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Explore the Difference

May 20-22, 2022

San Diego, CA

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Symposium Schedule

Friday, May 20

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Opening Networking Reception

Saturday, May 21

7:00 - 8:00 am

Breakfast and Vendor Time

8:00 - 9:00 am

Introductions and Keynote: Cannabis Research: Complexities and Priorities - Dr. Susan Weiss

9:00 - 10:30 am

Opening Plenary: Introduction by Disciplines - Judge Mary Celeste (ret), Glenn Davis, Lisa Ngele-Piazza, Anthony Washington, Justice Robert Ziemian (ret)

10:30 - 10:45 am

Break and Vendor Time

10:45 - 12:15 pm

Breakout Session 1

  • Cannabis and Its Impact on the Courts

  • Spotlight on Cannabis in Employment

  • The Future of Drug Testing

  • Effects of Cannabis Legalization on the Roadways

  • Cannabis Legislation, Regulations, and the Constitution

12:15 - 2:00 pm

The Impact of Cannabis on Driving Performance, and the Detection of Cannabis-Impaired Drivers - Dr. Thomas Marcotte

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Plenary: Facilitated Reports on Breakout Session 1

3:00 - 3:45 pm

Break and Vendor Time

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Breakout Session 2

  • Hiring, Firing, and Making Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace

  • Safety Sensitive Positions and Impairment

  • Cannabis-based Complex Cases in Specialty Courts

  • Impairment Training for Law Enforcement

Sunday, May 22

7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast and Vendor Time

8:30 - 10:00 am

Plenary: Facilitated Reports Breakout Session 2

10:00 - 10:15 am

Break and Vendor Time

10:15 - 12:00 pm

Breakout Session 3

  • Racial Equity and Cannabis

  • Cannabis Expert Testimony and Scientific Admissibility in the Courts

  • Impairment and Detection in Cannabis Cases

  • The Use of Medical Marijuana in Treatment Courts
  • Legislation in the Workplace: Navigating a Complex Legal Landscape

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Keynote: Delta Dawn: A Discussion About Hemp Derivatives and Its Impact on the Courts - Patricia Pizzo

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Plenary:  Facilitated Reports Breakout Session 3

3:00 - 3:15 pm

Break and Vendor Time

3:15 - 4:00 pm

Plenary:  Facilitated Reports Breakout Session 4

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Plenary: Open Discussion

Thank You to Our 2022 Sponsors

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California Western School of Law

Cedar Street, San Diego, CA 92101


As cannabis legalization and regulations evolve, the United States is at a tipping point. There are now several pending Congressional Bills related to cannabis including decriminalization and rescheduling of the drug. Thirty-six states have some form of medical marijuana, 18 States, D.C. Guam, Northern Marijuana Islands, and Tribal nations have recreational marijuana laws with many other states exploring recreational marijuana for 2022. These continued changes in laws are impacting our courts and society. It is also creating a dynamic and sometimes confusing landscape for various disciplines including Law Enforcement, Judges, Drug Court Professionals, the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry, Academia, and Employers Human Resource Associations & Organizations.


As a result of this confusing landscape, the American Judges Association (AJA) partnered with California Western School of Law (CWSL), Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), Colorado Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office (HSO), the National Judicial College (NJC), New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals (NEARCP)  and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and are bringing forward a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary approach to cannabis issues facing all of these disciplines.


The AJA, the VOICE of the Judiciary, is the largest judges’ organization in North America and provides the highest quality of continuing professional development for judges.


CWSL is San Diego’s oldest law school, established in 1924. It is among the top 3 law schools in the United States for required experiential learning credits and among the top 10 law schools in the United States for ethnic diversity (2019 U.S. news ranking).


DATIA the premier drug and alcohol testing industry association, was founded in 1995 and represents the entire spectrum of drug and alcohol service providers including collection sites, laboratories, consortiums/TPAs, MROs and testing equipment manufacturers.


