Marijuana: Legalization or Not?





Join us for this discussion, moderated by Jane Lindholm from Vermont Public Radio.

Monday, September 18
6:00-7:30 p.m.


Shayne Lynn, Executive Director of Champlain valley Dispensary
Shayne Lynn is the executive director of the non-profit Champlain Valley Dispensary (CVD), Inc. - the state's first medical marijuana dispensary - which he founded in 2011. The state of Vermont awarded its first medical marijuana license to CVD in 2012. Mr. Lynn designed, sourced and managed the construction of CVD's cultivation facility and has provided recommendations and public testimony to state regulators in Vermont for over a decade. He now serves as both executive director and cultivation director for CVD. Under his leadership, CVD was awarded a second license in 2013 and opened Southern Vermont Wellness, Inc. in Brattleboro in February 2012. Mr Lynn is a graduate of the University of Vermont.  

David Mickenberg, Esq., Marijuana Project
David Mickenberg, Esq., Marijauna Policy Project is currently a partner in the Burlington law firm Mickenberg, Dunn, Lachs and Smith where he focuses on government relations; representation of non-profits; and litigation. He joined Mickenberg, Dunn in 2006.  Prior to becoming an attorney David spent six years at two programs started by George Soros’ Open Society Institute, the Drug Policy Alliance, and The After School Corporation, working on policy, communications and government relations. During that time, he was engaged in legislative advocacy, government relations, and public relations efforts that involved local, statewide, national and international campaigns.

Jennifer Morrison, Chief, Colchester Police Department
Jennifer Morrison currently serves as Chief of Police in Colchester, VT.  Prior to becoming Chief in Colchester, she served for 23 years at the Burlington Police Department, retiring at the rank of Deputy Chief. Chief Morrison is the President of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police – the first woman to be elected to this position. A graduate of The George Washington University with a B.A. in Journalism & Criminal Justice, Chief Morrison received an M.A. in Leadership Studies from Norwich University in 2002. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy where she was recognized as a sectional leader. She is an instructor of Leadership in Police Organizations for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Dr. Jon Porter, Director of the UVM Center for Health and Well Being
Dr. Porter is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine and a board certified family physician.  He has worked with teenagers and young adults for over twenty five years, and currently serves as Director of the University of Vermont’s Center for Health and Wellbeing where he oversees the care provided by the Center’s Student Health and Counseling and Psychiatry Services. 

John Searles, Ph.D., Vt. Department of Health
John Searles is a Substance Abuse Research and Policy Analyst, and Chair, State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, Vermont Department of Health. 

Art Seelig, MS, MSW - SBIRT trainer and quality assurance coordinator
Art Selig worked for a decade as a research neuroscientist, as well as an instructor in higher education before deciding to return to school to earn his MSW. He has since worked to blend his interests in science, education, and social work to develop trainings on topics relevant to the changing nature of clinical therapeutic work. In 2015 he joined the Vermont SBIRT team as the trainer and quality assurance coordinator. In that role, he works with medical and mental health professionals to develop effective ways of engaging patients about substance abuse and depression. He regularly presents trainings on the topic ranging from Motivational Interviewing to the science of cannabis,and greatly enjoys interacting with, and learning from, everyone who attends.  

Jane Lindholm, Moderator
Jane Lindholm hosts the award-winning Vermont Public Radio program Vermont Edition. She is also the host and creator of the international podcast But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. Jane joined VPR in 2007 to expand Vermont Edition from a weekly pilot into the flagship daily newsmagazine it is today. Before returning to her native Vermont, Jane served as director/producer for the national program Marketplace, based in Los Angeles. Jane joined National Public Radio (NPR) in 2001 as an Editorial/Production Assistant for Radio Expeditions, a co-production of NPR and the National Geographic Society. During her time at NPR, she has worked with NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and "Weekend Edition" Saturday. Jane graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Anthropology and worked as writer and editor for Let’s Go Travel Guides.