2020 NECANN BOSTON SCHEDULE

December 10 – 12 | HYNES CONVENTION CENTER

Separate Ticket Workshops

Thursday, December 10

9am-12pm
Navigating the Mass HCA Process

Thursday, December 10

12:15pm-3:15pm
Massachusetts Hemp: Seed to Sale

Thursday, December 10

3:30pm-6:00pm
How to Increase your Social Capital to Raise Capital

Saturday, December 12

 9am-12pm
Practical Infusions + Yoga & Meditation

Saturday, December 12

1pm-4pm
Responsible Vendor Training

THURSDAY PROGRAMMING

EXHIBIT HALL OPEN 11am-5pm

All three tracks require FULL ACCESS Ticket to attend.
WORKSHOPS (Room 103) require separate ticket purchase to attend.

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All Workshops require separate ticket purchase to attend, and do not include admission to the convention.

Successfully Navigating the Local Host Community Approval Process

9:00am – 12:00pm

Thursday, December 10, 2020 9:00am-noon | Hynes Convention Center, Room #103 (Plaza Level)

This workshop will provide attendees with an up close and personal first hand experience as to how one HCA was successfully navigated and how others can successfully navigate them as well. We will review what HCA’s are is and why they are needed, costs of an HCA – professional fees and landlords, how to approach a municipality, and securing an HCA without a defined location. We will also review and explain typical HCA terms and community impact fees – what they are and what gets charged.

Blake Mensing  |  Laury Lucien  |  Kate Feodoroff |  Shaleen Title | David Rabinovitz

NOTE: This is a separate ticket to a pre-convention 3-hour cannabis business licensing workshop. Entrance to this workshop is NOT included in any NECANN ticket, and purchase of this ticket does NOT include access to NECANN.

Massachusetts Hemp: Seed to Sale Workshop

12:15pm – 3:15pm

Hemp is a multi-billion dollar industry and now is the perfect time to educate yourself about this growing field. This 3-hour seminar will discuss hemp cultivation in-depth from seed to sale in Massachusetts. It’s been over a year since the 2018 farm bill passed and much has changed. Learn if hemp farming is right for you whether you’re a first-time farmer or looking to convert an existing crop. Set yourself or your company up for success by educating yourselves about the possibilities of the 2020 growing season! The last hour of the presentation will feature local seasoned hemp farmers such as Mike Goodenough, Adam Souza, Louis Vega & more. These local hemp legends will be discussing their trials and triumphs in the garden. If you’re hemp curious this is the presentation for you!

NOTE: This is a separate ticket to a pre-convention workshop. Entrance to this workshop is NOT included in any NECANN ticket, and purchase of this ticket does NOT include access to NECANN.

David Cunic
David Cunic
CEO - U.C.S. Advisors and Investor Relations
...

Increase your Social Capital to Raise Capital

3:30pm – 6:00pm

Learn how to attract investors and ACTUALLY have them invest in your company!
This high energy, interactive presentation is focused on new start-up companies which require initial funding as well as, pre-existing companies which need additional capital to expand their current operations. The audience will be given specific guidelines on how to properly prepare all the necessary materials before presenting to investors as well as, learn best practice presentation formats.
This workshop will center around the power of networking and basic investor relations. The audience will gain a clear understanding of how to truly network, learn precise strategies and tools they can implement immediately to help kickstart their capital raising efforts. The audience will ultimately walk away with the confidence and key strategies to successfully raise the capital to take their business to the next level.

NOTE: This is a separate ticket to a pre-convention workshop. Entrance to this workshop is NOT included in any NECANN ticket, and purchase of this ticket does NOT include access to NECANN.

Cultivation Track sessions require FULL ACCESS ticket to attend

Jessie Moberg
Jessie Moberg
Jessie Moberg has comprehensive experience in a wide range of project types including municipal, commercial, ...

Cultivation Design 101: What You Need to Know to Start Your Facility Design

11am – 11:50am

This presentation is intended to give prospective growers an overview of what they’ll need to begin the design of their cultivation facilities. This includes an overview of the architectural process, the project team they’ll need to assemble, special permitting requirements, facility programming, code compliance, choosing a contractor, timelines, budgeting, and deliverables. The goal is to set growers up for success by giving them the tools they’ll need to started.

Brandon Bach
Brandon Bach
Founder and Chief Cannabis Officer
Brandon Bach is an entrepreneur and ganjier working to mitigate risk for investors in emerging recreational ...

Cultivating in a Competitive Market

12pm – 12:50pm

This presentation will review the 4 most vital cultivation decisions that must be understood when seeking returns on a cannabis investment: Environments for cultivation (Outdoor,  Greenhouse,  and Indoor),  Genetic selection, chemical preservation possibilities inherent in different drying and curing techniques, and methods of trimming.

Janet Persechino
Janet Persechino
Technical Manager - Chemical Process Safety
...

Fire and Chemical Safety in the Cannabis Processing Industry

2pm – 2:50pm

This session will provide a presentation outlining the hazards particular to the cannabis processing industry, then provide an overview of the applicable building and life safety codes along with information on how to ensure the facility is in compliance. This talk will be focused on fire/chemical hazards and safety programs. This will include everything from proper fire protection and chemical process design to egress routes and chemical handling such as chemical inhalation/contact protection and fire/explosion mitigation techniques.

