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9th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference

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· Sessions
Biden-Harris Can Do It! Campaign Update
An update on the latest developments in Congress, current news on Biden administration activity and the progress of ASA’s No Patient Left Behind Campaign.
Dustin McDonald
2021-04-29T12:00:00Z 2021-04-30T22:00:00Z America/New_York Biden-Harris+Can+Do+It%21+Campaign+Update Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
Kids and Cannabis: How to have the conversation
Talking with their kids about cannabis continues to present a challenge for patients. Learn how to approach the conversation with children of all ages.
Mskindness Ramirez, MA.Ed
2021-04-29T12:00:00Z 2021-04-30T22:00:00Z America/New_York Kids+and+Cannabis%3A+How+to+have+the+conversation Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
USP Perspectives on Cannabis Quality
A summary of the U.S. Pharmacopeia as an organization and how they approach evaluating cannabis standards and quality.
Dr. Nandakumara D. Sarma, RPh, Phd
2021-04-29T12:00:00Z 2021-04-30T22:00:00Z America/New_York USP+Perspectives+on+Cannabis+Quality Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
Removing Barriers: Housing, Healthcare & Employment
From facing eviction, to lack of health coverage, to losing a job, cannabis patients face many barriers when it comes to housing, healthcare and employment.
Rep. Chris Rabb Abbie Bennett Andrew Brisbo
2021-04-29T12:15:00Z 2021-04-29T12:47:00Z America/New_York Removing+Barriers%3A+Housing%2C+Healthcare+%26+Employment+ Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
Kids & Cannabis: A Life Saving Treatment
Children remain one of the most vulnerable patient populations. How can we protect and support those minor medical cannabis patients and their caregivers.
Parisa Mansouri-Rad Rylie Maedler Michael Hiller Mara Gordon
2021-04-29T12:50:00Z 2021-04-29T13:20:00Z America/New_York Kids+%26+Cannabis%3A+A+Life+Saving+Treatment Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
High Cost: Regulating Affordable and Accessible Medicine
Although 36 states have legalized medical cannabis in some form, many patients are unable to access affordable medicine. How can this gap be resolved.
Amy Dawn Bourlon-Hilterbran, CNA, HNP, CCN Mona Zhang Chaney Turner Philippe Lucas, PhD
2021-04-29T13:30:00Z 2021-04-29T14:00:00Z America/New_York High+Cost%3A+Regulating+Affordable+and+Accessible+Medicine Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
Elevating Truth: Laying the Groundwork for Clinical Medical Cannabis Research
While prohibition has been a major barrier to research, the legal status is only one of the many challenges that researchers must face.
Cherissa Jackson Dr. Brandie M. Cross, PhD Abbey Roudebush, Esq. Ryan Basen
2021-04-29T14:05:00Z 2021-04-29T14:25:00Z America/New_York Elevating+Truth%3A+Laying+the+Groundwork+for+Clinical+Medical+Cannabis+Research Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
Building Trust: Engaging in Medical Professional Education
Time and time again, state models for testing come up short for patients, and it is time for federal intervention. What would a unified standard look like?
David Downs Élan Sudenburg Sheri L. Tarr, JD
2021-04-29T14:40:00Z 2021-04-29T15:10:00Z America/New_York Building+Trust%3A+Engaging+in+Medical+Professional+Education Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Day 1 Closing Remarks
2021-04-29T15:45:00Z 2021-04-29T15:50:00Z America/New_York Day+1+Closing+Remarks Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Networking
Members-only Social Space
These social spaces are grouped by patient identities with an additional open networking room. Join in and strike up a conversation.
2021-04-29T15:45:00Z 2021-04-29T18:00:00Z America/New_York Members-only+Social+Space Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
The Patient’s Guide to Contaminants
An overview of ASA's newest report, the Patient's Guide to Contaminants.
Heather Despres, M.Sc. Holly E. Johnson, Ph.D
2021-04-30T12:00:00Z 2021-04-30T12:32:00Z America/New_York The+Patient%E2%80%99s+Guide+to+Contaminants Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
Ending the Federal Conflict: Changing the Paradigm on Medical Cannabis
How to end the federal conflict through legislation that will create federal oversight of medical cannabis and require the government to work for patients.
Dr. Dustin Sulak, D.O. Lenita Y. SimsSpears, Esq. Trelaine Ito
2021-04-30T12:45:00Z 2021-04-30T13:15:00Z America/New_York Ending+the+Federal+Conflict%3A+Changing+the+Paradigm+on+Medical+Cannabis Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
Marvin Washington
2021-04-30T13:15:00Z 2021-04-30T13:20:00Z America/New_York Keynote Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
Global Update: International Rescheduling and Standards
In Dec. 2020, the UN adopted the WHO's recommendations to remove cannabis from Schedule IV, what does this mean for the US and other medical cannabis countries?
Steph Sherer Pavel Pachta Dr. Danni Gordon, MD, CCFP, ABOIM
2021-04-30T13:20:00Z 2021-04-30T14:05:00Z America/New_York Global+Update%3A+International+Rescheduling+and+Standards Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
COVID Protections & Expanding Access State by State
ASA worked with states to ensure that COVID plans that designated cannabis essential and improve access. What is the status of these protections today?
Debbie Churgai Rep. Yousef Rabhi Nicole Redler
2021-04-30T14:10:00Z 2021-04-30T14:40:00Z America/New_York COVID+Protections+%26+Expanding+Access+State+by+State Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
Under Construction: Assembling Federal Policy Reform
Over 100 days into the Biden admin., patients are still waiting for a signal of reform coming. How will Congress step in with legislation of their own?
Dustin McDonald
2021-04-30T14:40:00Z 2021-04-30T15:10:00Z America/New_York Under+Construction%3A+Assembling+Federal+Policy+Reform Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Networking
This members-only space will bring attendees together to begin the weekend with a fun Friday night. Share this happy hour in individual or group conversations.
2021-04-30T20:00:00Z 2021-04-30T22:00:00Z America/New_York FRIDAY+PARTY%21 Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)


