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Thanks to the partnership of 16 local organizations and community groups, a free public summit addressing, “Marijuana, Youth, & Our Community” will be held on Wednesday, January 30th from 3:00-4:30 in the Kankakee Community College (KCC) Iroquois Room.

The seven panelists who will be featured at this event all come from unique fields of influence surrounding the topic of public health. Those presenting include:

  • Charmaine Francois-Hays and James Hays, Community Organizers from California,
  • Gregory Seal Livingston, President and CEO of the Coalition For A New Chicago,
  • Dale Quigley, Deputy Coordinator of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) National Marijuana Initiative (NMI) based in Colorado, 
  • and Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., President and CEO, and Luke Niforatos, Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor from Smart Approaches to Marijuana located in Washington D.C.

The guest speakers will share lessons learned in California, Colorado, and Washington D.C. The impact of youth drug use, social justice, and financial impact will be highlighted. Elected officials and community members are invited to come and hear from State’s Attorney Jim Rowe, Coroner Robert Gessner, KAMEG Director Chris Koerner, and local high school students on the potential impact of marijuana on the Kankakee community.

Partners who have made this event possible include Student leaders from the Pledge for Life Partnership Youth Advisory Council, Kankakee County Branch NAACP Youth Council, and Kankakee County Hispanic Partnership, Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Youth Advisory Board, KCC, and Olivet Nazarene University, in collaboration with the Pledge for Life Partnership, the Life Education Center, the 21st Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council, I-KAN Regional Office of Education, Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe, Kankakee County Health Department, KAMEG, Kankakee Community College, Kankakee County Coroner Robert Gessner, and Illinois Humanities.

The event will be free with light refreshments provided. 1.5 CEUs and CPDUs and Nursing CEs will be provided by KCC. Registration is required before January 23rd. To reserve your spot, please email your name, job title, and organization to Ms. Carole Franke at: cfranke@i-kan.org.