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      Kendra Horn

      By Kendra Horn, Modernizing Cannabis Policy in Oklahoma and the United States |

      It is vital we work to modernize federal policy around cannabis and thoughtfully enact changes that protect businesses, consumers, and the public. We have the opportunity to bring commonsense solutions to this important and complex issue. Congresswoman Horn supports federal rescheduling of cannabis and was a co-sponsor of the Safe Banking Act while serving in Congress.

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      Kendra Horn

      Modernizing Cannabis Policy in Oklahoma and the United States |

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      Kendra Horn is a fifth-generation Oklahoman, and the first Democratic woman ever elected to represent Oklahoma in Congress. She was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2018 to represent Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District. She is a strong advocate for the Oklahoma cannabis industry and currently the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate.

      Morgan Coffey

      By Morgan Coffey, Flavonoids |

      Morgan will be speaking on the science, studies, and importance of Hemp Flavonoids and their many benefits and applications in products not only for humans, but for canines, felines, and equines as well. In addition to the positive feedback of effectiveness in Flavonoids that carry natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties.

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      Morgan Coffey

      Flavonoids |

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      Morgan was raised into a multigenerational farming family focused on produce and tobacco. After studying horticulture in College, Morgan began growing cannabis in California. Morgan has over twenty-one years of experience in the hydroponic, aeroponic, aquaponic and traditional growing of cannabis and hemp. Morgan has vast experience in the agronomy side of cannabis, providing his expertise into nutritional blending for cannabis feeding both in soil and hydroponic application.

      Eric Moody

      By Eric Moody, Lighting Considerations for Cannabis Cultivation |

      This talk will cover lighting considerations for cannabis, including proper intensity, Daily Light Integral, Spectrum and Photoperiod. We will explore artificial lighting and its applications in both indoor and mixed-light greenhouses. This talk will also cover non-electric, sustainable spectral control technologies becoming popular today, including luminescent quantum dot and dye films, coating technologies, and colored shade netting.

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      Eric Moody

      Lighting Considerations for Cannabis Cultivation |

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      Eric Moody serves as the Director of Sales and Marketing for UbiQD, the parent company to UbiGro. Eric’s background includes a long history in the horticultural lighting industry where he was the director of sales for one of the largest horticultural lighting companies in North America. Eric has been part of the growth of the cannabis industry in the US since the first states started to legalize and has advised growers of all sizes in both indoor and greenhouses. Eric is part of the executive team at UbiQD which is an advanced materials company focusing on sustainability through harnessing the power of the sun.

      John W Sardoni

      By John W Sardoni, 5 Keys For Raising Capital in Cannabis, CBD, & Hemp |

      Cannabis is a capital-intensive game. Get inside the head of an investor to understand the due diligence they do before investing in your comapny. We will go from a novice in raising capital to expert in 1 hour. Going forward, investors will be much more demanding of cannabis, CBD, & Hemp startups. They expect better internal controls and better accounting policies & procedures. Investors want to see plans for their audit trail.

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      John W Sardoni

      5 Keys For Raising Capital in Cannabis, CBD, & Hemp |

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      John is an experienced CPA with 20 years of experience in the fields of audit, accounting, financing, and tax. He is a DOPE CFO Certified Advisor who exclusively services the cannabis industry. After spending 20 years assisting clients in various industries with profit planning, tax planning and cash flow management, John has decided to focus his attention on the cannabis industry. He believes that the cannabis industry has been deeply underserved. John knows that the key to a successful business is understanding the financial and non-financial numbers that drive the business. He actively works with his clients to breakdown their business to develop and track key performance indicators (KPIs) that are crucial to the success of their business.

      Matthew Shaffer

      By Matthew Shaffer, Understanding Your Merchant Account & Accepting Payments With Confidence |

      Together we will bring to light to facts vs fiction when it comes to processing payments in the cannabis industry. We will take a step back and learn the basics of a merchant account, pricing structures and how to understand a merchant statement. From there we will take a forward-thinking review of how far the industry has come and evaluate the coming changes to how your business accepts payments. You will leave our discussion with a better understanding of how to navigate payment acceptance.

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      Matthew Shaffer

      Understanding Your Merchant Account & Accepting Payments With Confidence |

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      Matthew Shaffer started his career in the credit card processing industry in 2006. After 5 years of learning the industry and managing a sales team, he started his own company in 2011. His business model was to offer the best pricing while maintaining the best service possible. Matthew’s philosophy has given him a 99% retention rate, leading his company Next Level Merchant and his clients to continually grow year after year. Matthew specializes in merchants ranging from high end Jewelers and large corporations to small family-owned businesses.

