2020 NECANN BOSTON SCHEDULE

MARCH 20 – 22 | HYNES CONVENTION CENTER

FRIDAY

20  MARCH 2020

EXHIBIT HALL OPEN 10am-5pm

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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.

Steve Schain
Steve Schain
Hoban Law Group
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How Risk Management Can Make Marijuana Related Businesses Bulletproof

12pm – 12:50pm

Envision managing the risk of a volatile, staggeringly lucrative, 100 percent federally legal enterprise? Toss in ridiculously inconsistent federal, state and local regulations, insanely evolving technologies and efficiencies, and an industry-wide disinclination to ever “play by the rules”.  When armed with decent risk management fundamentals, a marijuana related business can diminish most horrible outcomes, fortify the enterprise’s sustained growth, and maybe even get rich along the way.  Risk management is the identification, evaluation, and prioritization of risks followed by coordinated and economical resources application which minimize, monitor, and control unfortunate events’ probability or impact.  Although denied many standard “risk management tools” (like credit cards, bankruptcy law protection, and federal patents and trademarks), assembling a “risk management insurance, accounting and legal advisory team” could prevent an insufficiently prepared marijuana related businesses from foundering.

KEYNOTE – Keith Stroup, NORML

1pm – 1:50pm

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.

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.

4pm – 4:50pm

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.

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
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

When seeking returns on a cannabis investment, 4 basic cultivation decisions must be understood. This presentation will aim to review these 4 areas and discuss basics, as well as some common mistakes to avoid.

First, I will explore possible environments for cultivation. 1) Outdoor, which is low-cost and ensures valuable secondary metabolite production. However, the unpredictability of weather offers risks. 2) Greenhouse, which allows for the power of the sun alongside controls to maximize yield and quality. 3) Indoor, which permits growth in locations that otherwise are inhospitable.

Second, I will cover the importance of genetic selection. Before making selections, one must understand their market. For instance, NYC consumers buy different cannabis vs LA consumers. Current affinities are as important as anticipation of future directions. Aside from the proclivities of customers in certain locations, not all genetics work well in every environment. Cultivators must not force a square peg through a round hole, we must work with what wants to grow in our environments.

Third, chemical preservation possibilities inherent in different drying and curing techniques will be presented. I will review the ins and outs of these techniques: what works and what doesn’t, as well as explain the cons of quick drying so as to expedite arrival to market. I will also cover the difference between proper drying and curing and explain why curing is important and worth the investment.

Fourth, methods of trimming will be investigated. I will explain the pros and cons of machine trimming vs hand trimming and discuss ways in which both techniques can be used in the same operation. The environment of the trim room is also critical and can cost businesses 100’s of thousands of dollars per year.

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.

The Rise of Edibles

3pm – 3:50pm

What do customers want? Not everyone wants to eat excess refined sugar or fats, artificial flavorings and coloring’s; so let’s talk about some healthier options for getting your cannabis edibles fix. This session, led by an experienced pastry chef and operator focused on developing superior cannabis edibles through new techniques and applications, will cover options for different types of edibles, including drinks, infused natural sugars, novelty items. Let’s talk about edibles that meet the needs of today’s consumer.

Successfully Navigating the Local Host Community Approval Process

9:00am – 12:00pm

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.

How to Succeed With Hemp in Massachusetts

12:15pm – 3:15pm

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.

Description:
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!

SATURDAY

21  MARCH 2020

EXHIBIT HALL OPEN 10am – 5pm

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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

“The state of Massachusetts requires six distinct tests before clearing any cannabis or cannabis infused product for consumption at RMDs. There are four quantitative tests: total aerobic, Enterobacter, coliform, and total yeast and molds, as well as two qualitative tests: presence or absence of pathogenic
salmonella and presence or absence of shigatoxin producing enterohemorrhagic e.coli (STEC). My 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.

While MA and ME adult use systems are operational, there are numerous markets that could emerge within MA and ME, and across New England over the coming years. Key to expanding those markets will be effectively educating municipal and state 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.

KEYNOTE: Lofa Tatupu & Bailey Stedman

Noon

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.

Up Next: Delivery and Social Consumption Licensing in Massachusetts

1pm – 1:50pm

PANEL:  Social Equity – Our Shared Responsibility

2pm – 2:50pm

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?

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. The speaker Mr. Matt Walton is a hands on system inventor, designer, technologist, and entrepreneur, who has spent his career advancing diversified teams to create transformational products and digital experiences. 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. Overall his goal is to encourage organizations to think deeply about the customer experience and how to dramatically improve customer loyalty, revenue, and streamline operating costs by embracing a digital paradigm.

Cannabis 2020: The Year of the Minor Cannabinoid

12pm– 1:50pm

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

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. Randy McCaffree of C3RN, a cannabis industry veteran, will moderate this panel discussion, and will be joined by Aja Atwood, a natural catastrophe risk engineer and CEO of Trella Technologies, Nick Collins of ERS, Peter DeCaro of Medicinal Alternatives and Sam Milton of Climate Resources Group. Collins, an energy engineer with year of experience evaluating cannabis cultivation facilities, will address common misconceptions in the cannabis industry about energy use and will share his insights optimizing dozens of facilities for energy use and enhanced performance. Peter DeCaro, a cultivator operating a 50,000 ft2 facility in Worcester County, Massachusetts, will speak about his personal experience coming to terms with the way his facility uses energy and steps he took to reduce his overall energy use while improving the controllability of environmental conditions in his grow rooms and getting his best yields. Finally, Sam Milton, a sustainability professional specializing in the cannabis industry, will address the waste issues that vex cultivators and retailers alike. He will share best practices for meeting compliance with CCC regulations for managing waste related to cannabis cultivation, including disposal of growing media, biomass, and wastewater. He will also offer insights into how retailers can help their customers reduce the environmental impact of their operations, particularly with regards to packaging and other disposable products.

