Archdiocese hosting talk on impact of legalizing marijuana

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Dr. Doris Gunderson, a leading expert on the social and psychological impact of marijuana use, will be in Anchorage later this month to speak with medical providers, priests and others on issues related to the legalization of marijuana.

During her talk, Gunderson will present findings from several studies on the impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado, her home state, and will discuss the psychiatric impact of the drug.

In addition to presenting information to medical providers at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Gunderson will anchor an evening presentation in Anchorage hosted by Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz and Juneau Bishop Edward Burns on Oct. 16 in the Lunney Center at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. The presentation begins at 7 p.m.

The free public event is sponsored by the Alaska Catholic Conference of Bishops.

“We would like to cordially invite you to attend and hear factual information on the Colorado experience related to Ballot Measure #2,” the bishops stated in a message sent to parishes throughout the Anchorage Archdiocese.

The talk takes place less than three weeks before Alaskans vote on Ballot Measure 2 that would legalize recreational use of marijuana.

Gunderson teaches at the University of Colorado’s Department of Psychiatry and serves as distinguished committee chair of the Colorado Psychiatric Society. She is also president of the National Federation of State Physician Health Programs and was recognized by the Federation of State Physician Health Programs for outstanding achievement in 2013.

For more information about the upcoming presentation, contact Mary Gore at 297-7744.


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