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Impact of Marijuana Discussed at Community Forum

by Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations

A community forum to discuss the impact marijuana would have in Ohio, if the proposed Issue 3 is passed, will be held at Main Elementary School on Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek on Thursday, Oct. 22. The event, which is open to the public and free of charge, begins at 7 p.m.
The forum is sponsored by Soin Medical Center and Cedarville University. Confirmed panelists include three Cedarville University faculty and two political/government leaders. Representing Cedarville will be Janet Neal, DNP, RN, assistant professor of nursing, Mark Pinkerton, MD, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, and Bert Wheeler, Ph.D., professor of economics. The final panelists are Mike DeWine, Ohio’s Attorney General, and Gene Fischer, Greene County Sheriff.

Neal will focus her comments on how marijuana affects mental health, and Pinkerton will center his remarks on medical marijuana, and Wheeler will talk about the legislation from an economic perspective. The final two panelists--DeWine and Fischer--will address the potential impact on crime and monopolies.
After opening remarks by all panelists, the forum will be opened to include questions from the audience.
“The purpose of the forum is to bring information from various perspectives to residents in the Miami Valley about Issue 3," said Mark D. Weinstein, executive director of public relations for Cedarville University. "Although some have already voted, our hope is through this forum, residents will better understand the benefits and concerns about the use, and impact of marijuana issue. An educated vote on this important issue is critically important."  
Neal has taught at Cedarville University since 2008. She earned her Doctor of Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Cincinnati. Pinkerton joined the faculty in 2014 after many years in private practice—including in Colorado where marijuana is legal.  His Doctor of Medicine degree is from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. DeWine currently serves as Ohio's attorney general, while Fischer is the Greene County Sheriff.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.

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