The 3nd Annual SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) Marijuana Education Summit will be held Thursday, March 31, 2016, at The Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, in conjunction with the 5th Annual National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. Project SAM’s leaders are among the world’s most prominent voices calling for science-based marijuana education and awareness.

NOTE: This day-long conference requires a separate registration.

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SAM Registration Fees

Register early to take advantage of the best rates. If you are already attending the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit and need to extend your hotel reservations, please contact Cheryl Keaton at 606-657-3218 or

Through March 27, 2016 $245
On-Site March 28-31, 2016 $325

Payments may be made by check, MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. Credit card payments will be reflected as “Operation UNITE” on statements.

SAM Summit Agenda

(Agenda updated 3-15-16)

9:00 a.m. President’s Address
Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, Director, Drug Policy Institute, University of Florida, and Co-Founder Project SAM
9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
Frances M. Harding, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
9:30 a.m. Featured Keynote
Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator, United States Drug Enforcement Administration
10:30 a.m. Pot Poster Boy to NORML Nemesis: Dr. Bob DuPont and What History Can Teach Us
Robert L. DuPont, MD, Founding President, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.
11:30 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. Science Keynote
Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Former Acting Commissioner, United States Food and Drug Administration
12:45 p.m. Lunch Address: International Drug Policy Issues
William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, United States Department of State
1:30 p.m. Lessons From Ohio
Tony Coder, Assistant Director, Drug Free Action Alliance, Chairman, Ohio SAM
2:15 p.m. The 5 Things You Need To Know About: Marijuana & the Workplace; Litigation; Big Marijuana
Ben Cort, Director of Professional Relations, Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation
Other speakers to be announced
3:15 p.m. The Human Impact of Marijuana
Sally Schindel, Treasurer, Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy
3:45 p.m. State Focus Groups: Developments in 2016
5:15 p.m. SAM Outreach and Call To Action
Jeffrey Zinsmeister, JD, Executive Vice President and Director of Government Relations, Project SAM
5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, Director, Drug Policy Institute, University of Florida, and Co-Founder Project SAM

SAM Summit Sponsors

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Burning Tree-SAM-web  CeDAR-SAM-web  

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