Boston Seminars

Hempologist John Dvorak’s Cannabis Curriculum and Traveling Hemp Museum

by John Dvorak; Hempologist, Hempology.org,
July 27, 2018 | 10:00 am - 10:50 am | Cultivation in Room 102

The Cannabis Curriculum is an effort to increase understanding and research into the myriad aspects of industrial hemp, medicinal cannabis and marijuana prohibition.  The first part of the talk will focus on the incredible potential of hemp, the Green Buffalo. Topics include hemp history, engineering, biology and chemistry. Hemp’s “green” aspects will be highlighted in…

What’s my Risk in Operating a Cannabis Business

by Larry Harb; 420 Friendly Insurance,
July 27, 2018 | 10:00 am - 10:50 am | Business / Legal in Room 103

Transitioning from an unregulated industry to a regulated industry has some unique risks and exposures. The purpose of this seminar is to educate Plant Touching Businesses (Cultivator, Manufacture / Processors, Dispensary, Testing Laboratory, and Transportation) on the risks and exposures of managing a State Regulated Cannabis business.   While every business has its own unique…

Cutting Through the Smoke: Decoding the Challenges of Marketing in Cannabis

by Azia Weisz,
July 27, 2018 | 11:00 am - 11:50 am | Marketing & Branding in Room 103

Comprehensive overview of traditional marketing channels, the corresponding unique challenges and pitfalls that ancillary services, cannabis brands and retail operations face in the industry. Covering industry specific hurdles, banned mediums, differentiated customer purchasing patterns and the impacts of legislative apprehension across the board. Further delving into industry proven marketing and advertising channels, effective mediums, messaging…

Significance and Remediation of Mold in the Cannabis Industry

by Paul Lorchiem,
July 27, 2018 | 11:00 am - 11:50 am | Cultivation in Room 102

Mold is an ever present obstacle in the cannabis industry.  An outbreak at any point in the process could result in an entire crop being lost.  The monetary and time ramifications are so extreme that it could place a in great harm.  In order to prevent these issues from occurring, there are various methods that…

Saving Brick and Mortar Businesses Through Click and Mortar Strategy

by Socrates Rosenfeld,
July 27, 2018 | 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm | Marketing & Branding in Room 103

Local brick and mortar businesses will face an uphill battle in the years to come as more and more states come online with adult-use cannabis regulations and larger, behemoth businesses will look to swallow them up. To stay competitive, they’ll need to utilize all the technology, data, and software and their disposal – such as…

Four Factors to Successful Cultivation Facility, Design, Construction & Occupancy

by Mark Doherty,
July 27, 2018 | 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm | Cultivation in Room 102

A comprehensive overview of traditional marketing channels, the corresponding unique challenges and pitfalls that ancillary services, cannabis brands and retail operations face in the industry. Covering industry-specific hurdles, banned mediums, differentiated customer purchasing patterns and the impacts of legislative apprehension across the board. Further delving into industry proven marketing and advertising channels, effective mediums, messaging…

LED vs HID-Design Considerations and Lighting Advances to Optimizing Productivity

by Eric Harrington,
July 27, 2018 | 1:20 pm - 2:10 pm | Cultivation in Room 102

Eric will briefly discuss LED vs HID and considerations for both. He will also cover technology advances and application tips for optimizing grows with LED OR HPS.  Finally he will go over the science of day-light and how to best supplement in greenhouses.

Cannabis Licenses and Application Process in Massachusetts

by Kamani Jefferson,
July 27, 2018 | 1:20 pm - 2:10 pm | Business / Legal in Room 103

Interested in starting a cannabis business in Massachusetts? Join Us for an in depth overview of the types of cannabis licenses and the application process. Questions will be answered at the end of the presentation.

Growing with Hydroxyls

by Shawna Carter,
July 27, 2018 | 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm | Cultivation in Room 102

Shawna will discuss the importance of a clean grow environment, the negative and positive effects associated. Shawna will explain the importance of hydroxyls in the grow environment and the impact it can have on personnel, plants, and equipment.

Payroll and Cannabis Companies- The Importance of Tracking Payroll Costs to Maximize Income Tax Deductions of Salaries and Wages

by Bryan McDonald; CPA, CPAMD, LTD.,
July 27, 2018 | 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm | Business / Legal in Room 103

One of the most significant costs of operating a Cannabis company is the salaries and wages paid to employees and owners.  Bryan McDonald, Certified Public Accountant of CPAMD, will explain and navigate the financial benefits and techniques of maximizing the deductibility of these wages.  Included in this informative presentation will be the process of setting…

Cultivating Advantages: Maintaining a Competitive Edge in the Greenhouse

by Michael Key; CEO, Impello Biosciences,
July 27, 2018 | 3:40 pm - 4:30 pm | Cultivation in Room 102

