9:00 - 10:30 AM
PANEL: Marijuana legalization: local, state, federal, and global perspectives

Moderator:  Steve Heilig, MPH

Tomás J. Aragón MD, DrPH

Matt Willis, MD, MPH

David Pating, MD

Seth Ammerman, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, DABAM

Session Description:

This will be a 90-minute, four-speaker panel featuring clinicians and public health authorities detailing many relevant aspects of the legalization of marijuana, especially in California, with some lessons and pointers for responding to major concerns.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the history, science base, impetus and major developments concerning cannabis legalization in California

  • Describe the major positive and negative impacts of legalization, in terms of clinical, public health, and financial impacts

  • Understand some ongoing and planned optimal responses from public health and medical authorities to the expected and observed negative impacts of legalization at the state and local levels

  • Describe relative risk and benefits of cannabis use

  • Identify conditions in which cannabis use is contraindicated

  • Develop recommendations for ‘moderate use’ of cannabis