MEDIA ADVISORY: UM Law Hosts Legalization of Marijuana Panel


Focus on effect of passage of Amendment 2

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 11, 2016) – An amendment to allow physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to patients in Florida is on the November 8, 2016 ballot. A panel of experts will discuss the ramifications of passage on Friday, October 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Shalala Center on the Coral Gables campus.

“The Morning After Marijuana Legalization: Now What?” will examine what Amendment 2 will allow if it achieves statewide passage.

Ben Pollara, campaign director for United for Care (Yes on 2 Campaign); Andrew Freedman, director of the Governor’s Office of Marijuana Coordination for the State of Colorado; Patrick O’Rourke, vice president, University counsel, and secretary of the Board of Regents at the University of Colorado; will be joined by Judge Alex Ferrer, J.D. `86, former judge for the Eleventh Judicial District and host of “Judge Alex.” Melissa Kuiper Blake, J.D. `05 senior policy advisor and counsel at Brownstein Hyatt Faber Schreck, LLC will moderate.

Brownstein Hyatt Faber Schreck, LLC, the American Civil Liberties Union, the University of Miami School of Law’s Democratic Law Student Association, and the Health Law Association are sponsoring the event.

The Shalala Center is located at 1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, Fla., 33146. Parking is available at the Pavia Garage, 5615 Pavia Street, near the main entrance to the University of Miami on Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

For credentialing and more information, contact Catharine Skipp at or 305-284-9810.

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