2017 Schedule

Friday, April 7, 2017

5:00pmMain Conference Registration Opens

8:00pm - 10:00pmWelcome Reception

10:00pmRegistration Closes

Saturday, April 8, 2017

7:30amRegistration Opens


9:00am - 9:30amWelcome from the Executive Director

A look back at the progress ASA and the medical cannabis movement have made and how we will chart a path forward.

Steph Sherer, Executive Director, Americans for Safe Access


9:30am - 10:00amKeynote Address

State Senator Tom Davis is a leading advocate for access to safe, quality medical cannabis in his home state of South Carolina. Hear his story of evolution and advocacy as he champions the cause in the deep south.

Hon. Tom Davis, State Senator, South Carolina Senate


10:00am - 11:00amChallenges in Medical Cannabis Research

While prohibition has been a large barrier to research, the legal status is only one of challenges researchers face. This panel will explore other challenges that researchers face including funding, source material, technology for clinical trial design, gap in research tools, and scientific coordination.

Ethan Russo, MD, Senior Medical Advisor, GW Pharmaceuticals

Tomas Zabransky, MD, PhD, Chief Scientist, International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI)

Cynthia Ludwig, Director of Technical Services, American Oil Chemists’ Society

Christina Marrongelli BSPS+, PharmD, ECHealthcare™ and Integrative Pharmacy Solutions


11:00am - 12:30pmExciting Developments in Cannabis Research & Access

Medical cannabis research and the development of research tools is happening everyday.  This panel includes a diverse group of scientists that will share some exciting new developments in their various fields of expertise.

Jeff Raber, PhD, Founder, The Werc Shop

Susan Audino, PhD, Course Instructor, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation

Mohammed Mustafa, BS, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Ethan Russo, MD, Senior Medical Advisor, GW Pharmaceuticals

Stuart W. Titus, PhD, Chief Executive Officer & President Medical Marijuana, Inc.


12:30pm - 1:30pmLunch

1:30pm - 3:00pmState of Medical Cannabis in the U.S.

Today 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam all have medical cannabis laws. Each of these programs are in conflict with federal law and each have their unique challenges.

John Hudak PhD, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Eric Steenstra, President, Vote Hemp

Patrick Seifert, President & Founder, Twenty22Many

Gail Rand, CFO & Patient Advocate, ForwardGro

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

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

Carla Rossotti Vázquez, MD


3:00pm - 4:30pmASA Action: Connecting ASA Tools to Advocacy

There are a number of resources available from ASA to not only help pass, improve, and adopt laws and regulations in your state, but also to educate medical professionals, patients, and family members. 

Steph Sherer, Executive Director, Americans for Safe Access

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

Beth Collins, Senior Director of Government Relations and External Affairs, Americans for Safe Access

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

Don Duncan, Board Member, Americans for Safe Access


4:00pm - 4:45pmBreak

4:45pm - 6:00pmChanging Hearts and Minds: Looking at the Path to Safe and Open Access to Medicine

A panel on the work that is required to create a normal pathway to life-saving drugs from others who’ve dealt with the process.

Beth Collins, Director of Government Relations & External Affairs, Americans for Safe Access

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

John Wylam, Government Relations Manager, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Jenna Mathis, Government Relations Manager, Epilepsy Foundation

Michael Krawitz, Executive Director, Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access


Sunday, April 9, 2017

7:30amRegistration Opens


9:00am - 11:00amGlobal Medical Cannabis Policy & Lessons Learned

Learn about the latest efforts globally to access Medical Cannabis from leading experts. 

Steph Sherer, Executive Director, Americans for Safe Access

Dion Markgraaff, Hemp Industry Icon & First-ever EU Cannabis Cup Organizer

María de los Angeles Lobos, Director, Dianova Chile

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

Tomas Zabransky, MD, PhD, Board Member, International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI)

Vicki Hanson, PhD Student, Department of Government, UWI

Hana Gabrielová, Project Manager, International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI)


11:00am - 12:30pmState of Medical Cannabis Regulation

Regulations are an integral part of every commercial good and service. For the last 4 years, cannabis standards have been adopted in several states based on regulatory tools such as Patient Focused Certification (PFC), ISO17025, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Recommendations for Regulators, and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) Cannabis monograph. 

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

Paul Hyland, Program Administrator, Delaware Office of Medical Marijuana

Nic Easley, Chief Executive Officer, 3C: Comprehensive Cannabis Consulting

Todd Dalotto, Horticultural Scientist / Consultant, CAN! Consulting, Albany, Oregon

Trish Flaster - Executive Director, Botanical Liaisons

Christina Marrongelli  BSPS, PharmD, ECHealthcare and Integrative Pharmacy Solutions


12:30pm - 1:30pmLunch

1:30pm - 4:00pmStakeholder Meetings

Medical Cannabis Patients & Caregivers Stakeholder Session
Medical Professional Stakeholder Session
Veterans Stakeholder Session
Cannabis Industry Stakeholder Session
Parents of Medical Cannabis Patients Stakeholder Session
Medical Cannabis Researcher Stakeholder Session
Medical Cannabis Regulators Stakeholder Session

4:00pm - 4:30pmBreak

4:30pm - 6:00pmStakeholder Report Back

8:00pmMovie Night - The Scientist

Monday, April 10, 2017

7:30amRegistration Opens


9:00am - 5:00pmWorkshop Sessions 

Workshop 1: PFC Enrichment Courses
Discounted PFC enrichment courses available for full conference attendees.

