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Unpacking the Initiatives: Medical Marijuana

September 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This November, Utahns will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on an unprecedented number of ballot initiatives. Proposition 2, the Utah Medical Cannabis Act, would allow Utahns with certain medical conditions to obtain and use marijuana to treat their illnesses.

The ABU Education Fund, John R. Park Debate Society, and Scholars Strategy Network have partnered together to present a series of panels on the three propositions appearing on the November ballot. Join us for a discussion on the policy behind each of these issues before you cast your vote!

Doors open at 6:45 pm. Panel begins promptly at 7:00 pm.


Jeffrey Anderson

University of Utah, Assistant Professor of Radiology

Jeffrey S. Anderson, MD, PhD directs the fMRI Neurosurgical Mapping Service and is Principal Investigator for the Utah Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory. Dr. Anderson’s lab studies brain networks using functional imaging techniques such as fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and magnetoencephalography. Dr. Anderson also has particular interest in autism, multiple sclerosis, vision research, and dementia.


Miriam Boeri

Bentley University, Associate Professor of Sociology

Miriam Boeri is an Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research focuses on ethnographic studies of drug user populations and alternatives to incarceration. She has received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), an agency in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her book on women who use methamphetamine describes how addiction intersects with social roles, relationships, and political trends, and proposes what can be done to reduce the problematic use of drugs. Her recent book Hurt: Chronicles of the Drug War Generation, is based on the life stories from baby boomers who were still using drugs past the age when they should have “matured out” of use. Boeri is a PI on the Suburban Opioid Study, funded by NIDA, and currently collecting data from people who misusing prescription opiates and/or heroin to better understand the complex influences on their use trajectories. Her concept of “social recovery” is proposed as complement conventional drug treatment practices. Through her research, Boeri aims to reduce the adverse health effects associated with drug use and the harmful social effects on drug users through a better, more holistic understanding of drug use and the impact of drug policy.

Michael Melendez

Libertas Institute, Director of Policy

Michael has been a liberty activist since his high school days, and has recently focused on educating, organizing, and mobilizing college students throughout Utah as Utah state chairman of the Young Americans for Liberty. Michael has managed and worked on dozens of campaigns for liberty-minded candidates all over the country, and prior to joining Libertas was staffer to a state senator and the government affairs manager for Waterford Institute, a digital education non-profit.


September 27, 2018
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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