Marijuana Legalization:Nationally Known Expert Speaks at Fernley Luncheon May 24

A free luncheon event is being offered in Fernley with a nationally known expert and speaker on the impacts of marijuana use legalization.

The event is takes place at 11am on Tuesday, May 24th at the Fernley Community Center at 10 Center Street. Reservations are required.

Question 2 on the Nevada Ballot: The presentation is particularly timely because the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative is on the November 8, 2016 ballot in Nevada as an indirect initiated state statute. The measure, upon voter approval, would legalize the use and possession of a limited amount of marijuana for recreational use for people who are at least 21 years old. Giving or selling to minors, driving under the influence of marijuana, and marijuana use in public, would all remain prohibited. Marijuana businesses would not be able to operate near schools, churches, child care centers, or other community buildings. The initiative would tax marijuana sales and allocate revenue from such tax to support K-12 education. This measure will be on the ballot as Question 2.

Kevin Sabet, PhD and CEO of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, or S.A.M., will discuss impacts of recreational marijuana legalization observed in other states that have passed laws allowing for recreational marijuana use by adults.

Dr. Sabet is a drug policy practitioner who has served in The White House under Presidents Clinton and Bush, and most recently as Senior Drug Policy Advisor for President Obama. He is currently a consultant working with governments, NGOs, and other organizations on a wide range of drug policy issues.

His areas of specialization include evidence-based drug prevention, treatment, and law enforcement (both domestic and international), as well as the impacts of drug legalization and medical marijuana.

Also the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Sabet recently served on the writing committee establishing the official position on marijuana legalization for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Dr. Sabet has a doctorate in public policy analysis from Oxford University (Marshall Scholar) with an emphasis on drug policy, drug prevention, drug enforcement, and legalization.

Sponsors: The event is sponsored by Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, Fernley Chamber of Commerce, and Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties.

Contact: Attendees are asked to reserve their seat by sending an email to Healthy Communities Coalition at

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