Schedule of Events

Cannabis Conference 2019

Times, sessions and speakers are subject to change.

General Session
8:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Registration Opens

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

Expanding your dispensary or cultivation operation beyond a single location can grant you access to new markets and elevate your brand. But figuring out how to do that can be just as difficult as actually doing it. In this session, learn best practices and strategic insights from companies that have established themselves in multiple markets, including via franchising.




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

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

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

Whether you are operating as a craft grower, a large-scale production operation, a medical dispensary or an adult-use store, you depend on and are part of the cannabis supply chain. With a bevy of regulations, security protocols, logistics concerns and inventory management elements to think of, creating an effective supply chain can be daunting. In this in-depth session, experts will explain the ins and outs of the supply chain and ways to streamline processes and better manage inventory and orders.


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

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

Learn from leading industry specialists how to optimize your lab's design/layout, workflow and methods for minimum downtime and labor expense, as well as maximum yield, safety and compliance. You'll gather insights on: facility design and layout; product and solvent quality; inventory management; optimal equipment settings; workflow processes; method development essentials; equipment upkeep; and more.



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
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

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

Applying for a cannabis business license is the first and most crucial step in establishing or expanding your operation. Even in more open markets, where licenses are not severely limited in number, competition has increased by leaps and bounds. Plus, applications can be extremely intimidating, time consuming and confusing, not to mention expensive (and usually with non-refundable application fees). In this session, learn from experts—with proven track records of success in highly competitive markets—how to build a winning cannabis license application by understanding: common application mistakes, best practices to increase your chances of success, time/preparation and capital needs, the importance of building the right team and political connections, and local licensing particularities, among a host of other essential topics to help you in your efforts to win a license.





Cultivation
2:35 PM – 3:25 PM
Innovative Growing Techniques

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

General Session
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Technology & Solutions Session: Mobile Surveillance in the Cannabis Market
Sponsored By

Transporting cash and product can leave a company in a vulnerable position. Currently, there's a major focus on security within the Cannabis industry, but the surveillance aspect in a vehicle application hasn't been a top priority. In this session, we'll take a look into the current solutions available on the market and the future of mobile surveillance in the cannabis industry.



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

Anyone looking to launch a cannabis cultivation business quickly realizes that this industry is nothing like growing “green gold.” In this session, learn what it truly takes to be a successful cannabis cultivator from experts who’ve been through it all, from early stage financial planning to site selection, through working on compliance with authorities and agencies, facility design, unexpected construction costs, grow planning, packaging and wholesaling, team building and more.



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

Light is the engine for photosynthesis, but just as a high-performance car needs a steering wheel and driver to stay on the road, cannabis cultivators must steer the colors of light to control plant shape and quality. There are a plethora of claims about optimum light color for cannabis, but few rigorous studies have taken place. In this session, get a look at the early data—which indicates that we can predict basic cannabis responses to light from extensive university research on related species.




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

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

Banking access and compliance continues to be an issue for the cannabis industry. Learn from this leading, veteran college business professor how to overcome challenges in banking services related to cannabis sales transactions. Explore the traditional and non-traditional options that exist and which are most viable for your business--including digital currencies and services--to help transition most successfully from a cash-only business.



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

General Session
8:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Registration Opens

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

 


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

Applying for a cannabis business license is the first and most crucial step in establishing or expanding your operation. Even in more open markets, where licenses are not severely limited in number, competition has increased by leaps and bounds. Plus, applications can be extremely intimidating, time consuming and confusing, not to mention expensive (and usually with non-refundable application fees). In this session, learn from experts—with proven track records of success in highly competitive markets—how to build a winning cannabis license application by understanding: common application mistakes, best practices to increase your chances of success, time/preparation and capital needs, the importance of building the right team and political connections, and local licensing particularities, among a host of other essential topics to help you in your efforts to win a license.





Cultivation
2:35 PM – 3:25 PM
Innovative Growing Techniques

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

General Session
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Technology & Solutions Session: Mobile Surveillance in the Cannabis Market
Sponsored By

Transporting cash and product can leave a company in a vulnerable position. Currently, there's a major focus on security within the Cannabis industry, but the surveillance aspect in a vehicle application hasn't been a top priority. In this session, we'll take a look into the current solutions available on the market and the future of mobile surveillance in the cannabis industry.



