Colorado's Cannabis Conversation @ Galvanize, Denver [18 April]

Colorado's Cannabis Conversation

18:00 - 21:00

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1644 Platte St, Denver, Colorado 80202

TEDxMileHigh’s latest conversation seeks to better understand the intricacies of marjijuana from the commercialization and medical use to pop culture and politics surrounding this controversial substance.

As 4/20 approaches, Coloradans revisit their unique and recent history of the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. As a result of its unprecedented decriminalization in Colorado six years ago, the conversation on whether or not it’s good for society has accelerated. Whether you’re a frequent user of marijuana, the occasional dabbler, or never tried once in your life, come learn more from intellectually diverse panelists from Colorado who will share the stage to engage in thoughtful dialogue and help us better understand the controversial Conversation.

*Please note: there will not be ANY cannabis or marjijuana products present at this event. It is a panel-discussion only.


Ben Cort is a past TEDxMileHigh speaker whose talk, Surprising truths about legalizing marijuana, has sparked much debate throughout the cannabis community. His passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Sober since 6/15/96, Ben has been a part of the recovery community in almost every way imaginable; from a recipient to a provider to a spokesperson, Cort has a deep understanding of the issues and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimized.

Dr. Doris Gundersen is board certified in both general adult and forensic psychiatry. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado where she teaches medical students residents and fellows. Additionally Dr. Gundersen maintains a private practice in general adult and forensic psychiatry. She is also the medical director for the Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) and for eighteen years, has been dedicated to assisting physicians with serious illnesses and providing education to medical communities locally, nationally and internationally concerning physician health. Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, she has been active in educating medical communities and regulatory agencies about the potential medical and public health consequences of acute as well as chronic use of marijuana.

Dr. Laura F. Martin is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is a board certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist. She has been recognized as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Her professional roles include serving as the Medical Director of the Center for Dependence, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) at UCHealth, Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and as President of the Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine. She regularly works with individuals with both substance use disorders and other behavioral health disorders to improve their physical and mental health and has published peer reviewed research and clinical reviews regarding this work.


Ricardo Baca is a veteran journalist and thought leader in the legal cannabis space. After serving more than two decades as a staff writer, editor and critic at daily newspapers, Ricardo’s editors at The Denver Post named him the paper’s first-ever Cannabis Editor in 2013. Now Ricardo is considered to be the world’s first (and “most prestigious” according to Vice) marijuana editor; founder of award-winning news vertical The Cannabist; primary subject of Rolling Papers, a documentary released theatrically in February 2016; one of Brookings Institution’s 12 Key People to Watch in Marijuana Policy; one of Fortune magazine’s 7 Most Powerful People in America’s Marijuana Industry; one of Time magazine’s 140 best Twitter feeds; one of Sensi magazine’s 24 Cannabis Pioneers Who Matter.


Galvanize on Platte

With the Mile High city quickly becoming a mecca for tech entrepreneurs and growing startups, Galvanize’s second Denver campus provides a home for this amazing community to thrive. As a prominent co-working office located between LoDo and LoHi, Galvanize offers the ideal space for ideas to flourish.


TEDxMileHigh Conversations brings together diverse voices for a monthly series that invites people to challenge their thinking in difficult discussions surrounding the complicated issues facing the country. From topics examining homelessness, immigration, guns, taxes, or religion, there is no limit to where the conversation might lead. So prepare to listen, talk, and engage with a stranger over these tough Conversations, so that we can better understand each other and ourselves.
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