The 14th National Clinical Conference

on Cannabis Therapeutics

May 20-22, 2021

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Attendees who complete this educational activity can earn 15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™  or 15.5 CPE Contact Hours.  All other participants should receive a certificate of completion.

The 14th National Clinical Conference on

Cannabis Therapeutics: State of the Science

May 20-22, 2021.

The expansion of legal access to medical cannabis requires health care professionals to have up to date, reliable, and scientifically supported education and training. 

Patients Out of Time is pleased to present The Fourteenth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in a virtual, online format from Thursday May 20th through Saturday, May 22. The theme of the conference is “The State of the Science”, and our goal is to provide attendees with a clear overview of the current status of the known and unknown factors associated with the therapeutic use of cannabis.  This virtual conference is designed for healthcare professionals as well as the general public and will be held online. The conference will be hosted by Mary Lynn Mathre RN, MSN, President of Patients Out of Time, with a special welcome from Dr. Mikhail Kogan of the George Washington University, Center for Integrative Medicine, co-sponsor of this event. 


Thursday, May 20, 2021

11:00 – 11:30am    Welcome and Overview – M. L. Mathre, RN, MSN & Mikhail Kogan, MD

11:30 – 1:10 pm     State of Cannabis Laws and Regulations - The Invisible Patient

11:30 – 11:55 am    The Broad Scope of Patient Needs - Jon Gettman, PhD

11:55 – 12:20 pm    Minorities and Veterans – Brandon Wyatt, Esq

12:20 – 12:45 pm    Reclassification of Cannabis in the Single Convention Drug Control Treaty Pursuant to Critical Review Process of World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence: Implications for Policy, Patient Access, and the Cannabis Industry Inside the US - Michael Krawitz

12:45 – 1:10 pm      Live Q & A with faculty

1:10 – 1:15  Break

1:15 – 2:50              State of Cannabis Research – Catch 22

1:15 – 1:33 pm        Early Attempts at Cannabis Research – Melanie Dreher, PhD, RN

1:33 – 1:51 pm        Is the End of the University of Mississippi’s Monopoly in Sight? – Sue Sisley, MD with Shane Pennington and Matt Zorn

1:52 – 2:10 pm        Four Years after the 2017 NASEM report on The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Headed – Ziva Cooper, PhD

2:11 – 2:29 pm        Research Interests of the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health – David Shurtleff, PhD

2:30– 2:50 pm         Live Q & A with faculty

2:50 – 3:00 pm       Break

3:00 – 4:30 pm       State of Cannabis Education – Who is Teaching Who?

3:00 – 3:15 pm        Nursing survey - Yolanda Nitti, RN, PhD

3:15 – 3:30 pm        MD University Cannabis program - Leah Sera, PharmD

3:30 – 4:00 pm        Core Steps Toward Developing Competencies for Medical Cannabis Education in Medical Schools - Mikhail Kogan, MD, Yuval (Tuby) Zolotov, PhD, Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD, Abraham Benavides, MD

4:00 – 4:30 pm        Q & A with faculty

Friday, May 21, 202

11:00 – 5:00 pm     State of the Science - What We Do Know About the ECS and Cannabis

11:00 – 11:45am     Overview:  What We do Know About the ECS and Cannabis -   Greg Gerdeman, PhD

11:45 – 12:30 pm    Matters of MIND: Examining the Impact of Medical Cannabis –  Staci Gruber, PhD

12:30 – 12:40 pm    Break

12:40 - 1:20 pm       Cannabis as an Orchestra of Components for a Multitude of Conditions - David (Dedi) Meiri, PhD

1:20 – 2:00 pm        Mechanism of Action of CBD & Other Cannabinoids –  Bonni Goldstein, MD

2:00 – 2:40 pm        State of Product Safety – Jahan Marcu, PhD

2:40 – 2:55 pm        Break

2:55 – 3:40 pm        The Endocannabinoid System, Cannabis, and the Microbiome – Ethan Russo, MD

3:40 – 4:20 pm        Medicinal Plants: Missing Insights on Pharmacology - Kevin Spelman, PhD

4:20 – 5:00 pm        Q & A – State of the Science Faculty

Saturday, May 22, 202

11:00 – 5:00pm   State of Clinical Practice – Science Takes Hold

11:00 – 11:10 am    Welcome and Announcements

11:10– 11:50 pm     Challenges, Successes and New Challenges - Dustin Sulak, DO

11:50 – 12:05 pm    Cannabis Preferences by a Cohort of Veterans in Hawaii - Me Fuimanono-Poe, FNP-BC

12:05 – 12:25 pm    2019 Veterans Health and Medical Cannabis Study – Marion McNabb, PhD

12:25 – 12:35 pm    Break

12:35 – 1:15 pm      Cannabis and Women’s Health Conditions – Genester Wilson-King, MD

