Up in Smoke: Demystifying the Medical Marijuana Movement in Missouri

Thursday, April 13, 2017 -
8:30am to 12:30pm

John K. Pruellage Courtroom

2017 Saint Louis University Public Law Review Symposium

Missouri was the 19th state to decriminalize marijuana possession. This new law that took effect in January is somewhat limited in nature; however, decriminalization of marijuana is often viewed as a first step towards legalizing medical marijuana within a state. While marijuana is still illegal under federal law and regulated as a controlled substance, half of the states have passed laws legalizing marijuana for medical use. Missouri’s recent legislative efforts and polls suggest that medical marijuana will likely gain a legal foothold in Missouri in the near future. 

At its 2017 symposium,  the Saint Louis University Public Law Review will host a diverse range of scholars to discuss the implications surrounding state legalization of medical marijuana. The event will culminate with a keynote address first given by criminal defense attorney Dan Viets, who chairs the Boards of both New Approach Missouri and Show-Me Cannabis, and John Payne, the campaign manager of New Approach Missouri. Both men spearheaded the medical marijuana movement in Missouri and have passionately dedicated their lives to passing this legislation. 
This program qualifies for 4.2 hours of Missouri CLE credits. SLU Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of The State Bar of Missouri governing minimum continuing legal education.
• New Approach Missouri 
• Show-Me Cannabis 
• Missouri NORML 
• Keeping Missouri Kids Safe


8:00 to 8:30 a.m. – Registration
8:30 to 8:40 a.m. – Opening Remarks & Welcome

Jon Baris  

Dean of Students, Saint Louis University School of Law

8:40 to 9:00 a.m. – Introductory Speaker

“Disjointed Regulations: The Dichotomy Between State and Federal Law"

Anders Walker

Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. – Keynote Address
Part One

Dan Viets, J.D.

Missouri State Coordinator, NORML

Board President, New Approach Missouri

Board President, Show-Me Cannabis

Part Two

John Payne

Campaign Manager, New Approach Missouri  

Executive Director and Treasurer, Show-Me Cannabis

10:00 to 10:30 a.m. – Featured Speaker

“Cash for Grass: Lending to the Legalized Marijuana Industry”

Douglas S. Dove, J.D.

Shareholder in the Business and Real Estate Practice Group, Capes Sokol

10:30 to 10:40 a.m. – Break
10:40 to 11:30 a.m. – Panel Discussion One + Q & A Session

“High Stakes: Examining the Impact Legalization Would Have on the Criminal Justice System”

Eric Zahnd, J.D.

Prosecuting Attorney of Platte County, Missouri

Mark Habbas

Lead Lobbyist, Missourians for Compassionate Care  

Lobbyist, Missouri HB 2238 (CBD oil bill that passed in 2014)

Joy Sweeney, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Council for Drug Free Youth (CDFY)

Chair, Keeping Missouri Kids Safe

Neal Rohlfing

Former Special Agent and Investigator, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Sheriff, Monroe County

*Michael B. Hill, J.D.   

Founding Member, Canna Jurist, LLC

Moderated by Chad W. Flanders, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

11:30 to 11:40 a.m. – Break

11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion Two + Q & A Session

“Puff the Magic Medicine: Examining the Impact Legalization Would Have on Health Care”

Gordon D. Christensen, M.D.

Professor emeritus of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Missouri (MU)

Former Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

*Justin Stubstad, Pharm.D, J.D.

Director, Compliance, Envolve Pharmacy Solutions at Centene Corporation

Patricia A. Hurford, M.D., M.S.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist, Orthopedic Sports Medicine & Spine Care Institute

*Nikki Furrer, J.D.

Cultivation Center Director, Shelby County Community Services (SCCS) in Illinois

Author, Get High Like a Lady (Workman, Spring 2018)

Paul Bocci, CPA

President, Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC

Treasurer, New Approach Missouri  

Moderated by Kelly Dineen, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Law & Ethics, Saint Louis University School of Law

*Indicates Saint Louis University School of Law Alumni


Brittani Ready



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