This discussion on marijuana is being organized as part of Berks County Community Foundation’s Consider It initiative. State Sen. Judy Schwank and Berks County Commissioners Chairman Christian Leinbach are co-chairs of this nonpartisan program, which is designed to promote thoughtful discussion of divisive local and national issues while maintaining a level of civility among participants.

The panel includes:

  • Barbara Brohl, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue who oversaw development of the nation’s first program to regulate recreational marijuana.
  • Dr. Stuart Gitlow, executive director of the Annenberg Physician Training Program in Addictive Diseases and past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
  • Chris Goldstein, communications director for the Philadelphia chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).
  • Kevin Sabet, former senior adviser in President Barack Obama’s Office of National Drug Control Policy and director of the Drug Policy Institute.

Karin Mallett of WFMZ moderated.