On August 13, 2015, the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce will host an open round table regarding the possible legalization of medical cannabis in the state of Pennsylvania.
On Thursday, August 13, 2015, a Medical Cannabis Round Table will be held at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Ellwood City Municipal Building. The event, sponsored by the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, will present viewpoints from both sides of the issues. The Chamber remains neutral on the topic, but is presenting the information so that individuals and businesses have a better understanding of the issues.
Lori Hilliard, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, explains, “We’ve been approached by various individuals and businesses who have had questions about the issue of medical cannabis and weren’t sure where to go to get accurate information. Earlier this year, Pennsylvania state senators approved State Senate Bill 3, which would legalize marijuana for medical applications. In fact, it passed with a 40-7 vote. It will soon go to the House for approval. There are strict limitations regarding how medical cannabis can be used and how it will be regulated, but many people aren’t sure of the details or how it will be monitored. In order to help people understand what’s happening and how it may affect them, we decided to host a round table.”
So far, twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical cannabis. Similar legislation is pending in seven more states. Eleven states have failed to legalize it or have had the matter put on hold. Senate Bill 3 could be voted on in the Pennsylvania State House later this year.
Speakers at the Medical cannabis Round Table will include Attorney Patrick Nightingale, a criminal defense attorney and outspoken proponent of medical cannabis; Ryan West, CFI, LPQ of Greenbriar Treatment Centers, he is a published expert on the subject of workplace drug and alcohol addiction, including a specialized article on cannabis use in the workplace; State Senator Mike Folmer, the sponsor of Senate Bill 3; and Danielle McGurk, the parent of two children who could benefit from medical cannabis to treat a severe form of epilepsy. Each speaker will have fifteen minutes to address the medical cannabis issue and explain their stance. Nick Kerin from the Beaver, PA office of Representative Keith Rothfus will also be attending but will not be speaking.
After all participants have spoken, audience questions will be accepted in writing and responded to by the panelists. As guests arrive at the round table they will be given pencil and paper to write down their questions.
For more information about the Medical Cannabis Round Table, please contact Lori Hilliard at the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, firstname.lastname@example.org 724-758-5501.