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Speaker Spotlight:

Top speakers from around the nation gather on September 27th to discuss the unintended consequences of legalized marijuana. Hear from leading experts about the impact on businesses, schools, communities, the environment and more. Register today!


What is happening across the nation with legalized marijuana?

Hear Kevin Sabet, Smart Approaches to Marijuana CEO and “the most influential critic of marijuana legalization,” discuss the national landscape of legalized marijuana. Learn about the social costs adding up in and around states that have legalized marijuana. Discover what is happening at the federal level with regards to research and more.

Described by NBC as the “prodigy” of drug politics and policy, Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, is an author, consultant, former advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, assistant professor, and serves as the President and CEO of SAM, which he founded with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy in 2013. He has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for almost 20 years. He has worked in the Clinton (2000), Bush (2002-2003) Administrations, and in 2011 he stepped down after serving more than two years as the senior advisor to President Obama’s drug control director, having been the only drug policy staffer to have ever served as a political appointee in a Democrat and Republican administration. He has appeared since at the Aspen Ideas and New Yorker festivals, on the Organization of American States blue ribbon commission advising hemispheric drug policy, and in hundreds of forums and discussions promoting the ideas outlined in his first book, Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana, published by Beaufort. He has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and in virtually every major media publication and news channel on the subject of drug policy.


The Marijuana/Opioid Connection – Separating the myths from the facts

In the midst of the opioid epidemic there is much conversation and controversy regarding treatment options for opioid abuse. Listen as Dr. Ed Gogek uncovers the marijuana/opioid connection and separates the myths and facts regarding this hot topic.

Ed Gogek, MD is a psychiatrist with a special interest in substance abuse who has treated more than 10,000 addicts and alcoholics in jails, prisons, homeless clinics, mental health centers and addiction treatment programs. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times and over a dozen major U.S. newspapers. Dr. Gogek is the author of Marijuana Debunked: A handbook for parents, pundits and politicians who want to know the case against legalization.


The Unintended Consequences of Legalized Marijuana on the Environment

Hear the top expert on toxics at marijuana farms, ecologist Mourad Gabriel, as he explains why toxic waste from marijuana grows has reached alarming levels. Discover further the negative impact marijuana grows are having on the environment.

Dr. Mourad Gabriel co-founded IERC with Greta Wengert in 2004. Mourad earned his B.S. in Wildlife Biology at Humboldt State University, his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology at Humboldt State University, and his Ph.D in Comparative Pathology (emphasis on wildlife disease ecology) at the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gabriel is also a Research Associate Faculty at the One Health Institute, Wildlife Heath Center at the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.


The Unintended Consequences of Legalized Marijuana in Colorado

Listen as Sgt. Jim Gerhardt, Vice President of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association, discusses the social costs of legalized marijuana in the state of Colorado. Learn in depth how it has impacted crime rates and community safety throughout the State.