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Cannabis education forum set Aug. 29

Independent Staff Report

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city is co-sponsoring a cannabis education forum to provide residents with an opportunity to engage in open conversations to discuss the impacts of legalization of marijuana, the current state of the industry and the real-world application of cannabis and hemp use.

It will be held Aug. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. at the West Hollywood Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the adjacent West Hollywood Park five-story parking structure for a fee.

The forum will feature panelists and speakers from the medical field, the legal arena and businesses. Participants will offer their firsthand experiences regarding the medical use of marijuana and in hemp industrialization for fuel and materials. Panelists will also discuss legal education, criminal justice impacts and innovative opportunities.

The city has been at the forefront of the national discussion about decriminalizing the use of marijuana and has a long track record of supporting marijuana use for medicinal purposes.

In 1996, the city was an early supporter of Proposition 215, also known as the Medical Use of Marijuana Initiative or the Compassionate Use Act, which was approved by voters in 1996 and allows statewide use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

In 1998, the city approved a resolution opposing the federal government’s efforts to terminate operations of community-based medical marijuana programs. In 2001, the city approved a resolution to declare West Hollywood a sanctuary for medical marijuana use, cultivation and distribution.

The Cannabis Education Forum is being organized by a group that has a mission of creating a space where business, medical and marijuana professionals can have an open on-the-record discussion about the current state of the cannabis industry with the public at-large.

Information: 323) 508-4233 or by email at cannabiseducationforum@gmail.com.


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