CHAPTER MEETING Legalized recreational cannabis? Gold rush of the 21st century?

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Every 3rd Saturday of the month until March 16, 2019

First Unitarian Society

900 Mount Curve Ave Minneapolis · Minneapolis, MN

How to find us

We meet in the Social Hall on the second level. Street parking is available near the south entrance on Mt. Curve Ave. and near the north entrance on Groveland Ave. The #6 and #4 buses run along the Hennepin-Lyndale corridor, a block and a half away.

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Jeff Sessions considers it a gateway drug, but states that have decriminalized marijuana are struggling to spend their windfall of tax revenues. In many states, and now Canada, cannabis is big business with startup companies such as marijuana wedding planners, testing labs, trade shows and other commercial activity which are raking in billions of taxable dollars. When will Minnesotans be allowed to join the revolution? Do you know where your legislators stand on legalized pot?

This month’s program will begin with Lorri Hurst, Humanists of MN member, who will offer a brief summary of the implementation experiences faced by Washington and Colorado. Our two guest speakers, Sarah Overby, nurse and patient liaison for a medical marijuana dispensary, and state representative Mike Freiberg (District 45B – west suburbs) will then discuss the status of medical and recreational cannabis in Minnesota.

Please join us at 3pm for a cup of coffee, welcome and announcements; the presentation begins at 3:15pm and ends around 4:45pm. Then stay to socialize over nibbles and drinks.

Childcare is available upon request. Contact Audrey at [masked] by January 16th to reserve space.

Sarah Overby of Minnesota Medical Solutions will discuss the benefits and consequences of medical cannabis and explain who is currently eligible to get a prescription. Do the health benefits outweigh the risks? Is marijuana safe? What are the mental and physical health benefits of CBD and THC?

Representative Mike Freiberg has authored and introduced MN House bill 4541 which would legalize cannabis sales for recreational use and impose a sales tax. He will provide an overview of the decriminalization process and the regulatory requirements of legalization, and also discuss the potential economic benefits for Minnesota.