Island University to Host Cannabis Educational Summit

Published: November 04, 2016

Island University to Host Cannabis Educational Summit

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Islanders Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (I-ADAPT) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a cannabis education summit on Friday, Nov. 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. Pre-registration is required to attend. The summit will feature presentations and panel discussions focusing on the legal framework of marijuana, the pharmacological effects of using marijuana, and drug trafficking. The event is free and open to the public.

“The purpose of this program is to have an open discussion about the use of cannabis and its impact on surrounding communities,” said Claudia Ayala, I-ADAPT representative and Assistant Director of the University Counseling Center. “Our hope is that attendees will learn something they did not know about cannabis.”

 Among the many experts set to speak is Dr. Gabriel Ferreyra, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in the College of Liberal Arts. Ferreyra specializes on the Drug War, criminal justice, drug-trafficking and United States drug policy.

“The war on drugs is the government’s approach to address drug trafficking and drug use in America. This approach has led to mass incarceration of nonviolent drug users among minority groups,” said Ferreyra. “After more than 45 years, research has shown that the war on drugs has not been effective in reducing drug trafficking and drug use.”

 Ferreyra will present his research on marijuana to inform summit attendees about the risks, give an overall explanation of legal contradictions and nature of this substance.  

A schedule of summit events include:

  • 11 a.m. – noon: Understanding the Legal Framework of Marijuana: Dr. Gabriel Ferreyra
  • 12:10  1:10 p.m.: Marijuana Trafficking and the DEA: David S. Bishop, DEA Special Agent
  • 1:20 – 2:20 p.m.: The Pharmacological Elements and Long Term Effects of Marijuana Usage
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion featuring Claudia Ayala, David Bishop, Gabriel Ferreyra, Jose Ramirez, and Mark Skurka   

The purpose of I-ADAPT is to support the mission of TAMU-CC by promoting healthy choices and reducing the harmful effects caused by abusing alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.