Change on the cultivation side of business operations can be hard to come by and even harder to justify. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is the adage many business have adopted over the years. However, innovation on the cultivation side is one of the easiest ways to distinguish your business as an industry…

What Every Canna-Business Needs To Know About Intellectual Property

by Matthew Miller; Principal, Patent Attorney, MG Miller IP Law,
July 27, 2018 | 3:40 pm - 4:30 pm | Business / Legal in Room 103

Examining successes and failures of canna-businesses with regard to their intellectual property (IP)

Growing the Good

by Alexa Lutz, Ginger Duer, Joseph Mattord, Kevin Moore, Sayra Small,
July 27, 2018 | 4:50 pm - 5:40 pm | Cultivation in Room 102

A round table discussion with some of the countries most talented growers, discussing topics ranging from best indoor cultivation practices, integrative pest management strategies, the use of biologicals and organic acids to increase plant health and vigor and maximize terpene expression, preservation and stewarding of cannabis genetics, and the next horizon of cannabis cultivation.

Cannabis Food Safety: A Risk not Worth Taking

by Michelle Jones; Owner, MJ Food Consultants, LLC,
July 27, 2018 | 4:50 pm - 5:40 pm | Infused Products in Room 103

Michelle is going to Provide producers the foundation to create a proper food safety program for their operation in order to protect their consumers, their employees and their brand.

Security, Safety & Regulatory Compliance In Marijuana Production & Processing

by Michael Hrinishin; Technical Sales, IVC,
July 28, 2018 | 11:00 am - 11:50 am | Extraction in Room 102

Whether it’s an amateur growing facility or an expansive industrial site, producing and processing marijuana is inherently hazardous.  With high volume indoor growing on the rise, safety is a key concern. CO2 enrichment systems, high-density lighting, pesticides and fertilizers, and the use of chemical solvents such as butane, hexane and others, present fire and poison…

Smart Tax & Planning Strategies for your Budding Business

by Dani Espinda; CPA, ACT Resources, PLLC,
July 28, 2018 | 11:00 am - 11:50 am | Business / Legal in Room 103

 Importance of Entity/Corporate Structure  Federal Tax Issues  IRC § 280E refresher  Tax Strategies for Prod/Proc  Special Tax Rules for Farmers  Tax Strategies for Retailers  State Tax Overview  Federal Tax Law Changes beginning 2018  Is your Business Ready for an IRS Audit?  Critical Takeaways

Getting the Most Money for Your Extracts: Refining and Purifying Your Final Products.

by Ezra Pryor; Applied Markets Specialist, Heidolph North America,
July 28, 2018 | 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm | Extraction in Room 102

Learn how to make the most of your extract and command top dollar for your product.  Find out what people are doing to clean up their extracts.  From old school methods to modern technology, find out what you can do to make any product imaginable.

Affordable Cannabis Industry Start-Up

by Edward DeSousa; River Run Gardens,
July 28, 2018 | 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm | Business / Legal in Room 103

*Discover your Path – What skills do you have and are they marketable *Write your business plan – Identify your target destination and eliminate anything the distracts from it *Find your location – know your local politics, competitors, zoning and advocacy groups *Learn who to trust – lots of people offer to help, but what…

Everything you ever wanted to know about feminized seeds… but were too afraid to ask

by Rick Campanella; Mr. Soul, Cannabis Breeder,
July 28, 2018 | 1:20 pm - 2:10 pm | Cultivation in Room 102

The genetic principles and practical techniques used in the production of Feminized Cannabis Seeds will be described.

Evolving Landscapes in Cannabis and Hemp Law

by Alissa Digman, Matt Luzadder, Michael Kasdin, Jaimie Nawaday,
July 28, 2018 | 1:20 pm - 2:10 pm | Business / Legal in Room 103

This distinguished panel of industry experts will present cannacon attendees with a broad overview of the legal topics of most interest to Cannabis cultivators, retailers, processors and consumers. Specific topics will include insurance, emerging business lines, regulatory and compliance issues, banking, government investigations, patents, trademarks, and copyrights. This will include a 30 minute question and…

Free Weed from Danny Danko

by Danny Danko; Senior Cultivation Editor, High Times Magazine,
July 28, 2018 | 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm | Cultivation in Room 102

My seminar is a beginner’s guide to get started growing your own cannabis. It’s specifically designed to introduce and explain the concepts in an easy-to-understand format. All of the basics are covered, from choosing strains to grow, to germinating seeds all the way through harvesting and storing properly as well as making concentrates. The presentation…

Women in Cannabis

by Aja Nicole Atwood; Motivator / Entrepreneur / Engineer / Advocate, Dr. Karen Munkacy, President & CEO, Tara J. Hopper,General Counsel, Garden Remedies –,
July 28, 2018 | 3:40 pm - 4:30 pm | Business / Legal in Room 103

Join this panel of distinguished women entrepreneurs while they discuss what it means to be a woman in the cannabis industry.

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