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3pm – 3:50pm

Business Track sessions require FULL ACCESS ticket to attend

Creating a Strategic Plan- A Guide for Cannabis Entrepreneurs

11am – 11:50am

Launching and building a successful cannabis business comes with its own unique set of challenges. How do you secure capital in the absence of bank loans? How will you manage taxes and insurance? What kind of employees do you want to hire and retain? What kind of company culture do you hope to create? What are your long term goals for the business? How large do you want your company to grow? Do you have a succession plan? Join Andi Gray, Founder of the Business Owners Hemp and Cannabis Association and President of Strategy Leaders for an informative session that will help you define both your business objectives as well as your personal goals. Learn how to create a strategic plan that addresses the key areas of financing, marketing, HR, legal and leadership.

Christopher Feudo
Christopher Feudo
Counsel
Chris Feudo is a counsel in Foley Hoag LLP’s Litigation Department and a member of the Labor & Employment ...

Labor and Employment Law: Tips for growing your labor force in Massachusetts 

12pm – 12:50pm

Cannabis business owners grapple with an ever-expanding array of state laws and regulations governing the employment relationship every day. Please join us for a session on labor and employment law do’s and don’ts on issues including:  Hiring, Performance management, Wage and Hour Laws, Leave laws, Discrimination Laws, Employment Agreements, and Current Unionization Trends in Massachusetts

Keith Stroup
Keith Stroup
Founder, NORML
...

KEYNOTE – Keith Stroup, NORML

1pm – 1:50pm

Christine DeAngelis
Christine DeAngelis
CPA, CFO
Christine has been a licensed CPA in New Hampshire since 2010 using her skills to help small businesses grow and ...

Cannabis Accounting 101: Grow on a Strong Foundation

2pm – 2:50pm

Cannabis business owners are subject to strict rules when it comes to tax and bookkeeping compliance. Doing things the right way can mean the difference between thriving or barely surviving for businesses. In a fast changing industry, staying on top of the regulations can help keep more money in your pockets and keep your business focused on growth. In this session, CPA Christina DeAngelis will help the audience understand the common pitfalls in cannabis accounting and areas to look for improvement to reduce tax liabilities.

Tina M Sbrega
Tina M Sbrega
President & CEO
Tina M. Sbrega is the President & CEO of GFA Federal Credit Union. GFA is a well- capitalized, $540 million ...

Navigating the Challenges of Banking the Cannabis Industry

3pm – 3:50pm

All cannabis businesses, whether plant-touching or not, are subject to complications when trying to find and keep a compliant and committed bank to serve their needs. This session, led by one of the leading voices and practitioners in Massachusetts cannabis banking, will help attendees understand why it is so intensive to secure an account, why the fees are typically so much higher than any other business account, and all the regulations that surround banking a high risk business as is the cannabis industry.

Drug policy’s future: Cannabis lessons for psychedelics and beyond

4pm – 4:50pm

A Panel discussion presented by the Boston Globe:  As cannabis legalization marches forward, some policymakers and advocates are turning their attention to the decriminalization or even legalization of other “illicit” drugs. What lessons does the marijuana movement offer as this conversation advances, and should the same talking points and policy models it brought forward be applied to other substances with substantially different effects and risk profiles? In an era when safe-injection facilities spark controversy (and draw threats of federal prosecution), is America ready to talk about ending the war on all drugs? We’ll look at research suggesting psychedelics could have profound medical benefits, the harms of prohibition, the success of psilocybin decriminalization initiatives in Oakland and Denver and the upcoming campaign in Oregon, and whether advocates will soon launch similar pushes in New England.

MODERATOR:  Naomi Martin, Cannabis reporter, Boston Globe

Tech + Inno  Track sessions require FULL ACCESS ticket to attend

Green up your Grow: Environmental Issues Facing the Cannabis industry

11am – 11:50am

The cannabis industry can be harmful to the environment. Indoor cultivation requires tremendous amounts of electricity, some growers use dangerous fertilizers or pesticides, and restrictive retail regulations can require excessive plastic packaging. But it does not have to be that way. Should state schemes encourage outdoor cultivation? Organic certification is becoming the standard, and something consumers are demanding. Can organic certification limit agricultural waste and the use of dangerous pesticides? Can we change existing rules, or adopt new rules, to alleviate the requirement for plastic packaging and encourage a more environmentally friendly ethic?

Guy Rocourt
Guy Rocourt
Co-Founder and Chief Products Officer
Guy Rocourt is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Papa & Barkley, a leading California cannabis ...

Balancing Cannabis Quality vs. Quantity in the Post Prohibition Era

12pm – 12:50pm

Guy will demonstrate how the commoditization of Cannabis has led to changes in Cannabis quality, extraction rates, and extraction methods since the Prohibition era. He’ll delve into the science behind various extraction methods, explaining which methods are best for which types of products. He’ll answer the question of why, despite our newfound safe access to Cannabis, the quality of our Cannabis is diminishing significantly, and he’ll speak to how we can lead the charge in creating higher quality Cannabis in the future.

