- LOGO COURTESY OF RICHARD DONALD
- PURPOSEFUL : Organizers of the symposium invite Central Coast residents to learn more about the medical relief cannabis provides and also why marijuana use should be decriminalized.
“The discrimination suffered by medical cannabis patients is very real, and more prevalent here than in most other areas of our state,” Donald said. “So much so that many patients in our county are extremely hesitant to voice their views or ask for aid or information. We wanted to provide an event where these people can meet to receive mutual support, and get education regarding medical cannabis that could potentially keep them out of trouble.”
If Proposition 19 passes in November, it will allow adults 21 years and older to possess, cultivate, or transport cannabis for personal use, and enable local governments to regulate and tax its commercial production and sale. Donald is a proponent. “For responsible adult recreational users, I feel cannabis should be taxed to relieve our state’s massive debt,” he said, “and fund local programs that may otherwise have been cut, such as drama and music programs at the local high schools.”
Skeptics of decriminalizing marijuana are especially welcome. “I would encourage anyone who has interest in what will happen after the November elections to attend, especially anyone who opposes legal reform. Many who oppose cannabis decriminalization do so because they don’t think it will benefit their local community and the way of life they enjoy,” Donald reflected. “I respect those views, but hope with a little more information they may also see how legal reform can save millions in court costs, lessen the burden of the state debt, provide needed tax revenue for local public programs, and in this time of cutbacks and economic hardship even help preserve that way of life they enjoy.”
The symposium will feature such speakers as horticulturalist Kyle Kushman; local defense attorney llan Funke-Bilu; Jeff Studdard, a former deputy sheriff; and Charles Lynch, the former owner of Central Coast Compassionate Caregivers Dispensary in Morro Bay.
There will be information booths, indoor and outdoor horticulture displays, vendors, a “medibles” and concentrate demonstration, a holistic health panel, a THC genetics display, and representatives from medical cannabis collectives. No consumption, distribution, or sales of cannabis will be tolerated at the event. You must be 18 or older to attend.
Though the symposium has serious objectives, it’s designed to be fun. Expect good food, live music, engaging discussions, and humor but above all, attend with an open mind.
The SLO Veterans’ Hall is located at 801 Grand Avenue. Doors will open at 10 a.m. for the symposium, which concludes at 5 p.m. There will be an after-party and barbeque from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tickets cost $35 in advance or $45 at the door and are available at A & D Unlimited at 7425 El Camino Real in Atascadero, Up-N-Smoke at 209 North Broadway in Orcutt, Up “in” Smoke at 911 Grand Avenue in Grover Beach and at The Sub, located at 295 Higuera Street in SLO. For more information see centralcoastcannabissymposium.com.
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