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Tahoe Regional Young Professionals to host town hall on recreational marijuana

For the next installment of its Tahoe Town Hall series, Tahoe Regional Young Professionals (TRYP) is bringing together a group of experts to discuss a topic of local, national and international concern: recreational cannabis.

The free event, Tahoe Town Hall: Understanding Recreational Cannabis, will take place at the Tahoe Beach Retreat Conference Center in South Lake Tahoe Wednesday, April 19, according to a press release.

The event will address what recreational cannabis means for Tahoe following passage of Proposition 64 in California and Question 2 in Nevada this past November. Although both measures allow for legal consumption of recreational marijuana, local jurisdictions in both states are allowed to decide for themselves what businesses they will or will not allow. In Nevada, Douglas County commissioners recently moved to prohibit all types of marijuana businesses including cultivation, testing, product manufacturing, distribution and retail facilities.

The city of South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County have yet to adopt regulations on recreational marijuana. In California, recreational marijuana retail businesses cannot begin sales until Jan. 1, 2018, at the earliest. In Nevada, the start date for sales is July 1.

In order to try and foster a deeper understanding of the issue, the Tahoe Town Hall will feature a panel of local, regional and other experts including: Lori Ajax, chief of the California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation; Dr. Sherellen Brook Gerhart from Barton Health; South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler; Cody Bass, executive director of the Tahoe Wellness Cooperative; and more. Each panelist will answer a round of moderator questions followed by an open question and answer session with the audience.

Questions may be submitted ahead of time at tahoetryp.org or on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #TahoeTownHall.

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Additionally, the Tribune has set up an online feed that will gather Twitter and Instagram posts using the hashtags #TahoeTownHall and #tahoetryp.

The first half of the event will be live streamed by Tahoe Production House on the Civic Engagement page at tahoetryp.org and the Tribune's website tahoedailytribune.com. The full Tahoe Town Hall will be available on the TRYP website after the event concludes.

Light food and refreshments will be provided. Tahoe Town Hall: Understanding Recreational Cannabis, will take place April 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Beach Retreat Conference Center at 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Tahoe Town Hall is a free event for the community to learn the facts and ask questions concerning local issues, according to the press release. The series is part of the Civic Engagement program of the Tahoe Regional Young Professionals, a nonprofit that aims to bring forward-thinking individuals together to serve as a resource for engagement in order to empower and support local communities.