DANBURY, Conn. -- State Rep. Terrie Wood will moderate a debate on the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana in Connecticut on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Ives Concert Hall in Danbury.
The debate will feature two experts, Jeffrey L. Reynolds, executive director from LICADD (Long Island Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) and Erik Williams, executive director of the Connecticut Chapter of Norml, who will argue both sides of the heated topic.
Reynolds will argue against legalization of the controlled substance.
"There seems to be a growing acceptance of marijuana legalization, yet the public hasn't been properly educated about the costs related to the drug's impact on young people, impaired driving, the workplace and local economies." Reynolds said in a statement, "What seems like an ideological debate led by Big Marijuana and their legalization advocates, will have real-life consequences for families, schools and entire communities."
Williams will argue on behalf of marijuana advocates.
"The American public has come to the rightful conclusion that the Drug War has been an abject failure and they are upset at the 40 years of taxpayer-funded lies." Williams said in a statement, "They crave honest discussion absent of fear or conjecture. When given the truth and the facts, Americans overwhelmingly support marijuana law reform. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to forward that conversation."
Wood is a Republican who represents parts of Norwalk and Darien in the State House.
Those interested in attending the debate can RSVP by clicking here or by calling 203-244-5336.
Ives Concert Hall is located at 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.