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Strategic Cannabis Conference 2016

The Strategic Cannabis Conference on Industrial and Medical Uses is a forum for doctors, lawyers, government officials, business entrepreneurs, patients, and advocates who are interested in a “gold standard” cannabis policy for West Virginia.

Strategic CAnnabis Conference

Cannabis is a plant that has long been used for hemp products, including rope and textiles, medicinal purposes, and as a recreational drug. It is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia. 

Banned in the U.S. since 1957, hemp production for research purposes was reauthorized by the 2014 federal Farm Bill. (Marijuana was banned by the 1937 "Marihuana Tax Act.") Currently, West Virginia is one of 27 states that have removed barriers for the production of industrial hemp.

Exploring research and development avenues for both industrial and medical cannabis is the first step in creating a sustainable industry for the future economic prosperity of West Virginia.


1:00 pm. - 2:30 p.m. : Legal Overview of Cannabis 

1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.            
The Prosperity Plant
Crystal Good

1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Overview of Cannabis Laws
Jesse Richardson
WVU Associate Professor of Law

1:30 pm. - 2:00 p.m.
A Seed to Sale Solution for Cannabis Regulation
Cody Stiffler

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
A Holistic View of Industrial and Medical Cannabis
J. Morgan Leach
WVU Law Class of 2016

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Audience Q&A

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. : Medical Cannabis

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Politics or Medicine
Dr. Clark Milton
Wheeling Hospital

2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
The Human Endocannabinoid System
Steven Kinsey, Ph.D.
WVU Assistant Professor of Psychology

3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Comparative Analysis of Cannabis Policies
Adriana Faycurry
WVU Law Class of 2016

Break: 3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. : Industrial Cannabis

4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
WVU Industrial Hemp Research 
Susanna Wheeler
WVU Student

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hemp Applications in the Polymers Industry
Natasha Smith
University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. Candidate

4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Reclaiming Appalachia
Seth Coan
Executive Director, The Earth Stewards

4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Growing West Virginia's Future
Don Smith II
West Virginia Hemp Farmers Cooperative, Inc.

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Audience Q&A

5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

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