Ryan Starr
Ryan Starr
Founder
Independently testing smell proof products against trained detection dogs...

Smell Proof Products vs Detection Dogs – What Works

2pm – 2:50pm

Product manufacturers and retailers! Don’t miss this presentation covering the current state of the smell proof market, public perception, our testing, results, and other data collected. The speaker will present research data, Identify what works, address marketing claims, and discuss misunderstandings around smell-proof packaging and facilities in the cannabis community.

Paul Botto
Paul Botto
Co-Founder and President
Paul brings nearly 20 years of analytics and data technology experience. Starting in 1999, Paul helped build Urchin ...

Leveraging Technology to Set Higher Product Safety and Transparency Standards in New Markets

3pm – 3:50pm

National headlines have drawn considerable attention to the health and safety risks associated with using cannabis products. While a vast majority of these harmful products have been connected to the illicit market, legal businesses are still playing catch up and assuring potential customers that their products are safe for consumption. For retailers and brands operating in young markets like Massachusetts/Illinois, this latest public safety concern can be a significant hurdle to clear in order to win over public trust. This session will discuss how young cannabis businesses can proactively set product safety and transparency standards in their day to day operations. This session will also outline ways brands and retailers can utilize technology to further educate consumers about safe and responsible cannabis use.

FRIDAY

EXHIBIT HALL OPEN 11am – 5pm

Medical Marijuana track (Room #103) is open to all attendees. Remaining three tracks require FULL Access Ticket to attend.

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Cultivation Track sessions require FULL ACCESS ticket to attend

Kaily Hepburn, Esq.
Kaily Hepburn, Esq.
Independent Legal Counsel at New England Agriculture Technologies
Kaily Hepburn is an attorney in Massachusetts specializing in cannabis law, real estate and veterans disability ...

Finding and Developing Your Place to Grow in Massachusetts

11am – 11:50am

Major barriers for cannabis cultivation in Massachusetts include securing appropriate property, receiving local and state permits, and raising the necessary capital. Our team of experienced land use and permitting attorneys have developed procedures, practices and techniques to assist cultivators finding land sites, resolving title disputes and attaining title insurance, evaluating utility infrastructures, navigating the matrix of zoning and land use approval processes, and raising the necessary capital for both asset development and operating expenses. We will show how to combine these activities with the CCC application process. This session will use case studies to showcase the myriad of cultivator barriers and provide guidance and examples of how challenges can be overcome with appropriate strategies and planning.  This presentation will show methods cultivators can use immediately to secure property and get the necessary permits.

Nathan Libbey
Nathan Libbey
Business Development Director
Prior to leading business development at PathogenDx, a pathogen detection startup, Nathan spent 8 years in ...

Seek and Destroy: Development and Implementation of Preventative Environmental Monitoring Program in your Cultivation Center

12pm – 12:50pm

Studies have long shown that the best way to prevent pathogens from entering into a product is to monitor the environment in which they are grown/produced. Viewed as the standards for Food and Food ingredients, Preventive Environmental Monitoring programs are now being developed by lead cannabis cultivation and processing centers. This sesson will give the background on pathogen monitoring and allow for attendees to develop their own science-based protocols for monitoring the environment and preventing contamination.

Joe Veldon
Joe Veldon
Chief of Cultivation
Joe Veldon – Cannabis expert – Long time cultivator of award winning cannabis. Co-Founded and operates ...

Proper Cannabis Breeding

1pm – 1:50pm

This session is designed for the more advanced grower and those looking to experiment with breeding Cannabis, taking the audience through the considerations and steps involved with creating and stabilizing a new Cannabis hybrid.  We begin by talking about some of the cultivars that are currently available and why we’d use them as our parent genetics. We then look at which physical characteristics the breeder looks for in a plant, then examine how the different Cannabinoid and Terpene concentrations interact with each other to become medically beneficial. Next we’ll discuss the Cannabis plant and the various parts that are used for sexual reproduction. A detailed description of how the male pollen forms is then carried to the waiting stigmata of the female and then fertilizes the embryo, explains just how a new hybrid is formed. The discussion concludes with the topic of stabilization, why it’s important, and how the breeder goes about recreating a stable hybridized plant with the characteristics we desire.

Jeremy Webber
Jeremy Webber
Account Manager
After receiving a degree in Horticulture in 2002, I began working as an ornamental Propagation Supervisor in CT. By ...

Getting off the Chemical Treadmill: How to Successfully Switch from Sprays to Bio Controls

2pm – 2:50pm

Learn basic and advanced strategies for working with Bio-Controls in Cannabis. We will touch on most key pests and their corresponding controls with an emphasis on practicality and keeping the approach as simple as possible. We will also go over scouting methods, compatible pesticides, and ultimately – what each grower needs to do to create their own customized IPM plan based on their individual set of variables.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller
CEO
In November of 2011, Noah joined Black Dog LED as employee #2 and has over 25 years of management experience ...

Cannabis Homesteading – Selecting Optimal Home Grow Equipment from Seed to Harvest

3pm- 3:50pm

Review equipment selection and setup from seed or clone all the way to harvest. Equipment types, power needs and location selection criteria as well as other topics involved. Attendee should be able to set up all aspects of their home grow after presentation!

