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Community Dialogue Meeting: Marijuana – Separating Fact From Fiction

Posted on May 3, 2014

Community Dialogue Meeting: Marijuana – Separating Fact From Fiction

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Please join the Hamilton West – Ancaster – Dundas Liberal Association for a panel discussion, followed by a question and answer session, about the challenges of decriminalization of marijuana. We have three guests who will be joining us. Mark Coakley is the author of Hidden Harvest: The Rise and Fall of North America’s Biggest Cannabis Grow Op. Beth Bromberg has been practising Law for over 25 years in Hamilton and currently chairs the committee overseeing the drug treatment program SURCH (Substance Use Related Crime in Hamilton) and has been key in spearheading the implementation of the Court Addiction Program in Hamilton. Alison Myrden has been using cannabis for the last 20 years on prescription from her doctors here in Canada to treat chronic progressive multiple sclerosis and to relieve the associated pain. Each speaker brings a unique perspective to the marijuana issue.

This event is open to the public so I hope you can make it and please invite a friend.

When: Thursday May 22, 2014 at 7 PM

Location: McMaster Innovation Park (MIP)
175 Longwood Road S., Suite 105
Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1

BIOS FOR SPEAKERS AT THE MARIJUANA COMMUNITY DIALOGUE

MAY 22, 2014 MCMASTER INNOVATION PARK 7 PM

Guest Speakers

Mark Coakley

Prior to becoming a writer, Mark was a lawyer for 10 years. He has

published two books with Toronto’s ECW Press: Tip and Trade: How

Two Lawyers Made Millions From Insider Trading and Hidden Harvest:

The Rise and Fall of North America’s Biggest Cannabis Grow Op. Mark

is a regular contributor to Sharp for Men and a humour columnist

for Hamilton’s urbanicity magazine. He is currently working on a

new book tentatively titled Weed World: Legalization, the U.N. and

the New Tycoons of the Trillion-Dollar Cannabis Industry which will

include profiles of 17 nations (including Canada) on the cutting edge of

cannabis law reform.

Beth Bromberg

Beth has been practising Law for over 25 years in Hamilton and has

served as President of the Hamilton Criminal Lawyers’ Association and

Director of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers’ Association. She currently

chairs the committee overseeing the Court drug treatment program,

SURCH (Substance Use Related Crime in Hamilton). As well, she

has been a key individual in spearheading the implementation of the

Drug Treatment Court in Hamilton which brings together different

community organizations to break the cycle of incarceration for hard

core, drug-motivated offenders who are facing charges for non-
violent crimes stemming from their addiction. These crimes include

trafficking; theft; fraud; and non-residential break-ins.

Alison Myrden

Alison has been using cannabis as medicine for twenty years or more

on prescription from her doctors to treat chronic progressive multiple

sclerosis and to relieve the 24/7 pain in her face and head (the “worst

pain known to medicine”) caused by ‘tic douloureux.’ For 18 years she

was given pills, morphine, heroin, and cocaine with little if any relief

before she was finally introduced to cannabis as medicine in 1994. For

more information, visit her website at AlisonMyrden.com

Additional Resources:
Getting smart on crime and cannabis

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