Eastern Michigan University Office of Wellness and Community Responsibility to host panel discussion on marijuana legalization

“Let’s Be Blunt About Marijuana Legalization” panel to offer opportunity to discuss the impacts this change in law will have for EMU’s campus community and surrounding area

YPSILANTI – On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Eastern Michigan University Cannabis Education Coalition will host a panel event titled “Let’s Be Blunt About Marijuana Legalization,” which will focus on the marijuana law, risks, benefits and side effects. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the EMU Student Center Auditorium, located at 900 Oakwood Street in Ypsilanti.

The panel will be comprised of Senator Jeff Irwin, who introduced legislation to expunge low-level marijuana-related offenses from criminal records, Dr. Kevin Boehnke from the Department of Anesthesiology and the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at University of Michigan; and Community Relations Officer Tim Siecinski from EMU’s Department of Public Safety.

The Cannabis Education Coalition takes a preventative, collaborative approach to addressing public health and is made up of EMU’s Office of Wellness and Community Responsibility, the Office of Health Promotion, Housing and Residence Life and the Department of Public Safety.

cannabis education coalition flyerThe mission of the Cannabis Education Coalition is to educate the community about the new cannabis laws as well as risks, benefits and side-effects of cannabis use. Its health promotion efforts focus on three key areas:

1. Informed Decision Making (knowing the law and campus policies).

2. Harm Reduction Strategies (for those who choose to use).

3. Social Norming and Abstinence (to reinforce abstinence for those who choose to abstain).

For more information on the “Let’s Be Blunt About Marijuana Legalization” panel, visit the registration website.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

November 20, 2019

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