August 9, 2015— On August 13, 2015, the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an open round table regarding the possible legalization of medical cannabis in the state of Pennsylvania. Because there has been so much interest in the issue from residents, businesses, legislators and other counties, the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce asked Armstrong Cable if they would be interested in videotaping the event for later broadcast on Armstrong’s local cable network. Fortunately, Armstrong was able to schedule the event for future broadcast.
The Medical Cannabis Round Table will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 13th in the auditorium of the Ellwood City Municipal Building. The event, sponsored by the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, will present viewpoints from both sides of the controversy. The Chamber remains neutral on the topic, but is presenting the information so that individuals and businesses have a better understanding of the issues.
Lori Hilliard, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, explains, “We’ve been approached by various individuals and businesses who have had questions about the issue of medical cannabis and weren’t sure where to go to get accurate information. Earlier this year, Pennsylvania state senators approved State Senate Bill 3, which would legalize marijuana for medical applications. In fact, it passed with a 40-7 vote. It will soon go to the House for approval. There are strict limitations regarding how medical cannabis can be used and how it will be regulated, but many people aren’t sure of the details or how it will be monitored. In order to help people understand what’s happening and how it may affect them, we decided to host a round table.”
Speakers at the Medical cannabis Round Table will include Attorney Patrick Nightingale, a criminal defense attorney and outspoken proponent of medical cannabis; Ryan West, CFI, LPQ of Greenbriar Treatment Centers, he is a published expert on the subject of workplace drug and alcohol addiction, including a specialized article on cannabis use in the workplace; State Senator Mike Folmer, the sponsor of Senate Bill 3; and Danielle McGurk, the parent of two children who could benefit from medical cannabis to treat a severe form of epilepsy. Also speaking will be Michael Palladini, RPh MBA CAC, a registered pharmacist who has developed training materials focused on prescription drug abuse and marijuana use and abuse. Each speaker will have fifteen minutes to address the medical cannabis issue and explain their stance.
Nick Kerin from the Beaver, PA office of Representative Keith Rothfus will also be attending but will not be speaking.
Hilliard expressed gratitude for Armstrong Cable’s willingness to film the event. “We’ve received phone calls from other counties and other Chambers who were interested in the Round Table, but who would be unable to attend the event. One state representative asked if we would be streaming the event live over the Internet. While we can’t do that, we realized that interest in the topic is widespread and we wanted to be able to reach the widest audience possible. Education is a part of the Chamber’s mission and we’re very glad that Armstrong Cable is making it possible for us to reach those people who can’t attend the Round Table on Thursday. It’s gratifying to know that so many people want to learn more about medical marijuana and that we are able to offer information that will help people and businesses make informed decisions.”
For more information about the Medical Cannabis Round Table, please contact Lori Hilliard at the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-758-5501.