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

Anyone looking to launch a cannabis cultivation business quickly realizes that this industry is nothing like growing “green gold.” In this session, learn what it truly takes to be a successful cannabis cultivator from experts who’ve been through it all, from early stage financial planning to site selection, through working on compliance with authorities and agencies, facility design, unexpected construction costs, grow planning, packaging and wholesaling, team building and more.



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

Light is the engine for photosynthesis, but just as a high-performance car needs a steering wheel and driver to stay on the road, cannabis cultivators must steer the colors of light to control plant shape and quality. There are a plethora of claims about optimum light color for cannabis, but few rigorous studies have taken place. In this session, get a look at the early data—which indicates that we can predict basic cannabis responses to light from extensive university research on related species.




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

General Session
8:00 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

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

Applying for a cannabis business license is the first and most crucial step in establishing or expanding your operation. Even in more open markets, where licenses are not severely limited in number, competition has increased by leaps and bounds. Plus, applications can be extremely intimidating, time consuming and confusing, not to mention expensive (and usually with non-refundable application fees). In this session, learn from experts—with proven track records of success in highly competitive markets—how to build a winning cannabis license application by understanding: common application mistakes, best practices to increase your chances of success, time/preparation and capital needs, the importance of building the right team and political connections, and local licensing particularities, among a host of other essential topics to help you in your efforts to win a license.





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

General Session
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Technology & Solutions Session: Mobile Surveillance in the Cannabis Market
Sponsored By

Transporting cash and product can leave a company in a vulnerable position. Currently, there's a major focus on security within the Cannabis industry, but the surveillance aspect in a vehicle application hasn't been a top priority. In this session, we'll take a look into the current solutions available on the market and the future of mobile surveillance in the cannabis industry.



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

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

Banking access and compliance continues to be an issue for the cannabis industry. Learn from this leading, veteran college business professor how to overcome challenges in banking services related to cannabis sales transactions. Explore the traditional and non-traditional options that exist and which are most viable for your business--including digital currencies and services--to help transition most successfully from a cash-only business.



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 Expanding and/or Franchising Your Cannabis Business

Expanding your dispensary or cultivation operation beyond a single location can grant you access to new markets and elevate your brand. But figuring out how to do that can be just as difficult as actually doing it. In this session, learn best practices and strategic insights from companies that have established themselves in multiple markets, including via franchising.




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

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

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

Whether you are operating as a craft grower, a large-scale production operation, a medical dispensary or an adult-use store, you depend on and are part of the cannabis supply chain. With a bevy of regulations, security protocols, logistics concerns and inventory management elements to think of, creating an effective supply chain can be daunting. In this in-depth session, experts will explain the ins and outs of the supply chain and ways to streamline processes and better manage inventory and orders.


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

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

Learn from leading industry specialists how to optimize your lab's design/layout, workflow and methods for minimum downtime and labor expense, as well as maximum yield, safety and compliance. You'll gather insights on: facility design and layout; product and solvent quality; inventory management; optimal equipment settings; workflow processes; method development essentials; equipment upkeep; and more.



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

General Session
8:30 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?

General Session
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Keynote Panel: Global Cannabis and Your Role

Cultivation
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Improve Your Nutrient Management Program

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

Indoor cultivation facility design has more facets to it than most people can imagine—from proper layout for maximizing efficiencies to designing HVAC and irrigation/fertigation systems, room setup for maximizing yield, pest-prevention and sanitary protocols, additional non-grow space you will need, and much more. Get a head start on designing your indoor facility or making adjustments as you evolve and/or expand.





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

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

Drive-thrus, online ordering and delivery are proven tools that help boost sales by making it easier and faster for customers to shop—whether they are medical patients with mobility challenges or parents who don't want to bring children into the dispensary, or simply consumers who know what they want and appreciate expedited ordering, pickup and delivery. Gain insights from experts on logistics to consider to get these operations up and running efficiently, plus what hurdles you might anticipate and how to overcome them, and also what you can do to help spread the word and encourage your customers to take advantage of these super-convenient ways to shop!


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

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

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

Greenhouses can be as simple as a hoophouse or nearly as complex as an indoor cultivation facility. The key is the structure harnesses the power of the sun to both light the canopy and moderate the temperature and humidity of the environment. In this session, learn from greenhouse operators and cannabis cultivation experts the tips, tricks and best practices of designing a greenhouse, ranging from ergonomics to automation and scaling workflow.



