AIHP to Host “Contested Cannabis” Online Roundtable

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The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that it will host an online virtual roundtable discussion on the topic of “Contested Cannabis: A History of Marijuana in Wisconsin and the Wider World.” The Roundtable will be a free online streaming event on December 8, 2021, from 1:00–2:30 PM Central Time (2:00–3:30 Eastern Time). Registration is required at the link below.

The “Contested Cannabis” roundtable will be hosted by Dr. Lucas Richert, the George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the AIHP Historical Director. Speakers at the event will include:

Dr. Emily Dufton, the author of Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America (Basic Books, 2017),

Dr. Natalie Schmitz, an Assistant Professor in the Pharmacy Practice Division of University of Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy and the faculty leader of University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) Cancer Pharmacology Lab.

Gabriel Carter, a graduate student in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research interests include the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine and Critical Drug Studies.

The “Contested Cannabis” roundtable is being held in conjunction with the recently launched online digital exhibit also called, “Contested Cannabis: A History of Marijuana in Wisconsin and the Wider World.” The online exhibit, hosted on AIHP’s digital library features historical artifacts, images, and texts about the history of cannabis and marijuana in Wisconsin and in the United States.

The exhibit explores the history of cannabis through five themes—Taxonomy; Hemp Agriculture; Pharmacy & Medicine; Propaganda & Education; and De/Criminalization—as well as a historical timeline. Material in the exhibit is drawn from historical collections at AIHP, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and other archives.

AIHP’s grant-funded project, “Contested Cannabis: A History of Marijuana in Wisconsin and the Wider World,” is designed to advance public debate by examining the legal, regulatory, and cultural history of cannabis—particularly the history of cannabis and marijuana in the Badger State.

AIHP is pleased to partner with Wisconsin Humanities on this project. Established in 1972, Wisconsin Humanities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that awards grants to strengthen the roots of community life through educational and cultural programs that inspire civic participation.

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