2019 Healthcare Ethics and Law Conference

Medical Marijuana: Its Benefits and Risks to Society

Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Regions Community Room, Cooney Hall at Samford University 

Samford University's Healthcare Ethics and Law Institute's annual conference is designed to help Alabama institutional ethics committees at all levels with some of today’s most pressing health care and law issues.

Registration opening soon.


Conference registration costs $50 per person, which includes lunch and conference materials. Students recieve free registration, but lunch is $10. Students can pay for lunch when they register, by entering "LUNCH" as the discount code. A student ID must be shown at registration. 

Advanced registration is encouraged as seating is limited. 


2019 Healthcare Ethics and Law Conference

Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

  • 8 to 8:15 a.m.
    • Welcome and Announcements
  • 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.
    • "The Changing Legal and Ethical Contexts of Medical Marijuana and CBD"
    • Presented by David Smolin, J.D., director of the Center for Children, Law and Ethics at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law
  • 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
    • "Medical Cannabis: What is the Evidence for its use?"
    • Presented by Tyler Gaston, M.D., assistant professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Neurology
  • 10:15 to 10:30 a.m.
    • Break
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    • "Real Medicines Have Real Risks: Marijuana’s Potential Health Hazards Explained"
    • Presented by Erik Messamore, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Department of Psychiatry
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    • Pellegrino Medal Award Luncheon
  • 1 to 2 p.m.
    • Speaker to be announced
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m.
    • "Medical and recreational marijuana laws: effects on marijuana and opioid outcomes in the U.S. adolescent and adult population"
    • Presented by Silvia Martins, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and director of Substance Abuse Epidemiology Unit at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health,  Department of Epidemiology
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m.
    • Panel discussion: Today's speakers

Speaker Bios

Coming soon

Continuing Education

Continuing education will be available for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, physician assistants and social workers.


Please note this CME approval is for onsite attendees only. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Brookwood Baptist Health and the Center for Faith and Health, Samford University College of Health Sciences. The Brookwood Baptist Health is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Brookwood Baptist Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category Credits™.Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This conference has been approved for 7.2 Contact Hours (ABN). NurCE is an Alabama Board of Nursing-approved provider of continuing nursing education. (Provider Number: ABNP0004, Valid through Dec 23, 2018)


Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This is a ACPE knowledge based program appropriate for pharmacists. UAN 0002-9999-18-012-L04-P.

This program provides 5 contact hours (.5 CEUs) if all sessions are attended. 

Credit will be awarded based on attendance and participation. Credit will be uploaded to ACPE through CPE Monitor within 60 days of attendance; NABP e-Profile ID and date of birth (MMDD) are required. 

Social Work

This conference has sought approval for 5 hours of continuing education from the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners. 

Physical Therapy

One hour of continuing education is defined as 50 minutes of engagement in the continuing education. Alabama Physical Therapy Board does not pre-approve CE providers or sponsors. All continuing education offering related to physical therapy accepted.