      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.

      Jay Andersen

      By Jay Andersen, Optimizing Plant Health & Quality with AI |

      Growers contend with multiple issues related to the healthy growth of their plants. Collecting data about your plants can provide immediate benefits that improve quality and increase yields as well as put you on the path to utilize AI tools to continue to improve grow operations. Potential projects where AI can be deployed in the grow environment will also be discussed.

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      Jay Andersen

      Optimizing Plant Health & Quality with AI |

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      Jay is Co-Founder and COO of Ornavera, a Precision Agriculture company that assists growers to improve crop yield, plant quality and resources used. Jay’s career includes executive roles with private equity owned companies and over 30 years with Motorola and Intel’s IoT Group. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Northern Colorado. In addition, Jay is an active Advisor assisting start-up programs associated with CU- Boulder, CSU- Ft. Collins and at Innosphere as a SAGE advisor.

      Ryan Douglas

      By Ryan Douglas, Carpe Diem: 5 Tips for Supercharging Your Cultivation Business Today |

      Oklahoma recently imposed a two-year moratorium on new cannabis cultivation licenses. This is good news for growers, but there are still over 7,000 licensed cultivators in the state.
      How can existing cultivation businesses ensure they take advantage of this moratorium and carve out a healthy slice of the state’s $1 billion cannabis market?

      This talk will offer attendees pragmatic advice for tightening up operational expenses and helping to ensure their cannabis flower stands out in a crowd.

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      Ryan Douglas

      Carpe Diem: 5 Tips for Supercharging Your Cultivation Business Today |

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      Ryan Douglas helps businesses cultivate a profitable future in the cannabis industry. He is the founder of Ryan Douglas Cultivation, LLC and author of “From Seed to Success: How to Launch a Great Cannabis Cultivation Business in Record Time.” Ryan has worked in commercial horticulture for 25 years and advises cannabis operators worldwide.

      Robert Evans

      By Robert Evans, How Biotechnology Will Impact The Future of Sustainable Sourcing of Pure, Plant Ingredients |

      Increased reliance on plant-based formulas necessitates the need for biotechnological advancements to sustainably supply commodities and rare ingredients at scale. Learn how microbial biotechnologies such as algae fermentation can effectively recreate natural ingredients, including those rare or hard to access, at a fraction of the cost and without adverse environmental, varietal or supply chain impact.

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      Robert Evans

      How Biotechnology Will Impact The Future of Sustainable Sourcing of Pure, Plant Ingredients |

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      Robert Evans is the Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Business Officer, and Co-Founder of Purissima, Inc. – a leading health and wellness ingredient company that is revolutionizing the way companies source and use plant-based ingredients through the production and development of commercially viable microalgae biotechnology. With more than 25 years of experience in the business and biomaterials sectors, Rob oversees activities including strategy innovation, development and investor relations.

      Daniel Garcia

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      Daniel is an experienced CPA professional whose practice serves national and international clients providing accounting, finance, audit and tax advisory services. Both of Daniel’s parents are CPAs and he has been working in the family’s accounting firm since an early age. This led him to not only develop a deep understanding of every aspect of accounting but also made him agile in navigating the concerns of a business owner when it comes to balancing management, company growth and compliance. While working full-time in accounting and tax, Daniel graduated with his Bachelors in Finance and Masters in Accounting from Florida International University. In doing so, he was able to leverage both real world and classroom learning to develop a high level of practical knowledge. He obtained his CPA license shortly thereafter. Daniel’s first experience with cannabis came in 2017. After battling with some medical issues, he was prescribed various medications to try to get his symptoms under control. Conventional care, however, left him feeling worse. Being health minded, he sought out natural alternatives, which led to obtaining his medical marijuana card in the State of Florida. The benefits were life-changing. This began to foster a curiosity and passion for everything cannabis, especially cannabis accounting and tax laws. Combining his first-hand experience with the benefits of cannabis and life-long involvement in accounting and tax, Daniel has the professional skills and drive needed to serve the uniquely challenging and ever-changing cannabis industry.

      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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      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.

      Shawn Kruger

      By Shawn Kruger, There’s So Much Cash! Best Practices for Securing, Automating and Managing Your Cash Handling |

      Industrywide, it’s estimated that between 95 and 99% of all cannabis-related transactions are carried out in cash. There isn’t one reason why this is the case, rather it’s a trifecta of causes – legal, financial, and social. Until all three of those are relaxed, cash volumes will continue to pour into the cannabis space. This session will share insights into how the industry can benefit from the idea of “cash automation” or leveraging technology to better manage, count, and store cash.

