Schedule of Events

Cannabis Conference

Times, sessions and speakers are subject to change.

General Session
10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Registration Opens

All-Access Pass
10:00 AM – 11:10 AM
Workshop: Lessons in Franchising Your Cannabis Business

Topic: Cultivation & Dispensary


All-Access Pass
10:00 AM – 11:10 AM
Workshop: Bugology: What It Takes to Succeed Using Biological Control

Topic: Cultivation

Learn the various predatory mites commercially available for specific crop pests; and gain insights into the ways quality control, environmental conditions and interactions with plants each play a part in successfully eradicating pests via natural enemies. 


All-Access Pass
10:00 AM – 11:10 AM
Workshop: The Cost Analysis of In-House Processing vs. Outsourced Extraction Services

Topic: Extraction


All-Access Pass
11:20 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop: Manage Your Supply Chain More Efficiently 

Topic: Cultivation & Dispensary


All-Access Pass
11:20 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop: How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Cannabis's Most Troublesome Diseases

Topic: Cultivation


All-Access Pass
11:20 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop: Essential Steps to Properly Set Up Your Extraction Facility for Maximum Safety, Compliance, Efficiency and Productivity

Topic: Extraction


All-Access Pass
12:30 PM – 1:25 PM
Networking Lunch in Session Room

General Session
1:35 PM – 2:25 PM
Welcome Keynote

 


Cultivation
2:35 PM – 3:25 PM
Tissue Culture vs. Growing From Seeds

Advantages and limitations of each method of crop production, plus tried-and-true strategies for maximizing both.


Cultivation
2:35 PM – 3:25 PM
Master Large-Scale Cultivation
This cultivator panel shares insights into what it takes to run a large-scale cultivation business. Topics will include: labor and workflow processes, equipment, automation and technologies, maximizing canopy space and yield (including vertical farming), and lessons learned. Leave with the know-how and confidence to start scaling up your operation and your career.   

Dispensary
2:35 PM – 3:25 PM
Retail Store Design and Product Merchandising Tactics That Boost Sales

Capturing the right atmosphere for your dispensary is the first key to growing your business. Learn how to create or improve your retail space for maximizing sales—from curb appeal, to in-store traffic flow, atmosphere, product displays, lighting, point-of-purchase displays, and more.


General Session
2:35 PM – 3:25 PM
Tips for Creating a Winning License Application

 


General Session
3:25 PM – 4:20 PM
Networking Break

General Session
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

Cultivation
4:25 PM – 5:30 PM
How to Launch a Profitable Cannabis Cultivation Business

 


Cultivation
4:25 PM – 5:30 PM
Lighting Research Intensive: How Spectrum Influences Plant Characteristics and Development

 


Dispensary
4:25 PM – 5:30 PM
How to Launch a Profitable Cannabis Dispensary

Learn the various predatory mites commercially available for specific crop pests. In this workshop, you’ll gain insights into the ways quality control, environmental conditions and interactions with plants each play a part in successfully eradicating pests via natural enemies.


Dispensary
4:25 PM – 5:30 PM
Making Cents: Tips for Banking, Cash Handling, Credit Card Processing and Cryptocurrency  

 


General Session
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Networking/Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall

General Session
10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Registration Opens

General Session
1:35 PM – 2:25 PM
Welcome Keynote

 


Cultivation
2:35 PM – 3:25 PM
Tissue Culture vs. Growing From Seeds

Advantages and limitations of each method of crop production, plus tried-and-true strategies for maximizing both.


Cultivation
2:35 PM – 3:25 PM
Master Large-Scale Cultivation
This cultivator panel shares insights into what it takes to run a large-scale cultivation business. Topics will include: labor and workflow processes, equipment, automation and technologies, maximizing canopy space and yield (including vertical farming), and lessons learned. Leave with the know-how and confidence to start scaling up your operation and your career.   

