Cannabis: It's Complicated

NSC Cannabis Symposium

NOTE: Registration is now closed. The Symposium has concluded.

Cannabis can have a major impact on the safety of your workers, and cannabis legalization is creating new challenges. According to a survey by, more than one in five respondents said they use marijuana recreationally at work during work hours; nearly 5% admitted to daily use, and more than 13% use it more than once a month.

Learn how cannabis can affect employees’ ability to work, drive and function, discover policies you should have in your workplace, and get the information and resources you need to address marijuana use and cannabis-related products.

The symposium is targeted at those who may deal with the consequences of cannabis, including health and safety professionals, law enforcement, municipalities, supervisors, union representatives and human resources staff.


Time Speaker Topic

  June 25

12:30 to 1:25 p.m.

Dr. Marilyn Huestis, U. of Maryland School of Medicine

What is cannabis? Short- and Long-term Consequences of Cannabis Medicalization and Legalization

1:25 to 2:20 p.m.

Dr. Tom Marcotte, University of California - San Diego

Why, If Not to Get High? The New Era of Cannabis as Medicine

2:35 to 3:20 p.m.

Dr. Libby Stuyt, Circle Program, Crossroads Turning Point

Impact on Young Brains

3:20 to 4:05 p.m.

Ryan Smith, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Impact on the Driving Community

4:05 to 5:05 p.m.


Q&A Session

  June 26

8 to 8:30 a.m.

NSC Staff

Employer Survey Results and State of Play Regarding Laws

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Dale Quigley, National Marijuana Initiative

Impact of Legalization

9:45 to 10:25 a.m.

Dr. Barry Sample, Quest Diagnostics

Quest Drug Testing

10:25 to 11:30 a.m.

Faye Caldwell, Caldwell Everson PLLC

Legal Implications for Workplaces

12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Faye Caldwell, Caldwell Everson PLLC

Legal Implications for Workplaces (Continued)

1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

Sarah Urfer, Chematox

Stories From States That Have Decriminalized Cannabis

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Tory Spindle, Johns Hopkins

Drug Testing and Measurement of Impairment

3:30 to 4:45 p.m.


Q&A Session

Get the agenda here.

Location: NSC headquarters, Itasca, IL
Cost: $299 for NSC members, $399 for nonmembers

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For more information, contact Tammy Washington at (630) 775-2227, or [email protected].