sentation proposals!



We're less than three months away from the SAM Summit and Good Drug Policy Conference on April 20 in Washington, D.C. and we're excited to share yet another stellar speaker with you.


But first, we have extended our deadline for presentations to

February 1, so it's not too late to send your proposal for a 15-20 minute presentation on an aspect of drug policy.




Doug Simon joined the Executive Office of the Governor of Florida in November of 2021 as the Director of the Office of Drug Control where he is tasked with implementing Governor DeSantis’ drug control policy across all Florida agencies. 


He has 12 years of federal government experience across multiple administrations and served for four years at the Office of National Drug Control Policy.




Call for Presentations


We are looking for dynamic presenters for our annual conference. Have you ever wanted to give a TED talk on some aspect of drug policy? If yes, then read on!


Please be prepared to submit the following information that would fit into a 15-20 minute educational session:


·     Session title

·     Session abstract (max 250 words)

·     Three (3) session objectives

·     Identification of topic area

·     Name & bio of presenter(s) 


Submissions will be reviewed by members of the SAM & FDPS team and Board of Directors. 


We're seeking proposals that focus on the following topics:


·     Advocacy

·     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 conference registration.


DEADLINE EXTENDED! All submissions are to be completed by Wednesday, February 1, 2023.


Submit proposals to Brendan Fairfield: [email protected]




Previously Confirmed Speakers


Wilson Compton, MD, MPE. is the current Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health.


Gil Kerlikowske served as the Drug Czar under President Obama from 2009 to 2014.


K?aren Tandy was appointed by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as the first female to head the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).


Paul Demko is the cannabis editor at POLITICO Pro. Previously, he spent four years on the health care team, primarily covering the insurance industry.


Russell Kamer, MD is the Co-founder and Medical Director of Partners In Safety and has over 30 years’ experience in Occupational Health and Safety.


Want to bring a group? We're pleased to offer group discounts on groups of 3 or more.


Space is filling up fast so be sure to get your ticket before the price increases on February 15.



We are also proud to announce limited availability for sponsorship opportunities.


The 2023 SAM Summit & Good Drug Policy Conference is the premier gathering for drug policy advocates around the country. We will bring together powerful voices in drug policy from across the field, such as prevention, treatment, recovery, as well as law enforcement experts to amplify our collective work to scale up the work of scientists and practitioners.


Title Sponsor: $7,500

·     Branded as presenting sponsor of the 2023

·     Logo/Organization name on all outgoing communications/ promotions 

·     Logo/Organization name and link on conference website

·     Logo/Organization name displayed during conference

·     Opportunity to distribute promotional materials to attendees

·     Opportunity to address conference attendees

·     (5) Complimentary registrations to the conference


Gold Sponsor: $5,000

·     Logo/Organization name on all outgoing communications/promotions

·     Logo/Organization name and link on conference website

·     Logo/Organization name displayed during conference

·     (3) Complimentary registrations to the conference


Conference Supporter: $1,500

·     Logo/Organization name displayed during conference

·     ?(1) Complimentary registration to the conference 


For more information and additional sponsorship opportunities please contact Brendan Fairfield at [email protected] or 609-994-7184



Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is an alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a health-first approach to marijuana policy. We are professionals working in mental health and public health. We are bipartisan. We are medical doctors, lawmakers, treatment providers, preventionists, teachers, law enforcement officers and others who seek a middle road between incarceration and legalization. Our commonsense, third-way approach to marijuana policy is based on reputable science and sound principles of public health and safety.


The Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions is a national drug policy think/action tank whose vision is a world in which children and families thrive, substance use is prevented, and there is rapid access to quality treatment. From prevention and recovery to smart law enforcement and better international cooperation, we are working to change the face of drug policy. Too many people are losing their lives to addiction. It is time for big change.

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