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Here’s What You Missed In 2022
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2022 Saturday Schedule:
Cooking with Cannabis
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cooking with plant medicine can be scary but knowing your way around a weed-friendly kitchen pays dividends on behalf of your wellness. Making food at home can allow you to customize both recipes and desired effects, whether you’re making healthier snacks or decadent sweets. Get some tips on doing it right.
Vicki Steele – Chef “Vegan Vicki”
Sarah Rice – Cannabis Chef and Kitchen Supervisor, Farmaceutical RX
Linda Berry- Culinary Instructor
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
It’s important to understand the process of obtaining your medical card.
Are you qualified to become a medical patient or caregiver?
This panel will share tips on how to maximize your dispensary visits.
Dr. Uma Dhanabalan- Uplifting Health and Wellness
Josh Large – The Botanist
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
After advocates in the state mobilized behind a ballot referendum, state lawmakers passed a law to establish a medical cannabis program for Ohioans in 2016. As of July 2022, the program benefits nearly 300,000 registered patients throughout the state, with 546,000 recommendations issued. This panel will discuss what’s on the horizon for the medical program both in Ohio as well as on a national basis.
Moderator – Tim Johnson, Cannabis Safety First
Juanita Brent – State representative.
Casey Weinstein – State representative
Tahir Johnson, Marijuana Policy Project
Executives in Cannabis
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
It’s very rare to have all these CEOs on one panel. Get a chance to see and hear from the top executives in Ohio’s cannabis industry. You don’t want to miss this!!!
Moderator: Michelle Simakis- Editor-In-Chief at Cannabis Business Times
Jared Maloof – CEO of Standard Wellness
Jack Grover – CEO, Grove Bags
Geoffrey Korff – CEO Galenas
Amonica Davis – COO at Harvest of Ohio
Jeff McCourt – CEO, Fireland’s Scientific
3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m
The cultivation of cannabis is the lifeblood of the entire industry. Without the production of quality cannabis, there is nothing. It’s why careers in cannabis cultivation are vital. It takes an experienced grower to be able to produce a quality flower at an insane volume. There are multiple steps in the cultivation of cannabis. Cultivation specialists are involved in each step, from the planting of the seed to the trimming and shipping of the product. Some of the brightest minds in cannabis will offer information you can use in your plant medicine journey.
Moderator – Patrick Williams- Managing Editor at Cannabis Business Times
Christine DeJesus – Director of Cultivation at Galenas
Matt Kispert- VP of Cultivation at Buckeye Relief
Jason Kabbes- Founder/ Sr. VP at Ohio Clean Leaf
Megan Clemens- Ohio Cultivator
Improving Social Equity and Inclusion Panel
4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
Moderator – Brandy E. Phipps, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Central State
Tahir Johnson – Director of Social Equity and Inclusion, U.S. Cannabis Council (Washington D.C)
Cimone Cassone – Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Michigan
Lanett Austin – VP of Culture, Engagement & DEI at Curaleaf
5:15pm to 6pm
Do you want to work in the cannabis Industry? Are you wondering, where the
opportunities are? 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 hairstylists, barbers, and cosmetologists – combined. Let’s get you on the right track to success.
Moderator: Craig Schlutthofer, Ph.D.- Research Professor of Natural Products, Genetics, and Biochemistry of Cannabis for Agriculture and Medical Purposes
Tyrone Russell, President of Cleveland School of Cannabis
Arlene Crider- CEO of 1DopeNurse
Nicole McKinney-Johnson – Director of Human Resources, Harvest of OH
2022 Saturday Workshops:
Verde Presents: Preparing for Federal Cannabis Regulation & Compliance
11pm to 12pm, Located in Room 7
Every current congressional proposal to end federal cannabis prohibition grants regulatory authority to the U.S Department of Treasury, and its agency the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). It’s clear that legislators want TTB to regulate cannabis, as they already do for other adult-use consumables, alcohol, and tobacco. Relying on decades of knowledge and experience gained while working at TTB, its predecessor, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and in the alcoholic beverage industry, Jim and Harry will discuss pending legislation and the most likely cannabis reform outcomes. We’ll also discuss what to expect when federal regulation of cannabis is implemented. Topics will include obtaining a federal license, compliance reporting, tax collection, and enforcement actions.
Jim McCoy Verde Director of Program Operations
Harry Bernstein, Verde Executive Director
Dave Patton Verde Director of Permit Services
1DopeNurse Presents: For The Culture
11am to 12pm, Located in Room 6
The rapid growth of the medical cannabis industry has been a bittersweet success. Sweet for patients and professionals who can safely incorporate this botanical into their lives. Bitter for BIPOC communities who lack access to medical cannabis and are systematically criminalized and locked out of this budding industry.
