Policy Experts Debate Marijuana

            Marquette, Mich. —Northern Michigan University will host a debate between two high-profile policy experts titled “Legalize It? Marijuana Policy Experts Debate Reefer Policy.” The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in 102 Jamrich Hall. It is free for NMU students with ID and $2 for the general public.

            The debate pits Kevin Sabet, a proponent of anti-drug legislation, against Aaron Houston, a  marijuana legalization advocate. Sabet served under President Barack Obama from 2009-2011 at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as the senior advisor to director Gil Kerlikowske. He now directs Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), which he co-founded. He also founded Policy Solutions Lab, a policy consulting company. Houston, a nationally recognized expert on drug policy, works as the executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and is co-founder of Marijuana Majority. From 2005-2010, he served on Capitol Hill as the only full-time marijuana legalization lobbyist. His work was depicted in the 2007 Showtime original documentary, In Pot We Trust.

            NMU’s Platform Personalities is sponsoring this debate.

Prepared By
Robert Thomas
Student Writer