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marijuana cases of budShould Marijuana be legal? That's the question under discussion at a free event organized by Better People, a nonprofit that helps former inmates returning to the community.

The  13th semi-annual Educational Forum, "Marijuana: Should It Be Legal?" will run from 11:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m., Thursday Oct. 3 at the Metropolitan Public Defender's Office, 630 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 500 in downtown Portland.  

Panelists include Judge Jean Kerr Maurer, who supervises Multnomah County's drug court; Russ Belville, executive director of 420RADIO.org; Sgt. Chris Kenagy, supervisor of Portland Police Bureau's  Drug & Vice Task Force; and Michael Resnick, M.D., Director of Addiction Psychiatry at Portland Veterans Administration.

Go along to the event to find out what these experts think and to add your own views: To get you started here are two different opinions from advocates on both sides of the issue.

Smoke Clears for Attitudes on Pot, Voters Respond
Elections: Colorado Passes Marijuana Tax and Portland Maine Legalizes Marijuana
Should Marijuana Be Legal? Better People Will Host Discussion Thursday Oct. 3, 2013
Retail Marijuana Stores? in Washington, More Than 300 May Set Up Shop
Video Christie Seeks Changes in New Jersey Medical Marijuana Bill
Chilean Psychiatrist Leads Crusade to Legalize Marijuana
Uruaguay: House Passes Law to Legalize Marijuana
Policy Group Highlights Relative Safety of Marijuana in Comparison to Alcohol
Marijuana Advocates Hope to Rise from 'Prohibition'
Video: Marijuana Use Legal? Voters in Oregon, Colorado and Washington Will Decide
Decriminalization Documentary Extols Virtues of Legalizing Marijuana
Federal Laws on Medical Marijuana -- Science or Hypocrisy?
Legal Marijuana Could Yield Billions in Taxes

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