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Official to speak on issues related to legalization of marijuana

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GARNER — A town hall-style meeting on the legalization of marijuana in Iowa will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the Garner-Hayfield/Ventura High School auditorium, 605 Lyon St., Garner.

The keynote speaker is Dale Woolery, associate director of the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.

He will share information his office has gathered about potential issues surrounding the proposed legalization of marijuana.

Bills under consideration are currently scheduled for discussion at the Iowa Statehouse on March 7 and 8 in Des Moines.

The state of Iowa has gathered information from states and communities where marijuana has already been “legalized” in spite of national laws. Using their real-time data and experiences, Iowa is in a better position to shape the legislation for the intended benefits while also working to prevent unexpected and unintended consequences.

Woolery says his information is relevant to more than parents and educators. Iissues of interest to employers, law enforcement, civic leaders, environmentalists, health care providers and marijuana advocates are also to be considered.

Woolery joined the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy in 1994. As the agency’s associate director, he works with public and private sector leaders at the local, state and federal levels on improving drug control policies and programs.

The Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy administers federal drug and crime control grants in addition to coordinating drug enforcement policy and substance abuse prevention and treatment efforts throughout Iowa.

— By Peggy Senzarino

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