Nationally Renowned Leaders Debate the Legalization of Marijuana

Three nationally renowned authorities will be debating the controversial issue of legalizing marijuana on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 7:30 PM, and with state-of-the-art teleconferencing capabilities Genesee Community College will join the discussion. In "Heads versus Feds: The Great Debate," Steven Hager, Editor-in-Chief of High Times Magazine, and Robert Stutman, a long-term agent for the nation's Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will discuss the pros and cons of the marijuana legalization over an interactive teleconference which will be presented in Genesee Community College's Conable Technology Building, Room 219. After Hager and Stutman's debate, Dr. Billy Martin, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Virginia Commonwealth University will present a scientific perspective of the use of marijuana.

The issue of legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use is a timely topic, and is sure to incite a heated conversation with Hager being well-known for his efforts in establishing a counterculture through the readership of High Times, and Stutman being a distinguished 25-year veteran of the DEA and involved in more than 15,000 drug-related arrests. Together the three presenters will discuss the physical, social, and cultural effects of marijuana, as well as the current laws surrounding the use and possession of the drug.

The program is sponsored and produced by Alpha Iota Upsilon, Genesee's Chapter of the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, as well as by the National Collegiate Honor Council (NCHC). The teleconference is the final installment of a five-part public series entitled "Dimensions and Directions of Health: Choice in the Maze," which has focused on numerous health-related issues. The event is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

For further information on the teleconference contact: Jane A. Weston Ph.D, Genesee's Associate Professor of Biology at 585-343-0055 ext. 6379.