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      Benjamin Landaverde  

      By Benjamin Landaverde  , Cannabis Insurance-Compliance requirements and options |

      Cannabis Insurance? Is it legit? How much it costs? Why do I need cannabis approved insurance? What is required by regulation authorities? How reliable are the insurance carriers?
      Common questions that are frequently asked by new and experienced operators, far too often many operations get insurance through “traditional” channels or through insurance agents who have no idea how the cannabis industry works. Learn what is needed and how to scale coverages as you grow.

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      Benjamin Landaverde  

      Cannabis Insurance-Compliance requirements and options |

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      Longtime cannabis advocate, 1st generation American and minority owned insurance agency specializing on cannabis businesses. 7 years of writing cannabis approved insurance for the cannabis industry, working with local municipalities to change certain application requirements to new license hopefuls and attending many local council meetings to promote the approval or changes of ordinances to have regulation enacted to allow cannabis business.

      Jeffrey Hoffman

      By Jeffrey Hoffman, Ask Me Anything about Cannabis Legalization in New York |

      New York has legalized cannabis and is in the process of establishing the framework for the regulated cannabis industry in the state. How did we get here? Where do things stand now? And where are we headed? This session will start with a brief overview of the past, present, and future of the regulated adult use cannabis industry in New York and then shift to a live, in person rendering of the speaker’s well known “Ask Me Anything about Cannabis Legalization in New York” event.

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      Jeffrey Hoffman

      Ask Me Anything about Cannabis Legalization in New York |

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      Jeffrey Hoffman is an attorney in New York whose practice focuses on clients in the cannabis industry, including licensees in the adult-use cannabis market, practitioners in the medical cannabis space, and cannabis adjacent product and service providers. Think of him as your Cannabis Consigliere. He has a particular interest in social and economic equity cannabis license applicants, and he also informs and assists those convicted of cannabis offenses in getting such convictions expunged.

      Kenya Alexander

      By Kenya Alexander, Beyond 280E: Navigating State Tax Compliance |

      Sales tax, excise tax, payroll tax, income tax… so many taxes! Not only do cannabis business owners need to be aware of the federal tax laws, but also the state requirements. State tax requirements are just as important (if not more) as federal taxes because one slip-up could cost you your license.

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      Kenya Alexander

      Beyond 280E: Navigating State Tax Compliance |

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      Kenya Alexander is the founder of Green to Green Solutions, a firm that specializes in accounting and compliance needs for cannabis-touching businesses. She is obsessed with solving problems and uses that skill to help business owners identify gaps in their processes and use an accounting perspective to understand and grow their business.

      Kevin Bush

      By Kevin Bush, Cannabis Financing Grows Up: Managing Today's Options |

      Kevin will discuss the evolution of cannabis financing and provide a baseline of information for business owners to help make financing decisions. The conversation will review the historical role of traditional banks in funding businesses and how finance entrepreneurs are working to fill that role in the cannabis industry, as well as provide an overview of where money is available today and how businesses can best position themselves to attract funding.

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      Kevin Bush

      Cannabis Financing Grows Up: Managing Today's Options |

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      Kevin has spent his 20 year career in both corporate finance and fund management roles. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Bloom Medicinals, one of the largest, privately owned multi-state cannabis operators in the US. Kevin has been a featured speaker, presenting global investment strategy to investment professionals across the United States, as well as, to numerous banks, trading desks, and family offices throughout the Middle East and China.

      Rob Sanchez

      By Rob Sanchez, ERP Software & Cannabis Connoisseurship |

      Enterprise Resource Planning systems are essential to maximize efficiency and profits of your cannabis business. We’ll review ERPs and discuss Integrations and Compliance during this session first. Then we’ll talk about Cannabis Connoisseurship and why it matters in the industry before putting the two together to see why and how ERPs can contribute too products worthy of connoisseurship. Join Rob Sanchez, Product Manager & Agile Coach at BLAZE for this informative session on Cannabis software.

