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DC AAP welcomed over 100 chapter members, along with members of the Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Society of Greater Washington and the Chesapeake Regional Chapter of the Society of Adolescent Health & Medicine at the DC AAP Annual Fall Meeting and Dinner at Maggiano’s on October 1st. The topic of this year’s meeting was Marijuana Legalization: Health Effects and Policy Implications.

Attendees were treated to interesting and informative presentations, a delicious meal and an opportunity to network with colleagues. Presenters included experts in the field of adolescent medicine, addiction psychiatry and federal and state policy:

  • Dr. William Adelman, head of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, member of the AAP Committee on Adolescence and one of the authors of the AAP Policy on Marijuana, spoke about the Consequences of Marijuana Use through Adolescence
  • Dr. Marc Fishman, an addiction psychiatrist, member of the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and medical director of Maryland Treatment Centers, gave a talk entitled Marijuana: Clinical Implications, and What’s All the Fuss About Anyway?
  • James Baumberger, assistant director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Department of Federal Affairs spoke about Federal Action on Marijuana
  • Jeffrey Zinsmeister, Executive Vice President and Director of Government Affairs at Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), spoke on The Shape of Things to Come: Recent Political and Legal Developments Surrounding Marijuana Legalization

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Following the presentations, Dr. Krishna Uphadya, Chair of DC AAP’s city-wide Adolescent Health Working Group and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center led a panel discussion and Q & A with the presenters. Interest was so high that the speakers graciously agreed to stay into the evening to address and discuss all the questions, making for a dynamic, information-packed discussion.

The event was planned and hosted by DC AAP and co-sponsored by the Children’s National Health System’s Child Health Advocacy Institute, Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Society of Greater Washington and the Chesapeake Regional Chapter of the Society of Adolescent Health & Medicine.