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      Shawn Kruger

      There’s So Much Cash! Best Practices for Securing, Automating and Managing Your Cash Handling |

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      Shawn Kruger, Senior Vice President of product and strategy at Avivatech, has more than 35 years of experience in the real estate, payments and fintech industries, Kruger’s knowledge runs deep on topics related to: cash and check payments automation, financial services operations, business development of partner relationships, strategic management consulting, product management, product marketing, user experience design, corporate strategy, and sales for new and existing product lines.

      Richard Cheng

      By Richard Cheng, Cannabis Deal Making and Transactional Considerations |

      This presentation will discuss basic structures of buying and selling a business in two basic forms – asset transactions and equity transactions, along with basic legal issues for joint ventures. The emphasis will be on the stages to a buy-sell transaction and a discussion on terms in service agreements. This presentation will discuss issues related to operating an effective business and preparation for acquisition while managing the concerns regularly faced by buyers of a cannabis business.

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      Richard Cheng

      Cannabis Deal Making and Transactional Considerations |

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      Richard is an attorney with Weaver Johnston Nelson. Richard's practice focuses on transactions and advises on cannabis regulatory matters. Since 2013, Richard has represented a variety of cannabis related businesses and investors, working at national and global law firms. Richard represented the Texas Cannabis Industry Association, served as a board member for a hemp cannabinoid bio-pharmaceutical company and named a top 250 legal expert in cannabis by Databird Research Journal. Richard teaches cannabis law as an adjunct at UNT School of Law.

      Jerry Abiog

      By Jerry Abiog, Improve Your Profitability With AI |

      Data is the fuel that drives growth for your cannabis business whether you are a grower, manufacturer, brand, or dispensary. By nature, the highly regulated and fragmented industry of cannabis generates tons of data. However, many don’t know how to leverage it to improve management decisions and customer experience which can lead to improving top and bottom-line growth. This talk will cover how using the predictive power of AI can help your business gain a competitive advantage

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      Jerry Abiog

      Improve Your Profitability With AI |

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      Jerry Abiog has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience and serves as a Co-Founder & CMO of Standard Insights, an AI as a Service analytics and marketing platform. They help businesses leverage their first-party data to build their competitive moat. He has written articles for Marijuana Venture, spoken on numerous podcasts, and given talks on AI and marketing. Recently, his company was included in the 2022 CannaTech Services Providers Ecosystem.

      Johnathan McFarlane

      By Johnathan McFarlane, Hierarchy of Loyalty: Advanced Marketing Tactics to Power Growth and Increase Revenue |

      You know the saying; it’s far easier to keep a customer than get a new one. But loyalty isn’t just about repeat business. You must create such a positive impact on your customer that they sing your praises to everyone in their orbit. In this session, we’ll analyze new market research that supports a hierarchical model of loyalty. Whether you’re a retailer, brand, or B2B business, you’ll learn marketing tactics and techniques that can be used to build and maintain the loyalty of your customers.

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      Johnathan McFarlane

      Hierarchy of Loyalty: Advanced Marketing Tactics to Power Growth and Increase Revenue |

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      Johnathan is the Director of Strategy at Hybrid Marketing Co, the world’s largest cannabis-focused marketing agency. He builds creative branding, marketing and advertising solutions that are tied to business goals. B2B, B2C, dispensaries, brands, you name it, he’s done it! Johnathan's passion lies in helping Hybrid’s clients grow, (and avoid the many, many mistakes he’s made across his long career in this industry).

      Elizabeth Michael

      By Elizabeth Michael, It’s Complicated: Advertising Cannabis |

      You know you wanna, but can you? Well, it’s complicated. Cannabis advertisers have more to worry about than most brands. They need to consider FCC guidelines, federal and state regulations, and advertising company restrictions, too. Many media companies, like Meta and Google, have banned cannabis advertising altogether. In this session, you will walk away with an understanding of the current advertising landscape for the cannabis industry and five tactics that will help you gain an edge.

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      Elizabeth Michael

      It’s Complicated: Advertising Cannabis |

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      Never one to shy away from a challenge, Elizabeth Michael, M.B.A. believes in dreaming bigger, living larger and achieving more. She brings this attitude to her advertising and marketing client work with Bud Agency. She formed Bud in 2018 after working in a large ad agency that couldn't service cannabis client due to government contracts. Her partners and she purpose-built Bud for the cannabis industry and its unique challenges.

