Understanding Hemp vs Marijuana – and how to test for the difference [SPONSORED]

April 14, 2021
1:00pm - 2:15pm

Hemp is legal federally. Marijuana is not. Marijuana is legal in some states, but only if it is grown there and under certain quantities. This session will discuss the actual difference between hemp and marijuana and how you can presumptively test for the difference when there is a question.

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Michael Lee is the Vice President of Swabtek, a US manufacturer of narcotics and explosive tests. Mr. Lee is a former Texas Peace Officer. He has served the public safety community with distinction as a trusted partner as the Vice President of Sales for Intrado and Executive Vice President of ANDE for the past sixteen years. Mr. Lee holds a bachelors of science in Political Science from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Mr. Lee was one of the founding advisory members for the Former Student’s Association for the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Ronald E. Brooks is a founding member of Brooks Bawden Moore, LLC, a government relations and business strategy consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Ron served thirty-eight years in law enforcement with extensive executive, management, investigative, homeland security and criminal intelligence experience.

Ron retired in 2012 as a Captain with the San Mateo County (California) Sheriff’s Office where he was assigned as Director of the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC) and the Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

As the Director, Ron managed all operations of the NCRIC-HIDTA in a fifteen-county operational area.  The NCRIC is one of seventy-nine fusion centers operated by state and local governments and designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that make up the National Network of Fusion Centers. It is one of 28 HIDTAs. As Director, Ron managed a $13 million budget and more than ninety intelligence officers, analysts, critical infrastructure assessors, support staff, and private sector outreach officers from federal, state and local law enforcement, fire service, emergency management, public health agencies and corporate security.

Prior to the NCRIC, Ron retired as an Assistant Chief from the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE), having served in most ranks and assignments.  Before promotion to Assistant Chief, Ron served as the Senior Special Agent in Charge (SSAC) at BNE’s San Jose Regional Office and as a commander of four multi-agency task forces.  As a collateral duty, he was assigned as the Director of Congressional Affairs for the California Department of Justice – Division of Law Enforcement.  Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ron served as a police officer and sergeant with the Redwood City Police Department and as a deputy sheriff with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.