Carver: Police Hosting Marijuana Forum

How much do you know about marijuana, and its effects on the human brain?

This Wednesday night (June 24), there’s a chance to find out more – at a marijuana education forum at the Carver Middle-High School.

Carver Police Chief Marc Duphily said he hopes to “get a community discussion going about this issue.”

The chief said the legalization of medical marijuana in Massachusetts has brought this issue into the spotlight.

“I think there’s a lot of hype out in the media and news nowadays about this subject,” said Duphily. “We’d like to present some of the facts and have that discussion so people can better understand what they’re voting on, and where we’re moving.”

Carver police officers have noticed a disturbing trend, the chief added.

“We’ve run into quite a few people who are carrying the medical marijuana card as a prescription for ailments,” Duphily said, “including teenagers, which is shocking and scary, prescribing smoking marijuana for teenagers who are experiencing anxiety. I think that maybe there are other methods to handle that type of issue.”

Dr. Kevin Hill, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will be leading Wednesday night’s discussion, with a question and answer session to follow.

Regardless of your personal stance on the issue, Duphily thinks everyone can learn something at this forum.

“There will be some that will be surprised,” said the chief. “I would hope they would take the opportunity to come down and listen to Dr. Hill, who’s a nationally-recognized clinical expert in this field, to discuss some of the impacts that smoking marijuana has on the brain – especially on the young brain.”

Parents are encouraged to attend – and to bring their kids. That’s what Carver’s chief of police plans to do.

“I’ll be bringing my own 15-year-old son to this, so he can listen to it,” said Duphily.

The marijuana education forum is tomorrow (Wed., June 24), starting at 7 p.m. at the Carver Middle-High School.

About Erin Dale

Erin Dale is an Anchor/Reporter for WATD. She is also a New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) award-winning print journalist and previously worked for GateHouse Media.