Clinical & Therapeutic Applications of Medical Cannabis




7:30 am - 4:30 pm



Earn Up to 8 CME/CE Credits                                            
A unique opportunity for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, all medical professionals interested in expanding their clinical working knowledge. Legal and practice management approaches will be also covered. This full day programming is also being offered in half day sessions (morning and afternoon programming) where you will be provided CME (MD, DO, PA, APRN) and CEU/CLE (RN, LPN, PharmD, Esq) credits.

In addition to those mentioned previously, this symposium is designed for LCSW, MSW, LMT, Nutritionists, AP/DOM, DDS, D.C., CNA, Naturopathic & Homeopathic Doctors, PT/OT's, Certified Personal Trainers, Health Coaches and Wellness Coaches.

The CME/CEU 1-day program includes breakfast and lunch.  Half-day accredited sessions are $300 and include lunch.

You may attend the full day program as a non-CME/CEU seeking attendee without receiving credits for $300 and either half-day for $200.  Lunch is not included for either the full or half-day non-CME/CEU options.

Presented by: Kristen Beury, President/CEO, Medical Resource Association, Inc.


7:00 a.m. 
Registration Opens
Keynote – Breakfast – Welcome – Introductions  Networking

Educational Sessions Begin:
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Moderator:  Paloma Lehfeldt, MD
Clinical – Stephen Dahmer, MD
Medical Cannabis – Healthcare Disruptor
How cannabis has become mainstream in medicine through unusual channels and its potential to outcompete traditional FDA medications in safety and efficacy.

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Moderator: Shira Adler
Jan L. Roberts, LCSW The Legitimizing of Cannabis as Medicine in Mental Health

9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
Michelle Shuffett, MD – History and Use of Medical Cannabis
Monica B. Taing, PharmD, RPh  ECS 101: An Overview of the Endocannabinoid Receptor System

10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Moderator:  Marika Cooper
   Kenneth Weinberg, MD – Medical Cannabis and Autoimmune Disease
Andrea Beaman, Holistic Health Coach (HCC), Chef, Herbalist – Using Food as Medicine – A Deep Dive into Nutrition & Plant Based Medicine – Supporting Immune Health
   Michelle Routhenstein, MS, RD, CDE, CDN – Lifestyle Changes vs. Medication

10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
Moderated by Madelon Gauthier, Esq.

Panel Presentation:  Diversity, Financial & Legal Considerations for Medical Professionals
Landon Dais, Esq. Diversity is the Future of Medical Cannabis
Joseph T. Kelley, III – Healthcare Compliance/Legal
Cristina Buccola, Esq. – NY Legislation
obias Reid, MD – TBA

11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Moderator: Felicia Greenfield-Blau, LPT, CCE
Michelle Weiner, DO, MPH  Cannabis and Pain Management

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dara Huang, MD Cannabis & Cannabinoid Medicine for Nephrological Care
Kelly King, MD – Medical Cannabis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Edward J. Wagner, Ph.D.  Sex Differences in, and dietary influences on, cannabinoid regulation of energy homeostasis

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Joe Dolce – How Botanical Medicines Differ from Pharmacological Medicines; plus Risks & Contraindications of Medical Cannabis Administration

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Monica B. Taing, PharmD, RPh Pertinent Patient Counseling & Harm Reduction Strategies

4:15 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.
The Role of Cannabis Nurse Leaders in Private Practice  Panel Presentation
Moderator & Contributor: Diane Schade, NP

    Jamie Rollins, RN, BSN, CYT  How Do I Become a Cannabis Nurse?

      CME/CE Credit Provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare.  This activity is jointly-provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and Medical Resource Association.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and Medical Resource Association.  AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for Physicians.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This activity is awarded 8.0 contact hours.

Nurse Practitioners

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through the joint providership of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and Medical Resource Association. 

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider Number: 030803.

This activity is approved for 8.0 contact hours which includes 0 hour(s) of pharmacology.  Activity ID #21995.


AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare approves this knowledge-based activity for 8.0 contact hours (0.8 CEUs). UAN 0077-9999-19-023-L04-P. Initial release date: 6/1/2019.

NY Social Workers
AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare SW CPE #0233 has received conditional approval from the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work to offer continuing education to licensed social workers, effective 6/18/2018. The Department may subsequently notify the provider that a particular course or courses is/are not acceptable. This conditional approval is in effect until the Department makes a final determination to approve or deny the provider application.

Criteria for Success
Statements of credit will be awarded based on the participant’s attendance and submission of the activity evaluation form. A link to the online claim credit and evaluation form will be provided at the meeting.  If you have any questions about this CME/CE activity, please contact AKH Inc. at

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the history and use of medical marijuana, with a focus on the New York perspective
  • Define and describe the role of the endocannabinoid system and the scientific rationale for the effects of medical marijuana
  • Outline trending issues in the cannabis industry that impact public health
  • Outline the fundamental components of the Endocannabinoid Receptor System (ECS)
  • Summarize the basic pharmacology & physiology of the ECS
  • Describe therapeutic potential of addressing ECS imbalances in certain chronic conditions
  • Discuss the medical cannabis patient experience, main uses for THC & CBD, and how the pharmacist would decide on a ratio/product
  • Explain how to dose cannabis, and the concept of microdosing
  • List pharmacodynamics of different routes of administration of cannabis, drug interactions with cannabis, and contradindications of using cannabis
  • Describe mechanisms of how cannabis acts as an analgesic
  • Identify which route of administration and ratio of cannabinoids for type of pain
  • Define fundamental pharmacological profile of medical cannabis & delivery methods
  • Identify pertinent patient-specific and cannabis product-specific counseling points
  • Describe therapeutic & toxic monitoring parameter
  • Explain the NY State Medical Marijuana Program and its regulatory requirements
  • Outline a brief history of medicinal cannabis
  • Assess the clinical applications and evidence for medical cannabis for symptomatic care
  • Discuss the science behind the human endocannabinoid system
  • Highlight kidney-related issues and recent studies
  • Describe how cannabinoids control appetite via the homeostatic energy balance circuitry in the hypothalamus
  • Recognize how gender may impact the decision to utilize cannabinoids as a therapeutic adjunct in the treatment of HIV or cancer-induced cachexia, and obesity
  • Discuss cannabis therapies for cancer
  • Determine the difference between palliative therapy and treatment

    *Agenda/Topics/Speakers subject to change without notice