Medical marijuana (the issue) comes to Barry University

Florida’s politicians have discussed medical marijuana for months, studying the financial and legal aspects. After the state Supreme Court approved the initiative by a 4-3 margin in January, the public will decide the issue in a November vote.

A panel discussion at Barry University will approach the topic from a different angle: the issue of human rights as it relates to medical marijuana.

“The key discussion point is going to be, ‘Should medical marijuana — whether or not it is legalized — be allowed?’ ” said Jeff LaLiberte, a Barry University spokesman. “If it is a medicine, shouldn’t people who are sick be allowed to use it?”

The discussion, which is hosted by the school’s department of sociology and criminology, features:

• Norm Kent, a criminal defense attorney and civil rights advocate.

• Ben Pollara, a campaign manager for “People United for Medical Marijuana.”

• Irvin Rosenfeld, the longest surviving federal medical cannabis patient in the United States.

Barry professors of sociology and criminology will also join the panel.

Rosenfeld, a Fort Lauderdale resident suffering from a severe bone disorder, has received medical marijuana from the government for more than 31 years, according to his website.

The event is expected to draw more than 120 people. The panel discussion begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Landon Events Room on Barry’s main campus, 11300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores.

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