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

In this session, gain access to a wide range of techniques from leading experts on how to boost your production levels while minimizing costs. Major concepts that you’ll learn about include: Maximize yields through environmental manipulation, cultivar selection, plant nutrition optimization, workflow processes and facility design. You’ll also learn ways to reduce Labor with automation, workflow processes and facility design, as well as reduce input costs with automation, streamlined workflow processes, improved facility design and customized nutrient formulations.





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

This presentation will cover the basic principles of containerized crop production in soils and soilless substrates highlighting some pros and cons of each. We will also discuss various management practices associated with growing in controlled environment production systems. Recent science-based research trial data will be presented on topics including substrate physical properties, irrigation management, and pH effect on rooting and plant growth.



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

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 Testing: Pesticide Compliance and Best Practices

Understanding how regulators come to their decisions ultimately can help you craft a better pest control program. In this session, John Scott, Pesticide Section Chief at the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), offers an overview of how the CDA and other state agencies determine what pesticide products may be applied to cannabis, highlights different worker protection and regulatory issues facing the industry and explores challenges regulators must contend with when it comes to pesticides in Cannabis. Also learn how cultivators can ensure they are consistently compliant and up to date on pesticide-related regulatory changes.



Cultivation
4:05 PM – 4:30 PM
Part II: Cannabis Testing: Get a Grip On Your Lab Results

Operators that follow good manufacturing practices (GMPs) are better equipped to deal with the uncertainties of the current lab situation in the cannabis industry. In this session, learn how to:

  • Understand and predict lab results;
  • Identify the root cause of unexpected testing results to know if it stems from the operator or the lab; and
  • Provide documented history to refute claims or lab results.


Cultivation
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Quick-Fire Tips Session: Growing From Tissue Culture, Clones and Seeds

Cultivation
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM
The Cannabis Beverage Craze: Challenges and Opportunities

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  

Growing or recommending cannabis varieties via their botanical names (indica, sativa, hybrid) is not an accurate way of categorizing how a person might feel when consuming cannabis. Here, experts divulge why you should not be selecting (nor promoting to customers) varieties based solely on botanical characteristics, but instead by analyzing each cultivar's secondary metabolite make-up, such as cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids--and their "entourage effect."

 






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

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

General Session
8:30 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?

General Session
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Keynote Panel: Global Cannabis and Your Role

Cultivation
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Improve Your Nutrient Management Program

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

Indoor cultivation facility design has more facets to it than most people can imagine—from proper layout for maximizing efficiencies to designing HVAC and irrigation/fertigation systems, room setup for maximizing yield, pest-prevention and sanitary protocols, additional non-grow space you will need, and much more. Get a head start on designing your indoor facility or making adjustments as you evolve and/or expand.





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

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

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

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

Greenhouses can be as simple as a hoophouse or nearly as complex as an indoor cultivation facility. The key is the structure harnesses the power of the sun to both light the canopy and moderate the temperature and humidity of the environment. In this session, learn from greenhouse operators and cannabis cultivation experts the tips, tricks and best practices of designing a greenhouse, ranging from ergonomics to automation and scaling workflow.



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

In this session, gain access to a wide range of techniques from leading experts on how to boost your production levels while minimizing costs. Major concepts that you’ll learn about include: Maximize yields through environmental manipulation, cultivar selection, plant nutrition optimization, workflow processes and facility design. You’ll also learn ways to reduce Labor with automation, workflow processes and facility design, as well as reduce input costs with automation, streamlined workflow processes, improved facility design and customized nutrient formulations.





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

This presentation will cover the basic principles of containerized crop production in soils and soilless substrates highlighting some pros and cons of each. We will also discuss various management practices associated with growing in controlled environment production systems. Recent science-based research trial data will be presented on topics including substrate physical properties, irrigation management, and pH effect on rooting and plant growth.



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 Testing: Pesticide Compliance and Best Practices

Understanding how regulators come to their decisions ultimately can help you craft a better pest control program. In this session, John Scott, Pesticide Section Chief at the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), offers an overview of how the CDA and other state agencies determine what pesticide products may be applied to cannabis, highlights different worker protection and regulatory issues facing the industry and explores challenges regulators must contend with when it comes to pesticides in Cannabis. Also learn how cultivators can ensure they are consistently compliant and up to date on pesticide-related regulatory changes.



