Seattle Seminars

Infused Cooking Demo by World Renowned Chef Cat Cora

by World Renowned Chef Cat Cora,
January 31, 2019 | 11:00 am - 11:50 am | Infused Products in Room 1

Join our keynote speaker Cat Cora for an infused cooking demo. Chef Cora will demonstrate an infused recipe for you, and then answer some of your culinary questions.

Designing Cannabis with Science-Driven Technology

by Wayne Green ; CSO and Co-Founder Trinity Terpenes,
January 31, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm | Extraction in Room 3

This talk will discuss how the technology developed in industrial biotechnology has been adapted to recreate Cannabis flavors, aromas and effects through biomimicry.

Candy Making Demo with Charles

by Charles Albrecht; Savage Brothers,
January 31, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm | Infused Products in 2

Charles will demo commercial candy making machines, and answer any questions that attendees may have regarding cannabis candy making using commercial candy machines

KlickTrack: Creating a global POS platform from inside the store.

by Steve Kessler, Klicktrack Co-founder, Cannabis retail pioneer and industry visionary,
January 31, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm | Business / Legal in Room 2

The cannabis industry is moving at light speed. Now, more than ever, a cannabis retailer’s POS systems needs to be nimble, innovative, and forward thinking. Up until now, it’s been a patchwork of repurposed retail software that is woefully inadequate. Experiencing first-hand the pain points a retailer faces day after day and looking toward the…

Compliance, Seed to Sale and Traceability

by Stephanie Yarbrough; Sales, Growflow,
January 31, 2019 | 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm | Business / Legal in Room 2

The presentation will cover the importance of proper and accurate inventory management to stay compliant and maximize business efficiency. It will cover the common pitfalls license holders experience and how to recognize and avoid them.

The Future is Strain-Specific: What Lossless Activation Means for the Cannabis Industry

by Zeyead Gharib; CEO, Co-Founder, and Lead Chemist, Harvest Direct Enterprises,
January 31, 2019 | 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm | Extraction in Room 3

Lossless activation is one of the hottest emerging trends in the cannabis industry and for good reason. Through this technology we can begin to capture the specific medical benefits of each distinct cannabis strain into non-smoked forms.

Smart Tax and Planning Strategies for Your Cannabis Business

by Dani Espinda; CPA, ACT Resources, PLLC,
January 31, 2019 | 3:50 pm - 4:40 pm | Business / Legal in Room 2

Dani will cover a variety of topics including: Importance of Entity/Corporate Structure Federal Tax Issues Tax Strategies for Prod/Proc Tax Strategies for Retailers State Tax Overview Federal Tax Law Changes Bookkeeping and Documentation Is your Business Ready for an IRS Audit?

Expanding Your Cannabis Business Internationally

by Tom Zuber; Managing Partner, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca,
January 31, 2019 | 3:50 pm - 4:40 pm | Business / Legal in Room 1

Will discuss how to grow and maintain cannabis business internationally as the world moves towards global relaxation regarding legalization of hemp and recreational cannabis.

How a 401(k) Plan Gives an Edge to a Cannabis Company to be Even More Competitive

by Jewell Lim Esposito, Esq.,
January 31, 2019 | 3:50 pm - 4:40 pm | Finance in Room 3

Cannabis companies want their workplace to look like the non-cannabis world. A 401(k) plan gets the cannabis industry a long way toward that goal. Learn how a 401(k) plan helps cannabis companies recruit, retain, and reward a committed workforce.

How to Get All the Money You Need for Your Marijuana Business

by Scott Jordan; Managing Director, Vertical Co. Financial Services,
February 1, 2019 | 10:00 am - 10:50 am | Business / Legal in Room 2

An in-depth look at how to obtain private, non-bank debt based financing for working capital, equipment or real estate loans. You will learn the top 10 sources for financing any marijuana business, which options are available for financing your co.

