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Capital Litigation Initiative: Crime Scene to Courtroom Forensics Training

Webinar 19: Emerging Issues in Laboratory Analysis for the Differentiation between Marijuana and Hemp

Emerging Issues in Laboratory Analysis for the Differentiation between Marijuana and Hemp
Thursday, July 2, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT

Join us for Emerging Issues in Laboratory Analysis for the Differentiation between Marijuana and Hemp, a scientific and legal analysis regarding the differentiation between Marijuana and hemp. Ms. Reta Newman, Director for the Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory, and Mr. Michael Gilbert, Assistant Director for the Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory, will give us an in-depth look at how forensic labs analyze marijuana and hemp, they will break down the process and where the legal issues arise. In addition, they will discuss the 2018 Farm Bill and look at different state statutes and the changing legal landscape.

Reta Newman is the director of the Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory at the District Six Medical Examinerís Office. She has a bachelorís degree in Chemistry from Missouri State University and has been a practicing forensic chemist specializing in seized drug and fire debris analyses since 1988. She manages all analytical units of the laboratory including, Seized Drug Analysis, Fire Debris Analysis, DNA Analyses, and Post Mortem and DUI Toxicology. Throughout her career, Ms. Newman has provided training and awareness to law enforcement personnel, forensic scientists and the general public at the local, state, and national level with a particular emphasis on forensic drug analysis forensic and fire debris analysis.

Ms. Newman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Science and holds Fellow level certification by the American Board of Criminalistics in both Fire Debris Analysis and Drug Analysis. She is a member of the Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis Committee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC). She is the co-author of two textbooks on forensic fire debris analysis and a contributing author to three other forensic science reference books.

Michael Gilbert is the Assistant Laboratory Director for the Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory in Largo, FL and serves as the technical leader for the Chemistry section. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic science. He has been qualified as an expert in forensic chemistry in both state and federal courts and has taught classes for local, state, and federal agencies throughout the United States in drug identification and field testing.

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This webinar is designed for both prosecutors and defense attorneys. Attendees who complete this webinar will be eligible for Continuing Legal Education credits. The Stetson Office of Professional Education will work with each individual participant for reporting specifics. CLE applications will be made to Florida and other states per individual requests. Please email for further information and state specific requests.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-CP-BX-K006 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.