Rapper Freeway will speak at Pittsburgh medical cannabis conference

RocNation rapper Freeway will talk about how marijuana helped him find relief for his kidney disease and other personal connections to cannabis during several panels at the World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo taking place April 21-22 in Pittsburgh, PA.

In 2015 Freeway, born Leslie Edward Pridgin, was diagnosed with end stage renal failure and underwent emergency surgery and now on the list for a kidney transplant. Since then he has become a strong advocate and fundraiser for kidney disease for The National Kidney Foundation.

“Studies have shown the long-term use of cannabis to be safe. In contrast to many other medicinal drugs, the long-term use of cannabis does not harm stomach, liver, kidneys and heart,” Freeway said in an announcement from Greenhouse Ventures, the Philadelphia-based accelerator program for startups in the cannabis and hemp industries which is staging the conference.

Former Philadelphia Eagles lineman Todd Herremans says he is also “excited for the opportunity to openly discuss how cannabis has helped me personally, both in my everyday life, as well as throughout the course of my career in the NFL.” Herremans is one of several former pro athletes at the 2017 World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo representing Athletes for Care – a nonprofit foundation.

“Philadelphia has the potential to be the medical cannabis capital of the country,” says Greenhouse Ventures CEO Kevin Provost. “Philadelphia has a rich history in medical and education innovation backed by a core group of venture-development organizations, angel investors, and research institutions that are transferring their core competencies to the cannabis industry, which is positioning Pennsylvania as a leader in the US medical cannabis market.”

The 2017 World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo features cannabis industry training sessions, workshops, business pitches and medical cannabis courses for health care professionals to receive Continuing Medical Education credits. You can find more information or register for the conference here. Use promo code GHVElevatedNation for 15% discount on registration.


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