CO: Cannabis Conference Begins Thursday

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The Institute of Cannabis Research at Colorado State University-Pueblo has released the program for its international, multidisciplinary cannabis research conference April 26-28 on the CSU-Pueblo campus.

This year’s event is titled “Exploring All Things Cannabis: Research in Action.”

Scheduled to give the opening address is Audra Stinchcomb, Pueblo native and professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Stinchcomb, a former CSU-Pueblo student, is scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Occhiato Student Center Ballroom.

Stinchcomb’s research has focused on the influence of pro-drug physicochemical properties on skin flux, distribution and metabolism.

The conference is open to the public with an early registration fee of $350 per person; the registration fee at the conference will be $400.

Institute officials said the conference will celebrate a myriad of research and intellectual pursuits from internationally renowned speakers and pioneering cannabis scholars. The program provides information on more than 70 scheduled presentations from more than 100 state, national and international cannabis researchers from private research organizations, prominent universities, state and national government agencies and industry representatives.

Vincenzo Di Marzo, a prolific researcher in pharmacology, biochemistry, and neuroscience, is scheduled to present the Mechoulam Lecture at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the ballroom. It is called “The Phytocannabinoidome and the Endocannabinoidome: How Close Are They?”

According to institute Executive Director Rick Kreminski, along with authoring hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific articles and editing several books, Di Marzo is co-inventor on more than a dozen patents for the possible use of cannabinoids in the treatment of diseases, such as various cancers, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and muscular dystrophy.

The institute was established in June 2016 through an innovative partnership between CSU-Pueblo, the state of Colorado and Pueblo County. With initial funding support from Pueblo County and the state, the institute is the nation’s first multi-disciplinary cannabis research center at a regional, comprehensive institution.

“This is an exciting time for the ICR as we explore new frontiers in cross-disciplinary research of the uses and impacts of cannabis in society,” CSU-Pueblo President Tim Mottet said in a statement published on the ICR website.

“As a regional, comprehensive university, Colorado State University-Pueblo is committed to supporting and enhancing our region by providing high-impact learning opportunities as well as research that increases knowledge and solves problems.”

To view the detailed schedule and register for the conference, visit