2019 Maine Cannabis Convention
October 5-6, 2019 | The Portland Sports Complex | Portland, Maine
Exhibit Hall hours: Sat 11am-5pm | Sun 10am-3pm
October 5, 2019
Saturday Convention Programming – open to all attendees
12:00PM | Legal Issues in a Growing Workforce
Whether she’s negotiating collective bargaining agreements or handling compliance with human resources laws, Ann Freeman comprehends the myriad of challenges that employers face on a daily basis. And since she’s worked in house, Ann has a deeply rooted grasp of the issues facing her clients.
As the former Legal & Policy Director of the ACLU of Alaska, Tara Walker created and managed a full legal docket from scratch, while simultaneously creating and managing a lobbying program on the federal, state, and local levels as their chief lobbyist.
1:00PM | KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Shay Stewart-Bouley
A Chicago native born on the crossroads of working-class, Black and female, Shay Stewart-Bouley’s career since 1997 has focused on weaving these intersections into her daily life and professional work. Since the mid-1990s, Shay has worked in the non-profit sector, during the earlier years working primarily with marginalized groups in Chicago, including the homeless and women being exploited in sex work. In the early-2000s, Shay moved from her native Chicago to Maine and, as a Black woman living in one of the least diverse spaces in the United States, found herself writing regularly about race relations, social justice, and white supremacy in such publications at the Portland Phoenix (where she had a month column, “Diverse City” for more than a decade), the Portland Press Herald, the Journal Tribune, and DigPortland. It was also in Maine that her work shifted to non-profit administration, working both as an executive director at a small faith-based non-profit in Southern Maine and non-profit consultant/grant-writer to other organizations, then later becoming executive director of the oldest continuously operating anti-racism organization in the nation, Community Change Inc. (based in Boston), where she still works today, though she continues to reside in Maine.
2:00PM | Patricia Rosi: Wellness Connection
Rosi is a cannabis industry trailblazer. Since 2011, she has successfully navigated the challenges of this new industry, collaborating with Maine state officials to create a solid and sustainable policy framework, developing strong business partnerships and expanding all lines of business. She’s now a sought-after advisor to early stage cannabis enterprises across the US, providing insight on best management, production and R&D practices as well as emerging retail and consumer trends. Rosi has been honored nationally as a pioneer and progressive in the cannabis industry. She’s on the list of the Glass Ceiling Wreckers: 2019 Power Women of Cannabis by Cannabis Business Executive (CBE). This is the third year Rosi has been honored by CBE: She was named the 2017 CBE Most Important Woman in Cannabis and ranked #3 of the CBE 50 Most Important Women in the Cannabis Industry. Also, Rosi has been honored as one of Maine’s top five female CEOs by MaineBiz.
3:00PM | Sam Milton: Enlighten Your Grow
Sam Milton is Principal of Climate Resources Group, a New England-based firm with a focus on solving problems and finding opportunities at the intersection of climate and energy. Through the grower advisory service, Enlighten Your Grow, his firm guides cultivators on approaches to optimize their grow operations and works with stakeholders to advance lower-impact best practices. Sam has been active in cannabis and energy policy across New England.
4:00PM | Cannabis in America: The Business and Politics of Marijuana
David is a cannabis industry veteran. He started with a consulting assignment in 2010 and things grew from there. His experience includes business planning, deal structuring, stock plans, merger and acquisition guidance, and he is presently working with a Massachusetts team to secure a retail marijuana license. He is also on a training vendor team for the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s Social Equity and Economic Empowerment training program. He has been interviewed on In The Weeds with Jimmy Young and will be hosting a podcast on Business and Politics of Cannabis on the Pro-Cannabis Media Network. David is a Board advisor to MassCann – the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition. He is also working to start a cannabis business incubator in Massachusetts – CannaVentureLabs.com. He keeps pretty busy, but too busy for NECann Maine!You can hear him here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUeOrvCbh3s Or read about his thoughts here: https://cannabis.net/blog/opinion/the-boston-strangler-how-landlords-control-massachusetts-marijuana-licensing-now
12:00PM | Cannabis & Hemp Industry Roundtable
Moderated by Catherine Lewis
1:00PM | KEYNOTE SPEAKER – MAIN STAGE ONLY
2:00PM | Sell Joy! How to make product claims that won’t get you flagged by the FDA.
