Faith in Cannabis: Religion, Science, and Justice in PA's Medical Marijuana Program
Sunday, June 2 from 2:00-5:00pm
Explore the intersection of faith and cannabis with religious leaders, medical experts, industry innovators, and community partners. Free childcare (ages 5 and up) provided for registered attendees.
For more information, contact Candice Nemoff (267-930-7293).
REVEREND GREG HOLSTON | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of POWER
Rev. Holston is a recognized community activist, pastor, and leader known for advocating for racial and economic justice.
Today, he is the Executive Director of POWER: Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild; 50 + congregations representing nearly 50,000 individuals dedicated to building a city of opportunity that works for all. POWER is currently working with a coalition of community groups, activists and houses of faith to promote fairer wage policies, fair funding at schools and justice for returning citizens. Rev Holston also served as the National President of OIC of America, helping the organization raise 4.5 million dollars in federal grants for workforce development.
In May 2014 as a leader of POWER’s Economic Justice Team, Reverend Holston helped to lead a coalition to raise the living wage to $12 per hour for all Philadelphia contracted and subcontractor workers – in particular, the nearly 4000 workers at the Philadelphia International Airport. As result, a city-wide referendum was passed making the living wage for all Philadelphia contracted and subcontracted workers, $12 per hour.
Reverend Holston is an Elder in the United Methodist Church. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pa., a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Masters of Education degree from Cheyney University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.
Reverend Holston is experienced as a pastor, businessman, entrepreneur, college professor, speaker and community activist. However, his most important role is serving as a devoted and loving husband to Deborah, his beautiful wife, and father to the four children they share, Taheerah, Jamila, Nia, and Nasser.
FATHER KIRK BERLENBACH | Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
Canon For Support and Growth
Through his role at the state level, Father Kirk is instrumental in connecting the community; developing new and innovative ministries; and maximize use of church buildings and grounds.
ARI C. GREIS, D.O. | Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Ari Greis is a board-certified physician who specializes in the non-operative treatment of spinal and musculoskeletal disorders. He is the director of the Medical Cannabis Department at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute and is a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Emerging Health Professions and the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp. He is interested in the treatment of chronic pain with cannabis as an alternative to opioids. Dr. Greis is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University who has published numerous research articles, textbook chapters, and continues to teach and lecture to residents and medical students. Dr. Greis served as the chief resident at the University of Washington in Seattle and is fellowship trained in sports and spine rehabilitation. He performs fluoroscopic guided spine injections, ultrasound guided peripheral joint injections, trigger point injections, and electrodiagnostic testing.