Tuesday, February 20, 2018

6th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity 2018 Conference in Washington DC

The National Medical Cannabis Unity 2018 ConferencePresented by Americans For Safe Access

Americans for Safe Access believes that when patients and concerned citizens are involved at the highest levels of policy making, everyone benefits. Therefore, it is imperative to give advocates the tools and information they need to competently and confidently represent. This conference strives to connect medical cannabis patients and advocates and promote excellence in our work. Participants will leave educated, inspired, and carrying a tool kit for achieving immediate results.

With the uncertainty of policies under a new US President, 2018 will be one of the most important years for medical cannabis policy ever. We will need to work harder than ever to continue the momentum of moving forward with changes in laws and policies that result in safe access globally. Our goal is to connect advocates, industry workers and leaders, researchers, doctors and others to affect real change for medical cannabis. Sign up today so that you can be a part of it all at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, May 22-24, 2018.

The National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference is the largest conference for medical cannabis patients, activists, lawyers and medical professionals promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic uses and research. The Unity conference is your place to learn best practices, exchange ideas and learn how to navigate medical cannabis in this new political landscape. This conference will also provide professional development and leadership training to patients and concerned citizens in all areas of advocacy including federal, state and local government relations, public affairs, community relations, public policy, legislation, Congressional relations, community activism, political engagement and campaigns. Attendees will hear from successful lobbyists and communicators, elected officials, professional staff, industry experts, and public policy specialists on a wide variety of how-to topics relevant to legislative and regulatory advocacy.

As a participant, you will get the chance to meet, connect with, and learn from other patients, providers, activists, medical and legal professionals from around the country, and be a part of our continued efforts to change domestic and international policy.

This year's Americans for Safe Access Unity conference focuses on the life-saving role that medical cannabis can play in the fight against the Opioid Epidemic.

The Opioid Epidemic in the US is claiming 91 American lives a day. Current policies focus on downstream strategies and criminalizing patients and medical professionals. Research shows a nearly 25% decrease of opioid overdose deaths in states with medical cannabis laws. However, medical cannabis is not option for all patients due to the federal-state legal conflict, inadequacies in state laws, and lack of medical professional and patient education.

It is critical that our nation's lawmakers understand and respond to medical cannabis’ potential role in mediating this crisis.

Conference Goals:
When patients have a seat at the public policy table, everyone benefits. In order to get and keep our seat, we must be equipped to competently and confidently represent our viewpoint. The goal of this conference is to provide patients and concerned citizens the information, tools, and contacts they need to be successful representatives for medical cannabis and against the opioid epidemic. We achieve this by hosting substantive policy discussions, teaching the latest methods and strategies in advocacy.
Conference Goals:
• States: Pass new regulations and legislation to make it easier for people with Pain, Chronic Pain, and Opioid Use Disorder and their medical professionals to utilize medical cannabis in their treatment plans
• Federal: Leverage cannabis therapies in combating opioid crisis to pass the CARERS Act and other legislation like CJS Medical Cannabis Amendment
• Education: Increase education of medical professionals, service providers, and patients
• Research: Conduct clinical trials on cannabis and opioids

Learning Objectives:

• Advocacy: learn tips and techniques to immediately improve your advocacy effectiveness.
• Public Affairs and Communications: discuss traditional and cutting edge methods for reaching your desired audiences.
• Professional Development: enhance your professional skills and performance.

Who Should Attend:
Medical cannabis patients, legal professional, medical professionals, advocates, caregivers, industry professionals or professionals working in any aspect of advocacy including federal, state or local government relations, public relations, public affairs, community activism, coalitions, public policy, campaigns, PAC and grassroots, politics, legislation, and communications. All career levels are welcomed.

UNITY 2018

Join Americans For Safe Access for the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2018.
WHEN. Tue, May 22, 2018, 8:00 AM –Thu, May 24, 2018, 5:00 PM
WHERE:Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20008