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East Coast Emerging Markets

The cannabis industry has seen rapid growth over the past decade from its earliest regulated markets in Washington State and Colorado to a booming market in most states generating over $25 billion in annual revenues. As the East Coast continues to heat up with new markets coming online, it is important to learn the lessons…

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How to permanently reduce your cost per pound

The is a great deal of discussion about the economics of the industry have changed (dramatically for many) and most focus on headcount. This leaves fewer people to deal with even more. Learn how industries like food processing and pharma leverage supplier consolidation to reduce their total cost of product acquisition and possession permanently while…

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Nobody wants to talk about Licensing – 3 important steps for improving your experience

Nobody enjoys licensing but without an “in good standing / current” license you could lose your business. This session will present three steps to improve your licensing experience: 1. Organization of corporate documentation. The importance of this step is to be compliant with record keeping requirements, using the regulations as a guide to develop a…

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A Guide to Regulatory Compliance: In the Face of More Regulations

Colorado legalized Medical Cannabis in 2000 and Adult-Use in 2014. More than $12 billion in Cannabis has been sold since legalization in 2014, with the state collecting over $2 billion in taxes. As the Colorado market continues to mature, new brands/operators are still entering the market, even with the current saturation. Currently Colorado has 400+…

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Manufacturing and Supply Chain Challenges and Tips

Risks of a poor supply chain. Understanding how global events effect your manufacturing schedule and what you can do to control the controllable. Understanding your inputs and how a par level can keep the lights on. The need to stay agile with new regulations and how proper planning helps.

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Overview of Cannabis Seed-to-Sale Software Systems

Seed-to-sale software remains a major compliance hurdle for operators and the industry as a whole. This presentation frames the best practices and prepares the license holders how to approach the use of seed-to-sale software in their operations. All solutions will be discussed with emphasis on METRC compliance.

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There’s So Much Cash! Best Practices for Securing, Automating and Managing Your Cash Handling

Industrywide, it’s estimated that between 95 and 99% of all cannabis-related transactions are carried out in cash. There isn’t one reason why this is the case, rather it’s a trifecta of causes – legal, financial, and social. Until all three of those are relaxed, cash volumes will continue to pour into the cannabis space. This…

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Payroll Vs PEO and how they help your business

What is the difference between a payroll company and Professional Employer Organization(PEO) and how do they help you grow and be the employer to work for.

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There’s So Much Cash! Best Practices for Securing, Automating and Managing Your Cash Handling

Industrywide, it’s estimated that between 95 and 99% of all cannabis-related transactions are carried out in cash. There isn’t one reason why this is the case, rather it’s a trifecta of causes – legal, financial, and social. Until all three of those are relaxed, cash volumes will continue to pour into the cannabis space. This…

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How To Build a Culture of Compliance in the Ever Changing Cannabis Industry

There is one thing that will never change in the Regulated Cannabis Industry, and that is everything will always be changing. One of the key reasons that people fail in this industry is their inability to adapt to change. Change means learning how to manage their risks and having implementable systems in place as regulations…

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Building your ‘A” Team

Tired of replacing employees? Want to reduce the cost of attracting Talent? Are your growth plans in line with employee perspective? Want to know how you compare to your competition with retention? Building your ‘A’ takes time , effort and lots of planning. We will discuss options to achieve optimal success. CEO ,Craig Petersmark, The…

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The Collaboration Within the Michigan Cannabis Community and Why This Is So Important to the Sustainability of the Industry

Rob Sims, Community and Collaboration in Cannabis.  Join Primitiv co-founder, Rob Sims, discuss the importance of coming together as a community in the cannabis space.  From co-op cultivation opportunities, to product development, to providing assistance with sales and distribution, there is no community without collaboration.  Sims will discuss who Primitiv is currently collaborating with and where…

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How Cannabis Retailers Can Benefit from Omni-Channel Sales

Running a cannabis retail operation is not easy. For many successful retailer operators, they’ve waited patiently for months and some times years to get licensed. Now that they’ve made it through the licensing gauntlet, its time open shop and start getting a return on their investment. The most successful retailers realize they need an omni-channel…

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A conversation with Raekwon and CitizenGrown

What do hip hop, social justice and brand building have in common in cannabis?  Join us for a conversation with hip-hop legend, Raekwon of Wu-Tang fame, on his new brand, Compliments of the Chef, why he entered the cannabis space with social justice company CitizenGrown, and how celebrities are bringing more than star-power to cannabis…

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Top Seven Key Focus Areas to know in 2022: Apllication to Production.