HSO is responsible for developing and administering behavioral programs that improve the traffic safety environment in Colorado by reducing the number and severity of traffic crashes.


NJC Created more than a half-century ago at the recommendation of a U.S. Supreme Court justice, The National Judicial College remains the only educational institution in the United States that teaches courtroom skills to judges of all types from all over the country, Indian Country and abroad.


NEARCP is a non-profit consortium of professionals working with and in recovery courts across six states:  Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  Our members work across all recovery court dimensions and include judges, lawyers, treatment providers, case managers, probation and law enforcement officers, and other professionals.


SHRM, Voice of all things Work, is a community of 300,000+ members across the globe, dedicated to making better workplaces for a better world and renowned for their professional development tools and competence-based education programs.  




The Mission of the Symposium is to engage, integrate, and network associations and organizations, including law enforcement, academia, judges, drug court professionals including specialty court judges, the drug and alcohol testing industry, and human resources and others around the topic of cannabis by developing educational tracks and panels dedicated to each discipline along with integrated panels and plenaries.



To elucidate and identify the current issues related to the legalization of cannabis and its impact on law enforcement, academia, judges, drug court professional, the drug and alcohol testing industry, and human resources, and, to educate all disciplines, analyze the interrelationships of all disciplines, and to ultimately develop best practices.


The Symposium features the leading authorities in the areas of Judges, Recovery Courts Professionals, Academia, Human Resource Professionals, Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Professionals, and Law Enforcement Leaders, who will share their insight on how cannabis laws and regulations are affecting their disciplines. Symposium submissions by presenters at NICS and other legal scholars are planned for publication in an edition of the California Western Law Review dedicated to the Symposium.



Judges, Attorneys, Professors, Law Enforcement, Medical & Treatment Providers, Toxicologists, Recovery Court and Specialty Court Professionals, Court and Workplace Administrators and Managers, Human Resource Professionals, Drug and Alcohol Testing Professionals, and anyone else interested about cannabis issues.



Certificates available for state submission and approval.


The views expressed in presentations made at National Interdisciplinary Cannabis Symposium (NICS) are those of the speaker and not, necessarily, of NICS. The presence of vendors at NICS, does not constitute an endorsement of the vendor or speaker's views, products, or services.

Our Keynote Speakers

We carefully curate keynote speakers who are experts in their fields, ready to inspire and educate our attendees. We pride ourselves on bringing the best keynote speakers who bring a wealth of knowledge and charisma, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

2022 Symposium Gallery

The Symposium is filing CLE accreditation for the states listed below

A certificate of attendance will be also be available for filing with those states not on the list below for your submission to your jurisdiction.


For MCLE Rules by Jurisdiction select a state/jurisdiction from the ABA drop-down to view the CLE rules for your jurisdiction.

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Florida

  • Illinois

  • Maine

  • Massachusetts

  • Nevada

  • New Jersey

  • New Mexico

  • New York

  • Ohio

  • Oregon

  • Pennsylvania

  • Washington


Any questions concerning CLE Credits for this Symposium may be directed to Beth Loureiro:


Please Complete The CLE Evaluation Form here


Click on link to read pdf with CLE approvals by state

CLE Information Sheet

CLE Forms National Interdisciplinary Cannabis Symposium II 12.01.23


11/29: WA: Approved credits: 6.75 total (4.50 law & legal / 6.00 other) – other subjects: professional development AND personal development & mental health

12/05  ME: Approved credits: 7.5 (general)
12/06  Ohio – 7.5 general
12/08  Colorado – Approved CLE credits: 9.00

12/19 This form is for lawyers to report CLE credits to the CLE Board when attending a program not sponsored by an Accredited Provider. Lawyers seeking CLE credit in Pennsylvania must complete Section B of this form and return it to the CLE Board along with a copy of the provider’s attendance certificate (if available) and a check made payable to PACLE for $1.50 per credit hour. Please refer to Section C for attendance fee calculations.

CLE Credit Request Form

12/20 Approved credits (OR): 7.5 (general)

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