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ACMT Seminars in Forensic Toxicology: A Legal 'PotPourri'

Co-Sponsored by the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, Inc.

Day 1: The New World of "Legal Marijuana"   Day 2: Challenges in Toxicologic Consulting

December 9-10, 2015: Marriott City Center, Denver, CO  

Course Description

Come and enjoy a specially crafted two-day conference that covers a pair of relevant and timely forensic topics. Day one is devoted to a spectrum of legal concepts focused on the medicinal and recreational use of cannabis. As marijuana expands into the fabric of everyday society, new and complicated issues continue to arise. The nationally renowned expert faculty will cover patient-level concerns for use and impairment, public health issues such as childhood exposures, and purported marijuana alternatives among other topics. The second day changes direction and addresses practical, real-world issues faced by any toxicologist with an active or burgeoning consulting practice. Again using seasoned experts, the conference will emphasize challenging, relevant issues such as the role of casual observers (aka. dram shop), postmortem toxicokinetics, and the subtleties of providing powerful testimony. Small group, interactive, and multimedia presentations will be used to enhance the curriculum. ACMT has had great success in developing educational programs for toxicologists of all backgrounds, including analytical, clinical, forensic, and medical toxicology. 

Learning Objectives

Utilizing case based didactics, literature review, breakout groups and panel discussions, this practical course will allow the participant to:
  • Present the concepts underlying social, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic ethanol tolerance to a lay jury.
  • Describe the legal framework for civil tort and criminal cases involving impairment by marijuana.
  • Evaluate allegations of impairment by alcohol, marijuana, and prescription medication based on post-accident or post-mortem measurements.
  • Discuss problematic expert reports.
  • Identify important findings from death scene investigations and postmortem toxicology and laboratory interpretation. 


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM)  and  American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT). The UASOM is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.” Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Planning Committee:

Charles A. McKay, MD, FACMT; Lewis S. Nelson, MD, FACMT; Paul M. Wax, MD, FACMT 


December 09, 2015                    

7:00-7:45am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:45-8:00am - Welcome and Introductions

8:00-8:45am - Overview of Recreational & Medical Marijuana Laws

Partner, Founding Member
Vicente Sederberg
Denver, CO

8:45-9:15am - Eating, Drinking, and Vaping: Expanding Options for Consuming Cannabis

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, CO

 9:15-9:45am - Acute vs Chronic Frequent Cannabis Intake

Huestis125.jpgMarilyn A. Huestis, PhD
Senior Investigator, Chief, Chemistry and Drug Metabolism Section
National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

9:45-10:05am - Break

10:05-11:20am - Effects of Cannabis With and Without Low Dose Alcohol on Driving

Marilyn Huestis, PhD

11:20-11:50am - Buyer Beware: Cannabinoid Analysis in Cannabis Products

Urfer125.jpgSarah S. Urfer, MS, D-AFBT-FT
Laboratory Director, President, Owner
ChemaTox Laboratory, Inc.
Boulder, CO

12:00-1:00pm - Lunch on your own

1:00-1:45pm - Who's in Charge: Interpretation of Workplace Tests for Cannabinoids

Kulig125.jpgKenneth W. Kulig, MD, FACMT
Toxicology Associates
Denver, CO


1:45-2:15pm - It's Not Your Mother's Mary Jane: Clinical Presentations Associated with High-Potency Pot

Hoyte125.jpgChristopher Hoyte, MD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, CO

2:15-2:45pm - Pediatric Concerns Due to Expanded Cannabis Use

Wang_Sam125.jpgGeorge Sam Wang, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, CO


2:45-3:00pm - Break

3:00-4:00pm - The Dos and Don'ts of Expert Testimony in Marijuana Driving Cases: A Judicial Perspective

Celeste_Judge-Mary-1.jpgJudge Mary Celeste (Ret) 
Denver, CO


4:00-5:00pm - Case Review: The Toxicologist in the Marijuana Court 

KosnettMichael J. Kosnett, MD, MPH, FACMT 
Associate Clinical Professor, Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Colorado School of Public Health
Denver, CO
Judge Mary Celeste (Ret)Marilyn A. Huestis, PhDSarah S. Urfer, MS, D-AFBT-FT