1:15 – 1:45 pm Pediatric Case Presentations – Rylie Maedler and Coltyn Turner (Crohn’s disease)

1:45 -2:15 pm What About the Children? – Patricia Frye, MD

2:15 – 2:45 pm Cannabis Therapeutics for the Geriatric Population - Mikhail Kogan, MD

2:45 – 2:50 pm        Break

2:50 – 3:20 pm        COVID-19 and Medical Cannabis Patients and Consumer Study – Marion McNabb, DrPH, MPH

3:20 – 4:10 pm        CBD for the Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathic Pain – Deb Kimless, MD

4:10 – 5:00 pm        Live Q & A – State of Clinical Practice faculty

For 25 years, Patients Out of Time’s accredited clinical conference series has been internationally regarded for providing the best in science based education for medical professionals, caregivers, patients and the public on the subject of cannabis therapeutics, establishing the organization as an authoritative leader in this field.

Join Patients Out of Time for this 3 day event.  On Thursday, May 20th, examine contemporary laws and regulations, research opportunities, and education related to the therapeutic use of cannabis.  Friday, May 21st will feature leading scientists and researchers presenting recent up to date evidence-based science as it is linked to the endocannabinoid system and cannabis therapeutics.  And on Saturday, May 22nd, the conference concludes with a line-up of cannabis clinicians, patients, and researchers who will share how cannabis is integrated into healthcare for various populations based on scientific evidence.  Registrants will be able to access all of the conference programming through the end of May.

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education..

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Ethan Russo, MD
Greg Gerdeman, PhD
Staci Gruber, PhD
Bonni Goldstein, MD
Genester Wilson-King, MD
Deb Kimless, MD
Patricia Frye, MD
Marion McNabb, DrPH, MPH
Sue Sisley, MD
Kevin Spelman, PhD
Ziva Cooper, PhD
Sera, PharmD
Misha Kogan, MD
Dustin Sulak, MD
Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN
David (Dedi) Meiri, PhD
Jahan Marcu, PhD, PA
Jon Gettman, PhD
Melanie Dreher, RN, PhD
Leigh Frame, PhD, MHS
Me Fuimaono- Poe, FNP-BC
David Shurtleff, PhD
Michael Krawitz, Esq.
Rylie Maedler (Patient)
Coltyn Turner (Patient)

Dr. Staci Gruber

Dr. Staci Gruber

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Marion McNabb, DrPH, MPH

Marion McNabb, DrPH, MPH

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Mary Lynn Mathre

Mary Lynn Mathre

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Dr. Dustin Sulak

Dr. Dustin Sulak

Featured Faculty at the State of the Science Online conference, May 20 - May 22 | RegistrationDr. Dustin Sulak Dustin Sulak, D.O. is an osteopathic physician, licensed in Maine as a general practitioner. He is an expert in integrative medicine, the intelligent...

Bonni Goldstein, MD

Bonni Goldstein, MD

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Abraham Benavides, MD

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Ethan Russo, MD

Ethan Russo, MD

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Debra Kimless, M.D.

Debra Kimless, M.D.

Featured Faculty at the State of the Science Online conference, May 20 - May 22 | RegistrationDebra Kimless, M.D. Debra Kimless, M.D. graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Natural Sciences and Biology. She attended...

Dr. Sera

Dr. Sera

Featured faculty at the State of the Science Online conference, May 20 - May 22 | RegistrationDr. Sera Dr. Sera is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and Program Director for the Master of Science in Medical Cannabis Science and...

Dr. Jon Gettman

Dr. Jon Gettman

Featured faculty at the State of the Science Online conference, May 20 - May 22 | RegistrationDr. Jon Gettman  Jon Gettman is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Shenandoah University.  He is best known in the medical cannabis community for...

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Patients Out of Time has prepared this resolution to De-Schedule Cannabis with the goal of creating a large and ever growing coalition of organizations and individuals to demand the end of the cannabis prohibition.  It has been 50 years since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act in which cannabis (marijuana) was placed in the forbidden category of Schedule I, despite several legal proceedings to remove it from the list of controlled substances and clear scientific evidence to support its safety and efficacy.  While individual states have passed laws through voter initiatives or legislation to allow patient access to this plant, the overriding federal prohibition looms overhead and creates numerous roadblocks for patient access.  We the people need to demand an end to the prohibition of this highly beneficial plant.

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The conference was the very best example of good science and compassion for patients. Excellent organization!

Tania Chavez

2017 Attendee

Our Mission

Patients Out of Time works to re-institute cannabis as a legitimate medicine for use within the United States. Cannabis, under modern research protocols, has been found to be effective in reducing intraocular pressure in glaucoma, reducing nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, stimulating the appetite for persons living with AIDS and suffering from wasting syndrome, controlling spasticity associated with spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis, treating Dravet Syndrome, reducing the intensity of chronic pain, assisting with treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, and controlling seizures associated with seizure disorders.

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