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.

Industry-born solutions are the future. Market forces drive technology, but technology can only be advanced through collaboration between all sectors.”

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. There are four quantitative tests: total aerobic, Enterobacter, coliform, and total yeast and molds, as well as two qualitative tests: presence or absence of pathogenic
salmonella and presence or absence of shigatoxin producing enterohemorrhagic e.coli (STEC). My 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.

There are a few traditional methods for performing these tests, as well as some new technologies being introduced to cannabis testing laboratories across the country. I will describe these methods, their strengths and weaknesses, and which methods may be more appropriate for specific testing requirements requirements.

I will cover some growth-based techniques including traditional plating techniques and most probable number testing, as well as PCR-based techniques including qPCR and micro-assay tests.

The final segment of the presentation will outline a few of the common pathogens one could expect to find on cannabis. This will include details on which species are most harmful to the patient population, and which species can be considered relatively harmless. I will also detail which species can be detected using which methods and why this may or may not be significant information that testing laboratories in states with legal cannabis markets should consider.

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

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

Outdoor Commercial Cultivation in Massachusetts: It’s Happening!

2pm – 2:50pm

Sungrown fields of cannabis are a reality in Massachusetts. Come to this session to learn from the first outdoor commercial cannabis cultivation licensees in Massachusetts about the steps other farmers need to know to gain licensure and how to navigate the unique challenges outdoor growers are facing in their endeavors to get growing outdoors.

The Realities of Growing Hemp

3pm – 3:50pm

New that applications have been approved. What are you going to do with you hemp? Learn about all the exciting ways to use hemp! Touching on the extraction the methods involved and all the many products it can be used in from topicals to tinctures.

Joseph Lewi
Joseph Lewi
The Lewi Group
...

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!

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.

9:00am – 11:45am

Wellness Workshop: Practical Infusions + Yoga & Meditation
At this session, you can expect to engage in a short panel discussion regarding cannabinoid wellness with experienced adult-consumers and industry professionals; 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.
Participating Speakers and Guide Include:
 
Christine Reed, Yoga Dazed & Infused
Janet McCallister, Hippy Chick Natural Solutions + New England United
Eve Marie Santana, High Beautiful
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

1:00pm

Dr. Mary Clifton
Dr. Mary Clifton
CEO, Dr. Mary MD
...

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.

SUNDAY

22  MARCH 2020

EXHIBIT HALL OPEN 10am – 4pm

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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.

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!

Cannabis Entrepreneur Roundtable

12pm – 12:50pm

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.

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.

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.

The Dream Isn’t Dead: Alternatives When You Don’t Win a Cannabis License

12pm – 12:50pm

The dream of entering the cannabis industry isn’t dead for aspiring entrepreneurs who don’t win a license to operate a plant-touching business. Cannabis licensing applications have become increasingly complex, detailed, and competitive as the industry evolves, but those who don’t win a license need not despair. Plenty of opportunities exist for forward-thinking, innovative individuals with unique ideas that fill unmet needs and solve industry problems.

Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of options available for license denials and how to pivot their entrepreneurial skills to fill the needs of this fast-paced, rapidly-changing industry. Cannabis pioneers and innovators who have encountered problems and started businesses to solve them will discuss various paths for industry involvement beyond cultivating, dispensing, and manufacturing.

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.

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 Package Design & Labeling – Lessons from Pharma

3pm – 3:50pm

Warning Letters issued by the FDA in 2019 to cannabis/CBD product companies have demonstrated the agency’s oversight and enforcement in this new arena. Guidelines leave room for interpretation so decisions regarding the creation of packaging and advertising carry risk. The process of developing compliant design, labeling, and messaging requires input from various functional units:  supply chain/operations, legal/regulatory, quality, marketing. This session will present practices used by pharma to help minimize the risk of misbranding and make informed decisions.

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. As many are now discovering, finding a site in Massachusetts is incredibly hard. Property is difficult to find, may be too expensive, or has title and ownership issues, insufficient utility and power infrastructure, land issues like wetlands and endangered species, doesn’t conform to local zoning overlays or doesn’t comply with the general restrictions imposed by the CCC. 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. Kaily Hepburn along with attorneys Robert Wolf and Sparta Gordon have a combined 40-plus years experience in developing challenging commercial real estate projects. They 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. The Massachusetts cannabis market will not grow at the rate it is expected unless quality cannabis is cultivated in the state. Even using the best technologies, the industry cannot flourish unless there is space to grow it in. Our 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.
It takes the audience through the considerations and steps involved with creating and stabilizing a new Cannabis hybrid. I like to use disrupted sleep patterns as an example of a medical condition that can be addressed using cannabis. It is something that affects many people, is nuanced enough to make clear differentiations with, and there is some research behind what we’re attempting to accomplish – which is to create a new hybrid that helps with sleep. 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, things like size, maturation time and flower size. Biological attributes, like disease resistance and cold tolerance are looked at. We then examine how the different Cannabinoid and Terpene concentrations interact with each other to become medically beneficial.
Now that we know which attributes we want to propagate, we 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!

Pharmacogenetics in Cannabis

11am – 11:50am

Ryan Zaklin
Ryan Zaklin
Ryan Zaklin, MD, MA, PC
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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
Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, MD
Uplifting Health & Wellness
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
Christine Harootunian
Founder/CEO, Best CBD for Fido
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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
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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.