FLORIDA- Medical marijuana forum at 6:30 tonight

An amendment to legalize medical marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases will appear on Florida ballots in November, and so much information is being published on both sides of the argument that it’s become difficult for families to weed through it all.

To help the public better understand all aspects of medical marijuana and its impacts on epilepsy, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida is hosting an educational forum tonight at the Pensacola Library.

“There is a lot of information out there, and a lot of it is anecdotal,” said Karen Basha Egozi, CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida.

“We’re trying to provide families with facts and information that is proven, non-partisan and as up to date as possible.”

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 2.3 million Americans live with epilepsy, a neurological condition that includes recurring seizures. Medical marijuana has been presented as a viable treatment to prevent or reduce seizures, especially in children.

Basha Egozi said many citizens have questions about the process of obtaining medical marijuana, its effectiveness and its potential side effects. The forum will attempt to cut through the myths and misconceptions and present the science on the subject as it stands today.

Speakers at the forum will include:
State Rep. Matt Gaetz; Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan; Dr. Joseph Rosado, a primary care physician at Williston Family Health; Dr. J. Ben Renfroe, pediatric neurologist at Child Neurology Center; Mollye Barrows, multimedia journalist for the Studer Institute and Bill Perez, an epilepsy sufferer.

The event is open to the public and will be hosted from 6-8:30 p.m. at 293 N. Spring St.

Want to go?

• WHAT: Epilepsy Foundation of Florida educational forum on medical marijuana.

• WHEN: 6:30-8 p.m. today.

• WHERE: Pensacola Library, 293 N. Spring St.

• INFO: The event is free and non-partisan.

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