2020 Illinois Cannabis Convention Schedule

November 20-21, 2020 | Hilton Chicago, 720 Michigan Avenue

FRIDAY PROGRAMMING

  NOVEMBER 20th, 2020

EXHIBIT HALL OPEN 11am-5pm

Programming open to all attendees

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Andy Poticha
Andy Poticha
Principal
Andy has more than 25 years of sales, client management, trade and supplier negotiation, system development, and ...

Where to Grow? Getting Your Property Ready for the Green Rush

12pm – 12:50pm

Are you a business owner? Do you want to evolve your property to be ready to be the canna-hub of your asset portfolio or your neighborhood? We will address and discuss what needs to be done to convert and transform your storefront, commercial space, or industrial space to one ready to house the cannabis industry. We’re looking to provide valuable insights on major issues affecting the expansion of dispensaries, cultivation facilities, processing centers, and other plant-touching businesses and to discuss trends, provide industry advice, coach business owners who want to grow their businesses.

Toi Hutchinson
Toi Hutchinson
Senior Advisor to the Governor for Cannabis Control
Toi Hutchinson served as an Illinois Senator, representing the 40th District from 2009 to 2019. During her time in ...

KEYNOTE – Toi Hutchinson, “The Illinois Pot Czar” presents “A New Day: Legalized Adult-Use Cannabis in Illinois”

1pm – 1:50pm  (IN ROOM #2)

Toi will discuss the adult-use cannabis bill and its implications for criminal justice and drug policy reform.

Aja Nicole Atwood
Aja Nicole Atwood
CEO & Co-founder
As a mechanical engineer-turned-cofounder of an agri-tech startup focusing on the cannabis industry,Aja uses her ...

Plant Training Methods to Maximize your Home Grow

2pm – 2:50pm

Experienced and novice home growers share many common goals in their home grow, but chief among them is maximizing the amount of healthy, harvested cannabis from each plant. In this session, engineer and inventor Aja N. Atwood will cover various low-stress training methods such as topping, FIMming and SCROG to help growers understand steps they can take to maximize yield.

Shawn Odneal
Shawn Odneal
Owner
Midwest leader in growing spaces technology...

Hydroponics and Aquaponics, Healthy Choices

3pm – 3:50pm

Glimpse into the future of indoor growing spaces. How to care for an indoor garden with health and wellness in mind. Growing Medicine indoors organically according to the WORLDS definition of organics..

After the Harvest: Extraction, Distillation and Equipment

4pm – 4:50pm

This session will cover the various options and methods used to turn harvested cannabis plant material into the many products consumers and patients are looking for. Don’t miss this session if you are interested in opening a cultivation, processing or cannabis retail facility in the near future!

Sparky Rose
Sparky Rose
Managing Partner
Since the early stages of the Internet, in the mid-1990s, Sparky Rose has grown from a cutting-edge designer into a ...

How to Start a Cannabis Business

12pm – 12:50pm

Despite Florida withdrawing a highly popular legalization initiative, cannabis referendums remain a top voter priority in no less than 12 states, either in medical or adult recreational form. Can or should Illinois be the model in approach and scope as New York and New Jersey again front burner their programs? As more states allow access, local investment opportunities will become evident. Yet a key driver, institutional participation, will continue at a passive pace until full federal legalization. Unless the genuine concerns around banking and / or rescheduling are finally addressed, issues that Illinois faced during roll out or issues that continue to persist in California will grind on. Meanwhile any legislative or banking quagmires help feed the need for a street market. Ultimately these issues will conclude so how can industry participants protect the moat while remaining positioned for growth and opportunity? Join us for industry perspectives and projections, shared from our business and personal cannabis involvement and experiences.

Toi Hutchinson
Toi Hutchinson
Senior Advisor to the Governor for Cannabis Control
Toi Hutchinson served as an Illinois Senator, representing the 40th District from 2009 to 2019. During her time in ...

KEYNOTE – Toi Hutchinson “The Illinois Pot Czar” presents “A New Day: Legalized Adult-Use Cannabis in Illinois”

1pm – 1:50pm  (IN ROOM #2)

Toi will discuss the adult-use cannabis bill and its implications for criminal justice and drug policy reform.

Building a Proper Supply Chain for Start-ups

2pm – 2:50pm

Setting deal terms for investors and entreprenuers and business start-ups can be a difficult process. There are approaches that help you create a winning proposition and build a team for all involved.

Sam Dorf
Sam Dorf
Co-Found, Chief Growth Officer
A cannabis industry veteran and architect of some of the most impactful deals in the space, Sammy Dorf, Esq., ...

