KEYSER - A local man who works with those suffering from mental health issues and addictions will be hosting an anti-drug rally Saturday in Keyser's South End Park.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - A local man who works with those suffering from mental health issues and addictions will be hosting an anti-drug rally Saturday in Keyser’s South End Park.
J. Scott Dixon, who grew up in Keyser and graduated from KHS in 1980, is the founder and lead pastor of the Hippie Christian Fellowship, which he says will be providing therapy services soon for mental health issues and addictions.
When he appeared before the Keyser City Council on April 21 to seek permission to have the rally, Dixon told the elected officials he is a strong believer in medical marijuana as an aid in recovery from addiction.
Saturday, at least two of the scheduled speakers will be addressing that issue.
Becca Engle, a registered nurse in Maryland who is part of the American Cannabis Nurses Association,  will be speaking about the medicinal benefits of medical cannabis. She will have information available about how cannabis works in a person’s body, what strains are currently being used to combat addictions, and what doctors in nearby Maryland prescribe it.
Stephanie Zucker, a candidate for West Virginia Senate in District 14, is also a proponent of medical marijuana as a key took in helping people get off heroin and opioids, and will be giving her views on the issue.
Dixon also expects to have area residents who have gone through addiction and recovery to be present to speak about their experiences.
He is especially hopeful that those who are currently still in the clutches of addiction will feel drawn to the rally, where he promises to provide help “right then and there.”
“If they are in a desperate state, we will start working with them right away; we can come to them right now or to their home if so desired.”
The rally is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will also feature music.