Speaker: Arlene Crider
Mechanical Extractions Workshop
12:00pm to 12:45pm, Located in Room 7
With solventless extraction techniques, you can produce cannabinoid and terpene-rich products without the use of any chemicals! In this session, we will discuss dry-sifting, full melt bubble hash, and Rosin techniques. Tips for the most successful yields and a little history behind each of these methods will also be a part of this discussion.
Speaker: Lisa Zwiner- Director of Education, Cannabis Hub
King’s Cannabis & Tilth Soil Presents: Getting Dirty with Cannabis and Hemp Agriculture
1pm to 1:45pm, Located in Room 7
Choosing the right soil for cannabis isn’t just about the plant’s physical growth. Additionally, the soil’s nutrient availability is a crucial factor in determining the plant’s cannabinoid content. The growing climate directly affects the soil temperature. Areas prone to sweltering temperatures will cause the soil to heat up, which can quite literally fry the root systems or the leaves. This workshop will give you access to accurate and informative lessons from expert growers and soil masters.
Angel Cruz – COO/Founder of King’s Cannabis – Colorado
Nathan Rutz – Director of Soil, RBR/Tilth Soil – Ohio
1DopeNurse Presents: Dope Nursing Careers
3pm to 4pm, Located in Room 6
The nurse in every care setting is an agent of change and an innovator. Every day, nurses work together to solve difficult challenges in the workplace and for their patients. There is no other group more qualified to educate patients on the risks and benefits of medical cannabis at a dispensary, in the hospital, or in the community. The rapid growth of the medical cannabis industry has been an exciting time for innovative and entrepreneurial nurses across the country.
Speaker: Arlene Crider
GCAC Presents: What is Your Sustainability Story?
4pm to 4:45pm, Located in Room 6
Panel discussion in person and online to provide opinions and answer questions around the importance of sustainability in cannabis, hemp, craft grow i.e., wine, etc.
10am to 6pm, Located in Room 10
10am to 6pm, Located in Room A
2022 Sunday Schedule:
Breaking The Stigma – Patient Panel
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Hear from everyday people about their choice to use cannabis as an
alternative treatment over some pharmaceutical drugs. People share
stories about how cannabis has helped them to deal with medical conditions.
Moderator – Gabrielle Dion (Journalist and Patient) – Ohio
Joanie Caleodis – First patient in Ohio
Nikki Lawley – Nikki and the Plant, Buffalo N.Y.
Nikelle Pledger – College Student and cannabis advocate
Understanding CBD & Hemp
11:45 am to 12:45 pm
Panelists will share challenges on how various devices, methods of administration, and when to vape, eat an edible or use tinctures. It will include what to look for when buying medicine. Getting to know plant medicine through terpenes, THC: CBD ratios. What is the difference between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid products? CBD for athletes and more. Bring your questions because the panel has answers.
Moderator – Andrew Hamerly – Digital Marketing Manager, Plant Puff™
Alex Huska – Founder and CEO, Whole Plant™
Nicole Fenix, Director of Education at Cleveland School of Cannabis
Reggie Smith – Past director, NFL Players Association, Illinois
Matt Wilhelm – Former NFL Football Player and Cannabis Advocate
12:45 pm to 1:00 pm
Senator Kenny Yuko
Cannabis Business Times Presents: State of the Industry 2022
1:00 pm to 1:45 pm, Located in Room 7
Cannabis Business Times Conference Programming Director Cassie Tomaselli will share a dynamic overview of the North American cannabis and hemp industries, based on exclusive research and in-depth reporting from Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary, and Hemp Grower magazines, along with data from their research partners.
Speaker: Cassie Tomeselli- Conference Programming Director for Cannabis Business Times
Women in Cannabis
2 pm to 2:45 pm
With odds perpetually stacked against women, more organizations are cultivating opportunities for women to shift the bud’s narrative. Here, they will discuss their relationship with the green and why it’s imperative that more women continue to get involved. 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.
Moderator: Alison Smith, Attorney at Taft Law
Lo Friesen – Founder and CEO, HeyLo in Seattle
Amonica Davis – COO, Harvest of Ohio
Kate Nelson – Sr. V.P., The Botanist
Allison Johnson – Director of IPM at Buckeye Relief
Cultivation, Processing, and Dispensary Ownership
3 pm to 4 pm
Useful information about obtaining licenses to get into the industry. Panelists will share their thoughts on what helped them obtain licenses, stay compliant and be successful.
