Philadelphia Bar Association Holding Medical Marijuana Forum 12#1 11/20/98

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A forum on the issue of legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association, will take place on Tuesday, 12/1, from 12:30-2:30pm at the Philadelphia Bar Education Center in Center City Philadelphia. Producers had hoped to present a balanced panel representing both proponents and opponents or medical marijuana, but all those invited from the federal government (Dept. of Justice and Office of National Drug Control Policy) declined invitations to speak.

Panelists will include:

1) Larry Hirsch, a Philadelphia attorney who filed a federal class action lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania earlier in the year on behalf of medical marijuana users. He will be speaking about the legal (particularly Constitutional) aspects of this issue.

2) Kiyoshi Kuromiya, the Editor and Publisher of Critical Path AIDS Project and a medical user of marijuana. He is a
plaintiff in the federal class action lawsuit filed by Larry Hirsch known as the Action Class for Freedom of Therapeutic Cannabis and will speak about his experience as a medical user of an illegal drug.

3) Dr. John P. Morgan, a researcher at the City University of New York Medical School and co-author of the book Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts. Dr. Morgan will speak about medical research on therapeutic cannabis.

4) Robert Kampia, Director of Government Relations for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to full-time lobbying at the federal level on the issue of marijuana law-reform. Kampia will speak about the state of the reform movement in the US as it relates to marijuana for medicinal use from a policy perspective.

For further information on this event, contact Mariana Rossman, (215) 247-0074 (phone), (215) 247-0931 (fax), [email protected].

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