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      Andre Winters

      By Andre Winters, Exploring Innovations in the Cannabis Supply Chain |
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      Andre Winters

      Exploring Innovations in the Cannabis Supply Chain |

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      Andre C. Winters brings over 25 years of unparalleled expertise in supply chain, logistics, and transportation to his role as the Founder & Principal of HudsonWinters & Co. With a distinguished career spanning integrators, freight forwarders managing leading global brands, Andre has established himself as a visionary leader and trusted advisor in the field globally Andre is committed to leveraging his wealth of experience.

      Jeff Lair

      By Jeff Lair, How to Plan, Design & Build the optimal grow facility |

      One of the most important elements of running a successful cannabis operation is having the right facility for your business. Very often, people moving into cannabis production at a large scale are unaware of the difficulty in planning a facility, building it, and finally growing a consistent quality level crop. Jeff Lair utilizes his experience in the design and commissioning of over 200 facilities in North America to ensure new and even experienced growers know the path to success.

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      Jeff Lair

      How to Plan, Design & Build the optimal grow facility |

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      Jeff Lair is the Director of Architecture & Engineering at DAG Facilities. Mr. Lair leads and oversees design operations at DAG, bringing his extensive experience from the design & commissioning of over 200 cultivation facilities across North America. He is the driving force for integrating operational efficiencies, which include space planning, systems selection & materials, equipment layout, and overall facility performance.

      Jamie Croyle

      By Jamie Croyle, Founder, House of Oilworx, Entheogenic Coach and Educator |
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      Jamie Croyle

      Founder, House of Oilworx, Entheogenic Coach and Educator |

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      Jamie Croyle is a passionate advocate for natural healing, specializing in cannabis, mushrooms, and various plant and entheogenic medicines. With a deep commitment to guiding individuals on their journey towards holistic wellness, Jamie’s expertise and dedication empower others to explore the transformative potential of these natural medicines. Her mission is to demystify the healing power of nature’s gifts and foster a greater understanding of how cannabis, mushrooms, plant and entheogenic medicines can enhance wellbeing. Learn more at

      https://www.houseofoilworx.com/
      jamie@houseofoilworx.com
      https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamie-croyle-6989b59b/
      https://www.instagram.com/houseofoilworx/


      David Yusefzadeh

      By David Yusefzadeh, CEO/Founder of Plant Jam |
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      David Yusefzadeh

      CEO/Founder of Plant Jam |

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      David Yusefzadeh is a chef and food designer based in Boston, Massachusetts. He spent the majority of his career working in fine-dining restaurants and hotels around the world. Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Mario Batali and Richard Ekkebus are just a few of the chefs that David has spent time with professionally. He is currently CEO/Founder of Plant Jam, a cannabis edibles company based in Framingham, Massachusetts. David was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2011 and has been using Cannabis to allow him to function in his everyday life. Learn more at

      www.plantjam.co
      david@plantjam.co
      https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-yusefzadeh/
      https://www.instagram.com/plantjamofficial/


      Laura Hand

      By Laura Hand, CEO/Founder of Laura Loo Experience Design |
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      Laura Hand

      CEO/Founder of Laura Loo Experience Design |

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      Laura is an award-winning marketing executive with over 20 years of experience, leading from a digital advertising agency to corporate teams. She offers strategic leadership as a part-time or project-based Chief Marketing Officer, providing cost-effective expertise for businesses. She's a Board Member of the Cannabis Travel Association International, a creative competition judge, and has served on the American Advertising Federation's national board. Learn more at

      www.customerdelightprocess.com
      LauraLooHand@gmail.com
      https://www.linkedin.com/in/lhand
      https://www.instagram.com/lauralooexperiencedesign/


      Mark Waller

      By Mark Waller, CPA & Co-Founder of Morem & Waller, CPAs |
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      Mark Waller

      CPA & Co-Founder of Morem & Waller, CPAs |

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      R. Waller, CPA, brings 15+ years of experience as a public accountant and a controller in the private sector to cannabis companies in Minnesota and beyond. He leverages this experience to provide sound and trusted CFO and advisory services to CEOs, founders, and other cannabis company leaders and stakeholders. Through his efforts and expertise, cannabis businesses across the U.S. have achieved great success, building strong companies poised for growth on a rock-solid foundation. Learn more at

      www.moremwaller.cpa
      mark@moremwaller.cpa
      https://www.linkedin.com/in/markrwaller/
      https://www.instagram.com/moremwallercpa/


      Quinton Krueger

      By Quinton Krueger, Leveraging AI to Improve Cannabis Cultivation |

      Learn how AI systems from object detection to spectral analysis are providing unique insights to cannabis cultivators to improve efficiency, quality and yield. Advanced AI is allowing cultivators to precision deploy labor resources and optimize the timing and efficacy of crucial plant maintenance activities.

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      Quinton Krueger

      Leveraging AI to Improve Cannabis Cultivation |

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      Quinton Krueger is a trailblazer in leveraging disruptive technologies to reshape agriculture, sports, and medicine, focusing on artificial intelligence (AI). He founded Budscout, Sproutscout, and Budster, leading innovations in cannabis cultivation robotics and AI, enhancing operational efficiency for growers and retailers. Budscout serves as an AI robotic monitor, while Budster provides dynamic consumer insights and personalized offers, optimizing business performance.

