MMA Forum: A Physician's Take on Recreational Marijuana

This forum will be an opportunity to learn more about the health effects of marijuana, and what legalizing recreational marijuana could mean for Minnesota.  It will include a 45-minute panel discussion, followed by table discussions in which attendees will have the opportunity to dive deeper into the issue. 

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  • Thursday, June 6 
  • 5 to 8 p.m. (5-6 p.m. registration/networking and 6-8 p.m. program)
  • 317 on Rice Park (317 Washington St, St Paul)

Speakers Panel

  • Darin J. Erickson, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota
  • David Thorson, MD, Entira Family Clinics
  • Sheila Specker, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Director of Addiction Medicine Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Table Discussions

  • Youth Access to Marijuana: How does marijuana affect youth health?
  • Marijuana and Pregnancy: What are the potential health effects of using marijuana during pregnancy?
  • Race and Marijuana: How does the criminalization of marijuana use disproportionately harm (health and social effects) people of color?
  • Marijuana and Mental Health: What are the effects of marijuana use on mental health?
  • The Legalization Debate: What is the role of medicine and science in this debate?