Boston Chapter ACFE
Annual Meeting and Training
O’Neill Federal Building, Boston MA
Friday June 9, 2017
Session: Inside the Arena of Security, Compliance and Investigation
8:30-9:00 am: Registration (Continental Breakfast)
9:00-9:15 am: Mary Beth Farrelly, Chapter President
9:15-10:30 am: Karen Hawkes, Director of Security, Green Remedies
Medical Marijuana: Federal Regulations, Past and Present & Evolving Massachusetts Regulations
Marijuana has been in the news a lot lately. Cultivated for its strength as a fiber and for its medicinal uses, it has even been grown for food. There is much anecdotal evidence as to its medicinal effects, but research is lacking due to federal classification of the plant as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act. Schedule I substances are considered to have a high potential for dependency and no accepted medical use, making distribution of marijuana a federal offense. In 2005, the United States Supreme Court held that the federal government has the constitutional authority to prohibit marijuana for all purposes. Meanwhile, the federal government holds U.S. Patent No. 6,630,507 which covers the use of cannabinoids, chemical compounds found within the marijuana (cannabis) plant. NIH researchers discovered that cannabinoids may have antioxidant properties that could be beneficial in the treatment of certain neurological diseases.
Enter the 10th Amendment. Currently, a majority of the U.S. population resides in a state that has legalized medical marijuana in some degree. Twenty-nine states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico now allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs. Several other states have more restrictive laws permitting the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil only, with strict limitations on THC content. Medical cannabis laws vary greatly from state to state.
In 2012, 63% of Massachusetts voters approved Ballot Question 3, “An Initiative Petition for a Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana. Due to regulatory delays, the first Registered Medical Marijuana Dispensary (RMD) did not open until June 2015. There are currently eleven Registered Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Massachusetts dispensing marijuana for medical use.
Massachusetts regulations are evolving as the industry matures. The Department of Public Health has been working with RMD’s and patient advocacy groups to solicit feedback in developing proposed amendments and revised protocols. These changes reflect lessons learned and are necessary to comply with Governor Baker’s Executive Order 562, which directs all executive branch state agencies to review and where possible, streamline, simplify and improve their regulations.
Karen Hawkes is the Security Director at Garden Remedies Inc., one of the first Registered Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to open in Massachusetts. Karen studied Finance at Northeastern University in Boston, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College in Springfield.
Ms. Hawkes is a former Massachusetts State Trooper, graduating the Massachusetts State Police Academy in 1993 with the 71st Recruit Training Troop. Karen was a “Road Dawg”, meaning she drove a marked state police cruiser on patrol on state highways. She also performed undercover work with the Attorney General’s Office and was a nationally certified child safety seat technician and advocate for child safety.
Karen was retired from the MSP in 2006 after suffering a stroke. In 2014, Karen was asked to serve on the Board of Directors of Garden Remedies Inc. She was later hired for the position of Security Director. As such, Karen has had the opportunity to work among the pioneers of the medical marijuana industry. Karen is involved in all aspects of the business that require a security perspective, from the design of buildouts to security systems design, written policies and procedures, transportation and the training of employees in safety and security measures.
Karen is a member of ASIS International, an organization for Security Professionals. In addition to security, her interests include criminal justice and public policy.
10:30-10:45 am: Break
10:45-11:15 am: Election Results/Annual Meeting
11:15-12:15 pm: Holly Chase, Regional Field Manager, Massachusetts Division of Banks
Cyber Security Regulatory Update
12:15-1:15 pm: Lunch/ Annual Chapter Meeting / Election Results
1:15-2:45 pm: Victor Wild, Assistant US Attorney/Thomas J. Zappala, Financial Investigator, U.S. Attorney’s Office
Fraud Examination in a Federal Criminal Case
2:45-3:00 pm: Break
3:00-4:00 pm: DCIS-Defense Criminal Investigative Service
SA Brian Solecki and SA Zach Hatcher
(Limited Seating; Presentation times subject to change)
RSVP by June 7, 2017
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Cost: $75.00 Members/ $85.00 Non Members
6 CPE’s awarded for this session