Business Track sessions require FULL ACCESS ticket to attend

Jahan Marcu
Jahan Marcu
Chief Science Officer |
...

Compliance, Product Safety, and Health

11am – 11:50am

This presentation will discuss tools for compliance and product safety, as well as the role of science and research in product development, reducing risks, and informing policy and education agendas. The presentation will also explore scientific data behind major trends including brain health and the vape crisis, as related to the cannabis and hemp industry.

Cannabis Entrepreneur Roundtable

12pm – 12:50pm

So, what does it take to be an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry? This diverse panel of industry participants, including plant-touching and ancillary businesses, will shine light on the highs and lows of entrepreneurship in the fastest-growing industry in the country. This isn’t for the faint of heart… Attend this interactive and honest session, and bring your questions for our experienced panel of industry pioneers!

Dasheeda Dawson
Dasheeda Dawson
Strategist and Author
Dasheeda Dawson is The WeedHead™ – a global cannabis advocate, award-winning executive strategist and ...

Sharing Success in Cannabis: Side Hustle to C-Suite

1pm – 1:50pm

Legal cannabis is blazing. Everyone is talking about it, but few truly understand the key sectors, or the best way to build reputation, revenue and wealth in the country’s fast growing industry. Undoubtedly, there are no shortcuts in cannabis business and the path to profitability requires commitment and tactical risks. Aimed at those interested in entrepreneurship and changing careers, this session will highlight key steps to help dedicated individuals create low-risk plans for success in cannabis. With a focus on practical strategies and solutions to help navigate the burgeoning industry, the session leverages vast industry knowledge to help cross-over professionals to avoid common mistakes and to create the necessary mindset shift to overcome potential obstacles. Whether you are looking to build a side hustle or an empire, this session will also provide general business development and brand equity building best practices for those looking to capitalize on the “mainstreaming” of cannabis and subsequent demand for expertise and experience in specific sectors of the legal industry.

Karen G. Meshkov
Karen G. Meshkov
Client Strategist
...

Building a World Class Team

2pm – 2:50pm

In this 35- 40 min presentation designed for entrepreneurs, founders, CEOs and Executive Teams, we cover how to develop an organizational design for your brand (flower, vapes, topicals, edibles, beverage), dispensary or ancillary business, and how to attract and retain the talent you need to help you scale profitably and efficiently.

Richard Gilbert
Richard Gilbert
Founder | Stoker Compliance, LLC
Richard Gilbert is an attorney, compliance expert, and the Founder of Stoker Consulting, LLC. In late 2019, his ...

Responsible Vendor Training 101

3pm – 3:50pm

Cannabis Control Commission regulations require all owners, managers, and employees of licensed businesses that handle and sell cannabis to successfully pass Responsible Vendor training program annually. This presentation by an accredited Responsible Vendor Trainer will summarize applicable regulations, provide insights into training topics, and discuss sample exam questions from a Responsible Vendor Program written exam.

Medical Marijuana track sessions are open to ALL attendees.

The Cannabis Nurses Experience

10am – 10:50am

The GreenNurse Group will discuss the “The Cannabis Nurses Experience”, Chapter 9 in the first cannabis nursing text book published by Wolters Kluwer Health: Nurse Practice by Dr. Carey Clark. This panel will explore the journey of four experienced cannabis nurses who have been working directly with patients in the cannabis industry for the past several years. We will explore how they got into the industry, their learning process, what they are doing now as cannabis nurses and what they see as a need for medical cannabis patients as legalization rolls out across the country.

Ashley Boucher
Ashley Boucher
Quality Control Analytics
...

Pharmacogenetics in Cannabis

11am – 11:50am

Pharmacogenetics is a type of genetic testing that tests the genes that metabolize cannabis. More than 95% of people have a gene that affects how the body metabolizes cannabis. With pharmacogenetics, doctors and consumers have access to enhanced treatment success with medical cannabis use. Knowledge of proteins and enzymes involved in the transport, action, and metabolism of cannabinoids can help predict which gene-variations are responsible for the therapeutic benefits and side effects of medical marijuana. Understanding how the body metabolizes cannabis to enhance patient outcomes and reduce side effects is the gold of cannabis pharmacogenetics.

Ryan Zaklin
Ryan Zaklin
Ryan Zaklin, MD, MA, PC
...

Boom!  Cannabis, and The Aging Population

12pm – 12:50pm

Dr. Zaklin will offer an overview of the ECS, including the basic physiology as well as how deficiencies may present themselves. He will discuss how to optimize the system, including teaching a brief meditation. He will then describe how cannabis can optimize the system. He will offer an overview of how he views cannabis therapeutics. He will then frame it in the light of the Aging population. This will include an overview of what happens to our ECS as we age. He will share patient stories from his practice that illustrate some of these principles.

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan MD MPH FAAFP MRO CMS
Dr. Uma Dhanabalan MD MPH FAAFP MRO CMS
Founder/CEO
Dr. Dhanabalan is a highly respected physician trained in Family Medicine, Occupational & Environmental ...

