Legalization of Marijuana May Go Down as One of The Largest Social Experiments of the 21st Century


Join City Club of Central Oregon in a lively discussion on October 16 on Measure 91, an Oregon ballot initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Legalized marijuana for recreational use is now a reality in Washington and Colorado. And on November 4th, Oregonians will vote to see if we will be added the list, using our own experimental regulatory system. What has worked for them and what has not?

The list of arguments on both sides are varied and include affected sectors such as economic, public safety, criminal justice, addiction, mental health, lung health and child safety. This issue does not divide along political party lines and contains enough complexities that should make each voter take a moment to review ones’ values.


Anthony Johnson is the chief petitioner of Measure 91 working to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for all adults in 2014. Johnson co-founded the University of Missouri-Columbia’s first Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) chapter after witnessing two African-American friends of his treated more harshly for marijuana offenses. As a law student, he co-authored marijuana law reform measures that decriminalized personal amounts of marijuana for adults and allowed for medical use by patients with a doctor’s recommendation within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, he passed the Oregon bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political realm to improve Oregon’s marijuana laws. He was selected by the Oregon Health Authority to sit on the rules advisory committee that helped formulate rules and regulations for state licensed and regulated medical marijuana facilities.

Mandi Puckett, Director, No on 91, is a wife and mother of three kids and a native Central Oregonian. Puckett is a certified prevention specialist and has been in the field of substance abuse prevention for 12 years. She took an official unpaid leave of absence from her prevention job as she was recruited to be the director of the No on 91 campaign. Her primary concern of being involved in the No on 91 campaign is the negative impact that Measure 91 will have on kids. Prior to working in prevention, she was a juvenile justice officer for about four years.

Oct. 16, 2014
St Charles Center for Health and Learning

Registration closes at noon on Oct. 14. $20 for members; $35 for non-members. Buffet lunch included.

Day of Forum
Walk-ins may be available for members only the day of the forum for $35.


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