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      Rob Sanchez

      ERP Software & Cannabis Connoisseurship |

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      Rob is a Certified Ganjier and the owner of Apartment 113 Cannabis Connoisseurship & Consulting and contributing writer for Fat Nugs Magazine. He has a lifetime of cannabis experience, starting as a cultivator and hashmaker in Denver's medical days. He now works as a Product Manager and Agile Coach for BLAZE Seed-To-Sale. Rob is an Agilist and proponent of continuous improvement in all areas of work and life with over 12 years of IT software experience.

      Ellis Smith

      By Ellis Smith, The Importance of Natural & Organic-based Methods to Cannabis Production |

      Growing organically is a differentiator. Not everyone is going to grow organically, however it is not as complicated as people think. It can help create market segmentation for cannabis with a higher perceived value protecting against price degradation in highly competitive and maturing markets.
      Risk Mitigation is key. Growing with organic based and low carbon footprint tech and simplifying using water only living soils.

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      Ellis Smith

      The Importance of Natural & Organic-based Methods to Cannabis Production |

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      Ellis Smith has over 25 years of horticultural cannabis experience and he understands complex growing systems and production protocols. Having cultivated cannabis for over 10 years in the Emerald Triangle, Ellis Smith, co-founded SoHum Living Soils®, an organic medium design for cannabis. He currently serves as the CEO of American Cannabis Company, Inc which owns and operates, Natural Leaf, a vertically integrated brand consisting of three medical dispensaries, one 10,000sq. ft. grow facility.

      Steven McMorrow

      By Steven McMorrow, Under-Canopy Lighting – Using under-canopy lighting to increase yields and improve plant health |

      Lighting the top of a canopy is not enough. Placing lights beneath a canopy helps increase yields for growers, which can boost their revenue without having to expand the size of their facility. The seminar will dive into the HOW as well as the WHY of under-canopy lighting in the cannabis industry along with real world examples and independent white papers and case studies

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      Steven McMorrow

      Under-Canopy Lighting – Using under-canopy lighting to increase yields and improve plant health |

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      As an epileptic, Steven became aware of the benefits of medical cannabis and it ultimately fueled his desire to become active in the industry. Steven founded and operated Cannabis Clean in Denver, CO in 2014, a company which focused on cleaning and disinfection for the industry. After selling and exiting his company, he turned his attention towards providing LED lighting solutions that are more sustainable and eco-friendly with Thrive Agritech.

      James Rieger

      By James Rieger, New York State of Mind |

      The presentation will provide an overview of New York’s complex regulatory
      framework for adult-use cannabis legalization as well as the dichotomy of ongoing Federal illegality and prohibition. The presentation will discuss strategies (and the
      many challenges) for optimally approaching the New York market to build a cannabis business in
      light of the unique statutory and regulatory environment that New York has spent the past two years
      crafting.

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      James Rieger

      New York State of Mind |

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      About:
      James Rieger is a partner at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP, New York, NY, and the founder and Co-Chair of its Cannabis Industry Practice Group. Tannenbaum Helpern is a 40 year old general practice law firm centered on providing solutions to entrepreneurs, investors and institutions. James has over 25 years’ experience with a broad corporate and securities law practice, with a focus on the cannabis industry, and represents public and private companies, hedge funds, merchant banks

      Dawne Morris

      By Dawne Morris, How to utilize technology and data as a business owner in the cannabis industry |

      Data is only useful if you use it and know how to use it. When it comes to the cannabis industry, there are a wealth of software solutions and platforms available to businesses, but understanding how to apply these analytics and insights to help a business grow and scale can be overwhelming. This presentation will focus on what technologies exist in the emerging marketplace and how traditional data solutions are shaping industry-specific softwares for an improved user experience.

