Drug abuse outreach convention features town hall debate on marijuana

CINCINNATI - A town hall meeting Friday aimed at educating people on the dangers of marijuana closes out a three-day conference focusing on African and Hispanic /Latino American substance abuse and self-empowerment.

The event closes the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Programs’ Conference and runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn North at 3855 Hauck Road. It is free and open to the public.

Organizers said they hope the session will educate people on the “physical, mental and psychological dangers of marijuana use.”

"This meeting will also address the social implications of laws to `regulate' marijuana around the country," Michael Langford, executive director of the Cincinnati group and conference chairman, said.

Speakers include Dr. Rodney Coates, Interim Director of Black World Studies at Miami University; Beverly Watts-Davis, former Director of Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration; Mary Haag, President of Coalition for a Drug Free Cincinnati; Cincinnati Public Schools Chief Hearing Office Dr. Jonathan Futch; Drug Free Alliance Associated Director Tony Coder; and former Cincinnati Councilman Cecil Thomas.

More information can be found at: www.umadaopofcincinnati.com .

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