Unity 2022 Celebrating 20 Years of Advocacy
December 12-14, 2022
The 2022 National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference coincided with ASA’s 20th anniversary and explored the topics of “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” for the medical cannabis movement.
Welcome to Unity 2022 from Steph Sherer and Debbie Churgai
Yesterday- How Advocates Helped Change the Conversation of Medical Cannabis
Since 2002, ASA and our group of grassroots advocates have helped create the space for medical cannabis access. In this panel you will hear from past ASA members on the many obstacles that we had to fight through to get to where we are today.
- Don Duncan, Americans for Safe Access
- Tony Bowles, Tony Bowles Consulting
- Rebecca Saltzman, BART/ASA
- Caren Woodson, Kiva Confections
- Paul Scott, Los Angeles Black Gay Pride Association
Celebrating 20 Years of Medical Cannabis Advocacy
ASA's founder Steph Sherer, looks back at the past 20 years of advocacy for medical cannabis. She discusses the campaigns, raids, lawsuits, and laws that have created the current cannabis marketplace.
Today: What’s Working for Patients
Americans for Safe Access and countless other advocates have, through their dedication and courage, created a system of medical cannabis access across most of our country. US patients' ability to access cannabis is broader than ever before. This panel will discuss the elements of our current medical cannabis regime that are actually serving patients.
- Dr. Chad Johnson, Co-Director, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Rylie Maedler, Rylie's Smile/Rylie's Sunshine
- Dustin Sulak, Healer.com/Integr8
- Dr. Leah Sera, University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy, Cannabis Science and Therapeutics Program
Today: Current Challenges faced by the Medical Cannabis Marketplace and Patients
While the political landscape is constantly changing around cannabis policy these advances are not always beneficial for patients and patient issues. In fact, patients are not only being left behind, in some arenas, they have been taken out of the conversation altogether. This panel will explore the challenges patients still face in 2022.
- Stormy Simon, Mother Ruggers
- Ellen Lenox Smith, US Pain Foundation
- Pamela Epstien, Eden Enterprises, Inc.
- Dr. Stephen Dahmer, Chief Medical Office, Vireo Health
State of the States 2022 Editorial Briefing
We held this online meeting for the release of the 2022 State of the States report. This report, issued since 2014 analyzes and grades state medical cannabis programs over the previous year. This meeting provides an overview of the report, it's methodology and it's conclusions. It also includes a question and answer segment at the end. It was presented by Debbie Churgai, our Executive Director and Steph Sherer, our Founder and President.
Cannabis and Cannabinoid Quality Matters
Despite the creation of medical cannabis distribution programs across the nation there are serious gaps in product safety requirements that endanger the "safe" part of safe access. Steph Sherer helps us better understand those gaps, how to look for safe cannabis products and what is required to fix the current problems.
Tomorrow: The World We Envision, Safe and Affordable Access for All
While we struggle in the US to pass federal legislation, over 40 countries have passed federal medical cannabis programs. In this panel, experts from two of these countries will share their experiences in how they utilized research and clinical experience to integrate cannabis into their countries’ health care infrastructures.
Federal Legislation Briefing: The Cannabis Patient Equity Act
In 2023 ASA will be seeking to pass legislation to change the scheduling of medical cannabis, create a federal agency to oversee it, and basically change the way medical cannabis works in the USA. Steph Sherer covers what this would mean for patients, physicians, businesses, lawmakers and regulators.
Reclaiming Patient's Role in Cannabis Policy: A Campaign to Pass Federal Legislation
With ASA's upcoming push for comprehensive federal medical cannabis reform the need for patient advocacy has never been greater. Steph Sherer talks about how you can get involved in this crucial campaign. After the presentation Steph is joined by Piper Lindeen to talk about the #ASAChallenge and Debbie Churgai to address audience questions about the federal legislation.
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