By Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access
Americans for Safe Access is excited to announce that Patients Out of Time (POT) and the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM) will be sponsoring the Science of Medical Cannabis portion of ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference taking place February 22-25 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Donald Abrams, representing the IACM and RN Mary Lynn Mathre representing POT will be joining Dr. Mark Ware, Jahan Marcu, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, and Dr. Michelle Sexton on the conference’s scientific review panel.
The Science of Medical Cannabis portion of the conference will be taking place on Friday, February 22nd. This day will be dedicated to the presentation of scientific research on the medical efficacy of cannabis. We will be hosting a poster exhibition for researchers to showcase their work on a wide range of cannabis of cannabinoid related topics in addition to offering panels about the medicine of cannabis. ASA will invite members of the Administrations, local officials, and members of Congress to join us on this day to learn and engage with the medical cannabis community.
In addition to this, an accredited cannabinoid education program called “Cannabis in Medicine: A Primer for Health Care Professionals” will take place Friday afternoon of the conference. This course provides an expert overview of the clinical use of cannabis, providing health care professionals with up-to-date clinical information on the therapeutic potential of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system. Physicians who attend will receive 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. This is open to physicians and current medical students only. The program is jointly sponsored by the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids and the University of California-San Francisco, and is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from the Americans for Safe Access Foundation. For more information, including course agenda, faculty, and registration, go to: www.ccic.net/USACME.
This is a wonderful chance for researchers and medical professionals to engage with the public directly. If you or someone you know would like the opportunity to showcase research in the area of medical cannabis, we are currently accepting abstract submissions for presentations and poster presentation now through January 15th. Submissions are welcome on case reports, clinical studies, safety and drug abuse issues, implementation, basic scientific research, policy analysis, and related topics. Submissions are welcome from undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, PhDs, medical doctors, and other health care, bio medical, and legal professionals. If you would like to know more or would like to submit an abstract, please visit http://americansforsafeaccess.org/callforposters.
Please find more information about the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference at www.ASANationalConference2013.com. We are currently offering Early Bird Registration now through January 1st, so buy early and save! We are also still accepting votes for panel topics and medical cannabis activists to honor at the dinner and awards ceremony until January 1st, so please cast your vote today at http://americansforsafeaccess.org/castyourvote.
I am truly looking forward to seeing you all in February and working with you all to bridge the gap between the public and policy at this year’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference. See you in D.C.!