June 5, 2015, 2013

registration at 8:00am joint training from 9:00am – 1:00pm

Behavioral Health Services, Inc.  15519 Crenshaw Boulevard Gardena, CA  90249

**there is ample, free parking in the lot and on the street**

 $5.oo for advance payment or $7.00 on-site payment |  4 SAPC hours & 4 CEUs

download the flyer/registration form here



  • Marijuana overview
  • Medical Marijuana overview
  • Medical Marijuana epidemiology (Los Angeles)
  • Marijuana Collective perspective
  • Marijuana and SUD Treatment

Presenters (partial list):

  • Nathan Donahoe is a Los Angeles City Elected Official who has been advising Los Angeles City on their medical cannabis policy for the past 2 years as a Board Member of the West Los Angeles Neighborhood Council.  The only elected official that also works for a medical cannabis collective, his hands-on industry experience combined with government regulation offers a unique perspective.  He is passionate about protecting the public health, working with patients and bringing legitimacy to medical cannabis healthcare.
  • Dr. Terry Grand bio pending
  • Christine Grella, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP), Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles, and Associate Director of ISAP.  Her research examines need for substance abuse treatment and treatment utilization as well as the relationship of service delivery to treatment outcomes.  Much of her research has focused on treatment for women, including women in the criminal justice and child welfare systems; adolescents; homeless individuals; and individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. She has published her work widely in the areas of addiction, mental health, health services, and evaluation research.  She is also director of the pre- and postdoctoral training program in Addiction Health Services Research at ISAP and serves on several community advisory boards and editorial boards 
  • Roberta Morris bio pending Humboldt Green Research Humboldt Green Research is a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research on the health benefits of cannabis for people. We are able to conduct this research legally because of our unique methodology. For over a decade, Californians have been legally consuming medical cannabis for a wide variety of reasons. HGR sees this as a “natural experiment” whose data has not yet been collected, analyzed and reported. Because our participants are already using cannabis on their own accord, our job as researchers is to try to limit variables and report the patient’s experience as methodically as possible. This makes our research “scientific journalism”.
  • Jeffrey C. Raber, Ph.D. is the Founder, President and Chairman of the Board of The Werc Shop, Inc.   Dr. Raber  received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California with a focus on developing new synthetic organic methodologies. Dr. Raber was also an early mover in the internet service provider market when he helped found a local provider in 1995 while working towards his B.S. in Biochemistry from Lebanon Valley College. Dr. Raber studied plant phylogenetics of the RuBisCO enzyme while at LVC and was named to the USA Today 1997 All-USA College Academic Team for his research accomplishments in this area. Dr. Raber graduated from LVC and decided to move from his hometown in Pennsylvania and expand his opportunities by attending graduate school in Los Angeles, CA at USC. Dr. Raber completed his degree at USC in
    less than 5 years and was awarded the Harold and Lillian Moulton Fellowship. Upon receipt of his degree from USC Dr. Raber was asked to join a start-up company as the Director of Product Development where he created new molecular scaffolds for use as starting points in the investigation of new pharmaceuticals by medicinal chemists and successfully transferred proprietary reaction methodology and know-how to a production partner. Having been recognized for his various skills and abilities, Dr. Raber was subsequently approached to join another start-up company focusing on development and commercialization of a novel chemical reactor technology. Dr. Raber initially joined the company as the Chief Chemist and quickly became the Vice President and eventually President and was appointed as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Dr. Raber frequently works with local educational institutions assisting MBA students in deriving their business plans and evaluating their technologies while continuing to develop and create new technologies of his own. Dr. Raber is an accomplished scientist, patented inventor and seasoned executive with all of the skills necessary to direct The Werc Shop’s efforts. Having recognized a tremendous need for quality control and assurance in California’s Medical Cannabis arena, Dr. Raber formulated a concept for an analytical testing laboratory that provided services to the Medical Cannabis arena. Constantly working to refine and improve the concept over the past year, Dr. Raber received a tremendous amount of support from patients, legal advisors and his scientific peers throughout the planning phases. Having reviewed a massive amount of information and peer reviewed scientific publications relating to the beneficial impacts of cannabinoid receptor medications, a specialty area for Dr. Raber, he envisioned the means for furthering everyone’s understanding and fundamental knowledge of the sustainable medication provided through the use of Cannabis sativa L. derived products. Considering the incredible support he received for the concept and the vast number of individuals and institutions in need of this type of information, Dr. Raber, despite the inherent risk personally and professionally, decided to found The Werc Shop in an effort to make our world and homeland a better, greener place.
  • Amanda Reiman, PhD MSW  is the California policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. Based in San Francisco, Reiman leads DPA’s marijuana reform work in California. Reiman has conducted numerous studies on medical marijuana dispensaries, patients and the use of marijuana as a treatment for addiction. Reiman served as the first chairwoman of the Medical Cannabis Commission for the City of Berkeley and has consulted with various cities and states on the development of medical marijuana policy. Reiman is currently a lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California-Berkeley, where she teaches Drug and Alcohol Policy, Substance Abuse Treatment, and Sexuality and Social Work. Originally from Chicago, Reiman earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work. Reiman moved to Oakland in 2002 to attend the University of California-Berkeley, where she earned her PhD in Social Welfare in 2006.

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