Talk to focus on legalized pot and opioid crisis

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A combined effort will bring Ben Cort of Colorado and Erasmo Carrizosa of California to Newcastle to speak on the changing nature of drug use since marijuana legalization in several states— and in light of the ongoing opioid crisis. Cort, who will speak on marijuana issues, is known for his pro-recovery stance and is the author of “Weed, Inc.,” published in 2017. Carrizosa, who will address opioid issues, including addiction, is a special agent supervisor with the California Department of Justice.

The two men will be at the Weston County Events Center on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The presentation is free to the public and will include lunch prepared by the Pizza Barn.

The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, Newcastle Police Department, RT Communications and Weston County Prevention Task Force joined forces to bring the two men to town, according to Kristi Lipp, director of the task force.

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