KEYSER - The Keyser City Council unanimously approved a request by a Mineral County resident and social worker to hold an anti-drug rally April 21 at the city's South End park.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser City Council unanimously approved a request by a Mineral County resident and social worker to hold an anti-drug rally April 21 at the city’s South End park.
Scott Dixon, a clinical social worker and native of Keyser, spoke to the council Wednesday evening about the event, which he said will be one of several being held throughout the state of West Virginia.
“We are anti-heroin and pro treatment … and one of those treatments we really believe in is cannabis,” he said. “A lot of people are getting off heroin through medical marijuana.”
Dixon said the event would feature former addicts speaking about their experiences, free food and “music all day long.”
He hopes area people currently suffering from addiction will show up and “we can get them in treatment that night.”
Dixon, who said he has started three churches in his lifetime, including one in Fort Ashby, said spiritual outreach is also an important component to getting off drugs and staying off them.
“I applaud you and your efforts,” council member Eric Murphy told Dixon, adding that he has done extensive research himself on the topic of cannabis.
With council member Jennifer Junkins, who is in charge of parks and recreation, noting that April 21 was open at the park, Karol Ashenfelter made a motion to approve the event and Murphy seconded it.
The motion passed unanimously.
More details on the event will be revealed at a later date.