Live Event: Charlotte's Tangled Web -
Considerations for How Doctors and Lawyers Might Avoid the Legal Entanglements of Medical Marijuana in Florida

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

8:15 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Full-day Event at

Stetson University College of Law

Tampa Law Center

1700 N. Tampa St.

Tampa, Florida 33602

Cost: $250 per attendee

Registration Fee includes lunch and educational credits

Medical Marijuana - What Lawyers and Health Care Professionals Need to Know

The Florida Legislature approved the legalization of a strain of medical marijuana known as "Charlotte's Web" that was recently signed into law. The November Ballot contains a potential constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana in Florida. This event will offer an overview of the law, the potential issues in a number of areas of law, how lawyers need to be prepared to help their clients and, importantly, what health care providers and pharmacists need to know.



7:45-8:15 a.m.


8:15-8:25 a.m.


Professor Rebecca Morgan, Esq. and Dr. Jay Wolfson, DrPH, JD

8:25-9:25 a.m.

An Overview of Charlotte's Web and Amendment 2, Medical Marijuana.

Adam Levine, M.D., J.D., Adjunct Professor of Law

This session will explain the language of the Charlotte's Web statute-what it does and does not cover, and what is the proposal for Amendment 2, and how it will differ from the Charlotte's Web law.

Learning Objectives:

The participant will discuss the differences between Amendment 2 and Charlotte's Web law. The participant will discuss the language of the Charlotte's Web statute.

9:25-10:25 a.m.

Ethical Issues for Attorneys: Medical Marijuana & Criminal Law: The Intersection of State and Federal Law.

Professor Roberta K. Flowers

Although Charlotte's web provides limited legality of medical marijuana in certain cases, and Amendment 2 would expand Medical Marijuana in Florida, it is still a federal crime, so attorneys need to be prepared for the ethical issues they may face, and be prepared for clients who have issues or charges related to sale, possession, and use.

Learning Objectives:

The participant will explore the ethical issues an attorney may face when representing a client who is charged with violating the laws pertaining to use and possession as well as examine the potential criminal actions that may be brought against a client.

10:25-10:40 a.m.


10:40-11:40 a.m.

Health Law & Medical Marijuana: Implementation

Kirk Davis, Esq., Akerman LLP

This session will look at the constitutionality of Charlotte's Web statute and Amendment 2, if adopted, and going forward, how the law (and amendment, if passed), will be implemented, what the proposed regulations are covering, and other issues faced with the implementation of the law.

Learning Objectives:

The participant will examine how the legalization of medical marijuana will be implemented, what the proposed regulations will cover and other issues related to utilization of medical marijuana.

11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.

Lunch (included in registration)

12:45-1:45 p.m.

Employment Issues for Employers and Employees

Professor Jason Bent, Esq.

Although Charlotte's Web is law, and Amendment 2 is on the ballot, that doesn't mean everything is resolved for employers ... or employees. This session will look at the workplace issues facing employers and workers in Florida, including Florida's at-will presumption; public policy exceptions (or lack thereof in Florida); Florida's Drug-Free Workplace Act; the federal ADA; Florida's Civil Rights Act; issues for public employees and private employees; unemployment claims by employees terminated for marijuana use; and negligent hiring issues.

Learning Objectives:

The participant will analyze the impact to the workplace resulting from prescribing marijuana.

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Medical Professionals & Compliance with the Law

Joe Rugg, Esq. Akerman LLP

It's a brave new world for healthcare providers in Florida. They need to understand the statute and the proposed amendment, and what they must do (and should do) to be in compliance, including record-keeping, business matters, dealing with patients and the regulators, and professional ethical concerns. This session will examine the additional challenges facing healthcare providers in Florida and make recommendations for staying in compliance and off the regulators' radar.

Learning Objectives:

The participant will recognize what must be done to be in compliance with the law including record-keeping, business matters, dealing with patients and the regulators.

2:45-3:00 p.m.


3:00-4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Dispensing and Compliance

Jay Wolfson, DrPH, JD, Kirk Davis, Esq., Adam Levine, M.D., J.D.

Pharmacists are at the cutting edge of the professional responsibility, liability and fraud blade for prescriptions of Charlotte's Web and any future, potentially broader medical marijuana dispensing. The specific responsibilities and liabilities affecting physicians as prescribers and pharmacists as dispensers will be addressed in terms of current (and anticipated) Florida statutory and regulatory law, and existing legal and practical experiences in states where medical (not recreational) marijuana, has been legalized.

Learning Objectives:

The participant will state the specific responsibilities and liabilities affecting clinicians who prescribe and dispense medical marijuana. The participant will examine current practices in states with legalized medical marijuana.

4:00 p.m.


Sponsored by:

Stetson University College of Law

Center for Excellence in Elder Law

The Center for Excellence in Elder Law was established to meet the increasing need for legal education and research in the field of law and aging. The center provides legal education to law students, attorneys, and judges in the field of elder and special needs law and produces scholarly research and writing on issues impacting those who are older and/or have special needs.

University of South Florida

College of Medicine

The mission of the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida is to provide for the education of students and professionals of the health and biomedical sciences through the creation of a scholarly environment that fosters excellence in the lifelong goals of education, research activity and compassionate patient care.


CME Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of USF Health and Stetson College of Law. USF Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

USF Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.