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Vail panel examines effects of legal marijuana

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Sanho Tree

If you go…

What: “Hindsight of Marijuana Legalization” with Gina Carbone, Ben Cort, Sanho Tree and Brian Vicente.

When: Thursday. 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. presentation.

Where: The Antlers at Vail.

How Much: $25 in advance, $35 at the door, $10 students, teachers, VVYPA members

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VAIL — While you used to hear about employees going out for a beer after work, you might overhear plans for a different kind of happy hour now.

In January of 2014, the first retail marijuana stores opened for business in Colorado following the passage of Amendment 64 — a landmark ruling legalizing recreational marijuana usage and a measure that was called “an electoral first not only for America, but for the world.” Now, with a year’s worth of hindsight, the impact of marijuana on the state of Colorado and on the legislative measures now being pushed in several other states have come up for discussion.

The Vail Symposium is hosting a panel discussion that will look at impacts of Amendment 64 on a local, state, national and international level. The Symposium’s chairman and moderator for this program is Rohn Robbins, who is an attorney representing a number of medical marijuana grow operations, medical dispensaries and recreational dispensaries across Colorado. Mr. Robbins has direct experience with these businesses and challenges that they face; including navigating a world where federal law still holds that what they are doing is illegal, while state law indeed has legalized marijuana businesses.

This diverse panel discussion at the Antlers on Thursday will cover the economic impact, the effect on policy across the country and impacts on our daily life, including the use of marijuana by youth and public health and safety.

Sanho Tree is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and director of its drug policy project, which works to end the domestic and international “War on Drugs” and replace it with policies that promote public health and safety.

Brian Vicente served as the co-director of the Amendment 64 campaign and was one of the primary authors of the measure.

Ben Cort is the development manager for the Center for Addiction, Recovery and Rehabilitation. He is a junior fellow at the University of Florida’s Drug Policy Institute and serves on Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).

Gina Carbone was selected to serve on the working group for Governor Hickenlooper’s Amendment 64 Task Force as an advocate for youth, and public health and safety.

Join the Vail Symposium for the third program of the season in their Hot Topics Panel series. Tickets are available at or by calling 970-476-0954.

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