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“The NFL and Medical Cannabis” Conference

Wednesday, January 31, 2018  
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The American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association


“The NFL and Medical Cannabis” Conference


will be held at the


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center,

711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33126


May, 2018


AMMPA’s “The NFL and Medical Cannabis” Conference will be the first of its kind to merge two highly controversial and popular topics, connecting traditional western medicine and medical marijuana in a professional, educational environment. Dr. Bennet Omalu will be our Keynote Speaker, he is known for his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The Florida Medical Association designates this live activity for approximately 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

AMMPA’s Annual Conference in October 2016, brought in 400 physician attendees and included 22 seminars led by knowledgeable doctors and leaders in the medical cannabis industry. It also offered 15 accredited AMA PRA CME credit hours. Physicians traveled from all over the world, including the United States, Canada, South Africa and Germany, among others. AMMPA is proud to be the largest medical cannabis physician association in the United States, representing over 700 physician members.

This conference helped physicians expand and update existing knowledge and skills regarding ever-increasingly sophisticated diagnostic and practice guidelines, to share new ideas for evaluation and treatment techniques, and to increase the practitioner’s knowledge and ability to act and advocate for patients within the current medical legislative and regulatory environment.

AMMPA’s “The NFL and Medical Cannabis” Conference will be the first of its kind to merge two highly controversial and popular topics enabling a platform that will connect traditional western medicine with the potential of medical marijuana. We are proud to recognize Dr. Bennet Omalu as our Keynote Speaker. Dr. Omalu is known for his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE. From 2002 when Dr. Omalu first published his findings in the journal Neurosurgery, the NFL refused to publicly acknowledge the connection between CTE and concussions sustained in football. In 2015, his story was told in the award winning movie, “Concussion”, in which Dr. Omalu’s character was played by Will Smith. This film brought widespread public attention to CTE and brain injury in contact sports such as football.

For “The NFL and Medical Cannabis” Conference, AMMPA is working with the well-known national media relations specialist, Sachs Media Group. Sachs Media Group is considered one of the top PR firms based in Florida.

The American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association is a membership driven association, focusing on providing physicians with the resources they need to safely and effectively utilize medical marijuana recommendations as an alternative treatment modality for their patients. Based out of Florida, AMMPA serves as a physician advocate helping to outline practice risks and benefits, educational requirements, compliance issues, and aggregates its members to allow for a unified voice representing all physicians currently interested in cannabinoid medicine. Our members are leaders from across the United States that provide expertise to the public regarding research, education, speaking engagements, seminars, and industry recommendations.

DISCLAIMER: This presentation event is in no way affiliated or endorsed by the NFL nor its subsidiaries.


For Conference Registration Click Here


Miami, FL – May, 2018




9:45-10:00 AM      Welcome Address, Orlando G. Florete Jr., MD
10:00-10:45 AM    Descriptive Epidemiology of NFL Injuries and Related Health Problems,                                                          Gary Visser, MD
10:45-11:30 AM     When the Lights Go Down: Can Medical Cannabis Help Athletes?,                                                                      Richard Tempel, MD
11:30-12:00 AM    Transitioning Ex-NFL Athletes from Opioids to Medical Cannabis,                                                                      Jaime Snarski, MD
12:00-1:30 PM      Luncheon and Presentation Sponsored by Surterra
                                        *No CME Credit Hours Available for this Session 
1:30-2:15 PM         Potential Medical Cannabis Use in Chronic Pain and Anxiety in Former NFL                                                   Athletes, J. Lucas Koberda, MD, PhD
2:15-3:00 PM        Athletes Use of Medical Cannabis for Behavioral Disorders, Sue Sisley, MD
3:00-3:30 PM       Break with Exhibits 
3:30-4:15 PM        Neuroprotective Effects of Cannabinoids and CTE, Laszlo Mechtler, MD
4:15-4:45 PM        Neuroimaging of Concussions in Patients on Medical Cannabis,                                                                           Laszlo Mechtler, MD
4:45-5:15 PM        Round-table Discussion 
5:15-6:30 PM        Keynote Address, Bennet I. Omalu, MD, MBA
6:30-8:00 PM      Reception, with Congressman Matthew Gaetz




8:00-9:00 AM        Sponsored Breakfast and Presentation 
                                         *No CME Credit Hours Available for this Session 
9:00-9:45 AM        Cannabinoids and Epilepsy, Jerzy P. Szaflarski, MD, PhD
9:45-10:30 AM      The Endocannabinoid System, Exercise and Wellness: Changing the Runner’s                                               High to the Runner’s Joy, Greg Gerdeman, PhD
10:30-11:00 AM    Break with Exhibits 
11:00-12:00 AM    USF Grant Proposal to Study Role of Endocannabinoid System in Mediating Brain                                       Repair Following Brain Trauma in a Mouse Model, Juan Sanchez-Ramos, MD, PHD
12:00-1:30 PM       Sponsored Luncheon and Presentation (Sponsorship available)
                                        *No CME Credit Hours Available for this Session 
1:30-2:30 PM         Round-Table Discussion with Panel of Former NFL Players Utilizing Cannabis for Medical Conditions, Moderators: Dr. Sue Sisley & Dr. Barry Gordon, Panel:                                                    Willis McGahee (Former NFL Athlete), Treyous Jarrells (Former Collegiate Football Player), Dr. Mark Chaet, Bret Jones (Attorney and NFL Agent)
2:30 PM                  Program close


Disclaimer: This event and the educational presentations are in no way affiliated nor endorsed by the NFL or its subsidiaries.

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