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Northern Illinois University talk involving pros, cons of legal marijuana set for Jan. 14

Jennifer Slusinski displays several edible products in a bag Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at Rise Joliet during the first day that marijuana and marijuana-based products could legally be sold in Illinois.
Jennifer Slusinski displays several edible products in a bag Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at Rise Joliet during the first day that marijuana and marijuana-based products could legally be sold in Illinois.

DeKALB – A special Northern Illinois University discussion on the pro's and con's of marijuana now that it's legalized in Illinois is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

NIU's January STEM cafe is a monthly NIU forum held at Fatty's Pub and Grille, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, is free and open to the public, with no registration required. Although marijuana sales now are legal in Illinois as of Jan. 1 to those age 21 years and older, the university issued an announcement in November prohibiting the drug's use on campus.

NIU political science professor Scot Schraufnagel, chairman of the Political Science Department at NIU and a public policy analyst, will discuss the history of the illegality of marijuana, its medicinal uses and how legal marijuana consumption is spreading across the country.

According to NIU’s website, no person can possess or use recreational marijuana on campus property, including at any NIU-affiliated events held off-campus, because federal law supersedes any state law for use and possession.

“College students, already stressed with adult responsibilities and classes, often turn to cannabis for release, not realizing the detrimental effects,” according to the website.

A fact sheet on the website shows that in 2017, 20% of NIU students reported using marijuana in a 30-day period, and 58% reported never having used it. The site also alludes to health risks and the dangers of driving under the influence and details how marijuana can affect academic success.

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