      Rose Taylor

      By Rose Taylor, Tax & Accounting issues: 4 years post SQ 788 |

      Did you know the IRS can deny deductions completely if
      you are operating without good records? Also since there
      are no “deductions” in cannabis it’s important that your
      cost of goods sold is flowing properly through inventory
      which is a business asset
      ■ Under an audit having actual receipts looks great. You can
      try to recreate your expenses from a bank or credit card
      statement… but what if they are paid in cash? Part of our
      monthly bookkeeping for clients includes electronic
      receipt storage

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      Rose Taylor

      Tax & Accounting issues: 4 years post SQ 788 |

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      University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Business Management. Since then, she has worked with public and private companies ranging from small businesses to multi-million dollar corporations. Rose is no stranger to the cannabis industry; she loves the challenges it brings. She loves pursuing new knowledge, collaborating, and using her creative problem solving skills to set herself apart from other business professionals. Over her career, she has owned multiple businesses and had vested partnership interests in retail, B2B, e-commerce, and real estate companies. As an Enrolled Agent and accountant, Rose’s entrepreneurial experience and exposure to companies of all sizes provides her with a unique perspective compared to most in the industry. She brings exceptional knowledge to the table when it comes to advising and representing her clients’ best interests.

      Derek Stucki

      By Derek Stucki, Cannabis odor – Public Enemy #1 |

      Odor is the industry’s biggest public-facing problem – and we are not winning. We will define the current challenge and look at the coming regulatory impact on odor control. A deep dive into why people complain about odor and why it’s complicated is next. Explore available odor control technologies and see what’s working and what’s not. Understand the science of odor elimination. Leave attendees with a clear understanding of challenges and solutions around cannabis odor.

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      Derek Stucki

      Cannabis odor – Public Enemy #1 |

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      Derek is passionate about helping the industry overcome its biggest obstacle – odor. A veteran in the battle against odor from industrial waste to cannabis. As VP of Business Development for Cannabusters, his mission is to help the industry win the odor game.

      James Thorburn

      By James Thorburn, The Importance of Zoning in Cannabis Operations |

      This presentation will identify the high-level role zoning laws play in cannabis operations.
      It will provide a business owner with resources the business owner can use to navigate and comply with local zoning ordinances.
      It will explore common requirements imposed by local jurisdictions and the steps a business can take to comply with those requirements.
      It will explore how a business owner can come into compliance if the business has been issued a notice by state or local regulators

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      James Thorburn

      The Importance of Zoning in Cannabis Operations |

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      Jim has received national recognition as a lead litigating attorney in the cannabis industry’s highest profile cases, including Standing Akimbo v. United States, in which United States Supreme Court Justice Thomas calls into question federal regulation of cannabis legalization. Jim also has thirty years of experience in land use and construction and applies this expertise to the cannabis industry. His clients include some of the biggest names in the industry.

      Seth Gardenswartz

      By Seth Gardenswartz, How To Brand and Market Your Cannabis Business |

      This session is focused on the marketing and branding a cannabis business. It will explain how to develop and protect a strong brand with state and federal trademarks. We will demystify the complicated rules around marketing cannabis businesses, with an emphasis on navigating the “community guidelines” of the relevant social media platforms without being “shadowbanned”. Included will be a marketing strategy template, which you can customize into your own marketing plan.

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      Seth Gardenswartz

      How To Brand and Market Your Cannabis Business |

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      Seth Gardenswartz has spent the past 20 years at the intersection of marketing, technology, and the law. He started is career in a large firm in Denver colorado before going in-house as a Chief Business Development officer and general counsel for a tech startup. In 2014 Seth and Candice Owens cofounded Blackgarden Law as a boutique business law firm. Seth is a frequent speaker at tech, entertainment, craft beverage, and cannabis events and represents clients all over the country.

      Joseph Zahaitis

      By Joseph Zahaitis, The State of Cannabis – A Payments Perspective |

      – Current state of cannabis payments (Best Practices do’s and don’ts)
      – Payment considerations (things to watch out for)
      – Payment considerations (things to LOOK for)
      – Simple banking considerations (some more do’s and don’ts)
      – Crypto
      – Wallets
      – Credit Cards

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      Joseph Zahaitis

      The State of Cannabis – A Payments Perspective |

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      Learn about the key issues facing cannabis retailers from someone who has been doing this for over 29 years, with a focus on removing as much cash from the equation as possible. Join us for some very “un-varnished” discussion about the options facing the industry today and how business owners can prepare themselves for the future. With Joe’s extensive experience in the payment industry, he will share both facts and his observations of the industry highlighting best practices for payment acceptance. Bankcard International Group (BIG) is a boutique merchant services payment processor based in Vancouver WA focused on servicing higher risk payment processing clients, with a particular focus on the cannabis industry. With a management team that has been helping clients for over a decade with their cannabis related business based on an honest approach to this unique and growing industry.

