July 22 2015

Get ‘Stoned’ at the Mütter Museum

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and Penn Wissahickon Hospice are hosting a joint debate on medical marijuana, Thursday, July 30.

This month The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, home of the Mütter Museum, will spark up a debate over the case for medical marijuana, in partnership with Penn Wissahickon Hospice. On Thursday, July 30 at 6:30pm, Dr. David Casarett, author of new book Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana, will discuss his experiences researching cannabis use across the country. He will be joined by speakers and activists on both sides of the topic, debating for and against legalization of the drug for medical uses.

Dr. Casarett, a physician and professor at University of Pennsylvania, aims to offer a medical practitioner’s perspective on the controversial plant. He experimented on himself and met experts and patients around the world to discover how marijuana does (or doesn’t) work in relieving the pain and symptoms of many long-term conditions.

Lighting up the debate will be Steve Auerbach, Esq, of the Cannabis Growers Association of Pennsylvania, Will Jones, from Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), and Joseph Morgan, MD, certified in Cannabinoid Medicine by the American Association of Cannabinoid Medicine.

Director and CEO of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, George M. Wohlreich, MD, says of the debate, “The College of Physicians welcomes open discussion on controversial topics such as medical marijuana. Since it was founded in 1787 the College has been a platform for experts to share ideas and opinions about public health and medicine. We hope that this joint debate with Penn Wissahickon Hospice will resonate with the public and with stakeholders alike – everyone with an interest in this issue should attend.”

The event takes place on Thursday, July 30 from 6:30pm at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, home of the Mütter Museum and the Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden. Sign up now online. Event tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and members of the museum. Dr. Casarett’s book Stoned will be available for purchase at the event. Patrons are reminded there is no smoking or illegal activity permitted onsite.

This event is presented by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and Penn Wissahickon Hospice, with support from Good Shepherd Penn Partners.

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