      Stefan Egan

      By Stefan Egan, Cannabis cultivation and operations: from legacy to legitimacy |

      Stefan Egan is a retired combat veteran & counterintelligence spracial agent who has developed a keen interest in the cultivation and breeding of cannabis in an effoet to treqt himself and fellow veterans. His focus lies in producing high-quality varietals-specifically for extractions, and he strongly believe that it all begins with genetics. According to him, the quality of the end product is directly linked to the quality of the input material, and they strive to ensure that only the best genetics are used to achieve the desired results.

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      Stefan Egan

      Cannabis cultivation and operations: from legacy to legitimacy |

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      Cannabis cultivation and operations: from legacy to legitimacy. What does operating and cultivating in a regulated market look like? Growing a plant in a 4 x 4 tent is much different than growing multiple rooms under 20,000 ft². Operating in one of the most expensive regulated industries there is to date, not only takes skill and patience, but also an understanding of how things can change overnight or in a split second.

      Cat Franklin

      By Cat Franklin, Cannabis cultivation and operations: from legacy to legitimacy |

      Cannabis cultivation and operations: from legacy to legitimacy. What does operating and cultivating in a regulated market look like? Growing a plant in a 4 x 4 tent is much different than growing multiple rooms under 20,000 ft². Operating in one of the most expensive regulated industries there is to date, not only takes skill and patience, but also an understanding of how things can change overnight or in a split second.

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      Cat Franklin

      Cannabis cultivation and operations: from legacy to legitimacy |

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      Cat has a remarkable track record in the industry and has served as the interim CEO and Director of Operations for many vertically integrated companies. She also has consulting in Michigan, Oregon, Californai and other states for the last few years, this is where she shared her expertise and knowledge with other cannabis enthusiasts

      Liam Spenser

      By Liam Spenser, Illuminating Plant Growth: Understanding the Emerson Effect, Cryptochromes, and Phytochromes in CEA |

      This presentation dives deep in to the details of the Emerson effect, and how it dramatically improves photosynthesis rates and how to take advantage of it. We also explore the purpose, mechanism and value of the pigments cryptochrome and phytochrome – the research associated and the impact they have on plant growth (morphology and quality, and yield). The objective is to deliver this knowledge to growers and arm them with the tools to implement these concepts in their cultivations.

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      Liam Spenser

      Illuminating Plant Growth: Understanding the Emerson Effect, Cryptochromes, and Phytochromes in CEA |

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      With over 9 years of agricultural experience including multiple horticultural crops, Liam is a highly experienced cultivator and advisor in the cannabis industry. Liam comes from an Evironmental Science degree, and has focused the past several years on CEA cannabis cultivation in both large scale multi-state operator owned greenhouses and craft indoor operations as Director of Cultivation. He has a wealth of knowledge on technology and LEDs and has been representing Scynce LED since 2023.

      Kevin Sikkink

      By Kevin Sikkink, Simplify, Support, & Succeed in Growing Cannabis. How to Get Through the First Year! |

      Simplify, Support, & Succeed in Growing Cannabis. How to Get Through the First Year!

      Help Businesses and individuals interested in cultivation. This is done by simplifying the approach and process , supporting through education and resources, and lastly staying focused on the most important goal in cultivation, Succeeding!

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      Kevin Sikkink

      Simplify, Support, & Succeed in Growing Cannabis. How to Get Through the First Year! |

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      Grew up as a 5th generation farmer in central MN. On that farm we've been a licensed as a hemp farm under MN Hemp-Cannabis pilot program I've been active in the cannabis industry for the last 17yrs. I've spent time in legal cannabis markets networking with several cannabis farms/businesses, and have exhibited in over 40 events. Currently we're focused on simplifying, supporting through education, and helping businesses and individuals succeed in growing cannabis for the first time.

      Willie McKenzie

      By Willie McKenzie, Lessons From a Mature Market |

      As an operator in a mature market (Michigan),Willie will be sharing his insights and experience with operators in newer markets. The mistakes, the trials and tribulations, the unforeseen market conditions, the problems with raising money, all of it. For an operator in a newer market, hearing these cautionary tales is like seeing into the future. The MN market will undoubtedly go through the same cycles, it’s just a matter of time.

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      Willie McKenzie

      Lessons From a Mature Market |

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      Willie McKenzie, CEO and co-founder of Left Coast Holdings, a leading figure in Michigan's vibrant cannabis market. Willie's journey started as a legacy cannabis cultivator in Northern California, providing Willie with a deep and practical understanding of the industry

      Tyler Platt

      By Tyler Platt, Growing in Living soils ROI you can beat with any other cultivation methods |

      My presentation breaks down the costs and long-term benefits of Living soil cannabis cultivation on a commercial scale. Here at Grassroots, we are the premier Living soil raised bed and fabric pots manufacturers but also, we are now leaders in the education side of the industry. I’m the host and MC for the event. https://www.grassrootsfabricpots.com/soil-life-summit-2024-tickets/ Our last event was phenomenally successful.

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      Tyler Platt

      Growing in Living soils ROI you can beat with any other cultivation methods |

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      I've been working at Grassroots fabric pots for 8 years. Assisting with custom orders for commercial build outs. In that time, I've been educating myself about the most effective common practices and SOP related to Living soil cultivation. This June I'm speaking about Living soil cultivation at the Montana Cannabis show. In that area we have over fifteen different commercial facilities using our products and likeminded services. I will use social media to bring in more attendees and listeners

      Mitchel Chargo

      By Mitchel Chargo, The Intersection of Cannabis and Commercial Real Estate in Minnesota |

      Commercial real estate is the foundation to a successful cannabis business operation. Locating and securing commercial property for a cannabis business that is compliant with applicable zoning ordinances and regulatory requirements is crucial. Understanding important concepts relative to a lease or acquisition are essential. This session will highlight the interplay between leasing or purchasing commercial real estate, cannabis licensing, and cannabis operations.