6:00-7:00pm - Earls Kitchen and Bar-1600 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO

December 10, 2015

7:00-7:55am - Continental Breakfast

7:55-8:00am - Opening Remarks

8:00-8:30am - Impairment by Ethanol: The Experimental and Epidemiological Evidence

Johnson_Robert125.jpgRobert D. Johnson, PhD, DABFT
Chief Toxicologist
Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office
Ft. Worth, TX

8:30-9:00am - Impairment of Driving Related Abilities

Robert D. Johnson, PhD, DABFT

9:00-9:20am - Advanced Analytics of Alcohol Consumption

Robert D. Johnson, PhD, DABFT

9:20-9:40am - Break

9:40-10:40am - Value and Perils of Back-Extrapolation

Brent125w.jpgJeffrey A. Brent, MD, PhD, FACMT
Distinguished Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
College of Public Health
Denver, CO

10:40-11:10am - "Why Can't You See What Is Obvious To Me?": Visible Impairment and the Nature of Observation

Charles_McKay.pngCharles A. McKay, MD, FACMT
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Hartford, CT


11:10-11:40am - Expecting the Unexpected: Clinical Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoids

Su_125.jpgMark K. Su, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY

11:40am-12:10pm - Ongoing Challenges for the Tox Lab in Identifying Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists

12:10-1:15pm - Lunch on your own

1:15-1:45pm - From Death to Death Certificate: What Do the Dead Say?

Gill_JimJames R. Gill, MD
Chief Medical Examiner
State of Connecticut
Hartford, CT


1:45-2:15pm - Forensic Pathology and Ethanol

James R. Gill, MD

2:15-3:45pm - Breakout Workshops Attend 2/3 Sessions

  1. Doing the Math: Back Extrapolation in Alcohol-related Cases  Jeff Brent, MD, FACMT and Charles McKay, MD, FACMT
  2. ED Pitfalls: Legal Concerns in the Care of Inebriated Patients  Lewis S. Nelson, MD, FACMTLewis_Nelson.jpg and Paul Wax, MD FACMTPaul_Wax.png; James Roberts, MD, FACMT
  3. Redistribution and Other Challenging Interpretive Issues in Postmortem Toxicology  Moderator: Ken Kulig, MD, FACMT; Panelists: James Gill, MD and Sarah Urfer, MS, D-AFBT-FT

Planning Committee:

Charles A. McKay, MD, FACMT; Lewis S. Nelson, MD, FACMT; Paul M. Wax, MD, FACMT


Category    Fee
ACMT/ SOFT Members $675
Fellows-in-Training  $475
Students/Residents* $325
Non-Members: MD, PhD, PharmD, JD $900
Non-Members: Lab Mgr/Tech, NP, PA, RPh, RN $575
AACC Member $575
Continuing education (CME only)-REGISTER FOR CME ONLY HERE $75
*Students/Residents must submit proof of status. Contact for details. 

Single-day Registration Available
Category    Fee
ACMT / SOFT Members $425
Fellows-in-Training  $300
Students/Residents $225
Non-Members: MD, PhD, PharmD, JD $650
Non-Members: Lab Mgr/Tech, NP, PA, RPh, RN $350
AACC Member $350
Continuing education (CME only)REGISTER FOR CME ONLY HERE $50
*Students/Residents must submit proof of status. Contact for details.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing on or prior to November 1, 2015 are subject to a $150 processing fee. Refunds will not be granted after November 1, 2015. Please send cancellation request to ACMT at, or fax to 623-533-6520.

Hotel Reservations

Marriott City Center Denver
1701 California Street
Denver, CO 80202
Reserve your room here (click) The ACMT Group Block is now full.
Other Area Hotels Include:
Magnolia Hotel Denver
Grand Hyatt Denver
Residence Inn by Marriott Denver City Center
Courtyard By Marriott Denver Downtown
Previously held ACMT Seminars in Forensic Toxicology:
  • Consultation in the Civil & Criminal Arenas (Baltimore 2013)
  • Stimulants (Washington, DC 2012)
  • Alcohol & Marijuana (San Francisco 2010)
  • Opioids (Philadelphia 2010)
  • Alcohol & Marijuana (Baltimore 2009)
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