Florida A&M University (FAMU) Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) will host Part Two of “Cannabis and Religion” in the Conversations on Cannabis Virtual Forum at noon, Thursday, June 24.
The episode will be streamed on Streamyard, Facebook Live and YouTube, and will feature a diverse panel of faith-based leaders sharing their views on the topic.
Father Dustin Feddon, Rabbi Yaakov Cohen, the Reverend Lenny Marshall, Ph.D., and Ben Temer, will join the discussion on cannabis and religion.
Feddon is a priest in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee and the executive director of Joseph House, a nonprofit ministry designed to support the complete restoration and full reintegration of formerly-incarcerated individuals into local communities and neighborhoods.
Cohen, who is the CEO and founder of Whole Kosher Services, received his Rabbinic Ordination in Israel in 1996. He is also the president of the Returning Light, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of Torah and Kabbalah.
Marshall, who received a degree in social work from Florida State University and Florida A&M University, is a pastor at St. Philip AME Church and the director of Diversity and Inclusion at Big Ben Hospice.
Temer, is the founder of the International Jewish Cannabis Association, which celebrates Jewish connections to cannabis and to bring more Jewish people around the world into the ever-growing cannabis community.
“Different religions and faiths have varying postures on the use of cannabis, historically and presently,” MMERI Executive Director Patricia Green-Powell said. “This group of diverse faith-based leaders will share their respective postures.”
Host Heidi Otway will facilitate the faith-based conversation about medical marijuana and how it is perceived in religious circles. There are some members of the faith-based community who support the use of medical cannabis and some who do not.
The Conversations on Cannabis Virtual Forum is designed to educate, learn and talk with Floridians about the basics of marijuana for medical use and the unlawful use of marijuana.