Growing A Cannabis Empire, Viewed From 30,000 ft Up

3pm – 3:50pm

I will take the audience through the process of getting started in the cannabis industry, touching on 1) what to look for when expanding to new markets, 2) how to value an operator and/or a pre-revenue company, 3) pros and cons of private vs. going public (raising money, capital markets, etc.), 4) hiring and coordinating top talent teams, 5) marketing — product strategy. And more…

Entrepreneurship in Cannabis: A Panel Discussion

4pm – 4:50pm

Looking to transfer your skills or start anew in the country’s fastest-growing industry? Don’t miss this interactive panel discussion featuring some of the Illinois cannabis business leaders who are paving the way and opening doors for others to enter the space. Learn the good, the bad, and the ugly about what it really takes to be an entrepreneur in cannabis from those at the front lines!

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12:00pm – 12:50pm

Toi Hutchinson
Toi Hutchinson
Senior Advisor to the Governor for Cannabis Control
Toi Hutchinson served as an Illinois Senator, representing the 40th District from 2009 to 2019. During her time in ...

KEYNOTE – Toi Hutchinson “The Illinois Pot Czar” presents “A New Day: Legalized Adult-Use Cannabis in Illinois”

1pm – 1:50pm  (IN ROOM #2)

Toi will discuss the adult-use cannabis bill and its implications for criminal justice and drug policy reform.

Mauricio Consalter, MD
Mauricio Consalter, MD
Dr. Mauricio Consalter is an internal medicine MD with a large practice across the state of Illinois. Founder of ...

Cannabis as a Treatment for Chronic Pain and other Concerns for Women

2:00pm – 2:50pm

Pain conditions affecting women have a significant global impact, yet there is still a lack of awareness/recognition of pain issues affecting women. Chronic pain affects a higher proportion of women than men around the world; however, women are less likely to receive treatment. Fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by chronic widespread pain, is significantly more prevalent in women than in men with 80-90% of diagnosed cases being women. Other conditions that disproportionately impact women include Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, TMJ, chronic pelvic pain, and migraine headaches.

Many common western treatments for pain can wreak havoc on the body. Cannabis is a safe and effective alternative to pharmaceutical painkillers such as opiates and nerve pills. Women who use cannabis to treat their chronic pain conditions report decreased depression and anxiety that is commonly associated with chronic pain and an overall improved sense of wellbeing.

Joseph Friedman
Joseph Friedman
Medical Cannabis Pharmacist, National Speaker
Seasoned professional with more than 25 years of expertise in sales, marketing, business development, and ...

Drug Interactions: Cannabis, CBD and Your Medicine Cabinet

3:00pm – 3:50pm

A patient entering a medical cannabis dispensary for the first time will have either a great or poor experience. This experience will be based on the level of professionalism, care, and expertise the dispensary staff member can provide. A great number of dispensary workers are shiny happy people that have limited or no healthcare credentials or experience. Many patients will be satisfied with these “bud-tender” encounters. These “bud-tenders” will be knowledgeable about cannabis and have some level of “Leafy” like expertise. But the patient who presents with multi-co-morbidity’s and poly-pharmacy will not receive a level of care and expertise that only a trained pharmacist can deliver. These complicated patients are likely to have poor outcomes.

Mike Richards
Mike Richards
Outreach & Development Manager
Michael Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Holistic health and Wellness from Northeastern Illinois ...

Mind, Body, Cannabis

4:00pm – 4:50pm

Cannabis can be a valuable part of ones physical and mental health and wellness regimen.  This session explains why it’s so vital to  normalize and destigmatize cannabis by educating people on the ability to heal without the high through macrodosing ad the use of raw cannabis.

Dina Rollman
Dina Rollman
SVP Government & Regulatory Affairs
DINA ROLLMAN is GTI’s SVP of Government & Regulatory Affairs. In this role, she represents GTI in ...

Illinois Legalized: Then the Work of Local Legalization Began

12pm – 12:50pm

Just because Illinois legalized it doesn’t mean cannabis sales are allowed throughout the state. Join us for a discussion of the work done after the CRTA was passed to convince municipalities to opt in, and for a look at what still needs to be done and how to get involved.

Toi Hutchinson
Toi Hutchinson
Senior Advisor to the Governor for Cannabis Control
Toi Hutchinson served as an Illinois Senator, representing the 40th District from 2009 to 2019. During her time in ...

KEYNOTE – Toi Hutchinson “The Illinois Pot Czar” presents “A New Day: Legalized Adult-Use Cannabis in Illinois”

1pm – 1:50pm  (IN ROOM #2)

Toi will discuss the adult-use cannabis bill and its implications for criminal justice and drug policy reform.

Heather A. Steans
Heather A. Steans
Illinois State Senator
Heather Steans has represented Illinois’ 7th District in the Senate since 2008. She chairs the Appropriations ...