      John Hartsell

      By John Hartsell, Technology in the Cannabis Packaging Space |

      Supply chain issues are some of the hardest challenges for businesses to overcome today. In the highly regulated cannabis industry, these difficulties are augmented due to state-by-state laws, the fluctuation in organic cannabis matter over time, and the complexities of compliance regulations. However, early planning, coupled with the right technology and automation, can help businesses navigate the cannabis supply chain effectively. Attendees will learn how to develop a sophisticated logistics plan to mitigate risk and propel operations forward. A comprehensive overview of the different types of technologies available and how to integrate them into an operation’s seed-to-sale processes to ensure both quality and compliance will also be covered, including the impact of state weights and measures laws.

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      John Hartsell

      Technology in the Cannabis Packaging Space |

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      John “Harts” Hartsell is the charismatic co-founder and CEO of DIZPOT, a leading-edge global cannabis packaging company providing customers operating in highly regulated markets with a single source branding, packaging, and proprietary technology solution, bringing products to market compliantly and quickly in the highly competitive CPG environment. Hartsell is actively involved on a state and federal level with lobbying and political activities that move the industry forward.

      Kasey McClurg

      By Kasey McClurg, THC and Hypertension: Why Marijuana Should Be Used Cautiously with Diagnosed Hypertension |

      As marijuana has grown in popularity as a therapeutic supplement, marijuana users and hypertensive patients are beginning to overlap. If marijuana gets the user high by causing the user to “mellow out,” would marijuana be an effective tool in the management of clinical hypertension? Half of the US population is clinically hypertensive, so understanding the triphasic effect of THC on blood pressure is critical to keep users safe.

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      Kasey McClurg

      THC and Hypertension: Why Marijuana Should Be Used Cautiously with Diagnosed Hypertension |

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      Kasey McClurg is completing her PhD in nutritional biochemistry where she focuses her research on supplements, alcohol, and cannabis nutrition. She uses her experience as a former Colorado cop to debunk many myths of these "vice" nutrients that is entangled in puritanical cultural norms and uninformed medical integrations. No bull. No bush-wacking. Just real research for real people.

      Francesca Vavala

      By Francesca Vavala, No One Grows Alone: The Sales Approach that Can Save Cannabis Business |

      While the stigma around cannabis is breaking, the stigmas inside the industry hold businesses back. Francesca shares an elevated mindset and practical applications that take companies from surviving to thriving. How? By making professional sales the second priority in their business. She challenges the status quo of current sales models and shows the audience how to improve revenues immediately, strengthen brand identity, and build long term success.

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      Francesca Vavala

      No One Grows Alone: The Sales Approach that Can Save Cannabis Business |

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      Francesca is the President of The Sales Joint, a sales agency that helps bring professional sales strategies, tools, and best practices to the cannabis industry on behalf of cannabis producers. With a background in education and sales, she believes that an effective, strong sales cycle is tied to better patient care as well as better business. Her team's five years of national sales success is rooted in her company's core philosophy, "no one grows alone."

      Teresa Kearney

      By Teresa Kearney, Protecting Your Green: Utilizing Payroll, HR and Timekeeping to Keep Your Cannabis Operation Compliant |

      For those knowledgeable in cannabis but not as strong in back office practices, this session is for you. Learn the simple processes that will keep you legally compliant and help your cannabis business run smoothly. Often overlooked, Payroll, HR and Timekeeping can drive your business to success or failure. Learn the essentials from a payroll professional. Teresa will discuss 1099 vs. W2, employee handbooks and job descriptions, HR/OSHA compliance and more.

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      Teresa Kearney

      Protecting Your Green: Utilizing Payroll, HR and Timekeeping to Keep Your Cannabis Operation Compliant |

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      Teresa Kearney is the VP of Sales for Panacea Payroll. Panacea is solely focused on providing Payroll, HR and Timekeeping systems to the cannabis industry. Teresa earned a B.S. in Education at Indiana Univ. of PA and completed graduate study in Psychology at Texas A&M University. While residing in multiple states in the US, she has worked in a variety of fields. Teresa had been in payroll for 8 years before applying her extensive skill set to the growing cannabis industry for the past 4+ years.

      Trevor Shanklin

      By Trevor Shanklin, Supply Chain Solutions in the Cannabis industry |

      Getting your product from your facility to your clients is one of the most overlooked aspects of the cannabis supply chain. Tactical Transportation has a solution for you. Learn how Tactical can support you and your growing business from order fulfillment, cash and inventory management, sales support, transportation, and more.

