Marijuana legalization talk sparks debate at Seeds 'n' Stems panel

BILLINGS — Few topics can spark debate like marijuana legalization, whether for medicinal or recreational uses.

About 110 people turned out at Yellowstone Art Museum on Thursday for a panel discussion called Seeds ‘n’ Stems. Most audience members who took to the microphone favored legalization and spoke passionately on its behalf. Montana has allowed patients to use marijuana for medical uses since 2009.

Margaret Beeson, medical director and owner of Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic, moderated a panel that came down on both sides of the issue: Terry Bouck, superintendent of School District 2; Dr. Jack Herold, an oncologist at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital; Mort Reid, president of the Montana Cannabis Information Association; Rich St. John, Billings Chief of Police; and Keith Strong, a retired federal magistrate judge.

Humanities Montana sponsored the lively forum, which lasted about 90 minutes.

In this country, Reid noted, marijuana goes back to the time of the 13 colonies....

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