Marijuana: A Community Conversation
11:30-1:00pm - lunch program for professionals
6:30-8:00pm - evening program for community members
Waukesha Expo Center
Registration is FREE, but required at: https://mjevent.eventbrite.com.
Join us for a conversation, which will examine the state of marijuana in America, with the expressed purpose of separating the myths surrounding marijuana with the reality of today’s marijuana. We will look at potency of marijuana, how it has changed, and the consequences resulting from it.
The event will include a presentation over the lunch hour for professionals from 11:30-1:00 pm and an evening presentation for the general public, including youth, from 6:30-8:00 pm. The Waukesha County Expo Center is located at 1000 Northview Road in Waukesha. This event is free to the public, but preregistration is required. Children over the age of 12 are encouraged to attend with parents. Registration is FREE, but required at: https://mjevent.eventbrite.com.
Ed Shemelya, of the National Marijuana Initiative, and Motivational Speaker, Monte Stiles, will serve as speakers for the event, which will examine the state of marijuana in America, with the expressed purpose of separating the myths surrounding marijuana with the reality of today’s marijuana. We will look at potency of marijuana, how it has changed, and the consequences resulting from it.
The presenters will use the most relevant data to discuss usage rates, education impacts, diversion, the black market, DUID, quality of life issues, addiction and treatment concerns and taxation issues, to name just a few of the unintended consequences of the legalization of medical/recreational marijuana. The presentation is designed to provide the attendees with factual information in order that they may make informed decisions.
About Monte Stlies
Monte Stiles served his entire professional legal career of 29 years as a state and federal prosecutor. For 24 years, Monte was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Idaho where he supervised the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force – a group of agents and prosecutors who investigated and prosecuted high-level drug trafficking organizations, including Los Angeles street gangs, methamphetamine manufacturers, marijuana growers on public lands, and multi-state drug cartels.
In addition to his duties as a federal prosecutor, Monte has been a passionate drug educator and motivational speaker for schools, businesses, churches, law enforcement agencies, prevention groups, and other youth and parent organizations. One of his proudest personal and career achievements was the organization and implementation of the statewide “Enough is Enough” anti-drug campaign which produced community coalitions in every area of Idaho.
Late in his career, Monte realized that decades of dealing with the darkest aspects of the human condition had effected his ability to appreciate some of life’s simplest pleasures. This led him to an interest in nature and wildlife photography. Through the lens of a camera, Monte quickly rediscovered everything that is wonderful in life — a world full of amazing people, beautiful landscapes, fascinating creatures, and boundless opportunities and adventures. His images have been featured on the cover of magazines and in articles about the great outdoors. At the end of every presentation, Monte uses his images to illustrate the dramatic difference that choices bring – either the darkness of a toxic and dangerous drug culture, or a life filled with beauty, joy, children, family, safe communities, and health brains and bodies.
About Ed Shemelya
Ed Shemelya is a 30-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police (KSP), and a retired KSP Post Commander. He is currently the National Coordinator of the National Marijuana Initiative. This is an initiative within the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) that is responsible for assisting and improving the capabilities of the 28 High Intensity Drug Trafficking (HIDTA) areas nationwide in carrying out the National Drug Control Strategy objectives of disrupting domestic trafficking and production of, and reducing demand for, marijuana and derivative products. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Eastern Region Marijuana Coordinator for the Appalachia HIDTA, and was responsible for the oversight of marijuana cultivation activities within the four- state Appalachia HIDTA region. Mr. Shemelya is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Northwestern University.