Your Gut, Your Brain, Your ECS & Cannabis

1pm – 1:50pm

Attendees will understand the role Brain/Gut Connection, with answers to important questions such as:  What is the Endocannabinoid System(ECS)?
How does the ECS work?  What is Cannabis?  What is the role of cannabis in the ECS?”

Christine Harootunian, PhD
Christine Harootunian, PhD
Founder/CEO, Best CBD for Fido
Completion of certificate in Medical Applications of Cannabis by Green Flower, 2019 NECANN presentations: Boston, ...

Intro to Cannabis for Pets

2pm – 2:50pm

A review of social media reveals the epidemic rate of acceptance and use of cannabis for pets, with sometimes miraculous results. When it comes to our beloved pets, efforts to make them better can lead to desperate measures, including the increasing use of cannabis. Pet owners are using cannabis, especially CBD, in place of or in addition to typically recommended treatments.
Scientific research examining the safety and efficacy of cannabis for pets has lagged behind this surge in use. Most pet owners are resorting to word of mouth recommendations that are accumulating online at an exponential rate, along with the number of cannabis products being marketed to them. Fortunately, research is beginning to emerge, some of which is very promising. Research focusing on several common pet maladies will be presented in understandable terms. It will then be translated into practical approaches, including form and dosage of cannabis products.

Peter Glantz
Peter Glantz
Founder of Howl’s Tincture
Peter Glantz started as a medical cannabis patient and became the founder and creator of Howl’s Tincture, the ...

Patients Are The Experts

3pm – 3:50pm

Patients choose cannabis products that are safe and effective because their health depends on it. These same products are now available to everyone 21+ in Massachusetts, but who or what to trust?

Trust the people who have been there.

Hear stories of patients, healers, scientists, and medicine makers from ancient China until today. Learn what questions patients and connoisseurs ask to determine if a product is right for them. Discover what about cannabis products people have trusted in both modern and ancient times.

Tech + Inno  Track sessions require FULL ACCESS ticket to attend

Matthew Bartling
Matthew Bartling
Associate Attorney
I work for Vicente Sederberg LLP who is a full service law firm specializing in the cannabis industry, serving ...

Protect Your IP and Create Licensing Agreements Where You Don’t Lose Out

11am – 11:50am

Whether you are a current or hopeful licensee, or you work with an ancillary business, you have intellectual property and it needs to be protected. Attend this session with an attorney from teh nation’s leading cannabis-exclusive law firm, Vicente Sederberg, to learn how to ensure you control and profit from your intellectual property (genetics/cultivars, processes, etc.). Plus learn essentials for creating licensing and royalty agreements for breeders/growers and product manufacturers.

Jake Zieminski
Jake Zieminski
Founder and President
...

Ooo that Smell: Innovations in Odor Mitigation Strategy

12pm – 12:50pm

You may love the distinct and dynamic odor that cannabis produces, but that “new funk” is a legitimate and growing issue for outdoor and indoor cultivators, processors and in some cases retailers.

How is odor affecting cannabis companies’ ability to locally permit? What are the additional costs associated with odor mitigation? How are municipalities responding to citizens odor concerns such as: “This 80,000 skunk smell is diminishing my quality of life!”? Is this simply part of the normalization process?

These are real concerns and barriers for cannabis companies that require innovative solutions that fuel confidence into local citizens and municipalities that this “new funk” is manageable, tolerable and worth the benefits.

Attend this session to learn about some of the local innovators and innovations helping to mitigate odor and opening the doors for more community acceptance and opportunity for small players.

Ed Dow
Ed Dow
CEO
Ed Dow is the CEO of Solar Therapeutics in Somerset, MA; a 67,000 sq ft cultivation/retail dispensary that runs ...

Making Green, Greener: Establishing Sustainability In Cannabis Cultivation Operations

1pm – 1:50pm

Since its early days of legalization, cannabis has struggled to match its sustainable image. With the immense amounts of energy used for indoor cultivation, the water used to grow the plants, the fuel used to transport, and the packaging required to sell them, sustainability and cannabis have become anything but synonymous. But what if there was a way to couple cannabis and sustainability? During this session, Solar Therapeutics CEO, Ed Dow, will discuss ways to achieve sustainability in a non-sustainable industry.

Brian Patterson
Brian Patterson
Owner
I am the operations leader of the honeycomb farm, specializing in growing and hydro carbonation extraction specialist...

Post-Harvest Extractions

2pm – 2:50pm

Attend this session to learn about the wonderful world of cannabis extractions, from plant to process and packaging.

Developing Compliant CBD Package Design, Labeling, Promotion – Lessons from Pharma

3pm – 3:50pm

Decisions regarding branding, promotion, packaging, labeling of cannabidiol (CBD) products carry risk that needs to be managed in the same way as other products claiming a therapeutic benefit – drugs, supplements, cosmetics. In 2019, FDA issued warning letters citing violations of the FD&C Act to over 22 companies for illegally selling products containing CBD.  Consequences can result in legal action, including product seizure and injunction unless violations are corrected promptly. The process of developing compliant messaging, package design and labeling requires a defined process involving numerous stakeholders. This session will show examples of misbranded products, compliant products, and present best practices used by drug companies to minimize the risk of violating the FD&C Act.

