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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Lubbock Liberty Presents A Debate On Marijuana Policy April 2015

Lubbock Liberty organized an event to ask questions for A Debate on Marijuana Policy.  This informal debate fostered interesting dialogue that was quite ranging.  The featured speakers for this engagement were:
  • Donald R. May MD, FACS, farmer, surgeon, and Political Columnist "Mr. Conservative" 
  • Jake Syma, Communications Director for Hub City NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) 

It was held on April 25, 2015 at the Mahon Public Library. After a meet and greet then information exchange, attendees heard from a panel consisting of activists and local leaders Mallory Miller and Ron Wheeler.  The panelists asked questions submitted from the public to the speakers, with a quick break along the way, followed by closing remarks and final information.

"A Debate On Marijuana Policy April 2015"

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Mahon Public Library
In the Community Meeting Room
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1306 9th Street
Lubbock, TX 79401

Dr. Donald R. May is a retina surgeon with expertise in severe ocular trauma. Following his surgical training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, he founded the United States Air Force Retina and Ocular Trauma Service, for which he received the Air Force Commendation Medal.

He has been on the medical faculties of Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, the University of Texas San Antonio, the University of California Davis, the University of California San Francisco, Tulane University, and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has served as a staff and faculty surgeon at eight Veterans Administration medical centers.

Prior to moving to Lubbock in 1989 as Chairman of Ophthalmology, Dr. May was Professor of Ophthalmology at Tulane University and Director of the Tulane Ophthalmology Service at the Charity Hospital New Orleans.

Dr. May served as an Associate Dean and taught MBA students as a Professor of Health Organization Management at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine.

Dr. May was the founder of the Texas Eye Injury Registry and a co-founder of the United States Eye Injury Registry, where he served as president. He has authored more than 100 peer reviewed scientific publications, including an epidemiological study of 8,952 patients with severe eye injuries, the largest trauma epidemiological study ever reported.

Dr. May writes a daily column for his “Mr. Conservative” blog. His debates with Professor Arnold Loewy of the Texas Tech School of Law appear every other Sunday on the op-ed page of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. On Sunday 06 April 2014, their debate, “Should Marijuana be Legalized,” appeared in the Avalanche-Journal and on line.

Jake Syma is the Communications Director for Hub City NORML.  Hub City NORML is the local (Lubbock + South Plains) chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Jake is a 1997 graduate of Taft High School in Taft, TX, where he was active in both athletic and academic pursuits, including Student Council and membership in the National Honor Society. Taft, named for President (and later SCOTUS Chief Justice) William Howard Taft, is known as “The Friendliest Cotton Pickin' Town in Texas.”

He is a 2002 graduate of the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, where he received a BBA in Management, and a 2005 graduate of the University of North Texas, where he received his Master’s degree in Library & Information Science.

He is an academic research librarian by day, and an activist on most nights and weekends.

He has been active in firearms-related activism for more than 17 years, and marihuana law reform for a little more than three years.

He actually came to marijuana rights activism from firearms rights activism, once he realized just how alike the two were.

Information provided by Dr. Donald R. May and Jake Syma

Amanda Smith



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