Moderator – Jazmyn Barrow, Attorney
Angel Cruz – Owner/COO of Kings Cannabis (Cultivation, Dispensary) – Colorado
Bill Williams – Owner of Beneleaves (Processing) – Columbus
Future of Cannabis
4:15 pm to 5 pm
Overcoming banking and finance obstacles for cannabis, hemp, and CBD-related businesses has been a nightmare. How will banking change in this industry in the future? What will federal legalization mean for you and the cannabis industry? Can cannabis/hemp companies be major players in blockchain, cryptocurrency, and more…….
Moderator – Kevin Greene, V.P, Cleveland School of Cannabis
Harry Bernstein – Attorney at Verde Law Firm, Cleveland
Nicole Perry & Devon Lavengood – Dart Bank
Eric Grischow – HBK Cannabis Solutions – Regional Manager
Ancillary Business Panel
5:15 pm to 6 pm
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. An estimated eight to 10 ancillary businesses support every licensed cannabis-related company. They include accountants, landlords, staffing firms, nutrient suppliers, and equipment companies. From selling soil and lights to packaging and software, they offer lessons learned.
Moderator – Cimone Cassone – Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Michigan
Dr. Uma Dhanabalan- CEO, Uplifting Health & Wellness
Shurri Sankofa – CEO, Traditional Indigenous Midwife
Lucas Gould – CEO, Founder of Spendr, Payment Processing
Dr. Jean Boutros – Pinnacle Testing Lab
2022 Sunday Workshops:
Tax Incentives and Digital Solutions for the Cannabis Space
10am to 10:45am, Located in Room 7
As a result of the economic meltdown and global pandemic, companies struggled to stay afloat, keep up with operational costs, adding to payroll, developed, and innovated new product offerings for the changing market. Therefore, researching the most recent changes to the R&D Tax Credit and Growth Incentive programs may be advantageous to your business. Our digital banking solution is an innovative process that provides alternative payment solutions for merchants in the cannabis industry. It is a bank-sponsored and regulatory-backed corporation that can process digital payments – online payments, ATMs, bank transfers, debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, and many more with innovative payment terminals. You get the assurance of multiple bank sponsorships. Thus, your cannabis business can accept payments from any card and bank. Other benefits include Wi-Fi options for in-store purchase, online reporting, statement retrievals, wireless terminals for deliveries, and faster approval and setup when you apply for the terminals.
Speaker: Marc Freedman – Founder, Partner CERC
Making THC-FREE Mocktails (Infused Drinks)
11am to 11:45am, Located in Room 7
Learn to craft perfectly balanced infused Mocktails with hemp flower or THC Free
tincture. An ingredient list and samples will be provided.
Speaker: Hope Seavers – CEO Phenomenal Phoenix
Extraction and Aromatherapy, Science for the Body, and Mind with Lighthouse Sciences
12:00pm to 12:45pm, Located in Room 7
The Science of Commercial Medical Cannabis Processing with Alex Sandorf, Lab Director for Lighthouse Sciences. Various forms and methods of extraction are explained, advantages and disadvantages, evaluation of potential health concerns, and breaking down the myths in the community. Exciting new technologies are being used now to produce the highest quality Cannabis products in the world. The Science of combining Essential Oils, CBD, THC, and Terpenes: a true entourage effect. Lou Scotese, certified Aromatherapist and Formulations Specialist for Lighthouse Sciences, defines the difference between essential oils, terpenes, and the medicinal benefits of cannabinoids CBD and THC. Discover which essential oils and terpenes work with your chemistry, body, and mind.
Lou Scotese, certified Aromatherapist and Formulations Specialist for Lighthouse Sciences
Alex Sandorf, Lab Director for Lighthouse Sciences
1:30pm to 2:15pm, Located in Room 7
Learn about the forms and benefits of Solventless Extraction from the Firelands Scientific hash maker, Ray! Firelands Scientific consciously crafts small batch solventless cannabis products using zero chemicals to produce cleaner, full spectrum concentrates ensuring Ohio patients access to the highest quality medical cannabis. Allow Ray to enthusiastically guide you through a 30-minute* presentation on Solventless Extraction followed by Q & A.
Speaker: Ray Troyer – Firelands Scientific
Harvesting The Power of Plants 1 and 2
11am to 12pm and 3pm to 4pm, Located in Room 6
Contact hours available for licensed professionals*
As more individuals and patients turn to complementary and alternative therapies like medical cannabis, it is crucial for all nurses to understand more about the therapeutic value of plants. The purpose of this module is to educate nurses on how to cultivate a holistic practice that is evidence-based culturally and clinically relevant client-focused and wellness-oriented in which herbalism is reintegrated with nursing.
Speaker: Arlene Crider