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      Dawne Morris

      How to utilize technology and data as a business owner in the cannabis industry |

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      Dawne Morris is the co-founder and owner of PROTEUS 420, an online enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for businesses in e-commerce, retail, healthcare, and highly regulated industries, including alcohol and cannabis. Dawne has decades of finance, digital marketing, and design experience and her intuitive understanding of business operations and supply chain needs has made her a sought-after industry spokesperson specializing in branding and identity, software, finance, web dev, and more.

      Ronald Durbin

      By Ronald Durbin, From the Ground Up! |

      In this seminar Ronald E. Durbin will share his extensive knowledge of cannabis “From the Ground UP”, everything you need to know to start, operate, be compliant and have a successful business in one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.

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      Ronald Durbin

      From the Ground Up! |

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      About:
      Ronald E. Durbin II, co-founder of Viridian Legal Services, LLC, a boutique law firm representing clients in the cannabis industry. His firm provides sophisticated legal services to industry participants nationally. He helps companies build relationships, manage risk, and get business done in an ever-changing regulatory environment. Ron has a plethora of experience and knowledge including single and multi-state operators, market leading ancillary businesses, testing labs, cultivators, and processors.

      Sandy Suchoff

      By Sandy Suchoff, How to Run a More Profitable Cannabis Business |

      Cannabis businesses are faced with higher compliance costs and higher taxes when compared to other types of businesses. Additionally, in a lot of states, the markets are saturated, and there is increased competition. Many times the owners are wearing so many hats— many of which they should not be doing because they don’t like it, is not productive, or are a good use of their time. There is a system to create a path to a more successful and profitable cannabis business. Attendees will learn how cash is more important than profit and how profit is more important than revenue. The five drivers of revenue, profit, and cash flow will be taught. Attendees will also learn about targets and forecasts and how they should let the right numbers drive their decisions. We will demonstrate how to keep a scoreboard about what to do every month to keep on track to achieve higher profits and increase cash flow. Lastly, the audience will learn how to create financial objectives and actionable plans to move the needles closer to their targeted numbers.

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      Sandy Suchoff

      How to Run a More Profitable Cannabis Business |

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      Sandy Suchoff CPA is the founder and principal of Lefstein-Suchoff, CPA & Associates, LLC D/B/A The Canna CPAs. The Canna CPAs has been nominated as the #1 cannabis CPA firm in the country by The Marijuana Guide. Suchoff has been featured and interviewed on MSNBC, FOX News, Tune In Business Talk Radio, PBS TV, Chasing News on FOX & WOR, Cannabis Radio, Purple Haze Radio, and Cannabis Tech & Today.

      Charles Miller

      By Charles Miller, Optimizing Profitability by minimizing energy consumption and traditional indoor grows leveraging third party financing of energy infrastructure. |

      Understanding the nexus between energy consumption and maximum high quality production can be the difference between making your start up successful or falling victim to the market like many competitors. This presentation will demonstrate how to create the most efficient and effective grow space leveraging third party capital that does not reduce your equity position. By reducing your operational expenses and reducing your overall capital outlay, investment expectations are easily exceeded.

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      Charles Miller

      Optimizing Profitability by minimizing energy consumption and traditional indoor grows leveraging third party financing of energy infrastructure. |

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      Mr. Miller launched NGENX Energy Solutions in 2018. Expanding on decades of development experience Mr. Miller brought together technology partners, finance partners and construction partners to create an entity capable of addressing virtually any energy related issue. Leveraging strategic relationships with both large and small firms, NgenX provides expert solution guidance to end use clients and brings turnkey financed solutions to fruition tailored for the cannabis industry.

      Rick Rainbolt

      By Rick Rainbolt, How to Develop & Succeed in the Premium Exotic Flower Niche |

      Learn the fundamentals and the pitfalls to avoid in developing a premium exotic flower grow facility and operation. Learn about facility development starting with selecting the correct property, the type of facility to build, how to precisely control the environment, and setting up a perpetual rotation and cultivation program. We’ll cover the (1) Facility (2) Genetics (3) Cultivation. Learn the 3 fundamentals for success in the premium exotic flower niche, the 5 fundamentals to building a premium exotic flower facility, how to set up the facility for perpetual rotation for monthly harvest and how to set up the facility to properly interact with genetics and cultivation.

