The Verdes Foundation

2020 NM Medical Cannabis Conference

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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.

Schedule

Sunday, March 15th
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Registration + Vendors Open
North Atrium

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Pat Davis: New Mexico Legislative Cannabis Update
Franciscan Room

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
NM Department of Health Cannabis Program Overview + Updates
Franciscan Room

Elizabeth Jensen, Health Educator and Martinik Gonzales, License and Compliance Program Manager of the NM Department of Health Medical Cannabis Program give an overview of the program and important department updates.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch on Your Own + Exhibits Open
Hotel Albuquerque

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rosalie Flores: Social Equity and Reparative Justice: People Over Profits
Franciscan Room

Cannabis and hemp legalization has yet to benefit the individuals and communities most damaged by the war on drugs as well funded, white owned operators (some of which who supported prohibition and the criminalization of POC) are trading on the stock market and expanding internationally. In a state like NM that continues to struggle from the criminalization of low-income POC, cannabis and hemp legalization must directly and immediately address how these industries must operate to ensure that New Mexicans are the first to benefit. Presented by Rosalie Flores Director of Cannabis Equity at Sozo Companies

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Kelly Butterman: But HOW Does it Work? Cannabis & Our Endocannabinoid System
Alvarado ABC

We know about other systems in the body, circulatory, nervous, pulmonary, etc., but why don’t we know about the endocannabinoid system (ECS). We each have this system, and it is a key component that allows us to feel the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. Kelly will share research about this ancient system and how it effects every function in the human body including brain receptors, cannabinoids that we make in our bodies, basic functions of the endocannabinoid system, how cannabis interacts with this system and how we can care and feed it to keep us balanced. Presented by Kelly Butterman, Lead Cannabis Educator at Verdes Foundation

2:10 pm - 3:10 pm
Cee Stanley: Hemp Farming The Socially Conscious & Profitable Way
Franciscan Room

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. Olivier George: Preclinical Evidence of Efficacy of CBD in Addiction Models
Alvarado ABC

Dr. George will present recent results demonstrating the preclinical efficacy of CBD for the treatment of substance use disorders using state-of-the-art animal models of addiction and compare these findings to current FDA-approved treatment for alcoholism and tobacco use disorders. Presented by Dr. Oliver George Associate Professor, University of California San Diego

3:20 pm - 4:20 pm
Monique Jacobson: Winning in an Emerging Industry
Franciscan Room

Leading with purpose and knowing what you have to offer is key to finding success in both marketing and management. Answering the question: Who are you? has the power to drive critical metrics around sales and retention. Creating a strong positioning statement by determining your target, frame of reference, and point of differentiation will help you connect with consumers in a deeper and more meaningful way while inspiring employees to do their best work. Reinforcing core values in the workplace will help to create a culture of belonging and feeling of purpose, thereby instilling within staff members a sense that they are an important part of a bigger plan. So, ask yourself three simple questions: Who do you serve? What do they need? And how can you provide that better than anyone else? Presented by Monique Jacobson Owner of Monique & Associates

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
Alvarado ABC

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
North Atrium

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.
Rosalie Flores
Rosalie Flores
Director of Cannabis Equity
Sozo Companies
Rosalie Flores is a native New Mexican who has been working in the Colorado cannabis sector for over three years. She is engaged in multiple efforts nationwide that address a broad range of topics from social equity to record clemency to ensure those most harmed by prohibition are the first to benefit from legalization. As the Director of Cannabis Equity for Sozo Companies and a board member of National Expungement week, Rosalie works to ensure equity, justice and repair are the pillars of the cannabis and hemp industries while helping train, organize and empower individuals affected by the drug war.
Kelly Butterman
Kelly Butterman
Lead Cannabis Educator
The Verdes Foundation
As the Lead Cannabis Educator at Verdes Foundation, Kelly Butterman conducts outreach to our communities teaching about medical cannabis while working closely with Verdes’ nurses on continual education for our staff. She started her career at Verdes as a Customer Service Representative at the Rio Rancho location after raising a family. She became a ‘citizen researcher’ when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005, and her keen interest in research led her to medical cannabis. She is currently completing courses at The Medical Cannabis Institute as well as studying under Dr. Dustin Sulak.
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. Olivier George
Dr. Olivier George
Associate Professor
University of California San Diego
Dr. George is an Associate Professor at UCSD, School of Medicine in the department of Psychiatry. He serves as the Director of the Animal Core of the Scripps Research Alcohol Research Center, and Director of the Addiction Biobanks. His studies span multiple levels of approaches from molecular to integrated systems using state-of-the-art animal models of addiction. Using these approaches, he has contributed to the development of several Investigational New Drugs and hold several patents. He has given over 115 talks to audiences of all levels and published >75 articles. His work is supported by the NIH, TRDRP and private companies.
Monique Jacobson
Monique Jacobson
Owner
Monique & Associates
Monique Jacobson is a leader, innovator, brand expert, and entrepreneur. Beginning her career at Pepsi Co., Jacobson led innovation for Gatorade, overseeing the $500 million launch of Gatorade G2. By the time she left, Monique had risen to General Manager of the $1.8 billion Quaker Breakfast portfolio. In her home state of New Mexico, Monique was appointed as Secretary of Tourism where she spearheaded the launch of the iconic New Mexico True brand. Currently, she is the Owner and Founder of the nonprofit BTC Squared whose mission is breaking the cycles of abuse and trauma, as well as Monique & Associates, a leadership and consulting company. 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.
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