The Palliative Use of Marijuana: Demystifying Connecticut's Policy Concerning Medical Marijuana

The Palliative Use of Marijuana: Demystifying Connecticut's Policy Concerning Medical Marijuana
Friday, October 25, 2013 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

This symposium will offer participants an opportunity for discussion of Connecticut’s recent medicinal marijuana legislation. The symposium seeks to shed light and provide an indepth perspective into the goals and meticulous thought process surrounding the drafting of the new legislation and regulations. Speakers will highlight and focus on the practicality and feasibility of implementing this new regime in Connecticut.

Panelists include a wide range of professionals from attorneys to lawmakers to physicians. The event will culminate with a keynote presentation by Mark A.R. Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA, who will comment on the salient issues surrounding the policies allowing for medical marijuana use and the importance of these issues beyond Connecticut.

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Welcome by Dean Timothy S. Fisher
Opening Remarks by Commissioner William M. Rubenstein, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection

9:30 am - 10:30 am
Panel 1: The Process of Passing and Implementing Public Act No. 12-55

Robert W. Clark '97, Special Counsel to the Attorney General, State of Connecticut Attorney General's Office
Paul R. Doyle '90, Senator, Connecticut's 9th District
Elizabeth Ritter, State Representative, Connecticut's 38th District
Michelle H. Seagull, Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection

Moderator: Con O'Leary '82, Professor, Legislative Clerkshop Clinic, UConn Law

10:30 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Panel 2: Navigating Through a Highly Controversial Regime

Kevin Kane '68, Chief State's Attorney, State of Connecticut
John Logan, Chair, Connecticut Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee and Partner, Logan & Mencuccini, LLP
Andrew L. Salner, Director, Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, Hartford Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor, UConn School of Medicine
Diane W. Whitney '85, Partner and Chair, Environmental Law Department, Pullman & Comley LLC

Moderator: Carl Schiessl, III '84, Director, Regulatory Advocacy, Connecticut Hospital Association

11:45 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Buffet Lunch for Guests Who Have Submitted an RSVP
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Keynote Speaker

Mark A.R. Kleiman
Professor of Public Policy, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and
Author (with Jonathan Caulkins, Angela Hawken and Beau Kilmer) of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Book signing by Dr. Kleiman immediately following the keynote address.

Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290
Live Stream:
Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal
If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at at least two weeks in advance.