​For release on September 7, 2016  CONTACT:
Patrick Vanier, Supervising Deputy District Attorney
Narcotics Unit
(408) 792-2494   MARIJUANA CONFERENCE BEGINS THURSDAY: FACTS AND MYTHS AS STATE APPROACHES LEGALIZATION VOTE   As California decides whether to legalize marijuana, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office is hosting a major public symposium this Thursday and Friday to discuss facts and myths behind the controversial issue. The media is invited to all events.
More than 25 national experts will speak at the conference. Some of the topics to be discussed will include: youth access to marijuana, public health concerns, impacts on the workplace and labor issues, the environment, the “Next Big Tobacco” in California, black market sale of marijuana, human trafficking, and the latest trends in states that have legalized the drug.       Said Narcotics Unit Supervisor Patrick Vanier: “Many don’t feel that the issue of legalized marijuana affects them. Without a doubt, legalized marijuana will dramatically impact the quality of life for the citizens of California. This is not information you’re going to get from a Yes on 64 or No on 64 Ballot Statement. These are hard facts.”     The Silicon Valley Marijuana Awareness ConferenceMarijuana Use and Abuse: The Myths, Facts, and What Every Community Should Know   The symposium - co-sponsored by Supervisor Cindy Chavez and the County’s Department of Behavioral Health - will be held September 8, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and September 9, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara. The event is sold out.   Confirmed speakers include: Dr. Kevin Sabet - Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and Founder of Policy Solutions Group; Dr. Bertha Madras - Professor of Psychobiology at Harvard School of Medicine; and representatives from Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Washington D.C. who will speak on the impact of legalization.   # # #

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