The Great Brand Race

by Jared Mirsky; CEO & Founder, Wick & Mortar,
February 1, 2019 | 10:00 am - 10:50 am | Marketing & Branding in Room 3

Join me as we discuss the journey of brands looking to establish themselves in the ever growing and competitive new cannabis industry. Here you’ll gain insight into creating a unique and memorable brand with the most successful design firm in cannabis, Wick & Mortar and understand how to push your brand out to consumers with…

How to Optimize your Closed Environment

by Morris Brink; Director of Sales, Western Region, Urban-gro,
February 1, 2019 | 10:00 am - 10:50 am | Cultivation in Room 1

Morris Brink has been in hundreds commercial cultivation facilities. He knows what works and what does not work. This session focuses on realistic, boots-on-the-ground environmental controls solutions to optimize your grow environment. 1. Attendees will learn about the different systems & technologies available for their unique grows. 2. Attendees will gain insight into proper setup to…

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.,
February 1, 2019 | 11:10 am - 12:00 pm | Business / Legal in Room 2

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…

Built to Scale: Developing an Agnostic Cannabis Tech Platform

by Ryan Smith; CEO & CoFounder, Leaflink,
February 1, 2019 | 11:10 am - 12:00 pm | Marketing & Branding in Room 3

This session will focus on integration between technology platforms within the cannabis industry, and demonstrate the necessity for an agnostic product that can integrate with state systems such as METRC.

Understanding HVAC & Plant Dynamics in Grow Room Applications

by Jim McKillip; Western Regional Manager, Desert Aire,
February 1, 2019 | 11:10 am - 12:00 pm | Cultivation in Room 1

Jim’s presentation will describe why the typical HVAC system design for grow rooms does not work. He will discuss the alternatives for controlling indoor environments to promote proper plant growth, maximize yields and minimize operating costs.

Why Digital Transformation of Product Sourcing, Sales and Distribution is a “Must Have” in the Cannabis Industry.

by Heather Vaughan; CEO/Founder of Andraste Technologies,
February 1, 2019 | 12:20 pm - 1:10 pm | Business / Legal in Room 2

Three main challenges are driving the need for digital transformation in the cannabis industry: producers can’t get mindshare, distributors can’t keep up and retailers have limited visibility. A simple, efficient and powerful e-marketplace is needed!The objectives of this presentation are to expose the growing challenges that are facing buyers and sellers, and educate attendees about…

Cannabis Brand and Innovation Legal Protection

by Neil Juneja; Principal, Gleam Law,
February 1, 2019 | 12:20 pm - 1:10 pm | Marketing & Branding in Room 3

Industry advice on choosing a strong brand and protecting it. Determining your protectable inventions such as grow methods and extraction apparatus. Updates on cases such as Gorilla Glue #4 and the United Cannabis patent infringement case.

How to Grow a Consistently High Quality Crop

by Brandy Keen; Co-Founder/Senior Technical Advisor, Surna,
February 1, 2019 | 12:20 pm - 1:10 pm | Cultivation in Room 1

Staying on top of your environment is one of the biggest concerns for any cannabis cultivation operation.  In this session, attendees will learn how to increase product consistency and quality with answers as to how important the mechanical system is, considerations to make for their mechanical design, why data is so important, and more.

CBD: The Legal Landscape

by Orion Inskip; Attorney, Gleam Law,PLLC,
February 1, 2019 | 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm | Business / Legal in Room 2

Join Orion Inskip to learn about the history and outline of the laws and rules that pertain to hemp, industrial hemp, hemp extracts, and CBD.

Bridging the Gap: Changing the Perception on Cannabis Within the Medical Community

by Meagan Holt; Writer, Maddie's Mom, Motivational Speaker,
February 1, 2019 | 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm | Marketing & Branding in Room 3

To truly gain full support and understanding for cannabis as a medicine, and to ensure its continued success, we must break the barrier between the medical and cannabis communities. We must provide the education and bridge the gap.

