MEDIA RELEASE  

For Immediate Release

 Presented by
The Vernon Public Art Gallery and the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6:00p.m.
Vernon Public Art Gallery, located at 3228 31st Ave.

Cannabis Exhibition Sparks Legalization Discussions at VPAG!

Cannabis is a controversial topic in our country right now with the proposition of legalization just around the corner in 2018.  The VPAG would like to welcome you to our community conversation on Thursday, November 16th at 6 p.m. at the gallery. In light of our current exhibition Cultivate we invite community members to the gallery to take part in a discussion on the legalization of cannabis.  We will have 5 professionals representing different perspectives on the legalization and its implications both positive and negative which may arise as a result. Representatives include Dr Zachery Walsh, UBC Associate Professor of Psychology, Rachael Zubick from Community Policing, Rus Stevenson a local grower and distributor, as well as a representative from Tolko. Andrew Powell from Nixon Wenger will be the moderator for the discussion. Representatives from various levels of the local government will also be in attendance. It is sure to be a hot topic! Please contact the gallery for further information at 250-545-3173.

“Our current exhibition Cultivate, which features the hidden landscape of cannabis production, has sparked discussions around its legalization next year.  We felt this was a perfect opportunity to ask the questions and facilitate a community conversation around this multi-faceted topic.”

“We are pleased to be partnering with the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce on this important community discussion by bringing in the business perspective.  We have lined up a well-balanced panel to speak to the differing perspectives and Andrew Powell from Nixon Wenger will facilitate the conversation.”

“Please join us for what we hope will be the first in a series of Community Conversations hosted by the Vernon Public Art Gallery.”

– Dauna Kennedy
VPAG Executive Director

“The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with the VPAG for community conversations regarding Cannabis legalization. We see this as an opportunity to hear from the experts within their field and help guide the conversation going forward in the business sector. As with all newlegislation, there are questions regarding implementation and how we as a business community can prepare for July 2018. We look forward to gathering information from the business sector to be able to provide feedback to the proper government departments.”

– Dione Chambers
General Manager, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce

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