Social Perspectives: Conversation, Debate and Understanding on Cannabis

    Following our successful Tap the Vote efforts last election season, PRSA Colorado has again teamed up with two media leading media organizations, The Denver Press Club and the Denver Post, in this ongoing series designed to encourage conversation, debate and understanding.

    The Denver Post will periodically convene writers on all sides of one particular issue or challenge faced by Coloradans, and dedicate the Sunday Perspectives section to exploring that issue.  The following week, these guest editorial writers are invited to participate in a panel discussion at The Denver Press Club. We’ve already hosted conversations on The Tabor Amendment and social media, and upcoming issues include gentrification and millennials.

    April 18 will feature a conversation on Cannabis. “420” has come to symbolize both celebration and consternation among Coloradans. As April 20th approaches and cannabis has become both a recreational and medical option, what do you think?

    While panelists have not yet been confirmed, writers for the Sunday Perspectives section include:

    • Ricardo Baca, founder and contributing editor for the Cannabist and the Denver Post's first marijuana editor.
    • Sara Grippa, teacher and Molly Lotz, counselor, founders of the Marijuana Education Initiative (MEI), a program designed to inform educators, schools, communities and families about the challenges associated with the changing dynamics of legal marijuana.
    • Jared Polis, U.S. House of Representative for Colorado's 2nd Congressional District. He has introduced a bill to legalize marijuana federally and regulate it like alcohol.
    • Suzanne A. Sisley, MD, physician in internal medicine and psychiatry. She is widely known for her research into potential medical uses of marijuana to treat veterans diagnosed with PTSD.
    • Chief John Jackson, police chief for the Greenwood Village, Colorado Police Department.
    • Kayvan Khalatbari, Denver-based entrepreneur, co-owner of Sexy Pizza chain, donor and leading advocate for medical cannabis.

    The events are hosted by The Denver Press Club, the nation’s oldest press club located at 1330 Glenarm Place. Ample street parking is located nearby. The evening will start at 5:30 with light refreshments and a cash bar, and the discussion will follow at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, and you can register here.

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