Arlington Community Education will hold the third conversation in the “We Need to Talk” series, which features local experts sharing their stories and insight about pressing and timely issues. Author and Arlingtonian Steve Almond provides the framework for discussion, understanding and reflection, but a vital part of “We Need to Talk” is the conversation generated by the audience members themselves.
“The Dispensary Next Door: Cannabis Has Come to Arlington… Will the Grass Be Greener?” will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 15. ACE has partnered with ACMi to produce this online forum. The cost to attend is $10 and advanced registration is required at http://ArlingtonCommunityEd.org to receive the link. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions before the event and during the live conversation.
With a cannabis dispensary now in Arlington, this talk will be a frank discussion asking what it means for the town to have medical and recreational cannabis available to the general public, what are the benefits and risks to having a “pot shop” alongside coffee houses and liquor stores, how, if at all, this will change the discussions parents have with kids about drug use and what the heck actually happens inside a dispensary.
Joining moderator Steve Almond for this conversation will be panelists Dianna Dixon, who has talked to hundreds of patients and customers about cannabis at local dispensaries; Cindy Sheridan Curran, the court/home liaison and readiness/emergency management coordinator for Arlington Public Schools, and Assistant Director for Planning and Community Development for the town of Arlington Erin Zwirko.
“This event was originally scheduled for the spring, to be held in-person at Arlington’s Kickstand Cafe. But it’s even timelier now, since a dispensary opened in Arlington just two weeks ago,” said ACE Director Jen Rothenberg. “ACE is thrilled to be able to provide