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    Debate on marijuana legalization set for Jan. 25 at Western Michigan University

    Debate on marijuana legalization set for Jan. 25 at Western Michigan University

    on January 21, 2013


    KALAMAZOO, MI – Legalizing marijuana will not just be a topic of conversation among students at Western Michigan University on Jan. 25 at the Fetzer Center.
    State Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, and Portage City Commissioner Phil Stinchcomb will also be part of a discussion about the recreational use of marijuana in a debate put on by the WMU Students for Liberty from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    “I’m excited because we’ll be bringing together both sides of the issue to talk about the legalization of marijuana,” said Students for Liberty President Neil Turluck.
    Students for Liberty is a politically conservative student organization at WMU whose goal is to promote the Constitution, according to a press release for the event.
    The discussion will follow a faux debate format, where participants such Stinchcomb will speak to the audience against legalization, followed by comment for those in favor of legalization such as College Libertarian Logan Fleckenstein talking to the audience.
    Turluck said the goal of the discussion will be to have a serious discussion about the benefits of medical marijuana legalization and legalization for recreational use.
    “It’s not getting together with signs and shouting,” Turluck said. “It’s sitting down and getting things hashed out through discussion.”
    After the debate Callton will speak about Michigan House Bill 5580, which regulates medical marijuana dispensaries. Callton sponsored the bill in the Michigan House of Representatives and will talk about the process state representatives take in proposing laws.
    “To have a state representative speak at this event really legitimizes the discussion moving forward,” Turluck said.
    Other speakers will include Bill Beck President of the VanKal Tea Party who is committed to speaking against the legalization of marijuana and Matthew Able, an attorney from Detroit who is head of NORMAL, an organization for the legalization of marijuana.
    “The structure of the discussion is to make sure everything’s fair,” Turluck said. “You need to respect each others' time and presence.”

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