2017 GETA Fall Cannabis Science Symposium

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Written by Cara Wietstock

Northern California symposium will educate anyone interested in focused areas of cannabis science.

The Genetic and Environmental Toxicology Association (GETA) of Northern California was founded in 1979. Since their founding, GETA has remained focused on promoting the acquisition of knowledge, encourage research, and facilitate communication as related to environmental and genetic toxicology in Northern California. The association is open to any person who is working, studying, teaching, or simply showing interest in environmental and genetic toxicology is open to membership. To promote membership dues are kept low and GETA hosts up to three scientific meetings per year.

Their 2017 Fall Symposium is entitled ‘The Science of Cannabis: Endocannabinoid Signaling and Pesticides in Cannabis Cultivation’ and will feature three lectures. Speakers include Dr. Jill Townzen from the CA Department of Pesticide Regulation, Dr. Sue Guo from the UCSF School of Pharmacy and Medicine, and Dr. Cindy Orsner from Digipath Inc. cannabis testing lab based in Nevada. Dr. Townzen will teach GETA members about the differences in regulating pesticide use in the cannabis plant. The next speech from Dr. Guo covers the topic of ‘Endocannabinoid Signaling in Brain Development, Function, and Homeostasis’. And then Dr. Orsner will round it out with a compelling call to action regarding ‘The Need for Standardization in the Cannabis Industry’.

The event will take place at Elihu M. Harris Office Building in the city of Oakland. After these speeches from some valued minds in cannabis science, there will be a hosted reception at Max’s Diner & Bar. The event is complimentary to attendees, who will be served appetizers and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) as they discuss these exciting topics. To attend the reception, be sure to RSVP to Greg Brorby ( by November 30, 2017.

For students or those in postdoctorate the price for entry is $10, GETA members current on their dues will pay $20, and those who are new to GETA pay $40 but also receive a year’s membership along with entry to the cannabis science symposium.

About the author

Cara Wietstock

Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the plant have brought her to Terpenes and Testing magazine. She now helps keep us on the cutting edge of scientific cannabis discovery as the Editor-in-Chief of the print publication.

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