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      Mitchel Chargo

      The Intersection of Cannabis and Commercial Real Estate in Minnesota |

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      Mitch Chargo has over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, business transactions, and legalized cannabis matters. At Hinshaw, Mitch currently represents clients in adult-use cannabis and hemp-derived markets. He is the former General Counsel of a Minnesota-based medical cannabis manufacturer where he provided legal, regulatory, corporate, and employment advice, and addressed municipal and zoning issues incident to opening dispensaries. Mitch actively presents on cannabis topics.

      Kathryn Radovan

      By Kathryn Radovan, Tip of the Iceberg: Lost Revenue Potential in Cannabis |

      The cannabis industry is quickly maturing with most markets experiencing significant price compression and increased competition. Each cultivation operation experiences a variety of challenges. This session will discuss how cultivators increase their productivity, profitability, and competitiveness.

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      Kathryn Radovan

      Tip of the Iceberg: Lost Revenue Potential in Cannabis |

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      Kathryn combines her passion for sustainable development and her experience in strategy and M&A in her role as SVP of Business Operations. She co-founded Terra Vera not only to create a sustainable food system for society, but also to reverse the impact of agriculture on the planet for her children’s future. Prior to joining Terra Vera, Kathryn was one of the first employees of iAnthus, a multi-state operator of licensed cannabis facilities throughout the United States.

      John Mcferson

      By John Mcferson, The Next Evolution of Cannabis Genetics |

      With new technologies and techniques emerging, production operations are faced with challenges while scaling to meet demand. Through modern breeding techniques, including marker-assisted and data-driven selection, growers can now transition to F1 hybrid seeds that improve economics, increase yields, and transition from the labor-intensive growing practices of the past. This session will empower growers to make informed decisions when evaluating and choosing the best genetics for your success.

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      John Mcferson

      The Next Evolution of Cannabis Genetics |

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      John is an accomplished senior executive and scientific leader with over 20+ years of experience overseeing and directing commercial seed, business intelligence, and product development functions to drive research & development programs for Monsanto. He has a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Iowa State University.

      Erik Jackson

      By Erik Jackson, The Next Evolution of Cannabis Genetics |

      With new technologies and techniques emerging, production operations are faced with challenges while scaling to meet demand. Through modern breeding techniques, including marker-assisted and data-driven selection, growers can now transition to F1 hybrid seeds that improve economics, increase yields, and transition from the labor-intensive growing practices of the past. This session will empower growers to make informed decisions when evaluating and choosing the best genetics for your success.

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      Erik Jackson

      The Next Evolution of Cannabis Genetics |

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      Erik Jackson comes to Phylos from a traditional agricultural background, growing up in a ranching and farming family. Previously, Erik provided nursery services delivering over 2 million Hemp CBD seed starts per year, applying practices from traditional agriculture to cannabis in order to farm at scale. He studied crop production and agronomy at Montana State University, with an emphasis on genetics and breeding.

      Isadore Becker-Uncapher

      By Isadore Becker-Uncapher, Improving Cultivation through Irrigation Science |

      The purpose of this presentation is to educate cultivators on the properties of soil and water that affect irrigation and the tools available to automate their systems. Viewers will learn how to understand soil moisture, how to use tools to measure their moisture, and how to automate their irrigation systems to create happier and healthier plants.

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      Isadore Becker-Uncapher

      Improving Cultivation through Irrigation Science |

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      Izzy have a long history in the space of soil science and cultivation. A lifelong cultivator and student of horticulture. He has spent years performing research at CU Boulder on soil science and microbiology. Izzy took these skills to commercial cannabis with the company sustainable village and has been designing and developing irrigation systems in the commercial space the past number of years. He works at bringing together modern solutions to problems every grower has faced.

      Leili Fatehi

      By Leili Fatehi, How to Successfully Operate Within Minnesota’s Unique Cannabis Policies |

      Minnesota’s cannabis industry laws and regulatory framework are distinct from other states and have significant implications from a policy standpoint. Learn how the state is incentivizing cross-industry collaboration and how brands and partnerships can develop differently from other state markets. Top topics: How should cannabis companies collectively build industry-wide capacity to make a viable market? How should businesses be designed to mitigate risk? How can they best control costs?

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      Leili Fatehi

      How to Successfully Operate Within Minnesota’s Unique Cannabis Policies |

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      One of the chief architects of Minnesota’s cannabis legalization policy, Leili Fatehi’s multidisciplinary background has established her as a leading innovative and effective strategist at the nexus of politics, policy and industry development. Her adept understanding of legal and regulatory frameworks, combined with her relationship-building and negotiating skills, were at the helm of the MN is Ready campaign that culminated in the 2023 legislative approval of adult-use cannabis in Minnesota.

      Dan Mondello

      By Dan Mondello, 5 Ways to Market Your Dispensary like a Fortune 100 Enterprise |

      Unlock the secrets to elevate your dispensary’s marketing game. Dive into strategic insights inspired by the success of Fortune 100 giants. Learn how to enhance your dispensary’s visibility, leverage cutting-edge techniques, and implement proven strategies tailored to the competitive cannabis market. This presentation will teach you how to elevate your brand presence and customer engagement, thinking like a Fortune 100 company.