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      Trevor Shanklin

      Supply Chain Solutions in the Cannabis industry |

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      "Trevor Shanklin is a decorated, disabled combat veteran of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He served as a Recruiting and Retention NCO and then a Combat Medic with the 1/279 Infantry Battalion while deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. Trevor completed his B.S degree from Rogers State University and has worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, State and municipal government, and Fortune 500 companies. He currently resides in Nowata county with his wife and 3 daughters.

      Lee Vernon

      By Lee Vernon, The Cannabis Entrepreneur: 5 KEY COMPONENTS TO BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS FOUNDATION |

      They say, “If you build it, they will come”. That is further from the truth, especially in the cannabis business industry. 80% of all new businesses are OUT of business within 2-5 years due to that mindset. Having owned 13 startup companies, there are 5 key essential rules to starting up or building a business that have helped me go from an initial concept to seven plus figures in revenue with multiple companies. I will share the 5 main components to building a solid business foundation in the cannabis market that will put you ahead of the competition and significantly increase your odds of having a successful and profitable cannabis business. These are lessons that have been learned the hard way in the new evolving cannabis market that will save you time, frustration, and money when it comes to owning or starting a business in this incredible market. If you are thinking about getting into the cannabis industry or if you’re looking to grow your current business, this workshop is not to be missed!

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      Lee Vernon

      The Cannabis Entrepreneur: 5 KEY COMPONENTS TO BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS FOUNDATION |

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      Lee Vernon believes a holistic journey is a better option to bring relief to those who struggle with various physical and mental issues. As a first responder with over 27 years of experience, Lee Vernon established First Responder Fuel in 2019 to develop hemp-infused products that are higher in quality and purity, making it our mission to treat our customers like family, with compassion, integrity, and honesty. Lee also does speaking engagements for various fortune 500 companies and conferences.

      Zac Northcutt

      By Zac Northcutt, Simple Steps to Avoid Government Fees & Penalties |

      Government regulations abound in our industry. As a cannabis employer, there are requirements you must meet in order to stay in business. Messing up in one of these areas can revoke your OMMA license and include possible jail time. In this seminar, you will walk away knowing:
      – Which employment laws apply as a cannabis employer
      – How to stay in compliance with the law (easier than you think)
      – Penalties for doing it wrong
      – Where to find answers to questions

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      Zac Northcutt

      Simple Steps to Avoid Government Fees & Penalties |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Zac Northcutt, an Oklahoma native, received a BBA in Human Resources Management from Baylor University. Through is career he has managed a wide range of projects from staffing nuclear power plants to navigating international employment law with Poland. His well-versed background has given Zac a unique perspective on a myriad of HR issues. Zac is President & Founder of UPsource PEO, a company focused on providing creative business solutions to the cannabis industry.

      Chip Schweiger

      By Chip Schweiger, The 11 Basics Every Cannapreneur Should Know About Cannabis Accounting |

      Companies operating in cannabis, hemp and CBD can face very stringent regulations and requirements. From federal taxation complexities to state seed-to-sale tracking requirements, your passion for the plant can be quickly tempered by incorrect or incomplete accounting. In this crash course, we’ll discuss the 11 basics every cannapreneur should know about accounting for your cannabusiness. Whether you’re new to the industry or a canna-veteran, you’re sure to find this session fun and informative!

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      Chip Schweiger

      The 11 Basics Every Cannapreneur Should Know About Cannabis Accounting |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Chip is the Founder and Managing Member of the Schweiger CPA Firm PLLC. Known at The Green Leaf CPA℠, his firm helps cannabis, hemp and CBD businesses stay on the right side of tax, accounting and compliance rules. He's a 28-year veteran of the accounting industry with stints at Big 4, global and large local public accounting firms where his leadership responsibilities have included office management and national industry roles. He is an award-winning author, and a speaker and podcast host.

      Paul Dudley

      By Paul Dudley, MicroClimate Systems for Growers – Initial Planning Creates Operational Efficiency & Savings |

      CEA (Controlled Environmental Agriculture) is a technology-based approach toward production. CEA optimizes resources such as water, energy, space, capital, and labor. Upon planning and design of a facility, choosing an integrated MicroClimate System vastly reduces monthly operating costs utilizing less energy, less maintenance, less labor and reduced initial capital outlay.
      This review will identify how to reach maximum operational efficiency along with lowering your initial cap-ex.

