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National Cannabis Summit Program Focuses on
Real World Experience with Marijuana Legalization

Speakers and Workshops Deliver Science and Evidence-Based Information

WASHINGTON, DC (May 23, 2017) – The National Cannabis Summit, to be held in Denver, August 28-30, 2017, offers a program packed with speakers and workshops that reflect the realities of legalizing marijuana. Keynote speakers include current and former public officials responsible for the implementation of medical and adult marijuana laws in states like Colorado and Washington. Workshops focus on lessons learned across public health, prevention, regulation, and more, emphasizing data-driven decision-making and evolving best practice. Speakers span academic, research, government, regulatory, community and policy arenas. For the list of keynote speakers, visit:
“We designed the program to include real world examples from early adoption of marijuana legalization,” said Beth A. Rutkowski, MPH, Associate Director of Training and Epidemiologist at UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center, one of the organizations hosting the Summit. “The Summit will offer a chance for attendees to hear successes and challenges firsthand from those who have experienced it. Attendees will benefit from lessons learned and walk away with a tool box of emerging best practices.”
The Summit focuses on six key themes: the science of cannabis; the impact of emerging research and epidemiological data on legalization; public health and public safety; prevention; governance, federal law and emerging best policy practices; and regulatory issues. Workshops will offer insight into everything from cannabis use disorder among older adults and the impact of medical marijuana dispensaries to youth prevention and implications of legalized marijuana for drugged driving. For the preliminary program, visit:
Grounded in balanced and objective perspectives, the Summit has no ties to industry, and focuses on science-based policy and best practices. “As more and more states approve legislation and referendums, there is a need for a neutral forum in which stakeholders can engage with the very real, very practical questions of marijuana legalization,” said Neal Shifman, President and CEO for Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., also a conference host organization. “The Summit aims to put data and experience front and center, invite dialogue, and provide vital information to those on the forefront of implementation.”
The 2017 National Cannabis Summit is being hosted by Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP), National Council for Behavioral Health, and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC). For more information, please visit

About Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP)

For over 30 years, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) has focused our people, passion, and expertise on creating practical solutions to improve health and human services systems of care and business operations. Through hands-on research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and professional consulting, AHP assists organizations of all sizes in achieving our collective goal of helping our most vulnerable populations lead full and productive lives. Every day we work to develop “real-world solutions for systems change” through our areas of expertise in addictions & substance abuse, behavioral health policy, criminal justice, health care reform, housing & homelessness, mental health, population health management, recovery supports, veterans, and workforce development. To learn more, visit

About Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network promotes the adoption and implementation of evidence-based, recovery-oriented, culturally appropriate practices for people who have, or who are at risk of developing, substance use disorders. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Network includes 10 Regional Centers, 4 National Focus Area Centers, 2 Centers of Excellence, and a Network Office serving the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Palau, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and the Mariana Islands. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief supports international ATTCs in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

About the National Council

The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with more than 2,800 member organizations, serving 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council was instrumental in bringing Mental Health First Aid to the United States and now has trained more than 1 million people. In 2014, the National Council merged with the State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS).

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