State Rep. Terrie Wood, R-141, moderated a debate organized by Midwestern Connecticut Council on Alcoholism Oct. 30 at Western Connecticut State University on the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

About 100 students and community members attended the event for information on the positives and negatives of marijuana.

"There are so many aspects to the discussion of legalizing marijuana for recreational use," Wood said. "Public opinion is shifting in favor of legalization and this was a productive forum to learn more about the pros and cons of this debate."

Dr. Jeffery Reynolds and Erik Williams were the participants in the debate titled "Pot or Not."

Reynolds is the executive director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and has years of experience with the treatment of substance abuse. Williams is the executive director of Connecticut National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and was a staunch supporter of HB 12-55, which allows for the medicinal use of marijuana.

The purpose of the event was to provide factual information and arguments for both sides of the issue. The debate consisted of an hour of questions from Wood before it was opened up to questions from the public.

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