2019 Medical Cannabis Symposium

2019 Medical Cannabis Symposium:
The Intersection of Clinical Practice and Science

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Registration: 8:00am | Conference: 9:00am to 4:00pm
The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ

The 2019 Medical Cannabis Symposium will explore current evidence-based science as it relates to medical cannabis and implications for clinical research, regulation, and medical practice. Physicians, scientists, pharmacists, nurses, and industry professionals are invited to attend.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Explain the physiology of the endogenous cannabinoid system, including the mechanisms of action and pharmacology of endogenous and exogenous cannabinoids.
  2. Describe the impact of cannabis use on cognitive function.
  3. Describe the impact of cannabis use as it relates to mental health.
  4. Explore the potential role of cannabis as a medical therapy for management of pain, opioid use disorder, and other medical conditions.
  5. Identify the public health impact of recreational and medical cannabis programs.
  6. Recognize on-going work of local clinicians and researchers working in the medical cannabis space.

Hosted By

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Logo
NJ Department of Health Logo

This CE-certified activity is jointly provided by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
and the New Jersey Department of Health.

Conference Details

Date and Time: December 18, 2019; Registration: 8:00am; Conference: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Ave., Somerset, NJ 08873. Download driving directions.

Registration Fee: $125.00 per person (Cancellation Fee: $35.00)

Meals: Continental breakfast and hot lunch buffet will be provided.

Accreditation: Jointly Accredited ProviderIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and the New Jersey Department of Health. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


  • Physicians
    Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurses
    This activity is awarded 5.5 contact hours. (60 minute CH)
  • Pharmacists
    This knowledge-based activity qualifies for 5.5 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit.

Nurses and pharmacists should claim only those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.

Conference Agenda

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am: Welcoming Remarks

9:15 am - 10:05 am: Physiology of the Endogenous Cannabinoid System

Sara Ward, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University - Download Presentation (PDF)

10:05 am - 10:55 am: Differentiating Recreational and Medical Cannabis Use from a Cognitive and Clinical Perspective

Staci Gruber, PhD, Director of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core & Director of Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND), McLean Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

10:55 am - 11:10 am: Break

11:10 am - 12:00 pm: Impact of Cannabis Use as it Relates to Mental Health

Kevin M. Gray, MD, Professor and Assistant Provost for Research Advancement, Medical University of South Carolina - Download Presentation (PDF)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm - 1:55 pm: Panel Session - Local Research Opportunities and Challenges

Rutgers Faculty and Staff - Download Presentation (PDF)

1:55 pm - 2:50 pm: The Public Health Impact of Cannabis Legalization: What Do We Know so Far?

Beatriz H. Carlini, PhD, MPH, Senior Research Scientist, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington - Download Presentation (PDF)

2:50 pm - 3:05 pm: Break

3:05 pm - 4:00 pm: Medical Cannabis: What We Know and Need to Learn

Margaret Haney, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology, Columbia University - Download Presentation (PDF)

4:00 pm: Conference Adjouns