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Panel Discussion To Address Should Drugs Be Legal?

(NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: Some forum participants are available for interviews before the event. If you’re interested, please contact Randy Lamson at 315-268-6680.)

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Is the war on drugs racist? Should the use of marijuana and other drugs be legalized? These are some of the questions that will be addressed at a forum hosted by Clarkson University’s Office of Student Activities on Thursday, March 30, at 5 p.m. in Barben Room B of Clarkson’s Cheel Campus Center.
The forum will address the continuing war on drugs, and whether it is a war that can be won within the community and the world at large. Participants will be able to ask questions of the facilitators and offer their own opinions.

Two members of ReconsiDer: Forum on Drug Policy— Dr. Gene Tinelli, an addiction psychiatrist; and Peter Christ, a retired police captain— will argue alternatives to drug prohibition. Jerome Richards, district attorney of St. Lawrence County, and Lt. John Kaplan of the Potsdam Village Police Department will argue in support of strong drug enforcement policies.

ReconsiDer is a Syracuse-based non-profit organization that strongly believes the war on drugs is a complete failure and that alternative methods to control drug abuse in America should be explored.

Those who wish to participate are asked to e-mail questions in advance to Randy Lamson, director of Student Activities, at

Admission to the forum is free. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Randy Lamson at 315-268-6680.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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