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      Dan Mondello

      5 Ways to Market Your Dispensary like a Fortune 100 Enterprise |

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      A serial entrepreneur, Dan Mondello is the dynamic and charismatic co-founder and CEO at Rank Really High, a pioneering eCommerce retail-first website developer company specializing in cannabis dispensary websites that dominate the market, which he helped to establish in 2021.

      Jason McHugh

      By Jason McHugh, The Record Store Died & The Dispensary was Born |

      We are on the verge of a cultural shift in which the arts can deliver potent & proven solutions for human well being. The field of Neuro-Aesthetics is teaching us how art transforms our brain & offers real healing. It turns out the benefits that art provides are similar benefits that cannabis customers are looking for when they shop! The record store died & the dispensary was born with a huge gap to fill that’s full of potentially deep customer engagement opportunity.

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      Jason McHugh

      The Record Store Died & The Dispensary was Born |

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      Jason McHugh is a Transmedia Producer & Entrepreneur best known for producing the early features by South Park’s Trey Parker & Matt Stone. McHugh produced the jam band mockumentary; Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo directed by Les Claypool of Primus fame. McHugh collaborated with Perry Farrell & Lollapalooza for 6 years creating a multi media mobile game. in 2015 McHugh launched Califari, an art based cannabis branding company with a Global Artist Network of 31 artists from 11 countries.

      Jason Tarasek

      By Jason Tarasek, Budding Opportunities: Setting Up Your Cannabis Business in Minnesota |

      Whether you are launching an adult-use cannabis business or sticking to hemp-derived THC products, cannabis attorney Jason Tarasek will educate you on the opportunities and pitfalls in Minnesota’s cannabis market.

      Attend this session for an overview of cannabis business licenses that will soon be available in Minnesota, licensing procedures, product selection, social equity considerations, and best practices help to set entrepreneurs onto the path to success.

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      Jason Tarasek

      Budding Opportunities: Setting Up Your Cannabis Business in Minnesota |

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      Jason Tarasek serves as counsel at Vicente LLP and manages the firm's Minnesota office. He assists hemp, cannabinoid, medical marijuana and adult-use cannabis clients throughout the Upper Midwest. With more than 20 years of legal experience as a transactional attorney and litigator, he has handled hundreds of civil litigation matters and first-chaired several trials in state courts and federal courts throughout the Upper Midwest.

      Cari O’Brien

      By Cari O’Brien, Growing Your Cannabusiness: Cultivating Memorable Content to Connect & Convert |

      Minnesota’s budding cannabis industry offers cannabusinesses and entrepreneurs the opportunity to grow strong, revenue-generating brands and cultivate a loyal customer base. But with so many copy-and-pasted, AI-generated articles flooding the web, you’ve got to tap into what makes your brand unique to create something your audience truly cares about. This session explores how to identify multi-dimensional customers and craft unique, inclusive content to stand out and leave fans eager for more.

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      Cari O’Brien

      Growing Your Cannabusiness: Cultivating Memorable Content to Connect & Convert |

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      Cari O’Brien is an experienced content marketer with over 15 years in the digital marketing industry. As a consultant, speaker and content creator, she finds great joy in helping connect clients with their dream customers.

      Laura Hand

      By Laura Hand, Embracing the Experience Economy in Cannabis Tourism |

      This talk will examine integrating the experience economy into the cannabis industry, focusing on creating unique, personalized experiences for customers. We’ll discuss strategies to blend cannabis with culture-rich offerings, catering to modern consumer demands. Learn how special moments and exclusive services can transform your cannabis business, attracting more customers and increasing profits.

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      Laura Hand

      Embracing the Experience Economy in Cannabis Tourism |

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      She is an award-winning marketing executive rooted in technology and customer experience design. With 20+ years of leading a digital advertising agency to corporate healthcare marketing teams, Laura offers executive-level fractional marketing expertise to wellness brands ready to reach their desired audiences and develop a successful brand strategy that builds revenue and customer loyalty.

      David Sandelman

      By David Sandelman, Post-Harvest Environment- Taking Control and Increasing Profitability |

      The post harvest process is misunderstood and often neglected. Attendees will gain an understanding of the physics of drying, curing and storage. By understanding the relationship between temperature, dew point and relative humidity growers can better control the variables that impact their final product. We’ll talk about things can go wrong in post harvest and some practical ways to improve the conditions in existing and spaces and new construction.

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      David Sandelman

      Post-Harvest Environment- Taking Control and Increasing Profitability |

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      Co-Founder/COO/CTO of VT Dry & Cure Technologies and Creator of Cannatrol Systems. Inventor of Vaportrol® Technology with 35+ years of new product development in the HVAC industry. I hold 17 US Patents relating to energy controls and systems; 2 patents relate to dry/cure and storage of cannabis; additional patents pending.

      Aaron Pelley

      By Aaron Pelley, Legal Panel |

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      Aaron Pelley

      Legal Panel |

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      Aaron Pelley is the founder and managing attorney of Cultiva Law, PLLC, a law firm that provides legal services to cannabis businesses, investors, and entrepreneurs. He has have been practicing law since 2006 and have been involved in the legal aspects of the cannabis industry since Washington State legalized recreational cannabis in 2012. His firm is located in multiple states, including here in Minnesota.