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      Rick Rainbolt

      How to Develop & Succeed in the Premium Exotic Flower Niche |

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      Rick founded Hemp Geo Institute, LLC. on January 10th, 2017. Over the past several years, HGI has established itself as the ‘go-to’ organization for world-class cannabis education, resources and the development of CRAFT premium exotic flower grow operations. In 2020, Rick designed a proprietary premium exotic flower, ‘Seed-2-Cure’ facility under the brand Canna Cobra, LLC. which offers continuous production, equipped with top vetted equipment and methods that create a completely controlled micro-environment from seed to final curing. Rick has played a role in the Legislative process in helping states become legal to grow Industrial Hemp/Cannabis in addition to consulting on the development of rules and regulation packages.

      Justin Esquivel

      By Justin Esquivel, Homozygous Genetics, Cannabis Tissue Culture & Advanced Cultivation |

      Take a deep dive into why stable genetics are so important and how you can implement tissue culture into any size cultivation canopy. This will educate & teach the grower how to achieve frosty & flavorful buds time after time! Learn about how to keep your crop bacteria & pest free from start to finish! Become aware of the greatest and most advanced tricks that can be implemented in home or commercial cultivation to achieve exotic premium buds. Understand what to look for when choosing the genetics that you will be cultivating under your BRAND. Once it’s out there, you can’t take it back! The cream always rises to the top!

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      Justin Esquivel

      Homozygous Genetics, Cannabis Tissue Culture & Advanced Cultivation |

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      Esquivel, President & Geneticist, Green Luster Phenos LLC, has been an influencer and leader in the cannabis industry for fourteen (14) years. Esquivel was the head grower and geneticist of a 20,000 sq. ft indoor commercial-scale cultivation operation out in Colorado back in 2012. Justin has consulted with 62 cannabis facilities, 34 of which operate commercial canopies. He brings standard operating procedures to a gold standard. Esquivel also specializes in Cannabis Tissue Culture & Selective Homozygous Breeding, enabling his company to bring tailored offspring to growers globally!

      The need for professional Cannabis education to enhance and develop the cannabis industry

      Long-Term Community Development through Cannabis Education

      By The need for professional Cannabis education to enhance and develop the cannabis industry, The need for professional Cannabis education to enhance and develop the cannabis industry |

      How will you, your family, and your community benefit (or not) from the booming cannabis industry? We are creating an entire industry that will make an impact in the world and in multiple sectors. Cannabis will be woven into the social fabric of our society. When a new casino opens, it brings with its workforce development programs. So why, in the booming cannabis industry, with a ton of opportunity and upward mobility, is workforce development and community education lagging behind?

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      The need for professional Cannabis education to enhance and develop the cannabis industry

      Long-Term Community Development through Cannabis Education
      The need for professional Cannabis education to enhance and develop the cannabis industry |

      Presentation Abstract:
      How will you, your family, and your community benefit (or not) from the booming cannabis industry? We are creating an entire industry that will make an impact in the world and in multiple sectors. Cannabis will be woven into the social fabric of our society. When a new casino opens, it brings with its workforce development programs. So why, in the booming cannabis industry, with a ton of opportunity and upward mobility, is workforce development and community education lagging behind?
      About:
      Kevin Greene is a father, mentor, compassionate community member and successful entrepreneur. He has been focused on the equitable development of community and business his entire professional career and continues to commit to having a social impact through economic growth and advancement of his communities. With ownership of two successful startups-Faces International Marketing and Development, and the Cleveland School of Cannabis- he has years of experience developing successful teams. As a VP for the Cleveland School of Cannabis, his role has been crucial in the growth of the student body, partnership development, and community engagement. Mr. Greene’s successes have led the way to a multiple city expansion of CSC and a robust student body serving students between the ages of 18 and 67.

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