Advocate for medical pot to speak at Jacksonville Library

By Ryne Turke on February 16, 2016 at 12:13pm

The public is invited to the Jacksonville Public Library this week to hear from an patient advocate for the use of medical marijuana.

Hilary Peppers, who has worked almost two years at the Jacksonville Library, is anticipating the arrival of Kirsten Velasco, a volunteer for Illinois Women in Cannabis.

Peppers says people in the community are interested in this topic and Velasco has a lot of knowledge she can pass along.

“She just talks about the medical end of it, because laws have changed and things have been moved towards more medical use of marijuana. She is there to educate what patients can expect and how to get a prescription.”

According to the Illinois Women in Cannabis website, the non-profit organization is made up of entrepreneurial women working to connect, educate, mentor and support Illinois women of all ages and backgrounds in order to maximize their opportunities in the emerging Illinois medical cannabis industry.

Velasco will speak in the Jacksonville Library Meeting Room on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The event is open to everyone and includes a question and answer session after.