Conference Agenda


Friday, August 10 -- Evening Reception

6-9 pm -- Featuring live, local music by Austin's own Scrapelli (jazz), a cash bar, and networking.

Saturday, August 11 -- Conference, Day 1

8:30am -- Registration/Check-in

10:00am -- Opening Remarks: Heather Fazio, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy
Complimentary Breakfast, Coffee, and Juice

10:30am -- Road Map to Reform

John Baucum - Political Director, Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition
Christy Zartler, NP - Mother and Caregiver
Jax Finkel - Foundation for an Informed Texas
Joshua Blank, Ph.D.Texas Politics Project, University of Texas at Austin

12:00pm  -- Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session: Medical Cannabis: What does the research tell us?

Bryon Adinoff, MD - Addiction Psychiatrist, UT Southwestern Medical Center/Dallas VA Medical Center (retired)
Elias Jackson, PhD -  Director of Translational Research, Vyripharm (actively researching cannabis at the Texas Medical Center)
David Auer, MD - Family Physician
Nishi Whiteley (Moderator) - Cannabis expert and patient consultant

Breakout Session: Penalty Reduction: Texas’ Patchwork Marijuana Policies

Chairman Joseph Moody - Legislative Leader from El Paso, Texas
Christopher Paxton - Chief of Staff for Senator Konni Burton
Mark Gonzalez - Nueces County District Attorney
Judge John Delaney - Retired Senior Court Judge

1:00pm -- Lunch, Keynote Speaker: Riley Cote, Athletes for Care

2:00pm -- Cannabis and Professional Sports  [**Meet & Greet during VIP Mixer.**]

Mike James - Former NFL Player
Solomon Page - Former NFL Player
Robert Marks, MD - Pain Management Specialist
Sue Sisley, MD - US Cannabis Researcher

3:00pm -- Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session: Cannabis, Faith, and Family

Pastor Rick Sitton - Senior Pastor at United Methodist Church in Bryan
Rev. Alexander Sharp - Clergy for a New Drug Policy
Jason Rink - Libertarian Christian Institute
Amy Fawell - Caregiver, Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism

Breakout Session: Federal Policy: Shifting Public Opinion and Opportunities for Reform

Robert D. Kampia - Marijuana Leadership Campaign
Franklin Snyder, Ph.D. - Professor at A&M School of Law
Sue Sisley, MD - Lead researcher the only FDA-approved trial on cannabis and PTSD

4:00pm -- VIP Networking Mixer (Speakers and Priority Passholders Only)

6:30pm -- Awards Banquet (Semi-formal)

Sunday, August 12 -- Conference, Day 2

9:00am -- Registration/Check-in

10:00am -- Opening Remarks: Jax Finkel, Foundation for an Informed Texas

10:30am -- Texas Compassionate Use Program: Past, Present, and Future

State Rep. Jason Isaac - Legislative Leader from Dripping Springs, Texas
Debbie Tolany - Participating Caregiver
Chase Bearden - Director of Advocacy, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
Heather Fazio - Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy

12:00pm - Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session: Patient and Caregiver Testimonials

Glen P. Mayes II- Caregiver, Native Texan (Residing in CO for Medical Freedom, Born in Abilene, Texas.)
Debbie Branch - Caregiver (League City, Texas)
Piper Lindeen - Caregiver of T.CUP Participant (Sugar Land, Texas)
Maggie Raines - Caregiver (Dallas, Texas)
April Martinez - Patient, Veteran (Killeen, Texas)
Terri Carriker - Caregiver (Dripping Spring, Texas)
Mark Zartler - Caregiver (Richardson, Texas)

Breakout Session: Cannabis and Second Amendment Rights

Michael Cargill - Texans for Accountable Government
T. Edwin Walker - Attorney, Texas & US Law Shield
Rachel Malone - Texas Firearms Freedom
Joshua Raines - Veteran and T.CUP Qualifying Patient
Dwight Clark (Moderator) - Vicente Sederberg Law Firm

1:00pm -- Lunch, Keynote Speaker: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

2:30pm -- Capitol Tour