2017 Schedule

Friday, April 7, 2017

5:00pmMain Conference Registration Opens

7:00pm - 9:00pmWelcome Reception

10:00pmRegistration Closes

Saturday, April 8, 2017

7:30amRegistration Opens

8:00amBreakfast

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.

Dr. Ethan Russo, Medical Director, Phytecs

Dr. Tomas Zabransky, Board Member, International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI)

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

 

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.

Dr. Jeff Raber, Founder, The Werc Shop

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

Mohammed Mustafa, B.S., Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Ethan Russo, Medical Director, Phytecs

 

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.

Don Duncan, Board Member, Americans for Safe Access

Eric Steenstra, President, Vote Hemp

Patrick Seifert, President & Founder, Twenty22Many

Gail Rand, Patient Advocate, ForwardGro

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

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

Dr. Carla Rossotti

 

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, 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

Jenna Mathis, Government Relations Manager, Epilepsy Foundation

Michael Krawitz, Executive Director, Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access

 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

7:30amRegistration Opens

8:00amBreakfast

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, President, HempMeds Mexico

María de los Angeles Lobos

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

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

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

Dr. Christina Marrongelli  B.S.P.S, 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
Sports and Medical Cannabis Stakeholder Session

4:00pm - 4:30pmBreak

4:30pm - 6:00pmStakeholder Report Back

Monday, April 10, 2017

7:30amRegistration Opens

8:00amBreakfast

9:00am - 5:00pmWorkshop Sessions 

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

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

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

 

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch

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

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

 
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: 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.

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.

3:30pm – 4:00pm: Break

4:00pm – 5:00pm: ABC’s of Citizen Lobbying (part two!) 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.

Afternoon Breakout #2

1:30pm – 2:30pm: 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.

2:30pm – 3:30pm: 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.

3:30pm – 4:00pm: Break

4:00pm – 5:00pm: CBD-Only 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?

Workshop 3: Cannabis Care Certification - Morning Session Only

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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