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      Paul Dudley

      MicroClimate Systems for Growers – Initial Planning Creates Operational Efficiency & Savings |

      Presentation Abstract:
      About:
      Paul graduated from the University of Oklahoma with BS in Information Systems. After graduating, he worked in the Commodity Management & Field Automation groups for Texaco Natural Gas, Commodity Trading group for Texaco NGL. He then started CSInc in Tulsa, OK focusing on engineering and software consulting in high-rate data field collection systems and production data analytics. After 12 years, he sold the company and has been a consultant providing I.P. evaluation, SaaS solutions in the Cloud,

      Christopher Eggers

      Cannabis Physical Security and Common Pitfalls

      By Christopher Eggers, |

      Chris explains what is commonly required of Cannabis Businesses applying for a license. He understands deeply local law enforcements role in the Cannabis space, and how to mitigate risk. Chris looks beyond alarms, cameras, and guards and is able to help businesses avoid common pitfalls and avoid unnecessary risk.

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      Christopher Eggers

      Cannabis Physical Security and Common Pitfalls
      |

      Presentation Abstract:
      Chris explains what is commonly required of Cannabis Businesses applying for a license. He understands deeply local law enforcements role in the Cannabis space, and how to mitigate risk. Chris looks beyond alarms, cameras, and guards and is able to help businesses avoid common pitfalls and avoid unnecessary risk.
      About:
      Chris Eggers recently left a 12+ year career in Law Enforcement and spent time working undercover in Oakland, California. Chris is an expert in burglary and robbery prevention. What separates Chris from other consultants in his space, is his inside knowledge, gained from admitted offenders who taught Chris what they look for when targeting a person or business. Chris is uniquely qualified to protect your Cannabis business. Chris has spoken at multiple Social Equity Boot Camps around the US,

      Tamera Rice

      What to consider before planting your first seed

      By Tamera Rice, Integrating Cannabinoids |

      A “Farm Guide” will be provided with guidance on what to consider from compliance to genetics to drying your hemp.
      Guidance for buying hemp derived products for retailers and manufacturers.
      How to vet a CBD supplier.

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      Tamera Rice

      What to consider before planting your first seed
      Integrating Cannabinoids |

      Presentation Abstract:
      A "Farm Guide" will be provided with guidance on what to consider from compliance to genetics to drying your hemp. Guidance for buying hemp derived products for retailers and manufacturers. How to vet a CBD supplier.
      About:
      We are a supplier of hemp products. Supply chain solutions for hemp farm, extract labs, manufacturing and retailers of hemp products We sell compliant hemp products and provide consulting for companies looking to become compliant.

      Michael Weinstein

      Cooking Demo: CBD Infused Green Extra Virgin Olive Oil/Roasted Beet Hummus w/Hemp Infused Gremalata & Toasted Hemp Seeds

      By Michael Weinstein, |

      Learn to cook mouthwatering hemp dishes with renowned Chef Michael Weinstein. Learn step by step as Chef Weinstein takes you on a culinary hemp journey, from the process of decarboxylation to get CBD from the hemp flower to infusing oils for cooking all the way to creating a gourmet hemp-infused meal. Chef Weinstein has been a fixture in the Texas culinary scene for over 20 years, and has appeared on national TV and in print with his original line of Dread Head Chef products. He continues to develop the brand, inspired by the medicinal potential of CBD, merged with his love of the cannabis plant and cooking.

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      Michael Weinstein

      Cooking Demo: CBD Infused Green Extra Virgin Olive Oil/Roasted Beet Hummus w/Hemp Infused Gremalata & Toasted Hemp Seeds
      |

      Presentation Abstract:
      Learn how to cook with Hemp Flower. From the process of decarboxylation to get CBD from the flower, to infusing oils for cooking, this demo starts with a basic tutorial on infusing Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then turning it a deep emerald green utilizing the blanching of carrot tops or basil (impress your friends!) and a bit of patience. Depending on the length of the demo, we can move into a recipe for Beet Hummus, which uses the Green CBD Oil to make the Gremalata as a topping.
      About:
      Chef Michael Weinstein has been a fixture in the Texas culinary scene for over 20 years, and has appeared on national TV and in print with his original line of Dread Head Chef products. Chef has continued to develop the brand, inspired by the medicinal potential of CBD, merged with his love of the cannabis plant and cooking. The natural birth of the "Chef meets Scientist" is realized in his latest line of CBD Infused Chef driven Edibles and Tinctures.

      James Johnson

      Hemp 101

      By James Johnson, Cannabis 101 |

      If you’re new to the cannabis space, there are some fundamentals you should understand prior to getting involved. During this session we will cover certain Federal Regulations in regard to cannabis in addition to the different types of products extracted from the plant and how they’re used for both medical and industrial purposes. We will also cover testing and how it ties into setting prices for your products along with some lessons learned. Lastly, we will cover some reputable companies you may consider contacting.

