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Ridgefield First Selectman Serves As Panelist At Marijuana Policy Boot Camp

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RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi (D-Ridgefield) served as a panelist at “Marijuana Policy Boot Camp: Engage, Equip, Empower" -- a recent event that included more than 100 policy experts, legislators and youth advocates.

The statewide discussion focused on the fallacies that surround legalization of recreational marijuana in Connecticut.

Hosted by the Governor’s Prevention Partnerships at Goodwin College in East Hartford, the daylong seminar featured expert-led panel discussions and then formed work groups to create the #StopPotCT coalition.

Keynote speaker and former member of the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations, Kevin Sabet, founder of the nonprofit Smart Approaches to Marijuana, or Project SAM, shared his experiences from other states that have considered legalization and spoke about the perils of legalization.

“The strong turnout is testament to the fact that many people believe legalizing recreational use is not the right decision for our state,” said Jill Spineti, President & CEO, The Governor’s Prevention Partnership. “By sharing our research and debunking the myths, we hope that more citizens will come to understand that marijuana is not a harmless substance and that legalization is not the right step for Connecticut to take.”

Created in 1989, the Governor’s Prevention Partnership is a not-for-profit partnership between state government and business leaders with a mission to keep Connecticut’s youth, safe, successful and drug-free.

Co-chaired by Gov. Dannel Malloy and a local business leader, the organization focuses on positive school climate, mentoring and the prevention of underage drinking and substance abuse.

Photo caption: From left: John Daviau, Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Prevention Professionals, Kevin Sabet, president & founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, Jill Spineti, President and CEO of the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, and Rudy Marconi, First Selectman (D-Ridgefield), gathered in East Hartford on May 13 for “Marijuana Policy Boot Camp,” hosted by the Governor’s Prevention Partnership.

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