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Guidelines for Passing Cannabis & Terpene Contaminant Testing

In light of recent news highlighting the health risks associated with using cannabis products, retailers and cultivators alike are doubling down on testing standards to assure customers that their products are safe for long-term use. But with inconsistent state regulations and a total absence of federal oversight, how can new cannabis businesses know they are…

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How A Cannabis Commission Can Help Your Business Survive Interstate Commerce and More

It is inevitable that cannabis commerce in the United States will continue to evolve.  How will your company meet the challenges of interstate commerce?  Who will you rely upon to get out your message? How can you prepare your company to swim in that much larger pond? Shawn will share information on what commissions do…

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Smart Tax Planning and Accounting Strategies for Your Budding Business

In this session Dani Espinda will educate cannabis businesses how to structure their business appropriately and navigate the state and federal tax laws unique to their industry. She will discuss:  Best Options for entity/corporate structure for your budding business  Federal Tax Overview  State Tax & Local Tax Overview  Tax Strategies …

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Cannabis Business Operations: The Basics Of What You Absolutely Need To Know If You’re Going To Operate In This Industry

This seminar will start by giving context to the current legal landscape of the cannabis industry. With this in mind, Erik will cover recently adopted rules impacting canna-business operations. There are two key players when operating in this highly-regulated industry: true parties of interest (TPIs) and the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). Understanding who…

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Beyond Security Compliance to Market Differentiator

Every state has different security requirements that seem to be slight alterations of what was required for organizations that serve alcohol. Cannabis is a different vertical, gaining prominence in a different time. It requires a different look at security. Do you have operations in multiple states? Do you have a seed-to-sale operation? Do you have…

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Sell Joy! How to Write Compliant Claims and Messaging for Your Cannabis Brand

When it comes to marketing and advertising cannabis, CBD and hemp products, the rules & regulations can be daunting. Making any sort of claims regarding the health benefits of these products is illegal based on a number of laws that are applicable to all foods and beverages, not just cannabis. The risks for breaking these…

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The Future of Cannabis Marketing & Advertising Technology

Cannabis, CBD, Hemp & ancillary brands in our industry have been dealt a difficult hand when it comes to marketing & advertising solutions. As big business continues to tip-toe around entering cannabis, brands have been left behind, having to navigate new regulations and a lack of access to technology. It’s time for our industry to…

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Modern Website Musts to Establish Credibility with Customers & Compete Online

48% of visitors cited website design as an important factor for determining business credibility, and there are 2.4 million people online daily. That’s a lot of opportunity. Don’t lose them at hello! A modern website adds value to your biz and instant credibility — and customers expect it. Learn real actionable tips to elevate your…

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Understanding HVAC & Plant Dynamics in Grow Room Environments

This session will describe why the typical HVAC system design for grow rooms does not work. Also discussed will be the alternatives for controlling indoor environments to promote proper plant growth, maximize yields and minimize operating costs. Through well-informed choices in grow room climate conditions and equipment, growers can minimize operational costs while producing larger,…

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Little Known Tips on How to Create Your Next Breakthrough CBD Product!

Have you ever launched a product, and whenever you see it finally sitting on the shelf, you think to yourself “this isn’t actually what I wanted”? Don’t worry, you’re not alone — we can all relate to that less-than-rewarding feeling when your vision starts to blur, getting lost in miscommunication with co-packers. This is where…

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Fraud Detection and Prevention

Fraud is rampant in the marijuana industry. To protect your business means being armed with the knowledge necessary to detect and prevent fraud from business partners, employees, and customers. This presentation will provide you with that knowledge, taking you through the mindset of fraudsters, the various means they commit fraud, and how to prevent, detect,…

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Move Your Market. Change the World: How Cannabis Companies Can Be Leaders in their Category with a Sustainability Message and Strategy

With more than 78 percent of consumers “changing their daily purchase habits and practices to positively impact the environment”, it’s no wonder that the global market for sustainability products and services reached $2.65 trillion — with another 1 trillion in opportunities “for brands that can effectively communicate their product’s sustainability attributes”. This market movement is…

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Protecting Your Green: Utilizing Payroll, HR and Timekeeping to Your Advantage

For those knowledgeable in cannabis but not as strong in back office practices, this session is for you. Often overlooked, payroll, HR and timekeeping can drive your business to success or failure. Learn the essentials from a payroll professional. Teresa Kearney will discuss 1099 vs. W-2, employee handbooks and job descriptions, HR/OSHA compliance, timekeeping (buddy…

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Government Relations – Writing Your Own Future

In this presentation Ezra will focus on the importance of including government relations as a strategic part of your business plan.  Government regulation and tax rates imposed on the marijuana and hemp industries determine the profitability and viability of your business plan.  Don’t let others write your future!  Stay engaged with your regulators and ensure…

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Root and Cannabis and Green Peach Aphids, Oh My: Biology and Control of Aphids in Cannabis

Aphids in Cannabis threaten yields and in some cases require the grower to destroy a crop. They are by no means a new problem, but they create a unique set of challenges due to the limited research of control techniques in Cannabis and the limited tools available to growers. We can overcome some of these…

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Gamifying the Workplace for Significant Productivity Improvements

The Cannabis industry has a labour problem.  A large detailed-orientated labour force is required to meet stringent cleanliness requirements, achieve yield goals, and meet demanding quality expectations. Currently, large numbers of millennials are employed by the industry who have not shown a predilection towards these business requirements.  This costs the cannabis firms untold millions in…

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Hemp: What’s All the Talk About?

Jerry Whiting aims to give people an in depth update on industrial hemp from a cultivation, processing, and business model perspective. He will explain why the 2019 harvest is a messy, chaotic semi-victory. What’s next now that CBD is mainstream? Let’s not forget hemp for food, fiber, and fuel. How does hempcrete fit into all…

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The States Of Cannabis Advertising

In this session, Flip will present the current marketing and advertising regulations for the cannabis / CBD industry, by giving an understanding of the regulatory nuances state-by-state and an overview of which available media channels are working best for the cannabis and CBD industry currently.

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Cannabis Concerns in the Lab

The presentation will cover three topics of interest: 1. Frequency of cannabis on the market that fails for pesticides residues, based on the Oregon list and on the most common pesticides found. 2. The actual amount of CBD found in typical THC strains of cannabis, how this is accurately determined, and how labs often get…

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