- To identify current evidence-based, specific diagnostic and treatment approaches, counseling skills and modalities, prevention techniques and other mechanisms to prevent, reduce and treat marijuana use, which will be successfully applied to the fields of mental health, behavioral health and addictive disorders.
- To identify key policy discussions in the marijuana use disorder space.
- To understand policy changes on the state and local level and recognize the evidence (or lack thereof) that contributes to practice.
Wednesday, August 22
President's Remarks, Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, SAM President
Legalization 5 Years Later: What does the data tell us? 1.0 CE
Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, SAM President
In this session, attendees will be able to understand the lessons learned from five years of marijuana legalization in states such as Colorado and Washington. Discussion will include marijuana legalization and its impact on communities, business and crime.
- Discuss marijuana legalization pros and cons.
- Summarize key harms of marijuana.
- List ways in which communities can combat marijuana industry falsehoods.
Candace Lightner, Founder and CEO of WeSaveLives
local, state, national and international level, will discuss how the partnership helps to reduce deaths
and injuries on the highways. The presenter will discuss efforts and successes with groups such as
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, as well as today’s current focus on drugged driving. This session will
highlight key areas for consideration when making policies to address driving under the influence.
- Discuss DUIs and drugged driving.
- Summarize key issues to be considered for policymaking.
- Identify areas to advocate for change.
Dana Stevens, Executive Director, Grassroots Coordinator, SAM and HighMeansDUI
In this session, the presenter will discuss the launch and development of SAM’s High MeansDUI initiative, working to combat the growing perception that driving under the influence of marijuana is safe. The session will highlight victims of drugged driving and the impacts of marijuana on America’s roads.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
- Recite and discuss what High Means DUI is doing and its core vision.
- Develop an effective message for change.
- Illustrate communication strategies to carry voices across multiple media platforms.
Roneet Lev, MD FACEP, Chief, Emergency Department, Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
- Describe marijuana-poisoning cases that are presented to the emergency department.
- Recognize the origins of “scromiting.”
- Describe lesser-known data points for the medical community concerning marijuana.
James Francois-Hays, Compton Community Organizer
Charmaine O. Francois-Hays, Compton Community Organizer
- Understand the efforts made in Compton to restrict recreational marijuana shops.
- Understand how to activate the grassroots in your community.
- Advocate for smart marijuana policies.
Luke Niforatos, Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor, SAM
- Recognize SAM’s current initiatives and the latest in marijuana policy news across the country.
- Recognize what SAM is doing at the federal level.
- Recognize the importance of SAM’s messaging and initiatives in a rapidly changing environment.
Bari K Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation—University of Colorado Health
- Describe common symptoms of withdrawal seen in cannabis use disorder.
- Discuss the efficacy of treatment interventions developed to address cannabis use disorder.
- Brainstorm ways to reinforce education and recovery in a state that has legalized cannabis for recreational use.
Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), is recognized internationally as the moving force behind reshaping the nation's attitude toward drunk driving. As MADD's chief executive officer, president and chairman of the board, Lightner grew MADD from a small California grassroots organization into an international not-for-profit with more than 400 chapters worldwide and an annual budget of over $12 million. Lightner founded WeSaveLives.org, in 2013, as a representative voice on highway safety issues, focusing on the three D’s: drugged, drunk and distracted driving. We Save Lives works with more than 60 partners to reduce deaths and injuries on the highways. They have advocated for the successful passage of distracted driving bills in several states and are the only national advocacy organization to initiate and support drugged driving bills. They also produced the award-winning video, “Reflections from Inside,” that has been seen by more than 200 million people around the world.
Charmaine O. Francois-Hays received her bachelor of science degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and is the proud product of the City of Compton. Francois-Hays is known as a leader in the housing industry and began her career as a community representative for the second largest housing authority in Los Angeles. Additionally, she is a two-time cancer survivor and spends time speaking and sharing her cancer experience as well as encouraging others who are in their fight to never stop fighting.
James Francois-Hays currently serves as chairman pro-temp of the City of Compton Planning Commission. In the 1980s, he served on the city’s Centennial Commission, its Overall Economic Development Planning Committee and the Compton Unified School District’s Superintendent’s Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee. As a YMCA director, he established outstanding youth sports and recreation as well as educational programs for Compton youth in the 1990s. Francois-Hays currently serves as president of the board of directors of the Drew Child Development Corporation.
Roneet Lev is the chief of the emergency department at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. She is current president of the Independent Emergency Physicians Consortium, which represents 30 emergency departments in California. She served as president of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In October 2012, she established the San Diego and Imperial County Prescription Drug Abuse Medical Task Force with the goal of reducing deaths and mortality from prescription drugs. She became involved marijuana concerns when patients came to the emergency department with cannabis-related issues that were treated with opioids. Lev published a consensus treatment guideline for cannabis hyperemesis syndrome and publicized the concept of “scromiting.”
Luke Niforatos is the chief of staff and senior policy advisor at SAM. Prior to SAM, he spent his career working in nonprofit community healthcare. Niforatos worked for and consulted with many Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout the state of Colorado with integrated behavioral health, improving efficiency and implementing new regulations as well as IT infrastructure. After several years of success in management, Niforatos founded two digital health companies. Having lived in Colorado during legalization, he has seen firsthand the effects of marijuana policies. He is experienced in public speaking and is a graduate of the University of Denver.
Bari K. Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation—University of Colorado Health
Bari K. Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, is a psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist with over 30 years of experience working in a variety of mental health settings. Platter is a dialectical behavior therapy trainer and a certified Crucial Conversations trainer. Additional areas of expertise include solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, interpersonal communication, cultural competency and case management. She is a nationally recognized speaker/ trainer and is published in the areas of addiction, cultural competency and mental health nursing. Platter received the Florence Nightingale Award in 2016 and was a 2017 ANCC Magnet Nurse of the Year nominee.
Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, is an author, consultant, former advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, assistant professor, and the president and CEO of SAM, which he founded with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy in 2013. He has studied, researched, written about and implemented drug policy for almost 20 years. He has worked in the Clinton (2000) and Bush (2002-2003) administrations, as well as serving more than two years as the senior advisor to President Obama’s drug control director. He has participated on the Organization of American States blue ribbon commission, advising hemispheric drug policy, and in hundreds of forums and discussions promoting the ideas outlined in his first book, “Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana,” published by Beaufort. He has been featured in the New York Times and was described by NBC as the “prodigy” of drug politics and policy.
Dana Stevens is responsible for SAM's High Means DUI initiative. Volunteer policy work led to professional campaign initiatives, including the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence. In 1994, Stevens ran the San Diego County campaign organization in opposition to big tobacco's Proposition 188. As chair of the Committee on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs for Palomar Health, California's largest public hospital district, she led the county's first initiative to address Rx drug misuse, known as Prescription for Disaster. Stevens was awarded a CommUNITY Health Hero Award for leadership in substance abuse prevention. She is the executive director of Community Action, Service and Advocacy (CASA), where she has successfully developed two Drug-Free Communities support programs and continues to provide technical assistance. In addition, under CASA's STOP Act grant, she led a local effort to pass San Diego County's first land-use regulation to reign in problematic alcohol outlets. CASA was awarded San Diego County's Public Health Champion for 2016.