
Please email those questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or send regular mail to Editorial Page Editor Chris Wille, 1111 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. And please include your name.
The free forum will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at SCF's Howard Studio Theater, located on the college's Bradenton campus in Building 11 West, off 60th Avenue West between 26th and 34th streets, accessed from Parking Lot I. Details can be found at www.scf.edu/maps.
The forum will be broadcast by Manatee Educational Television at later dates.
We invite your attendance at the forum.