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2009.10.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Marijuana Legalization is Focus of Oct. 28 Forum

Omaha - Maverick Productions at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host what’s sure to be a spirited debate on the legalization of marijuana at noon Wednesday, Oct. 28.

“Heads vs. Feds: The Debate Over the Legalization of Marijuana” will feature comments by Steve Hager, who served as editor-in-chief for 15 years at High Times magazine; and Robert M. Stutman, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The hour-long, interactive forum will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend the free event.

Hager and Stutman will spend the first part of the forum offering their positions on the issue of marijuana legalization. The remaining 50 minutes will feature questions from the audience.

Steve Hager
Hager holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. In 1998 he founded the Cannabis Cup, the “Academy Awards of marijuana,” and became a leading figure in the hemp legalization movement by creating the first national hemp tour. Hager is the author of several books, including The Octopus Conspiracy, and producer/director of several feature-length documentaries, including “The Cannabis Cup.”

Hager has remained one of the most visible and active proponents of marijuana legalization, and has campaigned extensively on the social, political, economic and judicial reasons he feels marijuana should be legalized.

Robert M. Stutman
In 1970, at age 27, Stutman became the youngest supervisor in the history of the Drug Enforcement Administration. In 1971 he formed the International Training Division where he remained in charge until 1976 when he became director of the Office of Congressional Affairs. In 1979, at age 36, Stutman was promoted to special agent in charge of the New England field division. In 1985, he was given the responsibility of special agent in charge of the New York field division, where he remained until his retirement in 1990.

Stutman was often credited with bringing crack cocaine to national attention and emphasizing the role of prevention activities in drug law enforcement. During his years with Drug Enforcement Administration Stutman was referred to as an “S.O.B. on the side of the angels” (by Boston Herald magazine) and “the most famous narc in America” (by New York Magazine).

Maverick Productions is a student-run and student funded organization that provides activities and entertainment for the UNO campus and community. For more information, contact Erin Cron at ecron@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2711.

Editor’s note: Steve Hager and Robert M. Stutman are available for phone interviews prior to their Oct. 28 visit to UNO. Call Wendy Townley, UNO University Relations, at (402) 554-2762.

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