General Session
2:35 PM – 3:25 PM
Tips for Creating a Winning License Application

 


General Session
3:25 PM – 4:20 PM
Networking Break

General Session
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

Cultivation
4:25 PM – 5:30 PM
How to Launch a Profitable Cannabis Cultivation Business

 


Cultivation
4:25 PM – 5:30 PM
Lighting Research Intensive: How Spectrum Influences Plant Characteristics and Development

 


General Session
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Networking/Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall

General Session
10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Registration Opens

General Session
1:35 PM – 2:25 PM
Welcome Keynote

 


Dispensary
2:35 PM – 3:25 PM
Retail Store Design and Product Merchandising Tactics That Boost Sales

Capturing the right atmosphere for your dispensary is the first key to growing your business. Learn how to create or improve your retail space for maximizing sales—from curb appeal, to in-store traffic flow, atmosphere, product displays, lighting, point-of-purchase displays, and more.


General Session
2:35 PM – 3:25 PM
Tips for Creating a Winning License Application

 


General Session
3:25 PM – 4:20 PM
Networking Break

General Session
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

Dispensary
4:25 PM – 5:30 PM
How to Launch a Profitable Cannabis Dispensary

Learn the various predatory mites commercially available for specific crop pests. In this workshop, you’ll gain insights into the ways quality control, environmental conditions and interactions with plants each play a part in successfully eradicating pests via natural enemies.


Dispensary
4:25 PM – 5:30 PM
Making Cents: Tips for Banking, Cash Handling, Credit Card Processing and Cryptocurrency  

 


General Session
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Networking/Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall

All-Access Pass
10:00 AM – 11:10 AM
Workshop: Lessons in Franchising Your Cannabis Business

Topic: Cultivation & Dispensary


All-Access Pass
10:00 AM – 11:10 AM
Workshop: Bugology: What It Takes to Succeed Using Biological Control

Topic: Cultivation

Learn the various predatory mites commercially available for specific crop pests; and gain insights into the ways quality control, environmental conditions and interactions with plants each play a part in successfully eradicating pests via natural enemies. 


All-Access Pass
10:00 AM – 11:10 AM
Workshop: The Cost Analysis of In-House Processing vs. Outsourced Extraction Services

Topic: Extraction


All-Access Pass
11:20 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop: Manage Your Supply Chain More Efficiently 

Topic: Cultivation & Dispensary


All-Access Pass
11:20 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop: How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Cannabis's Most Troublesome Diseases

Topic: Cultivation


All-Access Pass
11:20 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop: Essential Steps to Properly Set Up Your Extraction Facility for Maximum Safety, Compliance, Efficiency and Productivity

Topic: Extraction


All-Access Pass
12:30 PM – 1:25 PM
Networking Lunch in Session Room

General Session
9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Registration Opens

General Session
9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Opens

General Session
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 

General Session
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Hemp-Derived CBD: Should It Be in Your Future?

Understanding the hemp-derived CBD market and how to leverage the popularity and accessibility of hemp-derived CBD in THC markets. 


General Session
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Keynote Panel

 


Cultivation
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
 Nutrient Management

 


Cultivation
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Facility Design I: Indoor

 


General Session
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Improve Your Tax Strategy

Understanding the ins and outs of 280E while maximizing deductions and preparing for an audit.


Dispensary
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Starting and Succeeding with Cannabis Drive-Thrus, Online Ordering and Delivery Businesses

 


General Session
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall

General Session
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

Cultivation
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Facility Design II: Greenhouse

 


Cultivation
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Lower Your Cost Per Pound While Maximizing Yield    

 


General Session
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Learn to Navigate an Acquisition Deal

This year, the pressure on the market to consolidate is high. Many businesses are entering deals to be acquired (or to acquire other businesses) without proper legal counsel, and the end result can be less than ideal. It’s important to understand different partnerships (i.e., licensing, investments and options to structure these deals) and what to expect throughout the M&A process


Dispensary
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Foolproof SOPs and Employee Handbooks

Discover how to create standard operating procedures to ensure smooth and compliant dispensary operations throughout the supply chain, as well as consistently effective staff performance, whether you run one dispensary or 50. Learn from experts how to train your employees to utilize your SOPs and how managers can use SOPs to monitor and improve employee performance and ensure overall retail success. 