SATURDAY

EXHIBIT HALL OPEN 10am – 4pm

Medical Marijuana track (Room #103) is open to all attendees after Wellness workshop (9am-11:45am), which requires a separate ticket purchase to attend. Remaining three tracks require FULL Access Ticket to attend.

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Medical Marijuana Track Track sessions open to ALL attendees except for Wellness Workshop, which requires a separate ticket purchase.

Wellness Workshop: Practical Infusions + Yoga & Meditation

9:00am – 11:45am

At this workshop you can expect to meet like-minded cannabis and/or hemp consumers, entrepreneurs, community innovators and advocates; you’ll learn how to create infused foods for any occasion during a live demonstration, followed by a yoga + meditation practice that can be adopted into any lifestyle. Enjoy fresh juices, and light bites, as you learn about infusion methods and techniques; all while you connect with other experienced makers, bakers, movers, and shakers.

Session Schedule:
9am-9:30am Welcome Remarks, Lite Bites and Introductions
9:30am The Herbal Lifestyle, Featuring How Cannabinoids Help
10:30am Yoga & Meditation Begins
11:00am Infusions/Cooking/Tastings Begin

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY, and you’ll be entered in for a chance to win exciting prizes from lifestyle brands at Boston NECANN during the Saturday June 27 Wellness Session!

NOTE: This is a separate ticket to a pre-convention workshop. Entrance to this workshop is NOT included in any NECANN ticket, and purchase of this ticket does NOT include access to NECANN.
Dr. Jordan Tishler
Dr. Jordan Tishler
President, inhaleMD
Dr. Jordan Tishler is a Harvard-trained Holistic Care expert. As a leading expert on Cannabis therapeutics, Dr. ...

Cannabis for Pain Management and Opioid Use Reduction

12pm- 12:50pm

Pain, from various sources, is the number one complaint of patients in the United States. It is also the number 1 problem that patients state is poorly addressed by their clinicians. This has lead, in recent years, to the over-prescription of opioid pain medications, resultant over-use or misuse of these medications, addiction, increased use of illegal opiates like heroin, and overdose related deaths. The federal government, having only lately caught on to this trend, has called it an “epidemic” and released multiple documents describing ways to reduce opioid prescription, none of which truly address the underlying problem: patients’ pain.

Further, a secondary issue of what to do about patients who have already become dependent on opiates has been met with plans that leave much to be desired, and often do not adequately address patients’ pain.

Dr. Marion McNabb
Dr. Marion McNabb
CEO, CANNABIS COMMUNITY CARE & RESEARCH NETWORK (C3RN)
...

MMJ KEYNOTE – Dr. Marion McNabb – Access for Veterans and Cannabis

1:00pm

Under Dr. McNabb’s leadership at C3RN, the anonymous 2019 Veterans Health and Medical Cannabis Study of 565 US Military veterans was conducted nationally, focused on Massachusetts (MA) veterans, and lasted Mar 3 – Dec 31, 2019. A cannabis advancement series hosting six events was launched simultaneously in MA intending to actively share findings through community education. A bill was introduced into the MA State House Legislature to 1) veterans to not pay for medical cannabis cards, and 2) include opioid use disorder and PTSD as MA medical cannabis qualifying conditions. Findings, methodologies, and community education lessons learned will be presented. During this presentation, a final policy memo developed for the Department of Veterans Affairs detailing veteran cost implications accessing traditional prescription medications, as compared to medical cannabis, will also be presented.

Dr. Mary Clifton
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine Doctor, New York
...

Stopping the Killers with Cannabis

2pm – 2:50pm

In this session leading medical expert on CBD and Cannabis Dr. Mary Clifton will explore the proven scientific use of cannabis and the top 5 killers including heart disease, cancer, lower respiratory disease, accidents and strokes and its impact on disease prevention and/or reversal.

When Employees are Medical Marijuana Patients: Realities and Compliance in 2020

3pm – 3:50pm

All companies, whether operating within or outside the cannabis industry, need to create, implement and maintain policies in regards to cannabis to protect both the business and its employees. These policies are complex and dynamic, and must be in compliance with state laws. But are they based in science and research? Don’t miss this session with registered nurse and entrepreneur Kebra Smith-Bolden, RN and lobbyist and entrepreneur Margeaux Bruner for this timely session!

Jokubas Ziburkus
Jokubas Ziburkus
Chief Innovation
Dr. Ziburkus currently serves as Chief Innovation Officer of MariMed Inc.* and is responsible for building the ...

The Future of Marijuana Dispensaries and Universal Product Coding Systems

4pm – 4:50pm

What kind of experiences are US dispensaries creating for their patients and customers now? How can patients and consumers select the most effective products out of the myriad available offerings? What do the future cannabis dispensaries look like? All of these questions will be explored during this informative and engaging talk by one of the global cannabis industry thought leaders.

Cultivation Track sessions require FULL ACCESS ticket to attend

Mike Esposito
Mike Esposito
Scientist I
I am a scientist at MCR labs, an independent cannabis testing laboratory here in Massachusetts, where I work with ...

