Sept. 21 Online Event Explores Medical, Agricultural Benefits of Cannabis

Cannabis in Nebraska

For Immediate Release

Sept. 21 Online Event Explores Medical, Agricultural Benefits of Cannabis

LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 10, 2021) – As cannabis becomes more prevalent across the US, the medical field and various industries are exploring the possibilities offered by this ancient crop. But as we move towards broader social acceptance, we should explore what we know about this plant including its medical and agricultural possibilities and the history of cannabis laws and why they have disproportionately impacted communities of color.

Join Nebraska Public Media and NOVA for a live-streamed event, “Cannabis in Nebraska: Medicine, Agriculture & the Law,” at 6 p.m. CT, Tuesday, Sept. 21. Learn more and register to watch at The event will include a screening of clips from the upcoming NOVA film The Cannabis Question followed by a panel discussion featuring experts in neuroscience, chemistry, and law.

The cannabis plant is used as a recreational and medicinal drug. Cannabis-based products come from the dried flowering buds, leaves, stems, and seeds of the Cannabis sativa (hemp) plant.

The panel discussion will explore what is known about this plant, including the latest evidence of the plant’s potential medical benefits, risks to the developing brain, the benefits and challenges of cannabis in the agricultural community, and cannabis law.

Panelists include:

Sarah Holt, Writer, Producer, and Director, The Cannabis Question

Dr. Kelly Dineen, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law Program at Creighton University

Dr. Andrea Holmes, Professor of Chemistry and Director of Cannabis Studies at Doane University

Dr. Yasmin Hurd, Ward-Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience and Director of the Addiction Institute, Mount Sinai

Dennis Kellogg, Nebraska Public Media News Director, will moderate the discussion.

Nebraska Public Media is a partner in NOVA’s work to highlight issues that exist at the intersection of science and society. Watch other digital short-form videos and learn more at

Major funding for The Cannabis Question and the Science & Society Project is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and others. Funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the NOVA Science Trust and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The Cannabis Question will air at 8 p.m. CT, Wednesday, Sept. 29 on Nebraska Public Media.

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