Texas Marijuana Policy Conference Agenda

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Here is the list of activities for the Texas Marijuana Policy Conference the weekend of August 11-12th.

Saturday, August 11 — Conference, Day 1

8:30am — Registration/Check-in

10:00am — Opening Remarks: Heather Fazio, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy
Complimentary Breakfast, Coffee, and Juice

10:30am — Road Map to Reform

John Baucum – Political Director, Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition
Christy Zartler, NP – Mother and Caregiver
Jax Finkel – Foundation for an Informed Texas
Joshua Blank, Ph.D. – Texas Politics Project, University of Texas at Austin

12:00pm  — Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session: Medical Cannabis: What does the research tell us?

Bryon Adinoff, MD – Addiction Psychiatrist, UT Southwestern Medical Center/Dallas VA Medical Center (retired)
Elias Jackson, PhD –  Director of Translational Research, Vyripharm (actively researching cannabis at the Texas Medical Center)
David Auer, MD – Family Physician
Nishi Whiteley (Moderator) – Cannabis expert and patient consultant

Breakout Session: Penalty Reduction: Texas’ Patchwork Marijuana Policies

Chairman Joseph Moody – Legislative Leader from El Paso, Texas
Christopher Paxton – Chief of Staff for Senator Konni Burton
Mark Gonzalez – Nueces County District Attorney
Judge John Delaney – Retired Senior Court Judge

1:00pm — Lunch, Keynote Speaker: Riley Cote, Athletes for Care

2:00pm — Cannabis and Professional Sports  [**Meet & Greet during VIP Mixer.**]

Mike James – Former NFL Player
Solomon Page – Former NFL Player
Robert Marks, MD – Pain Management Specialist
Sue Sisley, MD – US Cannabis Researcher

3:00pm — Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session: Cannabis, Faith, and Family

Pastor Rick Sitton – Senior Pastor at United Methodist Church in Bryan
Rev. Alexander Sharp – Clergy for a New Drug Policy
Jason Rink – Libertarian Christian Institute
Amy Fawell – Caregiver, Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism

Breakout Session: Federal Policy: Shifting Public Opinion and Opportunities for Reform

Robert D. Kampia – Marijuana Leadership Campaign
Franklin Snyder, Ph.D. – Professor at A&M School of Law
Sue Sisley, MD – Lead researcher the only FDA-approved trial on cannabis and PTSD

4:00pm — VIP Networking Mixer (Speakers and Priority Passholders Only)

6:30pm — Awards Banquet (Semi-formal)

Sunday, August 12 — Conference, Day 2

9:00am — Registration/Check-in

10:00am — Opening Remarks: Jax Finkel, Foundation for an Informed Texas

10:30am — Texas Compassionate Use Program: Past, Present, and Future

State Rep. Jason Isaac – Legislative Leader from Dripping Springs, Texas
Debbie Tolany – Participating Caregiver
Chase Bearden – Director of Advocacy, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
Heather Fazio – Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy

12:00pm – Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session: Patient and Caregiver Testimonials

Glen P. Mayes II- Caregiver, Native Texan (Residing in CO for Medical Freedom, Born in Abilene, Texas.)
Debbie Branch – Caregiver (League City, Texas)
Piper Lindeen – Caregiver of T.CUP Participant (Sugar Land, Texas)
Maggie Raines – Caregiver (Dallas, Texas)
April Martinez – Patient, Veteran (Killeen, Texas)
Terri Carriker – Caregiver (Dripping Spring, Texas)
Mark Zartler – Caregiver (Richardson, Texas)

Breakout Session: Cannabis and Second Amendment Rights

Michael Cargill – Texans for Accountable Government
T. Edwin Walker – Attorney, Texas & US Law Shield
Rachel Malone – Texas Firearms Freedom
Joshua Raines – Veteran and T.CUP Qualifying Patient
Dwight Clark (Moderator) – Vicente Sederberg Law Firm

1:00pm — Lunch, Keynote Speaker: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

2:30pm — Capitol Tour

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