Welcome & Opening Keynote Session: Marijuana Legalization and Answers to our “Drug Problems”
John F. Kelly, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School (with welcoming remarks by Linda Frazier)

Regulatory Issues and Marijuana Legalization from a State Perspective
John Carnevale, Ph.D., Carnevale Associates, LLC (moderator); Rick Garza, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board; Lewis Koski, M.B.A., Freedman & Koski, Inc.

The State of the Science of Cannabis
Susan Weiss, Ph.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse

Closing Keynote Session: Let’s Stop Asking, “Should We Legalize Marijuana?”
Andrew Freedman, J.D., Freedman & Koski, Inc.

Real Options for Legalizations / Cannabis Legalization and Public Health (coming soon)
Jonathan Caulkins, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College; Hilary Karasz, Ph.D., M.A., Seattle & King County; Beau Kilmer, Ph.D., RAND Drug Policy Research Center

Selected Concurrent Sessions

The Impacts of Marijuana Legalization in Washington State
Steven Freng & Alison Wassall, Northwest High Intensity Drug Tracking Area (NW HIDTA)

Marijuana Policy Decisions: Municipal Regulatory Practices for Minimizing Youth Harms
Monica Sanchez, Ph.D. & Gilbert Mora, M.S.

Overview of State Marijuana Legalization: Policy Implications for Public Health & Public Safety
Gillian Schauer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation; Mary Segawa, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board; Jay Butler, Association of State and Territorial and Health Officials Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health; Andy Baker-White, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

How Did We Get Here? History of State Cannabis Programs and Colorado Close Up
Karmen Hanson, National Conference of State Legislatures

Counseling Parents and Teens About Marijuana in the Era of Legalization
Seth Ammerman, Stanford Children’s Health

Additional Topics Covered at the 2017 National Cannabis Summit

  • Public Health and Public Safety
  • Prevention
  • Science of Cannabis
  • Emerging Research and Epidemiological Data
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Governance, Federal Law and Emerging Policy
  • How Changing Cannabis Policy and Norms Impact:
    • Addictions treatment and recovery
    • Public health
    • Prevention programs
    • Criminal justice system
    • Mental health treatment and recovery
    • National, state and local policies and regulations
    • Workplaces and businesses
    • Harm reduction efforts
  • Key Questions:
    • What are the characteristics of state regulatory models and how can they be improved?
    • What are the differences between decriminalization, depenalization, legalization and medicalization?
    • What is the federal response to state marijuana initiatives?
    • What is the impact of medicalization and legalization on marijuana use? On perceived risk among youth?
    • What is the impact of marijuana use on consequences such as drugged driving?
    • What are states that have medicalized, legalized, or both doing to promote public health and safety?