Creating a Thriving Rhizosphere

by Dr. Jade Stefano; Co-Founder and CEO, Puffin Farm, Shango Los, Tad Hussey, Colin Bell, PhD,
February 1, 2019 | 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm | Cultivation in Room 1

This panel will explore how soil cultivators can increase yield, terpene profile and overall plant health by encouraging living soil microbe and fungal communities in their growing practices.

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

by Azia Weisz,
February 1, 2019 | 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm | Marketing & Branding in Room 3

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…

What’s my Risk in Operating a Cannabis Business

by Larry Harb, CEO & Founder, 420 Friendly Insurance offered by IT Risk Managers, Inc.,
February 1, 2019 | 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm | Business / Legal in Room 2

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…


by Sandy Suchoff; CPA & Founder, The Canna CPA's,
February 1, 2019 | 3:50 pm - 4:40 pm | Business / Legal in Room 2

Sandy will educate Educate attendee’s on  licensees & prospective licensees on the background of 280E. Learn what is deductible and not deductible for cannabis enterprises, & the proper accounting to facilitate the maximum deductions that could withstand the scrutiny of an IRS audit.

The Future of Retail: Navigating the Waters of a Flooded Market

by Eric Gaston; Co-founder, Evergreen Market,
February 1, 2019 | 3:50 pm - 4:40 pm | Business / Legal in Room 3

Identifying trends in the cannabis retail market to facilitate growth while meeting expectations of an increasingly demanding customer base. Strategies around consolidation & margin compression and how to remain relevant in an aggressive growth cycle

Hybrid Grow Solutions for High Yields

by Josh Holleb, Co-Founder & Co-Owner, Ceres Greenhouse Solutions, Senior Solutions Architect,
February 1, 2019 | 3:50 pm - 4:40 pm | Cultivation in Room 1

A discussion on the confluence of indoor controlled systems with sunlight harvesting capabilities for optimal grow environments.

Q&A with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

by Suzan DelBene, Congresswoman,
February 1, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm | in Room 1

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s First Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, and includes parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. Suzan currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which is at the forefront of debate on taxes, healthcare and retirement security. There, Suzan is working…

Will the Tortoise or the Hare Win the Green Rush?

by Roger A Jones, CPA, Partner at Hauser Jones & Sas,
February 2, 2019 | 10:00 am - 10:50 am | Business / Legal in Room 2

We are in the middle of a “Green Rush,”  so fastest to the finish line wins the race, right? Wrong.  You can’t cut corners and still achieve sustainable growth and success.  Sound strategy, clear records, and well-documented corporate governance practices are vital to attract the best terms from business partners, private investors and suppliers; as…

Branding 101: Stand out. Sell More

by Jennifer Whetzel; Founder, Ladyjane Branding,
February 2, 2019 | 10:00 am - 10:50 am | Marketing & Branding in Room 3

In this session, discover everything you need to know to think seriously about branding, marketing and advertising and how it can boost your success. What is branding and how is it different from marketing and advertising? Why do you need a strong brand? How do you create one? What’s challenges exist for marketing and advertising…

Cultivation In Massachusetts

by Kaily Hepburn, Esq,
February 2, 2019 | 10:00 am - 10:50 am | Cultivation in Room 1

Massachusetts represents a huge opportunity for the cannabis industry.  With a population of almost 7 million, it’s larger than Colorado, Oregon and Nevada.  Recreational and revised medical regulations were finalized this spring, but because of “home rule,” every one of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns have different rules and regulations.  Kaily Hepburn, Esq. of…

Vendors as Assets

by Catherine Sidman; VP Sales, Cascade Science,
February 2, 2019 | 11:10 am - 12:00 pm | Business / Legal in Room 2

Alignment with key vendors is crucial to achieving your business goals. Vendors are more than just sales people looking for a purchase order, or at least, they should be. Consultation, networking connection and collaboration are just the beginning.

