Thursday, January 24, 2008

Debate series brings 'High Times' to Athens

by: Brody O'Connell

Since The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, it has been illegal to possess or use marijuana, and the debate over that Act continues to live on for those who believe that the drug is no worse than legal substances such as alcohol.

The debate will hit close to home this evening when Ohio University’s Baker Center hosts its first debate in a series called Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll.

The debate, Titled “Heads vs. Feds,” will bring the High Times magazine Editor in Chief, Steve Hagar, and former DEA agent Robert Stutman together to argue the issue of legalizing marijuana.

Chad Barnhardt organized the upcoming debate series, and he thinks that topics such as pornography and drug use are going to draw in a crowd of curious community members.

Chad Barnhardt, Assistant Director, Baker Center

The debate over legalizing marijuana has been alive for more than 70 years now, and with the new surge in the medical marijuana debate, it is likely to stick around. Those who support the drug for medicinal purposes say that it can help ease the pain experienced during cancer and AIDS treatment.

America has devoted a lot of money to the war on drugs and some may consider it giving up if our government were to legalize it, but those in favor of legalizing it say that we would do away with the black market of marijuana street sales.

Chad Barnhardt says that the advertising for the Sex, Drug, and Rock and Roll Debate Series has already drawn pretty strong reactions.

Chad Barnhardt, Assistant Director, Baker Center

The “Heads vs. Feds” Debate starts this evening at 7:00 pm in the Baker Center Ball Room. The pornography debate, starring Ron Jeremy, will be held February 21.

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