General Session
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

General Session
2:40 PM – 3:25 PM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

Cultivation
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
The Latest Data-Backed Research in Soil and Soilless Substrates

 


Dispensary
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Marketing That Works

From loyalty programs, to email marketing, social media best practices, advertising and more advanced techniques, find out what strategies will help you drive more traffic and build a bigger base of repeat customers.


General Session
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
The Biggest Legal Pitfalls Cannabis Businesses Encounter and How to Avoid Them

From product liability to state and local compliance (including risks from wrongdoing by partners/suppliers and employees (e.g., theft/diversion, serving loopers) to HR issues), ensure you are protected from seed to sale. Plus, how to prepare for “worst-case scenarios” that cannabis business owners encounter (including raids, consumer lawsuits, criminal offenses) before they arise.


Cultivation
3:30 PM – 4:05 PM
Part I: Cannabis Labs Primer: Pesticide Compliance and Best Practices    

 


Cultivation
4:05 PM – 4:30 PM
Part II: Cannabis Labs Primer: What You Need to Know About Testing Protocols 

 


Cultivation
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Are Your Profit Margins Driving You to Bankruptcy?

Find out how to determine what profit margins you need to operate a profitable cultivation business over the long term, and how to establish costs in line with your profit goals. 


General Session
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Science That Sells: Debunking the Sativa and Indica Myths and Instead Focusing on Terpenoids, Cannabinoids and Flavonoids  

 


Cultivation
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Innovative Growing Techniques

Learn about alternative cultivation methods, such as dry farming, aeroponics, hugelkultur and living soil indoors, and discover if they have a place at your operation.


Dispensary
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Your Profit Margins Driving You to Bankruptcy?

How determine what profit margins you need to operate a profitable dispensary business over the long term, and how to establish costs in line with your profit goals. 


General Session
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Networking/Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall

General Session
9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Registration Opens

General Session
9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Opens

General Session
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 

General Session
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Hemp-Derived CBD: Should It Be in Your Future?

Understanding the hemp-derived CBD market and how to leverage the popularity and accessibility of hemp-derived CBD in THC markets. 


General Session
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Keynote Panel

 


Cultivation
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
 Nutrient Management

 


Cultivation
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Facility Design I: Indoor

 


General Session
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Improve Your Tax Strategy

Understanding the ins and outs of 280E while maximizing deductions and preparing for an audit.


General Session
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall

General Session
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

Cultivation
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Facility Design II: Greenhouse

 


Cultivation
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Lower Your Cost Per Pound While Maximizing Yield    

 


General Session
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Learn to Navigate an Acquisition Deal

This year, the pressure on the market to consolidate is high. Many businesses are entering deals to be acquired (or to acquire other businesses) without proper legal counsel, and the end result can be less than ideal. It’s important to understand different partnerships (i.e., licensing, investments and options to structure these deals) and what to expect throughout the M&A process


General Session
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

General Session
2:40 PM – 3:25 PM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

Cultivation
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
The Latest Data-Backed Research in Soil and Soilless Substrates

 


General Session
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
The Biggest Legal Pitfalls Cannabis Businesses Encounter and How to Avoid Them

From product liability to state and local compliance (including risks from wrongdoing by partners/suppliers and employees (e.g., theft/diversion, serving loopers) to HR issues), ensure you are protected from seed to sale. Plus, how to prepare for “worst-case scenarios” that cannabis business owners encounter (including raids, consumer lawsuits, criminal offenses) before they arise.


Cultivation
3:30 PM – 4:05 PM
Part I: Cannabis Labs Primer: Pesticide Compliance and Best Practices    

 


Cultivation
4:05 PM – 4:30 PM
Part II: Cannabis Labs Primer: What You Need to Know About Testing Protocols 

 


Cultivation
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Are Your Profit Margins Driving You to Bankruptcy?

Find out how to determine what profit margins you need to operate a profitable cultivation business over the long term, and how to establish costs in line with your profit goals. 


