Agenda

Important Update:

After much consideration, ASA has decided to move this year’s Unity Conference from an in-person conference to an online conference that will take place on Friday, March 27 for the safety of all participants during this coronavirus pandemic. We know this is a big disappointment that we won’t be able to engage with each other in person, but our priority is the safety and well-being of everyone involved. That said, Unity 2020 is too important to not engage with our partners and champions, so we are excited to bring you our great content in an online format so you and others can continue to participate and engage with our community!


This tentative agenda is subject to change. All times are Eastern Time (UTC/GMT -5).

Friday, March 27, 2020

 12 PM - 12:45 PM ET Welcome and Agenda Overview
  • Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access
  • Debbie Churgai, Americans for Safe Access
12:45 PM - 1 PM ET

Sponsor Highlights and Patient Stories

1 PM - 2 PM ET

No Patient Left Behind: Transitioning State Programs and The Campaign for Patients
As states continue their efforts towards greater access of cannabis and cannabis products in the market, a new problem has arisen. How do states transition from medical to recreational or CBD-only to medical and ensure that patients are still prioritized in terms of access and quality of product?

  • Ngiste Abebe, Columbia Care
  • Nichole Snow, MA Patient Advocacy Alliance
  • Christine Stenquist, TRUCE
  • Moderator: Debbie Churgai, Americans for Safe Access
2 PM - 2:15 PM ET Sponsor Highlights and Patient Stories
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Lessons to be Learned: International Landscape and How It Can Shape US Policy
As the US continues a state-by-state approach towards regulating cannabis and cannabis products, countries around the world are leading by example in their implementation efforts. What are the challenges and best practices that we can learn from these countries as the US legislative and regulatory scene continues to push forward both federally and locally?

  • Nic Easley, 3C Cannabis Consulting
  • Michael Krawitz, Veterans for Medical Cannabis
  • Hilary Black, Canopy Growth
  • Pavel Pachta, International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute
  • Moderator: Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM ET Sponsor Highlights and Patient Stories
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM ET

Safety First: How Science & Research Can Impact Patient Safety
Developments in research and science continue to show new reasons why cannabis is a viable, safe product for a variety of ailments. Hear from leading experts about what they are working on and what discoveries have added to the argument for a cannabis accessible country.

  • Josh Crossney, Cannabis Science Conference
  • Julie Armstrong, Aurelius Data
  • Antonio Frazier, CannaSafe Analytics
  • Moderator: Heather Despres, Americans for Safe Access
4:45 PM - 5 PM ET

Sponsor Highlights and Patient Stories

5 PM - 5:45 PM ET

ASA's 2020 Advocacy and Legislative Priorities
The core ASA value has always been advocacy, although we cannot lobby together this year, we want to take this time to talk about our efforts at the state and federal levels, as well as go over our new Office of Medical Cannabis Control legislation and other federal bills from our Lobby Day from Home Action Alert.

  • Don Duncan, Americans for Safe Access
  • Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access
  • Moderator: Debbie Churgai, Americans for Safe Access
5:45 PM - 6 PM ET

Closing Statement from the Executive Office

  • Debbie Churgai, Americans for Safe Access
  • Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access

 


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