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Marijuana’s True Impact on Colorado: A Symposium at Colorado Christian University

October 6, 2017 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


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With the legalization of medical marijuana in 2000 and recreational marijuana in 2012, Colorado has felt the true impact of marijuana on our health care, law enforcement, in the workplace, and with our youth.

Join the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University to hear from law enforcement, education, medical, public policy, and family health experts who have experienced the effects of marijuana legalization first hand. The day culminates with a lively debate between Jeff Hunt, Director of Centennial Institute, and Robert Corry of Corry & Associates.

Friday, October 6, 2017
8:30am – 4:30pm
Colorado Christian University Leprino Hall 170/172
8787 W. Alameda Ave. Lakewood, CO 80226
$15 Ticket (includes lunch)

Tickets are $15 per person, which includes lunch. Purchase tickets by Wednesday, October 4, 2017 to reserve your seat.

Free Parking is available adjacent to Leprino Hall (and in the neighboring church parking lot), which sits on the west side of the main campus in Lakewood, Colorado.

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Event Schedule*

8:30 am – 9:00 am: Registration

9:00 am – 10:15 am: General Session featuring Dr. Kevin Sabet, Smart Approaches to Marijuana and Dr. David Murray, Hudson Institute

10:30 am – 11:10 am: Breakout Sessions:

  • Legislative battles in Colorado
  • Impact on businesses — worker productivity, hiring, drug testing
  • Impact on minority communities — arrests, criminal justice reform, economic development
  • Impact on health care – emergency room visits, poison control calls, children born with THC in their bodies
  • Dabbing, edibles, and high potency pot
  • Impact on education — tax funding, youth use

11:20 am – 12:00 pm: Breakout Sessions:

  • Federal law vs. state law — What can we do?
  • Placing guardrails on marijuana in Colorado
  • Alcohol and drug impaired driving
  • Black/gray market development
  • Medical marijuana — pain and other uses
  • Impact on tobacco laws

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch — Youth Impact Panel

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: General Session — Law Enforcement Panel

2:10 pm – 2:50 pm: Breakout Sessions:

  • Legislative battles in Colorado
  • Impact on businesses — productivity, hiring
  • Impact on minority communities — arrests, crime, development
  • Black/gray market development
  • Expectations on marijuana industry — advertising, law suits, responsibility
  • Dabbing, edibles, and high potency pot
  • Impact on homelessness

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Debate and Closing featuring Jeff Hunt, Centennial Institute and Robert Corry, Corry & Associates 
* Schedule subject to change.

Keynote Speakers:

Kevin A. Sabet, PhD
President and CEO, Smart Approaches to Marijuana
Described by NBC as the “prodigy” of drug politics and policy, Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, is an author, consultant, former advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, assistant professor, and serves as the President and CEO of SAM, which he founded with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy in 2013. He has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for almost 20 years. He has worked in the Clinton (2000), Bush (2002-2003) Administrations, and in 2011 he stepped down after serving more than two years as the senior advisor to President Obama’s drug control director, having been the only drug policy staffer to have ever served as a political appointee in a Democrat and Republican administration. He has appeared since at the Aspen Ideas and New Yorker festivals, on the Organization of American States blue ribbon commission advising hemispheric drug policy, and in hundreds of forums and discussions promoting the ideas outlined in his first book, Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana, published by Beaufort. He has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and in virtually every major media publication and news channel on the subject of drug policy.

David W. Murray, PhD
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

David W. Murray is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute where he co-directs the Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research. While serving previous posts as Chief Scientist and Associate Deputy Director (Supply Reduction) in the federal government’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, Murray directed extensive scientific research on all aspects of the drug problem and helped coordinate high-level inter-agency efforts to limit the production of illicit drugs and counter the transnational criminal organizations that control their global shipment and marketing.

Before entering government, Murray was executive director of the Statistical Assessment Service and held academic appointments at Connecticut College and Brown, Brandeis, and Georgetown Universities. He is the author of numerous scholarly papers, essays, and commentaries; co-author (with Joel Schwartz and S. Robert Lichter) of the widely-noted book It Ain’t Necessarily So: How Media Make and Unmake the Scientific Picture of Reality; and a frequent guest on major network television and radio programs.

Murray holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Chicago.


October 6, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Centennial Institute


CCU Event Center
8787 W. Alameda
Lakewood, CO 80226 United States
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