Methods for Detection and Enumeration of Microbiological Pathogens in Cannabis and Cannabis Infused Products

11am- 11:50am

The state of Massachusetts requires six distinct tests before clearing any cannabis or cannabis infused product for consumption at RMDs. This session lays out what each of these tests mean, clarifies the difference between qualitative and quantitative microbial testing, and explains why STEC and salmonella must not be detected in 1g of sample material. Various testing methods will be described, along with their their strengths and weaknesses.  The final segment of the presentation will outline a few of the common pathogens one could expect to find on cannabis, including details on which species are most harmful to the patient population, and which species can be considered relatively harmless.

Peter Bernard
Peter Bernard
Director, Massachusetts Grower Advocacy Council
An advocate for cannabis cultivation, working with our organization to help ensure a reasonable, sensible and ...

How are we Growing? Update on Commercial, Co-op, and Home Cultivation in Massachusetts

12pm – 12:50pm

Long-time grower, registered cannabis lobbyist, and President of Mass Sense Peter Bernard will bring attendees up to speed on the state of growing in Massachusetts: commercially,  at home, and co-ops.  Where we are, and what’s next.

Danny Danko
Danny Danko
High Times Magazine, Suite Leaf Plant Nutrients
Cultivation legend Dan Vinkovetsky, A.K.A. “Danny Danko,” helped pioneer the cannabis cultivation industry with his ...

Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Marijuana

1pm – 1:50pm

Learn all the basics of setting up a grow room with High Times cultivation Editor Danny Danko, including:
Germination, Sexing plants, Cloning, The vegetative stage, Building buds in flowering, Harvesting made easy, Pest, fungi, molds, and deficiencies, Concentrates, edibles, tinctures, and topicals

Derek Ross
Derek Ross
President/CEO |
Derek is an experienced outdoor cannabis cultivator. He is CEO of Nova Farms in Massachusetts....

Outdoor Commercial Cultivation in Massachusetts: It’s Happening!

2pm – 2:50pm

Harvesting Metric tons of sun-grown cannabis in Massachusetts: Can it be done? Derek Ross CEO of Nova Farms explains ups and downs of the first and largest outdoor grow on the east coast.

Julia Agron
Julia Agron
Director
Julia Agron read the Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer at 15 and knew what she wanted to do with her life. She ...

The Realities of Growing Hemp

3pm – 3:50pm

Hear from the Director of the Northeast Sustainable Hemp Association, herself a Mass licensed hemp farmer, on growing hemp under current, and proposed regulations. Hear how the people on the forefront of the hemp industry–farmers large and small, as well as processors, product manufacturers, and policy advocates are addressing the challenges, successes, and lessons learned during the past year of hemp production, as well as where the industry is heading.

Joseph Lewi
Joseph Lewi
The Lewi Group
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Cooking with Cannabis: from THC to CBD

4pm – 4:50pm

Finish up Day 1 of NECANN with an introduction to the wonderful world of cooking with cannabis!

Business Track sessions require FULL ACCESS ticket to attend

Diane Russell
Diane Russell
Diane served in the Maine House for eight years where she championed working families, many of whom have been left ...

Educating Lawmakers on how to Regulate Cannabis

11am– 11:50pm

While MA and ME adult use systems are operational, there are numerous markets that could emerge in New England over the coming years. Key to expanding those markets will be effectively educating law makers on how to regulate cannabis, building from a 101 understanding to a complicated environment. Even states that choose to stay “dry” until federal regulation will ultimately need to set up regulatory systems once it is nationally legal. The steps advocates take today can foster a smooth or difficult transition, and lawmakers are more ready than ever to learn about this “new” market.

Adam D. Fine
Adam D. Fine
Managing Partner
One of the key architects of the Massachusetts regulated cannabis industry, Adam Fine helps individuals and ...

Up Next: Delivery and Social Consumption Licensing in Massachusetts

noon – – 12:50pm

As more cultivation, processing and retail licensees are up and running across the Commonwealth, businesses, patients and adult-use consumers alike are ready for the next big things: delivery and social consumption. Attend this session to understand a timeline for when licenses will be granted for cannabis cafes and other social consumption venues, and for a look at the adult-use delivery license, who will be able to get them, and when.

KEYNOTE: Lofa Tatupu & Bailey Stedman

1:00pm

Hear from ex-NFL players Lofa Tatupu and Stedman Bailey about their journey with full spectrum hemp CBD.  They will talk about how each of them have experienced life changing mental, physical, and emotional results. Lofa will also discuss how these changes moved him to start his own CBD company- ZoneIn CBD. We will leave plenty of time for questions as well.

PANEL:  Social Equity – Our Shared Responsibility

2pm – 2:50pm

In Massachusetts, social equity and economic empowerment are woven into our law. And if you know anything about the history of cannabis prohibition, you know that these programs are our shared responsibility. But for the most part, program participants and economic empowerment applicants aren’t seeing the priority our laws say they are supposed to have. Attend this panel discussion organized by ELEVATE Northeast to learn some of the reasons behind the delays and why only a handful of legal cannabis businesses in Massachusetts are run by small businesses to this day. Is time running out on equity in the Massachusetts cannabis industry or will 2020 be the year for social equity in the Commonwealth? Let’s talk about it!

