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Kegley Institute of Ethics, Walter W. Stiern Library to Host Panel on Marijuana Policy in Kern County

The Kegley Institute of Ethics and Walter W. Stiern Library at California State University, Bakersfield will host a panel and community conversation on the topic of marijuana legalization and policy in Kern County at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Dezember Reading Room in the Walter W. Stiern Library.

“The Kegley Institute of Ethics is committed to facilitating reasoned, empathic, and productive conversations on issue of community concern,” said Dr. Michael D. Burroughs, director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics. “We are excited to partner with the Walter W. Stiern Library at CSUB to host this panel and evening of community conversation."

Event panelists are:

  • Ms. Ana Olvera, M.S., LFMT from Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Department.
  • Professor Dirk Horn, a political science director at CSUB.
  • Dr. Josh Meisel, co-director of the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research and professor of sociology at Humboldt State University.

Dr. Burroughs will serve as moderator.

Panelists will provide a range of diverse and expert positions on marijuana legalization and policy. Ms. Ana Olvera will discuss the potential consequences of marijuana legalization on our youth and treatment communities, including how legalization of marijuana can reduce perception of harm among youth and contribute to negative health effects.

Professor Dirk Horn will provide information on current marijuana policy across California (with a focus on Kern County) as well as his research on drug cartel responses to legalization.

Dr. Josh Meisel will provide a broader picture and comparison cases, focusing on what research on legalization tells us from states that have legalized compared to those that have not. He will also provide a portrait of cannabis culture and economy in Humboldt County, grounding the conversation in what we know from research on cannabis effects as well as legalization effects.

The event is free and open to the public.  It is sponsored by the Kegley Family, Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Health Bakersfield, and Kern Schools Federal Credit Union.

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