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      James Johnson

      Hemp 101
      Cannabis 101 |

      Presentation Abstract:
      If you’re new to the cannabis space, there are some fundamentals you should understand prior to getting involved. During this session we will cover certain Federal Regulations in regard to cannabis in addition to the different types of products extracted from the plant and how they’re used for both medical and industrial purposes. We will also cover testing and how it ties into setting prices for your products along with some lessons learned. Lastly, we will cover some reputable companies you may consider contacting.
      About:

      Charlie Piermarini

      CBD: An Viable Opioid Alternative

      By Charlie Piermarini, Cannabis: An Opioid Alternative |

      Both patients and providers are sometimes left helpless with pain management options. Many patients are using CBD to help with their pain, but how does it work and what does the research show? How do you approach your medical provider about starting CBD?

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      Charlie Piermarini

      CBD: An Viable Opioid Alternative
      Cannabis: An Opioid Alternative |

      Presentation Abstract:
      Both patients and providers are sometimes left helpless with pain management options. Many patients are using CBD to help with their pain, but how does it work and what does the research show? How do you approach your medical provider about starting CBD?
      About:
      I have been a practicing Physician Assistant for 5 years and 4 of those years have been in pain management. I have seen first hand how the opioid epidemic has affected BOTH the patient and the providers. I have seen first hand how CBD helps my patients. I started my CBD company, Restorative CBD, to ensure patients have access to quality products and the higher doses that a lot of pain patients require.

      Stephen Raisner

      How Aquaponic Production can Increase Flavor, Speed of Growth & Profits

      By Stephen Raisner, |

      All-natural, organic, pesticide-free, greenhouse, indoor, outdoor, and or conventionally grown cannabis all seem to be buzzwords, but why does it matter? Cannabis has become a massive industry, much of which relies on indoor, energy-intensive growing; heavy doses of pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, and rodenticides According to a report by Grand View Research, Inc. global consumer cannabis spending is expected to skyrocket o $73.6 billion by 2027 organic cannabis is more important than ever.

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      Stephen Raisner

      How Aquaponic Production can Increase Flavor, Speed of Growth & Profits
      |

      Presentation Abstract:
      All-natural, organic, pesticide-free, greenhouse, indoor, outdoor, and or conventionally grown cannabis all seem to be buzzwords, but why does it matter? Cannabis has become a massive industry, much of which relies on indoor, energy-intensive growing; heavy doses of pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, and rodenticides According to a report by Grand View Research, Inc. global consumer cannabis spending is expected to skyrocket o $73.6 billion by 2027 organic cannabis is more important than ever.
      About:
      Potent Ponics has been building and helping Aquaponic Cannabis Farms for over 5 years around the world including Canada, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, South Africa, across the United States and else where. We provide Education, Training, SOPs, Designs, Business Plans, and much more at APMJClass.com and a wide range of fish safe nutrients and nutrient kits based on your system size as well as nutrient management services at APMJNutes.com. Host of the Growing with Fishes Podcast.

      Johnathan McFarlane

      The Cannabis Marketing Pyramid: A Step-By-Step Process to Creating a Winning Cannabis Brand

      By Johnathan McFarlane, |

      Johnathan is the Director or Strategy for Hybrid Marketing Co, a cannabis-specialized agency whose clients include an impressive roster of companies across the US and Canada. He established himself as a marketing leader in the Canadian market, working with industry heavyweights like Aurora, Canopy, and Tilray. Johnathan prides himself on finding creative solutions to the marketing and advertising restrictions faced by the cannabis industry .

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      Johnathan McFarlane

      The Cannabis Marketing Pyramid: A Step-By-Step Process to Creating a Winning Cannabis Brand
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      Presentation Abstract:
      Welcome to the new WILD WEST of marketing: the cannabis industry! Boundaries and restrictions force cannabis marketers to think creatively and take big risks. In this session, we’ll explore the strategies, tactics, and tools that you can implement in your own business. From foundational to advanced, this session provides the audience a step-by-step process to creating a winning cannabis brand.
      About:
      Johnathan is the Director or Strategy for Hybrid Marketing Co, a cannabis-specialized agency whose clients include an impressive roster of companies across the US and Canada. He established himself as a marketing leader in the Canadian market, working with industry heavyweights like Aurora, Canopy, and Tilray. Johnathan prides himself on finding creative solutions to the marketing and advertising restrictions faced by the cannabis industry.

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