Adult-use Cannabis in Illinois: Focus on Regulations, Licensing and Expungement

2pm – 2:50pm

In this session Illinois Rep. Heather A. Steans will discuss the latest must-know information about regulations and licensing in Illinois, and how expungement is being addressed throughout the roll out of our legal industry.

Kelsey Middleton
Kelsey Middleton
Regulatory Specialist
Kelsey Middleton is a Regulatory Specialist at Vicente Sederberg, where she focuses on licensing and regulatory ...

Cannabis Social Equity in 2020: Illinois Perspectives and National Outlook

3pm – 3:50pm

This session will be led by an Illinois native who will help attendees understand Illinois core social equity program components and the legal factors driving its structure. Created to help legislators, municipal leaders and business leaders alike appreciate the role of social equity in the legalization conversation, this session will identify early successes and challenges with program implementation, and outline an action plan for businesses to assess and incorporate common program components, including capitalization issues. This session will end with interactive audience Q&A with the goal of helping the audience consider best practices for implementing effective social equity programming in new cannabis markets (local, state, federal).

SATURDAY

NOVEMBER 21st,  2020

EXHIBIT HALL OPEN 10am – 4pm

Programming open to all attendees

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Rick Mosca
Rick Mosca
Chief Cannabis Officer
Internationally known and Award Winning breeder Mosca Negra (known as Mosca Rick) is the driving force behind Mosca ...

Understanding Cannabis Genetics

11am- 11:50am

Do you really know what you’re growing or consuming? Attend this session with one of the industry’s leading cannabis genetics experts to gain or expand your understanding of the differences and similarities between Sativa and Indica cannabis strains, and the origins of both.  Rick will also help the audience understand the importance of land race cannabis strains and today’s modern cannabis hybrids/cultivars.

William Moss
William Moss
The Garden Boss
Over 25 years experience in horticulture. Author of Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening. Co host of ...

Indoor Cannabis Cultivation: Setting Your Grow Up For Success From the Start

12pm – 12:50pm

Session will review some of the insect pests of cannabis crops in northern Illinois in 2019. Identification, potential damage, treatment, and prevention will be reviewed.

Wendy Berger
Wendy Berger
President WBS Equities
Wendy Berger is principal of WBS Equities, LLC. WBS Equities specializes in ground-up construction, renovation, ...

KEYNOTE – Wendy Berger

All You Need to Know: Industrial Building Construction, Renovation, Acquisition For Food and Beverage Manufacturers and Distributors

1pm – 1:50pm (In Room #2)

Amanda Ostrowitz, Esq
Amanda Ostrowitz, Esq
Founder & CEO
Amanda Ostrowitz is a regulatory attorney and entrepreneur whose identified a need for a user-friendly, scalable ...

Navigating Cannabis Compliance: How Retailers and Cultivators Can Stay on Top of State and Local Regulations

2pm – 2:50pm

As more states join the legalization movement, an increasing number of cannabis retailers and cultivators alike are interested in capitalizing off of this nascent industry. But unlike mainstream businesses, just having an ironclad business plan isn’t enough to survive in the regulated cannabis industry. Cannabusinesses must navigate a myriad of state and local regulations to obtain a license to operate and must consistently stay compliant to keep their doors open. This session will take a deep dive into measures cannabis retailers and cultivators in Illinois can take to stay compliant, including specific topics surrounding taxation, zoning, application & licensing, packaging & labeling and testing.

Growing at Home: Regulations, Limits, and Possession

3pm – 3:50pm

Know before you grow! Every state is different with their laws for home cannabis cultivation. If you are an Illinois resident who wants to understand the laws for growing cannabis at home, don’t miss this interactive and informative session!

Joanne Caceres
Joanne Caceres
Senior Managing Associate
Joanne counsels clients in the cannabis and hemp industries to attain their business objectives while avoiding ...

Cannabis 2.0: Legal Developments in Cannabis and Hemp

11am– 11:50pm

Come to this session to learn about the state of legal cannabis and hemp in the U.S. The session will focus on national trends and particularly on Illinois, including the current adult use applications. Bring your questions!

Amanda Ostrowitz, Esq
Amanda Ostrowitz, Esq
Founder & CEO
Amanda Ostrowitz is a regulatory attorney and entrepreneur whose identified a need for a user-friendly, scalable ...

Surviving the Maze of Taxation for Cannabis Companies

Noon – 12:50pm

There are deductible costs in cannabis and there are ways to minimize income taxes, including setting up entities correctly, allocating floor spaces effectively, investing in payroll and workforce management programs to save tax and the necessity of preparing GAAP based financial statements for even more deductions. Come to this session to learn how you can navigate the complexities of cannabis business taxation!