For over 25 years, Whetzel has worked on branding, advertising, marketing, strategizing and researching for Fortune 500 companies and B2B/B2C small businesses. After finding significant symptom relief in medical cannabis and emotional support from community members, she was inspired to use her professional expertise to help businesses in the cannabis industry develop smart, strategic and consistent brands that create deep connections with consumers. Jennifer’s signature creations, Ladyjane’s Brand Archetype Quiz and Two-Hour Brand Makeover, empower entrepreneurs in the industry to take their brand strategies into their own hands to stand out and sell more.
3:00PM | New Tech in Cannabis
Randy and Co. will guide listeners through a session of new tech innovations in the cultivation world
October 6 2019
Sunday Convention Programming – open to all attendees
11:00 – 11:45PM | The Evolving Cannabis Market: What you need to know today about retail, consumer, and product trends
Kate joined BDS Analytics in 2019 after eight years in market insights, where she utilized analytic skills in the form of writing, storytelling, and presenting to bring actionable insights to clients across the consumer packaged goods industry. Throughout her various roles, she worked in quantitative shopper research and applied her analytic capabilities to the chain drug retail channel, with a strong focus on retail health and wellness, retail pharmacy, and more recently the impact of the emerging cannabis market on the traditional retail landscape.
12:00 – 12:45PM | “Going up in smoke: missed opportunities in employee safety and what OSHA is doing about it”
As a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Ms. Lamontagne utilizes her wide range of regulatory compliance experience to work with clients in evaluating and enhancing all aspects of their Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) programs, including enterprises in the cannabis industry. She specializes in risk assessments, safety program & policy development, employee training initiatives, and representation in front of regulatory agencies, including OSHA and EPA. Lauren is certified as an OSHA Outreach Trainer and regularly participates in industry professional development activities to stay abreast of the latest changes, initiatives, and best practices affecting safety and environmental compliance. Additionally, she holds certifications in Hazmat, ammonia program management, and a number of other specializations, as well as being a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Lauren holds Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Spanish, a juris doctorate (J.D.) from Northeastern University School of Law, and an A.A.S. in Occupational Safety and Health.
1:00 – 1:45PM |
As one of the founding members of Medicine Man Technologies, Marc has been in the industry since 2013. As a Sr. Consultant and Business Development Manager, Marc is responsible for following emerging markets, managing new and existing client relationships, and coordinating training efforts for licensees of Medicine Man Technologies. Marc has a background in pharmacy operations both in the manufacturing and retail space, with more than 10 years of experience. He holds a B.A in Marketing and Spanish from PSU and an M.B.A from Washburn University. Prior to joining Medicine Man Technologies, Marc worked for one of the largest privately operated pharmacy technology companies in the country, specifically focused on training and development, hardware and software testing and quality assurance.
11AM | Get a Job in the Cannabis Industry
Heather Sullivan transitioned to the cannabis industry in 2016, after a decade + in the employee benefits/insurance field. Here work on the successful Adult Use campaign in Maine led her to a position with Maine’s only family-owned dispensary, where she served in multiple roles. She has been a state director for an international cannabis consulting firms, and now provides application, license and compliance expertise in her role with a multi-state vertically integrated operator. Heather has a passion for advocacy and building a responsible, transparent and beneficial industry that will contribute positively to local communities.
12PM | “The “slow burn” of Maine’s Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Industry”
When it comes to shaping laws and policies, lobbying, and building strong coalitions, Alysia has the experience, knowledge and passion that have proved successful against incredible odds. Having worked both inside and alongside government, she has the relationships, skills and “never say die” attitude that makes the difference in a tough fight.
With nearly 20 years of experience advocating in the public and non-profit sector, Alysia’s depth and proficiency in both content and process has allowed her to shape and influence passage of countless laws and policies. She’s led the charge to reduce the use of solitary confinement in Maine’s prison system, a nationally adopted model, and helped draft and pass legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine, marking the first time in U.S. history that marriage equality legislation was signed into law through a legislative campaign. From civil liberties, to drug policy, to environmental protection, and privacy rights, Alysia knows how to effect change and get results in the legislature and at the ballot.