2015 SAM Summit


SAM keynote worksheet.inddThe 2nd Annual SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) Marijuana Education Summit – Stronger Together! – will be held Thursday, April 9, 2015, at The Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, in conjunction with the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit.

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

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

Space is limited for this event, so please register early. If you are already attending the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit and need to extend your hotel reservations, please contact Cheryl Keaton at 606-657-3218 or ckeaton@centertech.com as soon as possible.

Project SAM’s leaders are among the world’s most prominent voices calling for science-based marijuana education and awareness.

Registration Fees

All attendees registering from March 1 through April 5, 2015 $300
All attendees registering onsite after April 5, 2015 $325


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SAM Agenda: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Get the Facts – Learn the Science
Agenda subject to change. Updated 3-6-15.

9:00 a.m. President’s Address
Sabet_Kevin-smKevin A. Sabet, President, Project SAM
• Where are we with marijuana in the United States and where are we going?
• What should you be doing in 2015?
Dr. Sabet will discuss where the country is with marijuana today, and what the latest data in Colorado and elsewhere is telling us. He will discuss the critical differences between marijuana and the medical use of some of its components, and what the emerging data is telling us about various marijuana policies being implemented throughout the nation.
9:30 a.m. Featured Plenary with Q&A
McCaffrey_Barry-smGen. Barry R. McCaffrey, Honorary Board Member, SAM
Gen. McCaffrey was the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy during the Bill Clinton Administration. He oversaw the unprecedented reorganization of national policy and helped turn use rates around in the United States. In 2014, he joined SAM efforts as a critical advisor and partner. Gen. McCaffrey will discuss his time at ONDCP and what we can learn from history. He will put the current science and knowledge about marijuana into perspective, drawing on evidence and experience.
10:30 a.m. SAM Scientific Plenary
Volkow_Nora-smDr. Nora D. Volkow, MD
Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Dr. Volkow, as the head of NIDA, which conducts more than 85% of the world’s research on drug abuse, will discuss the state of the science worldwide with regards to marijuana. She will discuss how the brain reacts to marijuana, and how attendees can use that knowledge to create positive change in their communities and reduce drug abuse. Dr. Volkow will discuss NIDA’s role in national drug policy making, and what the data and research say on the non-medical use of marijuana and the medical use of some of marijuana’s components. Dr. Volkow will also discuss the latest science with regards to marijuana and mental health (especially psychosis) and what we know about marijuana and driving.
11:30 am International Policy Plenary
Simons_Paul-smAmbassador Paul E. Simons
Executive Secretary, Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission
Ambassador Simons will discuss Latin American developments (eg Uruguay) as they relate to marijuana, and update us on the attitudes in the Western Hemisphere on drug policy.
Noon Sit-Down Lunch
John_Fleming-smHonorable John C. Fleming, MD
United States Representative, R-Louisiana, 4th District
Dr. Fleming, the author of “Preventing Addiction: What Parents Must Know to Immunize Their Kids Against Drug And Alcohol Addiction,” will discuss his experiences working in the addictions field, and what people can do to understand the science and translate that into action. Dr. Fleming will also update attendees on issues related to Capitol Hill.
1:00 p.m. Stopping Big Marijuana in Your State – Ideas for Success
Cort_Ben-smBen Cort, Business Development Manager, Center for Addiction Recovery and Rehabilitation, Colorado SAM
NoPix_SAM-smBob Doyle
Executive Director, Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance, and Chair, Colorado SAM Coalition
Ben Cort and Bob Doyle, Colorado leaders of SAM, will discuss various issues with regards to the changing marijuana policy landscape in Colorado and elsewhere.
1:45 p.m. Workplace Impacts
Jo McGuire and Sue Rusche
It is vital to understand how marijuana affects the workplace, and how you can address this at the local level. We will discuss a new White Paper on the subject and how it is relevant to your work.
2:15 p.m. SAM Partner Presentations
• Parents Opposed to Pot
• The Other Side of Cannabis Film/Presentation
3:00 p.m. Regional Breakouts
4:30 p.m. Special Award Presentation and Final Call To Action

Continuing Education

PIM_Logo-CE2Continuing Education credits for are jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) and SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).
Target Audience
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, pharmacists, advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, social workers, addiction professionals, prevention professionals, health education specialists, certified counselors, lawyers and law enforcement officials.
Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Social Worker Credit Designation
Course meets the qualifications for 7.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science; Provider Number PCE5114.

Application under review for NAADAC credits.

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and will be emailed to you within three weeks.

Educational Objectives
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  1. Identify key current debates in drug control and be able to articulate controversial issues around marijuana policy, and other key national drug policy issues.
  2. Describe key goals of national drug control policy, including those aimed at reducing prevalence and consequences, such as drug overdose deaths, addiction, family consequences, and other key harms.
  3. Interpret proper tradeoffs that contribute to formulating effective drug policy, such as the weighing of harms of policies and maximizing utility.
  4. Discuss key issues surrounding controversial issues, such as alternative drug control policies around marijuana.
  5. Describe the difference between smoked versus non-smoked marijuana for medical purposes.
  6. Evaluate the impacts of alternatives to current policies, particularly those in Colorado and Washington.
  7. Describe the positions of national medical groups regarding marijuana.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.