Wendy Berger
Wendy Berger
President WBS Equities
Wendy Berger is principal of WBS Equities, LLC. WBS Equities specializes in ground-up construction, renovation, ...

KEYNOTE – Wendy Berger

All You Need to Know: Industrial Building Construction, Renovation, Acquisition For Food and Beverage Manufacturers and Distributors

1pm – 1:50pm (In Room #2)

State of the State with Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Rep Jehan Gordon-Booth

2pm – 2:50pm

Join two of Illinois state representatives for a one-on-one conversation and audience questions about cannabis in Illinois!

Tony Gallo
Tony Gallo
Managing Partner, Sapphire Risk Advisory Group
Tony Gallo specializes in security and loss prevention for high-risk businesses. He has more than 30 years’ ...

Security in the Cannabis Industry

3pm – 3:50pm

This presentation will focus on the specific security needs of the cannabis industry, across multiple cannabis businesses, with a focus on Illinois laws and regulations. The presentation will highlight some of the biggest successes and mistakes commonly made in the process of licensing a cannabis business, building it, and thriving in the industry. The presentation will showcase emerging technologies that could change the industry and give predictions for what the future of cannabis may hold for Illinois and the United States.

Doctors’ Orders: Talking with Your Medical Providers about Cannabis Use

11:00am – 12:00pm

Every day, more and more patients are opening dialogue with their health care providers about integrating cannabis into their lives. Will it interact with other medications? How often and how should someone take it? What conditions are patients reporting relief from cannabis? We’ll cover these and more!

Bob Morgan
Bob Morgan
Illinois Rep.
...

Pediatric Patients and Cannabis: A Panel Discussion with Rep. Bob Morgan, Maureen & Jim Surin, and Joanna Grenrock

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Health care problems don’t discriminate when it comes to age. Increasingly, parents are turning to cannabis to treat their children’s most difficult — and some of the most common — conditions, from anxiety to epilepsy. Come to this panel of patients and doctors to learn more about how pediatric patients are obtaining and using medical cannabis for a variety of reasons.

Wendy Berger
Wendy Berger
President WBS Equities
Wendy Berger is principal of WBS Equities, LLC. WBS Equities specializes in ground-up construction, renovation, ...

KEYNOTE – Wendy Berger

All You Need to Know: Industrial Building Construction, Renovation, Acquisition For Food and Beverage Manufacturers and Distributors

1pm – 1:50pm (In Room #2)

Steven Gough
Steven Gough
President & CEO
Steven Gough, a lifelong Entrepreneur has focused heavily on bringing to market and supporting the sale of ...

Vaporization Safety and Science for Patients and Consumers

2:00pm – 2:50pm

Part 1: Vaporization versus Combustion. A presentation on the health risks and benefits of both, including an intro into chemical release temperatures, it’s relation to smell privacy concerns of smoke vs vapor, and the types of smell proof/masking technology available.

Part 2: A materials science presentation on the different types of materials used within the hotzone of vaporizers, their safety, what to avoid and why, and the use of inert materials for optimal vapor purity.

Medical Cannabis: Clinical and Legal Issues Related to Patients

3:00pm – 3:50pm

Unlike most prescription drugs, medical cannabis comes with its own complexities for both access and use at home and on the job.

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 ...

Social Equity Now: An Illinois Cannabis Roundtable Discussion

11am- 11:50am

Social equity and economic empowerment have to be more than lip service. Attend this session to learn the latest efforts that the industry and our municipal and state leaders are doing to ensure that Illinois appropriately addresses social equity and restorative justice as the legal cannabis industry here unfolds.

Cannabis Access and Support for our Veterans
Presented by Caleb Masoner of Operation 1620 and Ron Millward from Balanced Veterans

12pm– 12:50pm

Veterans and those who support veterans access to medical cannabis and alternative health care approaches are encouraged to attend this session to hear from two of the area’s leading veterans advocacy groups and the work they are doing to fight for veterans’ access to marijuana, and how we as an industry can support our heroes.

Wendy Berger
Wendy Berger
President WBS Equities
Wendy Berger is principal of WBS Equities, LLC. WBS Equities specializes in ground-up construction, renovation, ...

KEYNOTE – Wendy Berger

All You Need to Know: Industrial Building Construction, Renovation, Acquisition For Food and Beverage Manufacturers and Distributors

1pm – 1:50pm (In Room #2)

Christopher J Berry
Christopher J Berry
Chief of Operations
The Illinois Hemp Growers Association has been consulting with and educating hemp growers since 2018. The IHGA ...

Illinois Hemp History

2pm – 2:50pm

Welcome to the wonderful world of hemp! Attend this session to learn the many ways hemp can be used, and how local hemp farmers are taking advantage of changes to federal hemp laws to create a new and sustainable industry.