As a public-information service to residents, this nonpartisan all-day symposium takes place Tuesday, December 3 (in advance of the December 10 Special Election).

Experiencing legal cannabis confusion? You can nip it in the bud. The Estes Valley Library is hosting a full-day symposium to explore what legalized cannabis and the December 10 Special Election could mean for Estes Park. These programs are offered as part of the Library’s ongoing efforts to support information needs on community topics.

The symposium takes place at the Library on Tuesday, December 3. The day will be broken into four program segments, and attendees do not necessarily have to attend the full day. Participants may choose to attend one or several programs from the schedule.

Here is the schedule of the December 3 programs. Click the links below to register for the session(s) of your choice:

Marijuana and Your Health. Tuesday, December 3, 10 to 11:30 am. Dr. Chris Reveley, from Harmony Foundation, Inc., will compare cannabis with the other popular and legal mood-altering drug, ethyl alcohol. Dr. Reveley will discuss the routes of administration and time to the onset of effects; what the chemical does to the body and mind; what the body does to the chemical; the long-term physical and physiological effects of light, moderate, and heavy uses; and the common behavioral manifestations of use.

Film Screening: The Botany of Desire. Tuesday, December 3, noon to 2 pm. This PBS documentary is based on the bestselling book by Michael Pollan. Pollan takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship to the plant world. Narrated by Frances McDormand, the program shows how our familiar species—the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato—evolved to satisfy human yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control.

Marijuana Defined. Tuesday, December 3, 2:30 to 3:30 pm. This session explores the distinctions between CBD and THC, and between recreational and medical marijuana use. Discussion will include how dispensaries are set up to manage this controlled substance. Learn more at this educational presentation from the owners of Choice Organics in Fort Collins.

Marijuana and Public Health in our Community. 4:20 to 6 pm. What effects does marijuana have on public health? How could this affect our community? This forum will be led by Katie O’Donnell from the Larimer County Public Health and Environment Office and Guy Beesley, director of EMS from Estes Park Health.