Over 800,000 people are arrested for marijuana possession in the US each year while legal marijuana is one of the fastest growing industries in the US. Merwin Moe Spencer is a marijuana attorney and will give an introduction to the history of marijuana growth and its use in the US, the political reasons it became illegal, and the origins of its classification as a Schedule 1 Narcotic (the same classification given to heroin). Nixon’s mandate for its Schedule 1 classification has had far-reaching consequences on areas from the economy to race relations and continues to color our politics today. The climate is changing and people are divided on this issue. Merwin Moe Spencer equips his audiences with the historical and legal facts to make up their own mind on this controversial topic.
This event is part of the Academic Village's Diverse Voices Series and is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Club.
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