Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)
Education Summit
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Earn 3 CE Hours
 
Note: This day-long workshop requires a separate registration fee.
 
The SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) Education Summit will be held Wednesday, August 22, as part of the National Conference on Alcohol and Addiction Disorders. Project SAM’s leaders are among the world’s most prominent voices calling for science-based marijuana education and awareness. Join Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, President, SAM, Director, Drug Policy Institute, leaders and educators for a day of education on Smart Approaches to Marijuana.
 
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is an alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a health-first approach to marijuana policy. They are bipartisan professionals working in mental health and public health, including medical doctors, lawmakers, treatment providers, preventionists, teachers, law enforcement officers and others who seek a middle road between incarceration and legalization. Its approach to marijuana policy is based on reputable science and sound principles of public health and safety.
 
SAM Summit Objectives:
  • 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
 
Registration Information:
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Wednesday, August 22

7:30 am – 8:30 am
SAM Registration
8:30 am - 9:00 am

President's Remarks

Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, SAM President

9:00 am - 10:00 am

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.

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  •     Discuss marijuana legalization pros and cons.
  •     Summarize key harms of marijuana.
  •     List ways in which communities can combat marijuana industry falsehoods.
10:00 am -11:00 am
The How’s and Why’s of Fighting DUIs on the Roadways                   
 Candace Lightner, Founder and CEO of WeSaveLives
 
In this session, the founder of WeSave Lives, an organization with more than 60 partners at the
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.
 
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Discuss DUIs and drugged driving.
  • Summarize key issues to be considered for policymaking.
  • Identify areas to advocate for change.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cannabis Use Disorder: Clinical Presentations, Interventions and Limitations, 1.0 CE
Bari K Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation—University of Colorado Health
 
This session will focus on the treatment of cannabis use disorder (CUD) in the residential/hospital setting. Evidenced based research regarding treatment of CUD will be reviewed. The presenter will discuss treatment interventions, providing two case studies to illustrate the treatment course for patients hospitalized with primary CUD. Limitations and challenges in treatment will be presented, focusing on how Coloradans have had to contend with living in a community where the risks of cannabis use are often minimized.
 
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • 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.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Networking Lunch
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Colorado's Commercialization Effects
Ben Cort, Board Member, SAM
 
In this session, Ben Cort will speak on Colorado's commercialization effects from first-hand experiences while living there. 
 
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
 
  • Learn about developments in Colorado with regards to marijuana policy
  • Learn about developments in commercialization and advertising of marijuana in Colorado
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
High Means DUI, But Why Does It Matter?
Dana Stevens, Executive Director, Grassroots Coordinator, SAM and HighMeansDUI
Corrine LaMarca Gasper, Advocate
   
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.
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
How We Fought Big Marijuana in Compton - And Won
James Francois-Hays, Compton Community Organizer
Charmaine O. Francois-Hays, Compton Community Organizer
 
Discover in this session how a grassroots effort led to a rallying cry in Compton to reject the commercial marijuana industry and champion true social justice. While cities across the country were opening pot shops to sell recreational cannabis, Compton voters rejected proposals to allow recreational and medicinal sales in the city. Efforts included volunteers who went door to door raising safety concerns. Presenters will offer best practices and ideas for smart marijuana policies that will foster long-term social justice in communities of color.
 
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Understand the efforts made in Compton to restrict recreational marijuana shops.
  • Navigate the complex social justice concerns surrounding this issue.
  • Understand how to activate the grassroots in your community.
  • Advocate for smart marijuana policies.
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Break
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Q & A: Marijuana Cases from the Front Lines, 1.0 CE
Roneet Lev, MD FACEP, Chief, Emergency Department, Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego
 
Agitated delirium, “scromiting” and psychosis are associated marijuana-poisoning presentations in emergency departments in California. The presenter will review cases from the front lines that face the medical community today as a result of marijuana legalization.
 
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.
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Federal Policy Update
Luke Niforatos, Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor, SAM
 
This session will provide an overview of federal policy, including the latest updates and headlines. Luke Niforatos will outline SAM’s initiatives and discussing current messaging.
 
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • 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.
Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, President and CEO, SAM
Luke Niforatos, Chief of Staff, Senior Policy Advisor, SAM
Bari K. Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation—University of Colorado Health
Candace Lightner, Founder and CEO, We Save Lives
James Francois-Hays, Compton Community Organizer
Charmaine O. Francois-Hays, Compton Community Organizer
Roneet Lev, MD, FACEP, Chief, Emergency Department, Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego
Dana Stevens, Executive Director, Grassroots Coordinator, SAM and HighMeansDUI

Presenter Biographies:

Candace Lightner, Founder and CEO, We Save Lives
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, Compton Community Organizer
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, Compton Community Organizer
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, MD, FACEP, Chief, Emergency Department, Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego
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, Chief of Staff, Senior Policy Advisor, SAM
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, President and CEO, SAM
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, Executive Director, Grassroots Coordinator, SAM and HighMeansDUI
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.