Monday, March 18, 2019

3 PM - 4:30 PM

Free Admission for All - Veterans Roundtable Discussion

Click here to RSVP for this free workshop.

Some Questions that will be Discussed: 

-What can the VA do and not do when it comes to cannabis use for Veterans?
-Will I lose my benefits if I fail a drug test?
-Will I lose my guns if I get a medical card?
-Are there cannabis products that don't cause paranoia?
-What are the best strains for PTSD and depression?
-Will the VA pay for my cannabis?
-Can I talk to my VA physicians about cannabis?
-What can I do to help Vets in my state?
  • Todd Larkin, Pure Wellness CBD - Moderator
Embassy Room
4:30 - 6:00 PM

Free Admission for All - Cannabis 101

Click here to RSVP for this free workshop.

This workshop will explore how this powerful and safe botanical medicine interfaces with our bodies and mind. Topics that will be covered include: risks and benefits; modalities of use; the various constituents of the plant; and realistic expectations of how this may be an effective tool in one’s medical toolbox. 

  • Dr. William Troutt, NMD, Harvest Dispensaries - Moderator
Embassy Room
7 PM - 9 PM


Welcome Reception

Blue Pre-Function

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

8 AM - 9 AM



Blue Pre-Function
9 AM - 10 AM

Welcome and Overview of Theme

  • Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access
Blue Room
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM

Lobby Day Training

  • David Mangone, Americans for Safe Access
Blue Room
10:45 AM Board Buses to Capitol Hill  
11:30 AM Arrive on Capitol Hill  
12 PM - 12:30 PM Press Conference 2318 Rayburn House Office Building
12:30 PM - 5 PM Lobby Meetings  
6 PM - 7 PM VIP Reception Blue Pre-Function
7 PM - 10 PM

Awards Dinner

2019 Award Winners:

Diana Dodson - Courage Award
Todd Larkin - Patient Advocate of the Year
Jeffrey Raber, PhD - Researcher of the Year
Cathleen Graham - Medical Professional of the Year
Safe Access Colorado - Chapter of the Year
Patrick Seifert - Veteran Advocate of the Year
CannaSafe - Business Advocate of the Year
Tom Angell - Journalist of the Year
Del. Cheryl Glenn (D-Baltimore) - Elected Official of the Year

Blue Room

Wednesday, March 20 2019 

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM


Blue Pre-Function
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM


  • Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access
Blue Room
9:50 AM - 10:50 AM

The Experience of Being a Medical Cannabis Patient in the U.S.  

Despite increasing medical cannabis programs across the country, patients still face significant barriers to access. This panel will explore the financial and social hurdles that medical cannabis patients often have to undergo in order to become a legal medical cannabis patient. Topics will include the high cost of medicine, parental rights, pediatric patient issues, housing rights, social injustice, and much more.

  • Debbie Churgai, Americans for Safe Access - Moderator
  • William Dolphin, Americans for Safe Access
  • Janie Maedler, Rylie's Smile Foundation
  • Ellen Smith, U.S. Pain Foundation
  • Grace Macalino, PhD, Marimac Insight
Blue Room
10:55 AM - 12:15 PM

What in the World Is Happening? Medical Cannabis, CBD, and Hemp Global Markets

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization moved forward with recommendations to reschedule cannabis. While over 30 countries now have medical cannabis laws, CBD and hemp legalization differs from country to country. This panel will explore the barriers that still exist, how these various regulations and laws impact patients globally, and how changes at the international level will affect patients in the U.S.

  • Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access - Moderator
  • Nic Easley, 3C Consulting
  • Dr. Pavel Kubu, International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute
  • Thomas Sadelik, International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute
  • Michael Krawitz, Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access
Blue Room
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch Blue Pre-Function
1:20 PM - 2:50 PM

CBD, Medical Cannabis, Hemp Foods, and Adult Use: What Does It All Mean for Patients and Medical Professionals?

Patients and medical professionals in the U.S. now have so many options when it comes to using cannabinoid medicine. However, there is a lot of misinformation about the legality of these products as well as barriers to access for many individuals in these various markets. We know that the solution to this is to change federal law once and for all. This panel will explore how these issues can play out and what it will mean for patients.

  • Don Duncan- Moderator
  • Eric Steenstra, Vote Hemp
  • Michael McGuffin, American Herbal Products Association
  • David Mangone, Americans for Safe Access
  • Dr. Carla Rossotti, VarMed Management
  • Dr. Olga Obie, Doctor
  • Heather Despres, Americans for Safe Access
Blue Room
2:55 PM - 3:40 PM

Advocacy in the Courts: Protecting Patients’ Rights

Since our first legal fight in 2005 to force changes in policy at the California Highway Patrol, who were confiscating medical cannabis from legal patients during routine traffic stops, patients have been finding that we often must rely on the courts to win important changes when we cannot get legislation to move forward. This panel will explore current legal and judicial issues that patients are facing due to their status as medical cannabis patients or their desire to access medical cannabis. The panel will talk about the processes for ensuring patient rights, including legislation, regulation, and ultimately, litigation.

  • David Mangone, Americans for Safe Access- Moderator
  • Bridget Hill-Zayat, Hoban Law Group
  • Mary Shapiro, Evoke Law
  • Jose Belen, Mission Zero
Blue Room
3:40 PM - 4:05 PM Break  
4:10 PM - 5:25 PM

Key Stakeholder Groups

  • Debbie Churgai, Americans for Safe Access - Moderator
Blue Room
5:25 PM - 5:35 PM

Feedback Survey

  • Debbie Churgai, Americans for Safe Access
Blue Room
5:35 PM - 5:50 PM


  • Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access
Blue Room


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