2019 Conference

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Conference Presentations

At the 2019 New Mexico Medical Cannabis Conference you will have the opportunity to choose which presentations you would like to see. Please note that all presentations other than the keynote are first come first served and limited seats are available per each presentation.

Tiffany Bowden

KEYNOTE: REBRANDING THE WAR ON DRUGS

10:30 am – 11:30 am

GRAND BALLROOM

Tiffany Bowden traces the history of cannabis campaigns and intentional spread of misinformation. She will also discuss implications of research suppression, distinction of plant classifications and components, treatment options, legalization by political party trends and the effects of criminalization of minorities in our country.


Rachael Speegle, RN
Tina Muscarella Gooch
Gene Grant (Moderator)

Cannabis and The Law

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

GRAND BALLROOM

What rights do medical cannabis patients have in New Mexico? What about non-patients? This panel discussion dives into what protections our community has regarding cannabis and its use in our state.

Rachael Speegle, RN is the Chief Executive Officer and Owner of The Verdes Foundation. As one of Verdes’ founding members she has dedicated her time to learning the art of cannabis cultivation, processing, and distribution. Splitting her time at The Verdes Foundation and Presbyterian Hospital, she continued to work as a cardiac nurse until leaving the hospital in January of 2015 to fully commit to cannabis nursing. After working with hundreds of patients in private clinic, Rachael has developed care plans for medical cannabis programs all over the Country. She works hand-in-hand with patients and their providers to insure the highest level of safety and efficacy. While counseling patients and their family members, she developed the belief that advocacy is as important as treatment.

Tina Muscarella Gooch is a lawyer at the Albuquerque firm of Sutin, Thayer & Browne. Tina has more than ten years of legal experience, representing clients in areas such as cannabis law, employment law, construction law, and constitutional law. She is a board member of the Cannabis Law group of the State Bar of New Mexico. For the last two years she was selected for inclusion in the national publication Super Lawyers. She represents licensed medical cannabis growers, producers, and patients.

Gene Grant is a veteran journalist and columnist in Albuquerque. He has worked at the Albuquerque Tribune, Albuquerque Journal, and Weekly Alibi. He has also contributed to Variety Magazine on the New Mexico film industry, and also penned the “Albuquerque On Film” column for Albuquerque the Magazine. Gene is the sole host of KNME’s hour long public affairs show, New Mexico In Focus. Gene is also an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and former congressional staffer.


Dr. Mikhail (Misha) Kogan

MEDICAL CANNABIS – MANAGEMENT OF ALZHEIMER’S AND PARKINSON’S DISEASE

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

BALLROOM C

The neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) do not have effective disease modifying treatments. In this presentation Dr. Mikhail (Misha) Kogan will summarize current best evidence of ECS dysregulation and utilization of exogenous cannabinoids as part of integrative treatment plan for patients with AD and PD. The discussion will include both disease modifying and symptoms management strategies.


Mara Gordon

WHAT IS THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT, AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

BALLROOM A+B

Mara Gordon shares that twenty years ago, the godfather of cannabinoid science, Professor Raphael Mechoulam, coined the term, “This effect (‘entourage effect’) may represent a novel route for molecular regulation of endogenous cannabinoid activity.” We have since used the term to describe the synergy between various cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, as well as cannabinoids and terpenes. In the ensuing years we have seen tremendous evidence that the combined properties not only modulate the way cannabis feels when consumed, but also impacts the way in which the body responds at a cellular level.


Sebastien Cotte

SELECTING A SAFE AND CLEAN CANNABIS PRODUCT

2:10 pm – 3:10 pm

BALLROOM C

With 46 states having some form of a medical cannabis program to date, we are experiencing a “green rush”. How do you select the best cannabis products for yourself, or if you are a caregiver, for your loved one? In this presentation Sebastien Cotte covers three main principals to follow when buying cannabis products in hopes of giving parents/patients a little extra peace of mind.


Dr. Debra Kimless

SHOULD CBD BE CONSIDERED A FIRST LINE THERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF MILD TO MODERATE PAIN?

2:10 pm – 3:10 pm

BALLROOM A+B

Dr. Debra Kimless will discuss CBD’s pain relieving mechanism of action and then describe and present the findings of a patient trial using a sublingual preparation of CBD, PEA and terpenes for the treatment of mild to moderate pain.


Dr. Ben Daitz

The Medicine in Marijuana Film Screening and Q&A

3:20 pm – 4:20 pm

BALLROOM C

Ben Daitz is professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and an attending physician at the University Hospital’s multidisciplinary pain clinic. He is the co-director of an annual conference on the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain. His long involvement in rural health issues, nationally and internationally, includes medical/anthropological work among the Tsimane and Machiguenga Indians of the Bolivian and Peruvian Amazon. Ben’s award-winning documentary films have been broadcast and honored by, PBS, American Public Television, and numerous film festivals.


Alex Nunez

Grow 101 Course

3:20 pm – 4:20 pm

BALLROOM A+B

I Grow NM LLC. was founded in 2018 to help medical cannabis patient grow their own medicine within state compliance. Collectively the organization holds horticulture and landscape architecture degrees which fuel their passion for helping patients learn how to grow their own medicine. Their services include educational workshops, turn key grow setup, maintenance service, and consultation. They also install edible gardens and focus on the nutritional value of growing your own food.


Plus health and cannabis exhibitors throughout the day!

Are You a Physician?

Continuing medical education credit is offered to physicians in our community at no charge through the UNM Department of Family and Community Medicine.
The CME portion is separate from the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Conference and requires its own registration.

Topic: HERO TRAILS Chronic Non Cancer Pain management and Safe Opioid Prescribing

Curriculum Includes:

  • An overview of medical cannabis evidence
  • An algorithmic approach to treating & managing pain
  • Tools for non-opioid therapies
  • Tools for initiating opioid therapies
  • Resources for inheriting patients already on opioid therapy
  • Resources for patient education
  • Tools for tapering & discontinuing opioids

Location: University of New Mexico, Student Union Building 3rd Floor, Lobo A&B

This CME is for physicians and is provided free of charge.

Speaker: Robert Rhyne, MD

Dr. Robert Rhyne is board certified in Family Medicine (1980). He is the Vice Chair of Research for the Dept. of Family & Community Medicine and serves as the Principle Investigator for the HERO TRAILS (Health Extension Rural Office – Translating Research Into Localities) project.

CME Registration
 

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