General Session
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Science That Sells: Debunking the Sativa and Indica Myths and Instead Focusing on Terpenoids, Cannabinoids and Flavonoids  

 


Cultivation
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Innovative Growing Techniques

Learn about alternative cultivation methods, such as dry farming, aeroponics, hugelkultur and living soil indoors, and discover if they have a place at your operation.


General Session
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Networking/Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall

General Session
9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Registration Opens

General Session
9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Opens

General Session
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 

General Session
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Hemp-Derived CBD: Should It Be in Your Future?

Understanding the hemp-derived CBD market and how to leverage the popularity and accessibility of hemp-derived CBD in THC markets. 


General Session
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Keynote Panel

 


General Session
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Improve Your Tax Strategy

Understanding the ins and outs of 280E while maximizing deductions and preparing for an audit.


Dispensary
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Starting and Succeeding with Cannabis Drive-Thrus, Online Ordering and Delivery Businesses

 


General Session
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall

General Session
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

General Session
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Learn to Navigate an Acquisition Deal

This year, the pressure on the market to consolidate is high. Many businesses are entering deals to be acquired (or to acquire other businesses) without proper legal counsel, and the end result can be less than ideal. It’s important to understand different partnerships (i.e., licensing, investments and options to structure these deals) and what to expect throughout the M&A process


Dispensary
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Foolproof SOPs and Employee Handbooks

Discover how to create standard operating procedures to ensure smooth and compliant dispensary operations throughout the supply chain, as well as consistently effective staff performance, whether you run one dispensary or 50. Learn from experts how to train your employees to utilize your SOPs and how managers can use SOPs to monitor and improve employee performance and ensure overall retail success. 


General Session
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

General Session
2:40 PM – 3:25 PM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

Dispensary
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Marketing That Works

From loyalty programs, to email marketing, social media best practices, advertising and more advanced techniques, find out what strategies will help you drive more traffic and build a bigger base of repeat customers.


General Session
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
The Biggest Legal Pitfalls Cannabis Businesses Encounter and How to Avoid Them

From product liability to state and local compliance (including risks from wrongdoing by partners/suppliers and employees (e.g., theft/diversion, serving loopers) to HR issues), ensure you are protected from seed to sale. Plus, how to prepare for “worst-case scenarios” that cannabis business owners encounter (including raids, consumer lawsuits, criminal offenses) before they arise.


General Session
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Science That Sells: Debunking the Sativa and Indica Myths and Instead Focusing on Terpenoids, Cannabinoids and Flavonoids  

 


Dispensary
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Your Profit Margins Driving You to Bankruptcy?

How determine what profit margins you need to operate a profitable dispensary business over the long term, and how to establish costs in line with your profit goals. 


General Session
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Networking/Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall

General Session
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Registration Opens

General Session
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Opens

General Session
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 

General Session
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

General Session
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Global Cannabis and Your Role

With international cannabis a reality, Canada's legalization rollout, consolidation, buyouts and publicly traded companies: Are big businesses the future? How can small businesses survive? This expert panel will explore the outlook for the industry's small and big businesses—defining their role in our future.


General Session
10:50 AM – 11:50 AM
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall 

General Session
10:55 AM – 11:40 AM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

Cultivation
11:50 AM – 12:30 PM
Outdoor Workflow Efficiency for Large and Small Farms

Cultivation
11:50 AM – 12:30 PM
Cannabis Breeding: Methods, Ethics and Desired Outcomes

In this session, learn from the industry’s top breeding experts the advancements in high-end traditional and molecular cannabis breeding both for medical and adult-use markets; Listen in on a conversation about importance of breeding for production advantages—such as the disease resistance—in addition to desired cannabinoid and terpene profiles; and lastly, gather some pointers about partnering with breeders that hold ethical values aligned with yours, so that your cultivation business can succeed over the long term.  


Cultivation
11:50 AM – 12:30 PM
Improve Your Environmental Impact

From cutting your water usage by 50% or more with water reclamation, to tapping utility rebates, monitoring your utility bills (and evaluating your sources) for cost saving opportunities, improving your waste management, and much more, learn how to save money and operate a smarter, more sustainable and profitable cannabis cultivation operation. 


