About

The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Conference brings national presentations to our local community.

This annual conference features national doctors and experts in the cannabis field from our state and beyond. They will share researched-based education about a variety of cannabis topics that will benefit patients, health care practitioners and the community at large.

Please note, presentation topics are subject to change. Final conference schedule will be available the last week in February.

Schedule

Sunday, March 15th
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Vendors Open
Hotel Albuquerque

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Pat Davis: New Mexico Legislative Cannabis Update
Hotel Albuquerque

House Bill 160, the Cannabis Regulation Act, sponsored by Representative Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque) and Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) to legalize and regulate the sale of cannabis products in New Mexico was introduced on the House floor in January 2020. If passed, the bill will grant the commercial sale of cannabis beginning in 2022. Pat Davis will give conference attendees an update on House Bill 160, the Cannabis Regulation Act answering questions from guest regarding the decision of the bill. Presented by Pat Davis, City Councilor District 6 and Chairperson of the Cannabis Legalization Working Group

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
New Mexico Hemp Bill Overview
Hotel Albuquerque

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
CME Lunch or Lunch on Your Own
Hotel Albuquerque

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rosalie Flores: Culture Wars: A Plant by Any Other Name
Hotel Albuquerque - Ballroom A

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Kelly Butterman: But HOW Does it Work? Cannabis & Our Endocannabinoid System
Hotel Albuquerque - Ballroom B

2:10 pm - 3:10 pm
Cee Stanley: Hemp Farming The Socially Concious & Profitable Way
Hotel Albuquerque - Ballroom A

While there has been much discussion on gender equity in cannabis, the disparities still exist. This is especially true for women of color. Some demand entry into white male dominated rooms for a seat at existing tables while some of us are building our own. This presentation will focus on the latter. Presented by Clarenda "Cee" Stanley, CEO of Green Heffa Farms, Inc.

2:10 pm - 3:10 pm
Dr. George Oliver: Can CBD Reduce Nicotine Dependence?
Hotel Albuquerque - Ballroom B

3:20 pm - 4:20 pm
Monique Jacobson: Winning in an Emerging Industry
Hotel Albuquerque - Ballroom A

3:20 pm - 4:20 pm
Dr. Jessica Knox: Nipping Pain With the Bud? A Review of the Research and Clinical Application of Cannabis for Pain Management
Hotel Albuquerque - Ballroom B

Cannabis has become an increasing popular remedy, particularly for pain, and particularly amidst the country's opioid epidemic. But what does the research have to say about it and how does cannabis therapy actually measure up in the clinical setting? We'll review the current body of research on cannabis for pain relief and explore the clinical management of pain with cannabis. Presented by Dr. Jessica Knox, Co-Founder & CEO American Cannabinoid Clinics

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Vendors Open
Hotel Albuquerque

Speakers

Pat Davis
Pat Davis
Albuquerque City Councilor District 6
In July 2019, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the establishment of the Cannabis Legalization Working Group led by Pat Davis, a convening of stakeholders and policy experts to study proposals to legalize the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the state of New Mexico, identify best practices from other states and jurisdictions that have legalized the substance, and ensure any legalization proposal incorporates mechanisms to ensure public safety. Pat Davis will give conference attendees an update on House Bill 160, the Cannabis Regulation Act answering questions from guest regarding the decision of the bill.
Clarenda Stanley
Clarenda Stanley
CEO
Green Heffa Farms, Inc.
Clarenda "Farmer Cee" Stanley is a fifth generation farmer. She did not set out in life to follow on her family's agrarian path. But in 2017, she found herself returning to her roots as the CEO of Green Heffa Farms (GHF), a medicinal plant and hemp farm in Liberty, NC that she runs with her two adult daughters. As one of the first black women to be licensed in North Carolina, in 2019, she was selected as the first black Featured Farmer for Hemp History Week, the nation's largest grassroots campaign for the federal legalization of industrial hemp. She has been featured in more than 200 national and international publications, and is a well-sought after speaker. An award winning fundraising and marketing professional who has raised more than $70M for social causes,Stanley is currently a senior principal gifts officer at The Nature Conservancy's World Office. She is the first black American to hold this title at the world's largest environmental organization.
Dr. George Oliver
Dr. George Oliver
Associate Professor In Residence
University of California San Diego
Olivier George has a major interest in the brain stress and cognitive systems in drug addiction. The main goals of his lab are to unveil the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the transition to drug addiction, and to develop novel pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments to reduce compulsive drug seeking and taking. Dr George and his team have identified that activation of the CRF system in the extended amygdala and prefrontal cortex during withdrawal mediates excessive nicotine and alcohol intake. He has also demonstrated that escalation of cocaine, methamphetamine and alcohol intake produces a dysfunction of the prefrontal cortex leading to cognitive impairment. Dr. George has also pioneered the development of two novel animal models of escalation of nicotine intake and exposure to electronic cigarette. Current studies are exploring the role of the CRF, dynorphin, hypocretin and steroid systems in addiction to alcohol, nicotine, cocaine and prescription opiates. Dr. George is also CoDirector of the Animal Models/Biochemical Core of the TSRI-Alcohol Research Center and his work is funded by NIAAA and NIDA.
Monique Jacobson
Monique Jacobson
Owner
Monique & Associates
After graduating with honors from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Monique spent 11 years at PepsiCo as one of the youngest directors in the company’s history. She led innovation for the company’s Gatorade brand, including overseeing the $500 million launch of Gatorade G2. She was then hand-picked to start and lead the Accessible Health and Wellness business unit, the first social enterprise undertaking for PepsiCo. This division was tasked with finding sustainable business models to address nutrient poverty. By the time she left PepsiCo, Monique had risen to General Manager of the $1.8 billion Quaker Breakfast portfolio. She brings her expertise into the cannabis arena to help businesses continue to grow in an ever evolving landscape.
Dr. Jessica Knox
Dr. Jessica Knox
Co-Founder & CEO
American Cannabinoid Clinics!
Dr. Jessica Knox is a board-certified preventive medicine physician with 4 years of clinical experience in cannabinoid medicine. Dr. Jessica is co-founder and CEO of the American Cannabinoid Clinics, which aims to deliver precision Cannabinoid Medicine to patients; and co-founder of ADVENT Academy, which develops comprehensive training for healthcare professionals in the ECS, endocannabinology, and cannabinology.
Rosalie Flores
Rosalie Flores
Director of Cannabis Equity
Sozo Companies
Kelly Butterman
Kelly Butterman
Lead Cannabis Educator
The Verdes Foundation
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