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Medical marijuana expert to give lecture at UT

Cheryl Shuman, who calls herself the “Martha Stewart of Marijuana,” will give a free talk at The University of Toledo about medical cannabis.

“The truth about medical cannabis with Cheryl Shuman” will take place 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 in Nitschke Auditorium. The event will include a talk from Shuman as well as a panel of physicians and patients to discuss their experiences with medical marijuana.

The event is sponsored by Northwest Ohio NORML and the UT Libertarian Party student organization. NORML, which is an acronym for National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, works to move public opinion to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults and advocates for consumers.

“Through civil and political action, we can advance our state’s drug laws toward a more sensible policy,” said Mary Smith, director of public relations for the local NORML chapter. “Our chapter represents the interests of Ohio citizens who believe the medical and recreational use of marijuana and industrial use should no longer be a crime.”

“The UT Libertarian Party is proud to collaborate with NWO-NORML to bring such a high caliber speaker to campus,” said Kenneth Sharp, a first-year law student at UT and president of the student organization. “Many of our graduates in the fields of medicine, pharmacy and law may encounter the need for such information as more states legalize or decriminalize marijuana, but the federal laws still make it a crime.”

In 2006, Shuman’s battle with cancer and subsequent use of cannabis treatments earned a lot of publicity and led to her appointment as the executive director for Beverly Hills NORML. She became a visible advocate for the medical marijuana reform movement and helped launch Kush Magazine in 2010, a monthly cannabis lifestyle magazine.

Shuman lectures internationally about medical marijuana and has appeared on national news outlets such as 20/20, Piers Morgan Live on CNN and Good Morning America.

Shuman is visiting Ohio with talks in Toledo and other cities in support of the Ohio Rights Group, which is petitioning for the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment. For more information about Shuman, visit

Shuman will be available for interviews. Contact Mary Smith of Northwest Ohio NORML at 419.461.2420 or to schedule or for more information about the event.

Media Coverage
The Blade (Oct. 12, 2013)
The Independent Collegian (Oct. 17, 2013)

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