      Julie Isbell

      By Julie Isbell, How Finance Teams Increase Profits |

      We hope to underscore the critical value of finance teams in fostering financial health, operational efficiency, and strategic agility. By optimizing costs, maximizing revenue, and supporting continuous improvement, finance teams empower businesses to make informed decisions. Thus contributing to long-term profitability and success.

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      Julie Isbell

      How Finance Teams Increase Profits |

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      Julie is a tenured Accounting and Finance professional with deep knowledge and background in non-profit, manufacturing, and tax. After years of services to traditional industry and venture capital groups, Julie founded Good Fit Accounting in 2020 to provide CFO services to Cannabis businesses. Julie’s superpower is her “all in” attitude and commitment to pushing both client and industry forward for the better.

      Daniel McCarthy

      By Daniel McCarthy, How Finance Teams Increase Profits |

      We hope to underscore the critical value of finance teams in fostering financial health, operational efficiency, and strategic agility. By optimizing costs, maximizing revenue, and supporting continuous improvement, finance teams empower businesses to make informed decisions. Thus contributing to long-term profitability and success.

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      Daniel McCarthy

      How Finance Teams Increase Profits |

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      After 6 years as an Internal Revenue Agent in the Special Enforcement Program at the IRS, Daniel spent the last decade applying his financial accounting & business acumen in many highly-regulated & politically-charged spaces. His passion for social justice along with his firsthand experience with the positive impact cannabis and psychedelics can have on individual health and mental wellness lead him to form his CFO practice to both support and drive sustainability in cannabis.

      Leif Olsen

      By Leif Olsen, Cannabis Genetics, Even a CFO Can Love - An enlightening guide to optimizing your operations and boosting your bottom line. |

      Join us for an insightful exploration as we delve into the intricate world of cannabis genetics and uncover the profound implications genetic selection has on the fiscal health of your business.

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      Leif Olsen

      Cannabis Genetics, Even a CFO Can Love - An enlightening guide to optimizing your operations and boosting your bottom line. |

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      Leif Olsen is a 15-year industry veteran and accomplished expert in cannabis licensing & operations, leading multiple successful ventures. Co-founder of Kind Love and Catalyst BC, he helped secure over 55 licenses across 8 states and counting. Leif’s ventures include Allele Genetics/303 Seeds and Greenhaus Industries, a trailblazer in vertical farming for cannabis. As CMO for Catalyst, Leif applies Lean methodologies and a Kaizen-like approach to nourish growth in existing and emerging markets.

      Warren Harasz

      By Warren Harasz, Cannabis Business startup 101 |

      We will discuss how building a compliance program begins with a commitment from management to develop SOPs, recordkeeping, and documentation, to employee training and reporting requirements to the state. Successfully implemented compliance programs not only save the company money, but they make the company more profitable due to uninterrupted operations and lack of production delays, and ease of transitioning employees into new roles within the org chart.

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      Warren Harasz

      Cannabis Business startup 101 |

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      As the Vice President of Regulatory Compliance, I help companies with their business license applications, and business plans with pro forma, as well as record keeping, employee training, and interactions with state regulatory bodies. Compliance is an important issue that often is overlooked to the detriment of the company's bottom line due to poor quality control, inconsistent products, customer complaints, and even regulatory fines.

      Sara Gullickson

      By Sara Gullickson, How to Execute Your Operational Plans for a Successful Launch in Minnesota |

      This comprehensive discussion will focus on the essential next steps operators need to take once they’ve had their license application approved. Sara will cover high-level initiatives for a successful launch, including SOPs, real estate, marketing, branding, and actionable steps to ensure Approval to Operate (ATO). Audience members will learn how to execute their business plan successfully from post-application win to eventual launch.

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      Sara Gullickson

      How to Execute Your Operational Plans for a Successful Launch in Minnesota |

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      Sara Gullickson is a multi-state cannabis license holder and CEO and Founder at The Cannabis Business Advisors and How to Open a Dispensary. At age 27, she founded her first cannabis venture before ultimately selling to a publicly traded company. Gullickson has presented alongside Tony Robbins in the U.S. and Canada, and has six cannabis licenses that are minority or women-owned. She has more than a decade of experience building and scaling businesses, including a tech platform and turnkey retail

      Nic Easley

      By Nic Easley, Navigating the Green Rush: The Emergence of Minnesota's Legalized Adult-Use Cannabis Industry & Its Regional Impact |

      n 2023, Minnesota became the 23rd state to legalize adult-use cannabis, but where are we now? Explore the business potential of this newly legalized industry and its implications for the broader region. Learn best practices for navigating the regulatory framework, development and operational challenges, licensing process, and expected timelines. Gain insights on financing options, and how to avoid industry pitfalls. Equip yourself with the knowledge to thrive in this emerging market.

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      Nic Easley

      Navigating the Green Rush: The Emergence of Minnesota's Legalized Adult-Use Cannabis Industry & Its Regional Impact |

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      Nic Easley is the Founder & CEO of 3C Consulting, the leading global strategic cannabis consulting firm, and the CEO & Managing Director for Multiverse Capital, a cannabis venture firm. Over the last 16 years, Nic has worked with over 1,000 cannabis companies in 42 U.S. states, two U.S. territories, and 27 countries. From obtaining Good Practice certifications to coveted cannabis business licenses, Nic helps build companies by balancing practicality and altruism with profitability.

