2018 Schedule

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

7:00pm                              Main Conference Registration Opens


8:00pm – 10:00pm             Welcome Reception


10:00pm                            Registration Closes



Wednesday, May 23, 2018  

A Federal Focus


8:00am                              Registration Opens


8:00am – 9:00am               Breakfast


8:30am – 9:00am               Opening Remarks


9:00am – 9:45am               CARERS Act and the Opioid Crisis Panel


10:00am – 11:00am            ABC Citizen Lobbying Workshop


11:15am                              Board Buses to Capitol Hill


12:00pm                             Capitol Hill Press Conference


12:45pm                             Capitol Hill Group Photo


1:00pm – 6:00pm                Capitol Hill Senate & House Meetings


3:00pm – 6:00pm                State De-brief Meet-ups


7:00pm – 8:00pm                Awards Reception – VIP/Awards Dinner Ticket Required


8:00pm – 9:30pm                Awards Dinner



Thursday, May 24, 2018  

A State & International Focus  


9:00am                               Registration Opens


9:00am – 10:00am              Breakfast


9:30am – 10:00am              Remarks


10:00am – 11:00 am           Intervention: How Government Can Save Lives 

With 100 lives lost a day to the opioid crisis, government’s responsibility couldn’t be clearer.  Hear how some government officials are working to break down barriers to access and create the safety protocols we need to end this epidemic. 

Moderator: David Mangone, JD, Legislative Counsel, Americans for Safe Access

Daniel O'Donnell, New York State Assemblyman 


11:00am – 11:15 am           Break


11:15am – 12:15pm            Preventing Poison: Consumers’ Role in Quality Assurance 

As the cannabis industry grows exponentially in both access and demand for product.  With a fast-growing market, the disparity between medical-grade, quality cannabis and alternatives only widens.  ASA’s leading the effort to ensure that product quality isn’t an afterthought and empowering you to ensure that across the country medicine is truly accessible.

Moderator: Jahan Marcu, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Auditor, Americans for Safe Access 

Ezra Pryor, Past Chair, Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision (CANN)  

Trish Flaster, Executive Director, Botanical Liaisons  

Jeff Raber, PhD, Founder, The Werc Shop  


12:15 pm – 1:30 pm            Stakeholder Lunch


1:30 pm- 2:30 pm               Connect Four: Educating Patients, Physicians, Providers, and Policy Makers

The ecosystem of cannabis is growing as more and more people learn and utilize it for its many benefits.  With more people come more questions, and it takes an entire team of people to educate and advocate on behalf of the facts.  Hear from leading experts from the various facets of the cannabis ecosystem about what they are doing to make sure people know the truth. 

Moderator: Debbie Churgai, Associate Director, Americans for Safe Access

Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD,   Editor-in-Chief,   TheAnswerPage.com 

Deb Kimless, Medical Director, ForwardGro

Sarah Laucks, MD, Director Education and Events, Abilities Expo

Debby Miran, Former Commissioner, Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission


2:30pm – 3:30pm               Addiction to Global Pain: How the World Is Treating Pain with Medical Cannabis

As advocates and decision makers in the United States learn of yet another reason why cannabis is a valuable medicine, the global community is quickly gaining knowledge and expertise as well.  The global cannabis movement is alive and well, and lessons from it can inform efforts here in the USA. 

Moderator: Steph Sherer, Executive Director, Americans for Safe Access

Ethan Russo, MD, Senior Medical Advisor, GW Pharmaceuticals  

Tomas Sadilek, Director of Government Affairs, International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI) 

Pavel Kubů, Chief Executive Officer, International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI) 


3:30pm – 3:45pm               Break


4:00pm – 5:00pm               People over Process: Making Lives a Priority in Public Policy

No one fighting to stay alive or for relief from extreme pain needs to be told how important this fight is for themselves and the American People.  Yet still many obstacles stand in the way to success.  How can you as individuals and members of your community keep the momentum going?  Learn from some of the best as they tell you their stories and their hope for the future.

Moderator: Don Duncan, California Director, Americans for Safe Access

Christine Stenquist, President, Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) 

Julie Prom, Director & Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Women in Cannabis 

Ellen Smith, Board Member, U.S. Pain Foundation 

Diana Dodson 


5:00pm – 5:30pm               Closing Remarks


Friday, May 25, 2018  

Patient Focused Certification (PFC) Program


9:00am - 12:00pm               PFC Course: Federal Law Enforcement Interaction and Raid Preparedness Training ($25 add-on)

This training will give a brief overview of federal cannabis laws, the history of medical cannabis laws, and the conflict between state and federal laws. The training will teach participants how to be prepared for Law Enforcement interactions of all kinds. This training is suggested for patients, providers and anyone working in the medical cannabis industry.

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