Cultivation
4:05 PM – 4:30 PM
Part II: Cannabis Testing: Get a Grip On Your Lab Results

Operators that follow good manufacturing practices (GMPs) are better equipped to deal with the uncertainties of the current lab situation in the cannabis industry. In this session, learn how to:

  • Understand and predict lab results;
  • Identify the root cause of unexpected testing results to know if it stems from the operator or the lab; and
  • Provide documented history to refute claims or lab results.


Cultivation
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Quick-Fire Tips Session: Growing From Tissue Culture, Clones and Seeds

Cultivation
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM
The Cannabis Beverage Craze: Challenges and Opportunities

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  

Growing or recommending cannabis varieties via their botanical names (indica, sativa, hybrid) is not an accurate way of categorizing how a person might feel when consuming cannabis. Here, experts divulge why you should not be selecting (nor promoting to customers) varieties based solely on botanical characteristics, but instead by analyzing each cultivar's secondary metabolite make-up, such as cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids--and their "entourage effect."

 






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

General Session
8:30 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?

General Session
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Keynote Panel: Global Cannabis and Your Role

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

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

Drive-thrus, online ordering and delivery are proven tools that help boost sales by making it easier and faster for customers to shop—whether they are medical patients with mobility challenges or parents who don't want to bring children into the dispensary, or simply consumers who know what they want and appreciate expedited ordering, pickup and delivery. Gain insights from experts on logistics to consider to get these operations up and running efficiently, plus what hurdles you might anticipate and how to overcome them, and also what you can do to help spread the word and encourage your customers to take advantage of these super-convenient ways to shop!


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

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

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

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  

Growing or recommending cannabis varieties via their botanical names (indica, sativa, hybrid) is not an accurate way of categorizing how a person might feel when consuming cannabis. Here, experts divulge why you should not be selecting (nor promoting to customers) varieties based solely on botanical characteristics, but instead by analyzing each cultivar's secondary metabolite make-up, such as cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids--and their "entourage effect."

 






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

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: Cannabis Nutrition Dynamics
Sponsored By

Learn about the dynamics of cannabis nutrition from tropical plant and soil expert Lynn Griffith. In deep-dive Technology & Solutions session sponsored by Harrell’s, Griffith offers a brief history of the cannabis plant, and delves into key nutrient requirements and specific considerations for each stage of growth—from mother plants, to cuttings and seedlings, to vegetative growth, early flowering, late flowering and pre-harvest. Also, learn about pH and EC ranges for each stage of life, as well as different fertility inputs.



General Session
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Keynote Session

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

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

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

Wholesale prices for outdoor cannabis crops are at an all-time low in most markets, meaning farmers need to function more efficiently than ever. Learn how to take your processes to the next level as experts who have found success as outdoor farmers in competitive markets share tips and secrets to help you streamline your workflow.



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

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

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: Cannabis Nutrition Dynamics
Sponsored By

Learn about the dynamics of cannabis nutrition from tropical plant and soil expert Lynn Griffith. In deep-dive Technology & Solutions session sponsored by Harrell’s, Griffith offers a brief history of the cannabis plant, and delves into key nutrient requirements and specific considerations for each stage of growth—from mother plants, to cuttings and seedlings, to vegetative growth, early flowering, late flowering and pre-harvest. Also, learn about pH and EC ranges for each stage of life, as well as different fertility inputs.



General Session
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Keynote Session

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

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

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

Wholesale prices for outdoor cannabis crops are at an all-time low in most markets, meaning farmers need to function more efficiently than ever. Learn how to take your processes to the next level as experts who have found success as outdoor farmers in competitive markets share tips and secrets to help you streamline your workflow.



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

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: Cannabis Nutrition Dynamics
Sponsored By

Learn about the dynamics of cannabis nutrition from tropical plant and soil expert Lynn Griffith. In deep-dive Technology & Solutions session sponsored by Harrell’s, Griffith offers a brief history of the cannabis plant, and delves into key nutrient requirements and specific considerations for each stage of growth—from mother plants, to cuttings and seedlings, to vegetative growth, early flowering, late flowering and pre-harvest. Also, learn about pH and EC ranges for each stage of life, as well as different fertility inputs.



General Session
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Keynote Session

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

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

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

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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