      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.

      The session will substantially help in avoiding costly mistakes and make sure growers are on the right path to developing a successful premium flower operation.

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      Rick Rainbolt

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

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      Founder of Canna Cobra, LLC., which offers world-class cannabis education, resources, and the development of CRAFT premium exotic flower indoor grow operations. Rick has developed thirty-six (36) sealed cannabis grow operations in multiple states, and held ten (10) sold-out symposiums attracting attendees from 40 states. His proprietary premium exotic flower, ‘Seed-2-Cure’, a completely controlled micro-environment facility, produces a symbiotic relationship between facility and genetics.

      Jessi Gurr

      By Jessi Gurr, Cultivating Success: Navigating the Digital Landscape for Cannabis Businesses |

      Everyone knows that a strong digital footprint is not only good to have – it’s a must in today’s marketing world. In this talk, we explore the most important parts of your online marketing strategy: from mastering Google Business Profiles for enhanced visibility, to creating a website that tells your unique brand story. We’ll explore effective ways to use social media within industry regulations, and why relying solely on directories isn’t enough. Join us to elevate your online presence!

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      Jessi Gurr

      Cultivating Success: Navigating the Digital Landscape for Cannabis Businesses |

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      Jessi is the owner of a website development agency in Anoka, Minnesota. She oversees company operations and growth, and she is passionate about maintaining a business where people love to come to work. She has been developing websites for more than 20 years, and loves helping business owners grow by maximizing their revenue through their website and online presence. Jessi lives in Anoka with her two elementary-aged boys, and loves to travel, network, and cook elaborate vegan dinners.

      Jeff Scrabeck

      By Jeff Scrabeck, Accelerate your ROI with a strategic packaging plan |

      Join Jeff Scrabeck, co-founder of DIZPOT April 26th at Lucky Leaf MN to get the scoop on building a smart packaging strategy that elevates your brand. He will unpack how to merge brand values with regulatory needs, all while watching the bottom line.

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      Jeff Scrabeck

      Accelerate your ROI with a strategic packaging plan |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Jeff Scrabeck, Co-Founder and COO of DIZPOT, is a seasoned entrepreneur with a BA in Business Administration from Oregon State University. He has amassed over 18 years of experience in the cannabis industry, starting his journey in the head shop world. Jeff's expertise spans sales, manufacturing, project management, and general business issues, making him instrumental to DIZPOT's growth.

      Jason Smallheer

      By Jason Smallheer, High Tech Haze |

      Unlock the potential of cannabis marketing with “High-Tech Haze.” Explore streaming TV, audio, website importance, SEO, and social media for effective dispensary promotion. Elevate your digital strategy and thrive in this evolving landscape. Join us in unraveling the power of digital marketing for cannabis.

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      Jason Smallheer

      High Tech Haze |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Jason Smallheer is a seasoned marketing professional with over 25 years of experience in marketing and sales and educating students and business leaders in digital marketing essentials. He also teaches at Columbia College and Southern New Hampshire University business schools. Jason holds a Journalism degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and an MBA from Webster University.

      Paloma Lehfeldt

      By Paloma Lehfeldt, Cannabis and Health Equity: Navigating Mental Health Disparities in Black Healthcare in the United States |

      By addressing the complex issues surrounding cannabis, mental health, and health equity within the Black healthcare community, this presentation aims to foster a deeper understanding of the challenges at hand and inspire action toward positive change.
      The healthcare landscape in the United States stands on the cusp of a significant change with cannabis potentially entering the realm of prescription drugs as it undergoes rescheduling.

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      Paloma Lehfeldt

      Cannabis and Health Equity: Navigating Mental Health Disparities in Black Healthcare in the United States |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Dr. Paloma Lehfeldt, MD, MA, is a lifelong cannabis advocate who serves as the Senior Director of Clinical Science and Partnerships for Vireo Health. At Vireo, she is responsible for overseeing and managing all Social Equity and Educational Development initiatives across Vireo’s network. From collaborating with universities and medical and science associations to develop cannabis-focused curriculum and workforce pipelines to working with local agencies and community organizations.

      Anthony Pagni

      By Anthony Pagni, Is pre-roll automation right for your growing business? |

      In this pre-roll automation presentation, discover the importance of automated pre-roll manufacturing in the dynamic cannabis industry. Explore growing demands, learn how to assess your businesses needs, and learn to select and implement the ideal automation solution for your business. Gain invaluable insights to excel and meet consumer demands effectively. Participate in a Q&A session with the founder and president of a leading automated pre-roll machine.

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      Anthony Pagni

      Is pre-roll automation right for your growing business? |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Anthony Pagni, is one of the founders behind the Apehex Automated Pre-Roll machine. With a wealth of experience in the plant touching cannabis sector, he and his team possess an unparalleled understanding of the intricacies involved in manufacturing top-notch pre-rolls. Anthony's approach to machine placement goes beyond mere logistics; he delves into a comprehensive analysis of each customer's unique needs and goals. This helps pave the way for pre-roll production success .

      Chris Oferrell

      By Chris Oferrell, Facility Design basics |

      Learn the basics of facility design from a veteran Cultivator. We will cover various topics including: your Site selection, workflow, sustainability through design, bio security considerations when planning out your facility, sizing hvac systems, building management systems, fertigation systems, lessons learned, and much more!