Green Packaging for the Green Rush: Options and Considerations for Sustainable Packaging

by Brian Bailey, PaperFoam/Diamond Packaging,
February 2, 2019 | 11:10 am - 12:00 pm | Marketing & Branding in Room 3

Leaders in the sustainable packaging industry discuss options available for more sustainable packaging within the cannabis industry.

The science of supplementing daylight with LEDs in greenhouses and warehouses.

by Eric Harrington,
February 2, 2019 | 11:10 am - 12:00 pm | Cultivation in Room 1

Eric will discuss the spectral dynamics of daylight and how to best supplement with LED’s to get indoor lighting consistency and flower structure commanding higher prices for your bud.

Solventless 101 and How it Will Empower Your Brand.

by Benjamen McCabe,
February 2, 2019 | 12:20 pm - 1:10 pm | in Room 1

Solventless concentrates are quickly becoming the most sought-after products in the cannabis industry. Learn about solventless extraction, why solventless products will empower your brand, and how they can set you apart from the heard.

Access Debt Financing for your Cannabis Business

by Victor Mitchell; CEO, Lead Funding,
February 2, 2019 | 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm | Finance in Room 3

Lead Funding will be discussing alternative financing options for Cannabis business owners.  In particular, a discussion about the benefits of utilizing private debt financing to finance an existing retail or grow operation.  When anti-cannabis banks say “No”, Lead Funding says “Yes”.

Achieving Financial Success for Cannabusinesses: Avoiding Costly Legal Issues

by Naomi Granger; Co-Founder/Partner, Dope CFO,
February 2, 2019 | 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm | Business / Legal in Room 2

Regulations in the cannabis industry are vastly different from any other field. This session will outline the key pitfalls that CEOs should be aware of, with crucial advice on implementing accurate accounting protocols and remaining compliant.

The life & death importance of quality Medical Cannabis Access for Veterans.

by Twenty22Many,
February 2, 2019 | 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm | in Room 2

Learn how to make a difference in a Veterans life in the nearly dead Medical Cannabis Market in Washington State. Join 4 Veteran/Cannabis Activist’s & 1 Gold Star wife (By Suicide) as they share there stories of survival in this uncertain Cannabis Market.

Pesticides and Heavy Metal Testing

by Laboratory Guild,
February 2, 2019 | 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm | Extraction in Room 1

The panel moderator will ask questions from the panelists to learn more about the state of cannabis analysis in Washington.  Recently it was told to the labs by the WSLCB (WA’s regulatory agency) that mandatory pesticide screening for all cannabis products can be expected within the year.  Since July of 2018, the Laboratory Guild has been…

The Basic Dos and Don’ts of Operating in the Cannabis Industry.

by Erik Halverson,
February 2, 2019 | 3:50 pm - 4:40 pm | in Business/Legal Room 2

I will dive into some of the most basic issues to pay attention to for anyone looking to enter the cannabis industry. As an attorney in this industry, we see what becomes problematic for our clients, and we have seen some repeat issues. These issues include operations, inventory management, what to do when in a…

Growing operations to insure ( ppb )Parts per billion Clean testing

by Ray Drysdale Founder & Chair, PureCrop1,
February 2, 2019 | 3:50 pm - 4:40 pm | in Cultivation Room 1

The majority of Cannabis crops do not pass ppb testing – this testing requirement will be the norm In 2019 Cigarettes or tobacco was/is not the main culprit of cancer due to smoking – the culprit is insecticides fungicides etc inhaled from smoking

Multiphase CO2 Extraction: An award winning method

by Randy Reed,
February 2, 2019 | 3:50 pm - 4:40 pm | in Processing Room 3

Multiphase CO2 extraction (MPE) is an award winning processing method for manufacturing high-quality, Full-Spectrum Extracts (FSE) w/ minimal “Chemovar drift”. The technique utilizes both Sub and Supercritical CO2 to preserve the native chemovar.  

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