U.S.: Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group Runs Ad In USA Today Announcing DC Conference

ASAConferenceAdUSAToday-MedicalMarijuanaLawsAreNotChangingThemselvesWeAre

3rd Annual Conference in Washington DC, March 27-31

Medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) formally announced its third annual Unity Conference, "Wellness is Winning: Advancing Evidence Based Medical Cannabis Policy," by running an ad in USA Today.

The conference, which is being held in Washington, D.C. on March 27-31, 2015, will highlight medical and legal experts, policymakers, and a wide array of workshops and panels focusing on scientific research, strategic planning, and skills building. On Tuesday, March 31st, ASA will host a press conference at 11am, followed by Congressional lobbying visits by hundreds of patient advocates.

What: National Unity Conference: "Wellness is Winning: Advancing Evidence Based Medical Cannabis Policy"
When: March 27-31, 2015, including a press conference at 11 am on March 31
Where: Loews Madison Hotel, 1177 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

The quarter-page USA Today ad, which ran all last week in the newspaper's NFL Super Bowl Preview publication, appeared on news stands across the country. This week, a digital version of the ad is running online for millions of Internet viewers.

Sponsors of the ad include the American Herbal Products Association, Cannabis Training Institute, Patient Focused Certification, and OrganiCann.

"We've made historic strides on the issue of medical marijuana over the past year," said ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer. "It's a time for celebration, but it's also a time to strengthen our skills, knowledge, and resolve as we work towards a comprehensive federal policy on medical marijuana.

"This conference is not just for patients and advocates, however; it's also for lawyers, doctors, policymakers, and key stakeholders in the effort to establish medical marijuana as one of the public health issues of our time," Sherer said.

The conference officially opens on Saturday, March 28, with a keynote address by medical marijuana researcher Dr. Ethan Russo of Big Pharma behemoth GW Pharmaceuticals (makes of the oral spray Sativex), which will be followed by panel discussions and stakeholder breakout sessions.

Sunday, March 29, will feature experts discussing medical marijuana research, the state of policy reform in the U.S., and the harmonization of regulatory schemes from legalization, pharmaceuticalization, herbal medicine, and industrial hemp.

Monday, March 30, is dedicated to educational and skills building workshops, with an awards dinner that evening. On Tuesday, March 31, there will be a Lobby Day Training in the morning, followed by a press conference at 11 am, and Congressional visits that afternoon with hundreds of conference participants advancing federal medical marijuana policy reform.

Current conference sponsors include the American Herbal Products Association, Mary's Medicinals, and OrganiCann.

More Information

Third Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference: http://www.nationalmedicalcannabisunityconference.org/

Tentative conference agenda: http://www.nationalmedicalcannabisunityconference.org/tentative_agenda_f...