Marvin Washington

Athletes For CARE Ambassador, NFL Super Bowl Winner & Cannabis Advocate

Mara Gordon

Cannabis entrepreneur and TEDx speaker

Andrew Brisbo

Executive Director, Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency

Ryan Basen

Writer, Enterprise & Investigative Reporting, MedPage Today

Philippe Lucas, PhD

VP, Global Patient Research & Access, Tilray

Chaney Turner

Founder, Beyond Equity

Trelaine Ito

Legislative Assistant, Office of Sentator Brian Schatz

Mona Zhang

States Cannabis Policy Reporter, Politico

Dr. Danni Gordon, MD, CCFP, ABOIM

Vice Chair, UK Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society

Lenita Y. SimsSpears, Esq.

Sr. Regulatory Compliance Consultant, LYS Compliance Consulting

Holly E. Johnson, Ph.D

Chief Science Officer, American herbal products association

Amy Dawn Bourlon-Hilterbran, CNA, HNP, CCN

CEO, Millennium Grown

Abbie Bennett

Capitol Hill reporter at Connecting Vets

Sheri L. Tarr, JD

Chief Advisor and Founder, '68PARTNERS

Pavel Pachta

Director for International Regulatory Affairs, ICCI

Michael Hiller

Founding Member, Hiller, PC, Attorneys at Law

Dr. Nandakumara D. Sarma, RPh, Phd

Director, Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines, USP

Abbey Roudebush, Esq.

Senior Manager, Government Relations & Advocacy, Epilepsy Foundation

Nicole Redler

Senior Community Affairs Manager, Eaze

Élan Sudenburg

CEO of Alkemists Labs

Rylie Maedler

President of Rylie's Smile Foundation & CEO of Rylie's Sunshine LLC

Dr. Brandie M. Cross, PhD

Founder & Director of Research and Development at The Pot Lab

Ivory Davis, MN, RN

Cannabis Nurse Advocate

Cherissa Jackson

AMVETS Chief Medical Executive

Dr. Janice Knox, MD, MBA

Physician, Doctors Knox

Rep. Chris Rabb

Pennsylvania State Representative

David Downs

California Bureau Chief,

Dr. Larry Bedard

American Medical Association Cannabis Task Force

Dr. Dustin Sulak, D.O.; Integr8Health

Parisa Mansouri-Rad

President of Fourtwenty and Founder of MjMomma Consulting

Rep. Yousef Rabhi

Michigan State Representative

Mskindness Ramirez, MA.Ed

Founder, Club Kindness

Steph Sherer

Founder, ASA

Heather Despres, M.Sc.

Program Director, PFC

Dustin McDonald

Interim Policy Director, ASA

Debbie Churgai

Executive Director, ASA

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The mission of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic use and research.

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