OCHBS Workshop Schedule

OCHBS Mission:

We want to bring businesses and consumers together to explore, educate and empower our community to have access to all available opportunities that the cannabis industry has to offer.

We focus on two different audiences: patients, advocates, and educators as well as people who work in the cannabis industry or offer products and services to businesses in the industry.


How is Ohio’s cannabis market growing?

Regulators approved an increased number of medical cannabis retailers last year, increasing the total number of dispensaries in the state from 57 to 130. Ohio regulators are also allowing the state’s medical cannabis cultivators to expand their operations to coincide with the increased number of dispensaries. Speakers give an update about the emerging cannabis community.


Where is the future of cannabis heading?

The industry now has three times as many workers as dentists. Is it safe to say that cannabis is going mainstream? How do I get involved in investments, working, educating, or activism?

Business Workshops:

The Big Three: Cultivation, Processing, and Dispensary Ownership: Detailed information about obtaining licenses to get into the industry. Panelists will share intricacies that helped them obtain licenses, stay compliant and be successful.

Banking and Merchant Processing: Overcoming banking and finance obstacles for cannabis, hemp, and CBD-related businesses.

Why Do Weed and Cryptocurrency Work Well Together: Marijuana is legal in many states, but the U. S. federal government hasn’t decriminalized the drug. Cannabis operators and consumers can use marijuana-specific cryptocurrencies for their transactions. Popular marijuana-based cryptocurrencies include PotCoin, CannabisCoin, DopeCoin, HempCoin, and CannaCoin.

Marketing and Advertising: How cannabis businesses get around a web of online advertising barriers. While Google and Facebook are off-limits, for the most part, brands still find ways to get their message out.

Finding Off-Market Deals in Cannabis: Funding, return on investment, scalability, exit strategies and more.

Cannabis Marketing, PR, and Communication – Steps to building your brand.

Growers Corner: How to grow a successful harvest, from home grow to outdoor grow. We have some of the best cultivators here to put you on the right track.

I have a business idea now what? Things to know to get you going in the cannabis and hemp industry.

Improving Social Equity and Inclusion: What needs to be done to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of conversations in the cannabis industry. People of color discuss their experiences, challenges, and successes.

Women in Cannabis Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Female executive representation in the cannabis industry is down to 22 percent – lower than 36.8 percent in 2019, according to the MJBizDaily’s Women and Minorities in the Cannabis Industry report. That’s well below the national average for mainstream businesses, which stands at about 30 percent. Let’s recognize female executives making a difference in cannabis.

Consumer Workshops:

Understanding what CBD/ Cannabis products Are and How They Work: This panel will talk about various devices, methods of administration, when to vape, eat an edible or use tinctures. It will include what to look for when buying medicine. What is the difference between full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products?

Canna Careers: Where are the opportunities? – According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics America now has three times as many cannabis workers as dentists. Cannabis workers outnumber insurance salespeople. There are more people employed in the cannabis industry than there are hairstylists, barbers, and cosmetologists – combined.

Ancillary Business Roundtable: I bet you didn’t know that these businesses are part of the industry, yet they don’t deal with the cannabis plant or sell cannabis products. Business professionals share why they sell products or services to the cannabis industry. From selling soil and lights to packaging and software, they offer lessons learned.

Delta 8 and All of the Cannabinoids: What do we need to know?

CBD Products for Children Remain a Mystery for Most Parents: About 80 percent of parents say that they know little to nothing about CBD products according to a new poll by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan Health. Here’s what you need to know. Unlike marijuana, CBD only has 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. THC is the psychoactive part of marijuana that makes people high. Experts share information about what you need to know.

The Green Rush: How to invest in cannabis through stocks, cryptocurrencies, NFT, and more

Top Cannabis and Hemp Trends:

Understanding Your Rights With Your Medical Marijuana Card: This discussion will include travel with cannabis, your work environment, and concealed carry ownership.

Breaking the Stigma: People share stories about how cannabis has helped them to deal with medical conditions. Hear from everyday people about their choice to use cannabis as an alternative treatment over some pharmaceutical drugs.

Cannabis-Infused Cooking/Edibles: Infused cooking is becoming increasingly popular for many consumers and patients who want more fun and creative way to medicate.

Canines and Cannabis: Is CBD safe for your pet: Understanding the medical benefits and how it interacts with their endocannabinoid system.

Navigating the Expungement Process: Although cannabis possession is treated similarly in Ohio to a traffic ticket, a cannabis arrest can still have a negative impact on job prospects or housing. Applicants must submit a request for expungement and then a judge must approve the request in order for a cannabis crime to be expunged in the state. An expungement clinic will help participants navigate the process.

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