Jaime Lewis
Jaime Lewis
Managing Partner
Jaime Lewis, (Coldwater Consulting, NEO Alternatives/Root 66) has more than fifteen years of experience managing ...

Stuck in The Starting Gate- Maximizing A Slow Regulatory Process

3pm- 3:50pm

Attend this session to learn the steps that need to be taken to position a startup to thrive in a lengthy application and approval process without losing momentum.T his session will be led by industry veteran Jaime Lewis, who has more than fifteen years of experience managing Medical/Adult Use Cannabis production, manufacturing and retail operations in multiple regulated markets across the U.S. in private and publicly traded organizations. She has been awarded several licenses in the Massachusetts market and is now serving her second term in the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, serving as its former Chair of Health and Safety Committee. Having worked with a number of startups across the Nation, Ms. Lewis draws from her experience in presenting a talk designed to engage startup professionals entering the regulated market. This presentation will help startups identify and define what truly leads to a successful company, how to maximize the slow regulatory process, the steps to create a long term and long standing product and brand.

Beyond CBD: A look at the future of the hemp industry and the huge potential of other cannabinoids and hemp-sourced industrial products.

4pm – 4:50pm

The current CBD boom is undeniable and will be lucrative for years to come. But forward looking thinkers in the cannabis industry are already looking ahead to the next big thing. There is great interest in other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, and Delta 8 THC. What are the properties of these other cannabinoids, and how will markets for them develop? The industrial uses are even more intriguing: what will it take to build an infrastructure for domestic hemp fiber, hempcrete, and hemp plastics?

Tech + Inno  Track sessions require FULL ACCESS ticket to attend

Matt Walton
Matt Walton
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
I am the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of yorcue. With our patented AI fulfillment technology, we offer the ...

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Cannabis: How Product will Move Across Supply Chains

11am- 11:50am

This session seeks to critically focus on the future of cannabis supply chains as brands and organizations seek to streamline supply chains and reach customers faster. This session will focus deeply thinking about a supply chain journey and how this will fundamentally be transformed with the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Attendees will gain a basic understanding of AI conceptually and understand what it is not. Mr. Walton will place a critical focus for on-demand delivery, why algorithms will drive the next stage of cannabis, and how businesses should prepare and embrace this technological transformation.

J. Gair Laucius
J. Gair Laucius
Lead research Chemist
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Cannabis 2020: The Year of the Minor Cannabinoid

12pm– 12:50pm

This presentation will cover many of the minor cannabinoids found in cannabis such as: cannabinol, cannabichromene, cannabigerol, cannabidivarin, and more. The presentation will discuss what the reported and published effects are of these cannabinoids and how a producer or consumer would expect to see these used in cannabis products. Additionally touch upon nanoencapsulating and water solubilizing minor cannabinoids to increase bioavailability for these rare and expensive cannabinoids.

1pm – 1:50pm

Jill Ellsworth
Jill Ellsworth
Founder & CEO |
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Improving and Defining Product Safety Testing Standards in New Cannabis Markets

2pm – 2:50pm

In light of recent news highlighting the health risks associated with using cannabis products, retailers and cultivators alike are doubling down on testing standards to assure customers that their products are safe for long-term use. But with inconsistent state regulations and a total absence of federal oversight, how can new cannabis businesses know they are testing for and removing the right contaminants? This session will give a comprehensive overview of potential microbial and chemical contaminants, such as mold and pesticides, that can adversely affect harvests and consumers. The session will also discuss the importance of partnering with a trusted decontamination provider and which contaminants are currently being tested for under Massachusetts regulations.

Sustainability: Opportunities, Responsibilities and Your Bottom Line

3pm – 3:50pm

Sustainability is fast becoming one of the biggest buzzwords of the cannabis industry. But what does sustainability mean for cannabis? And how can cannabis businesses embrace sustainability principles to improve their competitiveness? In this panel discussion, speakers will share best practices that cultivators and other cannabis enterprises can adopt in all phases of their development, whether they are beginning to design their facility to those that have been cultivating for years.

Cullen Raichart
Cullen Raichart
Founder & CEO
Cullen Raichart, Founder and CEO of GreenBroz, Inc. has more than 12 years of experience as an entrepreneur and ...

Industry-Born Harvesting Solutions and the Emerging Global Marketplace

4pm – 4:50pm

The emerging global cannabis and hemp industries will revolutionize economies, create new markets, and make widely available a new array of products to consumers on a large scale. End-to-end harvesting automation is the future. The impacts of the evolution of this technology on international small, medium, and large-scale producers will inform their ability to compete in a fast-changing global marketplace. Cannabis and hemp processing will move toward using machinery that is more efficient and also smarter, providing data along the automation chain.  Collaboration between large-scale producers and engineers who are creating the new technologies of the future is key in assuring that solutions are robust, allowing the industry to develop globally and react to changing regulations worldwide. Setting up processing from visual inspection systems, remediation, processing, trimming, sorting, solventless extraction systems, packaging, and batching, all the way through to labeling while maximizing efficiency is important for both quality control and profitability.