Dispensary
11:50 AM – 12:30 PM
Successfully Expand Your Medical Dispensary to the Adult-Use Market

Learn the essential considerations—from establishing/maintaining your core identity, logistics (parking, waiting room, expansion/buildouts) to product selection, lessons learned, common mistakes to avoid, and best practices—to ensure a successful transition.


General Session
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall

General Session
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

General Session
2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Closes

Cultivation
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Avoiding the Race to the Bottom

Strategies to help cannabis cultivation businesses combat market saturation and price dips, ensuring long-term business profitability. 


General Session
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Securing Investment Capital and Managing Investor Relations

Experts will teach you how to find and appeal to the right investors for your business, negotiate equitable deals, and navigate the challenges of investor expectations and “on the ground” realities during start up and expansion phases.  


General Session
3:00 PM
Event Concludes

General Session
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Registration Opens

General Session
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Opens

General Session
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 

General Session
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

General Session
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Global Cannabis and Your Role

With international cannabis a reality, Canada's legalization rollout, consolidation, buyouts and publicly traded companies: Are big businesses the future? How can small businesses survive? This expert panel will explore the outlook for the industry's small and big businesses—defining their role in our future.


General Session
10:50 AM – 11:50 AM
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall 

General Session
10:55 AM – 11:40 AM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

Cultivation
11:50 AM – 12:30 PM
Outdoor Workflow Efficiency for Large and Small Farms

Cultivation
11:50 AM – 12:30 PM
Cannabis Breeding: Methods, Ethics and Desired Outcomes

In this session, learn from the industry’s top breeding experts the advancements in high-end traditional and molecular cannabis breeding both for medical and adult-use markets; Listen in on a conversation about importance of breeding for production advantages—such as the disease resistance—in addition to desired cannabinoid and terpene profiles; and lastly, gather some pointers about partnering with breeders that hold ethical values aligned with yours, so that your cultivation business can succeed over the long term.  


Cultivation
11:50 AM – 12:30 PM
Improve Your Environmental Impact

From cutting your water usage by 50% or more with water reclamation, to tapping utility rebates, monitoring your utility bills (and evaluating your sources) for cost saving opportunities, improving your waste management, and much more, learn how to save money and operate a smarter, more sustainable and profitable cannabis cultivation operation. 


General Session
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall

General Session
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

General Session
2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Closes

Cultivation
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Avoiding the Race to the Bottom

Strategies to help cannabis cultivation businesses combat market saturation and price dips, ensuring long-term business profitability. 


General Session
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Securing Investment Capital and Managing Investor Relations

Experts will teach you how to find and appeal to the right investors for your business, negotiate equitable deals, and navigate the challenges of investor expectations and “on the ground” realities during start up and expansion phases.  


General Session
3:00 PM
Event Concludes

General Session
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Registration Opens

General Session
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Opens

General Session
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 

General Session
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

General Session
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Global Cannabis and Your Role

With international cannabis a reality, Canada's legalization rollout, consolidation, buyouts and publicly traded companies: Are big businesses the future? How can small businesses survive? This expert panel will explore the outlook for the industry's small and big businesses—defining their role in our future.


General Session
10:50 AM – 11:50 AM
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall 

General Session
10:55 AM – 11:40 AM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

Dispensary
11:50 AM – 12:30 PM
Successfully Expand Your Medical Dispensary to the Adult-Use Market

Learn the essential considerations—from establishing/maintaining your core identity, logistics (parking, waiting room, expansion/buildouts) to product selection, lessons learned, common mistakes to avoid, and best practices—to ensure a successful transition.


General Session
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall

General Session
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Technology & Solutions Session
Sponsored By

General Session
2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Closes

General Session
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Securing Investment Capital and Managing Investor Relations

Experts will teach you how to find and appeal to the right investors for your business, negotiate equitable deals, and navigate the challenges of investor expectations and “on the ground” realities during start up and expansion phases.  


General Session
3:00 PM
Event Concludes

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