Auburn University

Online Courses Instructed by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.

Drug Abuse, Addiction, and the Opioid Crisis ~ A National Public Health Disaster:                    The Role that Marijuana Use and Legalization are Playing (4 weeks)

January 6 - February 2, 2020 and July 20 – August 16, 2020.

For more information and to register, go to  and   or call (334) 844-5100


The Effects and Impacts of Marijuana Use ~

Policies and Approaches Addressing the Challenges (3 weeks)

March 9 - 29, 2020;   May 4 – 24, 2020;  July 6 – 26, 2020; August 3 -23, 2020;

September 7 – 27, 2020; and October 5- 25, 2020

For more information and to register, go to  and  call (334) 844-5100


Transforming and Leading Organizations (3 weeks)

November 11 – December 1, 2019;  June 15 – July 5, 2020; August 3 – 23, 2020;

October 5 – 25, 2020; and October 26 - November 15, 2020

For more information and to register, go to  and or call (334) 844-5100.


Courses may earn 3 CEUs.  They are taught in asynchronous time and on a Pass/Not Pass basis.  All assignments are accessible online.  No texts need to be purchased. Also see and  for additional information concerning course content and links for registration.   [email protected]






 Don't miss the 2020 SAM Summit, once again taking place in conjunction with the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Nashville, TN on April 16, 2020.


SAM is proud to announce that Tom Gorman, Director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area has just been added as a featured keynote.




This will be a must-see presentation as Tom Gorman will be discussing Volume VI of the Rocky Mountain HIDTA Marijuana Impact Report. This widely cited report serves as the backbone of national data available on how marijuana legalization affects drug trafficking, black markets, and other issues pertaining to law enforcement. 


We will also feature TED-talk like presentations on various topics, including: The Marijuana Vaping Crisis, Lessons Learned in Legalized States, States to Watch in 2020 and Beyond, Legalization and Social Justice, and more. 



 Registration Rates: 



If your organization would like to be a sponsor of the Summit, email us at [email protected] for more information on how to get involved. 

About SAM:


Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states. 




Registration is now open for The 8th Annual SAM Summit taking place in Nashville, TN alongside the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit.  


This is the perfect option for interested and concerned parties to learn more about what the current research says about the negative effects of marijuana normalization on public health and safety.





Event Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Location: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN

Submission Deadline Date: Friday, November 1, 2019

SAM will notify applicants by the end of November regarding whether their submission was accepted or declined.


Please read before submitting a presentation proposal.


We're looking for dynamic presenters for our annual summit. Ever want to give a TED talk on some aspect of marijuana policy? If you said yes, then read on!


The 2020 Summit is the premier gathering for marijuana policy advocates around the country. Once again, the Summit will be taking place in conjunction with the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Nashville, TN on April 16, 2020.




Submissions will be reviewed by members of the SAM team and Board of Directors. Please be prepared to submit the following information that would fit into a 20-30 minute educational session:


Session title

Session abstract (max 250 words)

Three (3) session objectives

Identification of topic area

Name & bio of presenter(s) 


SAM is seeking proposals that focus on the following topics:



Prevention strategies

Treatment and recovery

Social justice

Link between marijuana and opioids/other drugs.

Workplace and employers, and impact on employee productivity

Impacts on youth and young adults 


Presentation Terms and Conditions:

  • Presenters will be required to complete a Conflict of Interest Reporting Form as part of their speaker agreement.
  • Presenters agree to waive any honorariums/travel & hotel accommodations.
  • Presenter will receive one (1) complimentary SAM Summit registration.

PLEASE NOTE: All submissions are to be completed by Friday, November 1, 2019.


Submit proposals to Brendan Fairfield: [email protected]