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      Chris Oferrell

      Facility Design basics |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Chris O’Ferrell is the Senior Director of Cultivation at Deep Roots Harvest, where he directs all horticulture efforts at the Nevada-based, vertically integrated cannabis company. He oversees all cultivation staff and is responsible for the compliance and profitability of all Deep Roots Harvest growing, harvesting and packaging operations. O’Ferrell is an experienced cultivation expert certified in Metrc and skilled in operations and people management, as well as facility planning and design.

      James Gempeler

      By James Gempeler, Navigating Minnesota's Changing Cannabis Laws |

      Join two partners from leading Minnesota cannabis firm North Star Law Group for a detailed discussion of our changing cannabis laws, including:
      -Licensing for cannabis businesses
      -Expungable offenses and process
      -Criminal laws
      -Status of hemp-derived edibles and beverages

      We’ll discuss rulemaking and expected timing, and leave time for questions from the audience.

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      James Gempeler

      Navigating Minnesota's Changing Cannabis Laws |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      James Gempeler is Head of Criminal Defense at North Star Law Group. James focuses his practice on criminal defense and expungements because he believes that a mistake or a single event should not define that person. He is diligent in his preparation, skilled in negotiating with the state and arguing in court, and he will not hesitate to aggressively advocate for his client.

      Jen Reise

      By Jen Reise, Navigating Minnesota's Changing Cannabis Laws |

      Join two partners from leading Minnesota cannabis firm North Star Law Group for a detailed discussion of our changing cannabis laws, including:
      -Licensing for cannabis businesses
      -Expungable offenses and process
      -Criminal laws
      -Status of hemp-derived edibles and beverages

      We’ll discuss rulemaking and expected timing, and leave time for questions from the audience.

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      Jen Reise

      Navigating Minnesota's Changing Cannabis Laws |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Jen Randolph Reise is a transactional business attorney and entrepreneur. She leads the Business and Cannabis Law groups at North Star Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she advises business owners on formation, equity arrangements, regulatory compliance, and other corporate issues. After Minnesota’s legalization of adult-use cannabis in May 2023, she represents a quickly-increasing number of entrepreneurs looking to launch or pivot into hemp and cannabis in compliance with the changing laws.

      Sadie Thompson

      By Sadie Thompson, How to Leverage PR for Cannabis Businesses |

      With the ever-changing media landscape, the highly competitive cannabis industry, and advertising and marketing restrictions put on the cannabis industry, PR can be leveraged to propel cannabis entrepreneurs and businesses to the next level. In this presentation, attendees will receive a high-level overview of the differences in B2B and B2C communications strategies, the importance of tying all messaging back to a campaign, and how businesses of all levels can immediately start planning and implementing.

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      Sadie Thompson

      How to Leverage PR for Cannabis Businesses |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Sadie Thompson serves as senior publicist at Proven Media, a national public relations and marketing communications firm dedicated to cannabis, tech, and lifestyle privately-held and publicly traded companies. Thompson started with the firm as a publicity assistant in May, 2021 and quickly rose through the ranks. She is the point person for all accounts and leads the publicity team. Thompson is passionate about garnering exposure for Proven Media's clients on a national scale.

      Sergio Barraza-Ingstrom

      By Sergio Barraza-Ingstrom, How to Win in Minnesota's Cannabis Industry |

      With social equity lotteries causing failures to launch in programs from California to New York, how can Maryland avoid issues with starting social equity businesses selected by lottery? We propose social equity incubators can provide applicants with access to the IP, management and capital they need to open their doors. Learn how in our presentation.

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      Sergio Barraza-Ingstrom

      How to Win in Minnesota's Cannabis Industry |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Sergio has worked in 32 different states and 27 different countries since joining the cannabis industry in 2016. He has secured lucrative licenses for clients in locations such as Portugal, Illinois, New Jersey, California, and many others. Sergio is an expert in licensing, business processes, and financial modeling. In 2020, Sergio took a break from the cannabis industry to obtain an MBA in financial analytics and work as an interim Director of Finance for a cannabis nutrient start-up.

      Thomas Howard

      By Thomas Howard, Why Social Equity Incubators Give Your Team Competitive Advantage in the Lottery" |

      With social equity lotteries causing failures to launch in programs from California to New York, how can Maryland avoid issues with starting social equity businesses selected by lottery? We propose social equity incubators can provide applicants with access to the IP, management and capital they need to open their doors. Learn how in our presentation.

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      Thomas Howard

      Why Social Equity Incubators Give Your Team Competitive Advantage in the Lottery" |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Mr. Howard has practiced commercial law since 2008 when he graduated law school and got his Series 7 & 66 Securities licenses. He pivoted to practicing litigation for financial institutions before helping cannabis teams form, capitalized and get licensed. He. has concentrated in cannabis business since Illinois legalized in 2019. He won licenses for clients in Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Mexico, Massachusetts, and has gotten into lotteries in Ohio and Maine. He became a Certified Ganji

      Jesse Porter

      By Jesse Porter, 4 Pillars of financial success for Cannabis Cultivation |

      Profitability isn’t a subjective conversation. You are either profitable or you are not. How you become profitable in this growing industry is the opportunity. Grow high-grade flowers to sell at top dollar. Grow for extraction and focus on secondary
      metabolites produced per SF? Build a nursery that wins with shorter rooting times? All Cannabis businesses have different KPIs and this Seminar will focus on how to drive Quality, Quantity, Consistency and Operational Efficiency in all of them.