8:00am – 10:00am: Sustainable Cultivation

Designed to help cultivators reduce their impact on the environment, this course provides tools for reducing the carbon footprint of cultivation operations as well as the use, recycling and reuse of mediums.  In addition, this course discusses appropriate nutrient use, the consequence of mined and imported materials, and the proper storage of chemicals.  Water source development, use, storage and reduction techniques are also addressed in this course as is the proper tracking of materials used during the cultivation process.


10:00am – 12:00pm: Pesticide Guidance and Integrated Pest Management

This course offers individuals specialized cannabis industry education that includes key definitions pertaining to pesticides and how to properly read a pesticide label. The training explores the importance and function of tolerance thresholds, major chemical families, Restricted Entry Intervals (REI’s), and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) as well as employee safety and employer responsibilities. You will also learn the key components to developing a successful Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. This course is highly recommended for all cultivation and processing management personnel. 


1:00pm – 3:00pm: Quality Control and Batch Sampling

This course offers individuals specialized education that includes developing and implementing Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) systems, including method validation and General Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) as they relate to QA/QC topics. Additionally, this course will explore “representative sampling” techniques and how to apply them to cultivation, processing, and manufacturing operations to ensure consistent product purity and quality as well as accurate labeling. This course is strongly recommended for management working in a Cannabis business.


3:00pm - 4:30pm: AHP Cannabis Monograph

This course offers individuals education on the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Cannabis Inflorescence monograph, which has been adopted by 19 States as the standard for quality control, purity, and testing for medical cannabis. The course combines aspects from the monograph including botany, taxonomy, analysis, and quality control of the cannabis plant. The course offers participants important tools to develop a strong foundation in many different chromatography and testing techniques used for cannabis. Additionally, the course provides teaching on the various ways to identify cannabis material at the macro- and microscopic levels. This course is recommended for quality control managers, chemists, researchers, and anyone that is seeking to understand the cannabis plant on a scientific and technical level.

Workshop 2: Advocacy & Activism

Learn methods and strategies to create greater impact in your local communities about how we secure the rights we have while expanding them in places we don't. 

9:00am – 10:30am: Opiate Crisis and Medical Cannabis Advocacy
This workshop will explore current scientific knowledge on opiates and cannabis, roadblocks for pain patients in the US in using cannabis therapies, and talking points, messaging, and tools for advocates.

11:00am – 12:30pm: Federal Legislation 2017 – 2018
This workshop will discuss current and potential federal medical cannabis legislation in the 115th Congress. Talk about what can and cannot happen in the Republican-dominated Congress and what role advocates can play.


12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch


Afternoon Breakout #1

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Meeting Facilitation

Running a group or public meeting is an essential tool in community organizing. A well-run meeting can empower the base, diffuse opposition and contribute to the success of a grassroots campaign. A poorly run meeting can do the opposite. This workshop explores processes and strategies for facilitating a meeting, with a focus on inclusion and non-oppression.

2:30pm – 3:30pm: ABC’s of Citizen Lobbying

This trademark training showing you step-by-step how to schedule and execute a face-to-face meeting with lawmakers to discuss medical cannabis. You will discuss simple steps to be effective and avoid common pitfalls, no matter how much experience you have.

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Running a Successful Ballot Initiative

Voter initiatives may be the only path forward for legalizing medical cannabis or reforming laws in the twenty-six states and countless communities where they are allowed. This workshop explores the pros and cons of the voter initiative and elements of a winning campaign. Participants will discuss drafting language, building support, overcoming opposition, using the media, getting out the vote and more.


Afternoon Breakout #2

1:30pm – 2:30pm: CBD-Only States States

This workshop looks at what comes next in states where CBD and CBD-rich medicine is legal, but not other types of medical cannabis. How do CBD laws fit into the bigger picture?

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Supporting Your Bill

This workshop explores strategies and tools for citizen-based lobbying efforts in support of medical cannabis bills. Participants will discuss how to engage elected officials and staff, building coalitions, using media and more.

4:00pm – 5:00pm: ABC’s of Citizen Lobbying

This trademark training showing you step-by-step how to schedule and execute a face-to-face meeting with lawmakers to discuss medical cannabis. You will discuss simple steps to be effective and avoid common pitfalls, no matter how much experience you have.


Workshop 3: Cannabis Care Certification - Morning Session Only
Discounted CCC course available for full conference attendees.  Comes with discount code to CME credit program.

This workshop will give participants an introduction of the recently launched Cannabis Care Certification (CCC) program. Created by ASA and The Answer Page, Inc., the CCC program is aimed to help doctors provide the best care for legal medical cannabis patients, and to help patients get the most from their medical cannabis use. This workshop will showcase the features and dynamic learning platform of the CCC program. Participants will get to view the patient education videos and will also receive a 12-month subscription to TheAnswerPage’s comprehensive medical cannabis library, and a discount code for 6 CME credits. This course is recommended for patients, caregiver, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, and all those interested in the science of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the therapeutic use of medical cannabis.

7:00pm - 8:00pmVIP Reception

8:00pm - 9:30pmASA Dinner

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

9:00amRegistration Opens

10:00am - 10:30amClosing Remarks

10:30amBoard Buses to Capitol Hill

11:30am - 12:30pmCapitol Hill Press Conference & Group Photo

12:00pm - 4:00pmCapitol Hill Visits

4:00pmBoard Buses to Omni Shoreham Hotel

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