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      Jesse Porter

      4 Pillars of financial success for Cannabis Cultivation |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Jesse entered the cannabis industry in 2004 after graduating from UC Berkeley and finding out his Mom was diagnosed with Cancer. In an effort to bring joy to her life in the late stages, Jesse dedicated himself to becoming the most knowledgeable cannabis cultivator possible. He was a professor at Oaksterdam University, owned and operated large-scale cultivation facilities, founded cannabis companies, owned a garden supply store, and HVACD company and is the Director of Cultivation at GrowGlide.

      Kurt Kinneman

      By Kurt Kinneman, Automation in Cannabis |

      The presentation on automation in cannabis will explore the role of technology in enhancing the efficiency, productivity, and sustainability of growing and extracting cannabis. It will cover the different types of automation technologies used in growing and extracting, including PLCs, microprocessors, sensors, and equipment that can be controlled.

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      Kurt Kinneman

      Automation in Cannabis |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Kurt Kinneman is a cannabis cultivator and horticultural engineer. Kurt has a wealth of knowledge in the agricultural field working with AI Grow as a horticultural engineer alongside a team that has an extensive background in grow room design and automated control systems. He is also the founder of Bad Apple Pets, a CBD company focused on animal products, alongside his farming company, Kinnektion Products, LLC. Growing up, Kurt grew and sold pumpkins in Wisconsin, taking his knowledge base to grow cannabis and hemp in Oregon, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

      Chris Vaglio

      By Chris Vaglio, Marketing on a Shoe-String Budget: DIY Techniques for Personal Branding, Content Creation, and List Building |

      Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur looking to market your product or service on a limited budget? In this presentation, we will discuss various DIY marketing techniques that can help you create a strong personal brand, generate engaging content, and build a loyal customer base without breaking the bank.

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      Chris Vaglio

      Marketing on a Shoe-String Budget: DIY Techniques for Personal Branding, Content Creation, and List Building |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Chris Vaglio is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, advisor, and creative professional who has a talent for building ROCK STAR personal brands. He co-founded Grey Sky Films in 2000, which he grew into a 7+ figure company before exiting in 2020. Chris currently serves as COO/CMO of UCS Advisors, a business advisory firm that provides guidance and mentorship to business owners and entrepreneurs since 2017.

      Chris Reid

      By Chris Reid, Enough is Enough: How Much Tech Do You Really Need to Sell Cannabis? |

      In this session, Chris will break down the tech stack and unpack the essential software you need to get started, what to look for, how much to budget, and where you’ll get the best. You’ll gain an understanding of vital tech solutions including POS, eCommerce, payments, CRM, along with the key features to look for when choosing them.

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      Chris Reid

      Enough is Enough: How Much Tech Do You Really Need to Sell Cannabis? |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Chris is Head of Sales for Cova Software, an award-winning cannabis POS & inventory management platform that simplifies compliance and streamlines complex dispensary operations. Chris and Cova are aligned in a mission of empowering cannabis retailers to achieve their vision of success. Born and raised in Colorado, his passion for the industry is fueled not only by the incredible potential for growth he sees, but the profound impact of cannabis he has experienced as medical patient, a caregiver, and an advocate. An entrepreneur at heart, Chris is inspired to help others succeed and push the industry forward—sharing his valuable expertise in retail POS, payments and eCommerce.

      Matthew Cullen

      By Matthew Cullen, Master Humidity Maximize Yields |

      Effective control of your environment is essential for your plants to reach their full potential.
      Water plays a pivotal role in each stage of your plants’ growth. We will look at the effect humidity control plays in your crop’s maturation. The most impeccable genetics can only take you as far as your environment will allow. Help them become everything they can be.

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      Matthew Cullen

      Master Humidity Maximize Yields |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Matthew Cullen is a Business Development Manger for Anden. Anden 's expertise is in humidity control for indoor cannabis cultivation. Matthew is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and focuses his professional career on helping others to master their environments. "I like to start by asking why a cultivator gardens, and then we can collaborate on the how."

      Luke Batty

      By Luke Batty, Licensing Cannabis Brands |

      While cannabis products must be manufactured and sold within the respective legal jurisdiction, brand equity is an asset that can cross state lines. Brand licensing enables operators to offer established brands and products, building value for those brands in multiple states as well as goodwill for local operators with their customers. However, any license arrangement should be well documented to protect the respective interests of licensees and licensors. Often, cannabis license relationships are poorly memorialized by documents kludged together after digital dumpster diving ripe for ambiguity and conflict. This seminar will help both new and mature brands, manufacturers, and dispensary operators understand the fundamentals of a brand licensing relationship, including summarizing the different assets that can be licensed across state lines and identify the key provisions to avoid contentious and expensive disputes. This seminar will prepare brands and their licensee partners to develop solid business models and legal agreements that protect their interests. Attendees will leave this seminar armed with a solid understanding of the core elements required to build such a relationship while avoiding common and painful (i.e., expensive) mistakes.

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      Luke Batty

      Licensing Cannabis Brands |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Luke thrives on the creative energy in small businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups. He joined Blackgarden Law in 2019 and immediately began developing the firm's transactional cannabis practice by drawing from experiences with high-tech start-ups and craft beverage producers. Blackgarden Law represents cannabis operators and affiliated service providers across a variety of legal issues, including organization, financing, compliance, transactions, brand development and protection, and acquisitions.

      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 |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      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.

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