Application process and changes that will take place in 2022 Negotiating the right lease and land use. Leveraging license for loans. Understanding market value of license and terms of financing Importance on understanding cash burn into the application process and challenges upon getting a license to build out and to operational. leasing vs buying – depending –…

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Cannabis: The Answer to a Stronger America?

Now that New York and New Jersey have both legalized cannabis, the debate over federal legalization continues to heat up in Washington. The MORE act, which will remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and enact various criminal and social justice reforms related to cannabis, was passed by Congress in November and the US House…

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Navigating the complex Cannabis supply chain

Trying to figure out the complex and complicated Cannabis supply chain is not an easy task. We need to start from pre-seed and take it all the way to label. If you are not able to successfully navigate the supply chain, then you will not be successful.

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Cannabis is Medicine; An MD’s Perspective from 10 years of recommending Medical Cannabis

Cannabis; one of the oldest, safest, best medicines on the planet. Billions have consumed it, with no recorded deaths. The science and anecdotal evidence supports its use for a wide range of medical conditions. It can be grown almost anywhere, and it smells amazing! Yet it is still criminalized in most places. We will look…

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How to Strategically Navigate the Complex and Competitive Landscape of the Virginia Cannabis Market to Take your Business and Investments to the Next Level

As the expansion of the cannabis market resumes in the wake of the pandemic, investors are eager to enter the Virginia cannabis market which is projected to reach over $50 million in sales by 2024. An established regulated retail cannabis market in Virginia is on the horizon, however there are still hurdles to clear with…

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Virginia’s New State Flower: Legalizing Cannabis in the Commonwealth

After years of inching towards legalization, the General Assembly finally passed the Virginia Cannabis Control Act in early 2021, but we are still far away from true commercial legalization. The Virginia Cannabis Control Act is complicated and subject to change, leaving both business owners and consumers without answers to fundamental questions. What we do know…

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Getting Legalization Right

My goal is to discuss key factors that are necessary from both the state and the operators as Virginia and other eastern states opt in to Cannabis legalization. To help others avoid the mistakes as cannabis pioneers.

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It’s Complicated: Workplace Safety in Cannabis

This presentation is an introduction to the complicated world of workplace safety and health. All employers have a legal responsibility to protect workers from the hazards in their operation. We identify the types of hazards that exist and how to create an effective safety plan for the cannabis workplaces that both protects employees and mitigates…

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Resident Analytical Insight in Cannabis Manufacturing

The cannabis industry is at a very important precipice in its path to being a legitimate and trustworthy consumer space. As unheard-of investment, organizational mergers, and fierce competition feed the beast of cannabis commerce explosion, organizations must consider where quality fits into the picture. Harmonized federal guidance on the best practices for analysis of cannabinoid…

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How To Level Up You Cannabis Operations

Level up your business by avoiding pitfalls and easy mistakes to create a solid foundation that give you and your business peace of mind. Maintaining regulatory compliance with OSHA, FDA, FTC, and other regulatory bodies is a common issue we see many in this industry run into. Not only does your physical business space need…

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Cannabis Packaging: Navigating Branding, Product Quality, & Regulations

The rapid commercialization and acceptance of cannabis has given growers of cannabis access to the techniques and products used by their most admired cultivars. With more options available than ever for curing, storing, and packaging cannabis, this session will arm the audience with a broad knowledge of the techniques the most advanced cultivation operations are…

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Social Consciousness for Cannabis Brands

If you look at the current make-up of the cannabis industry, you’ll see that a large percentage of these teams have something in common – they tend to be largely white and male. But why is cannabis unique in its needs for social equity reform? The cannabis industry was built on the backs of BIPOCs,…

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Overview of the need for security at cannabis facilities.

Grady will demonstrate the need for security at all cannabis facilities.

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Packaging in a Complex Regulatory Market

The presentation will focus on evolving regulatory trends in packaging and how brands can maintain compliance while still making a strong design impression. The industry is rapidly evolving with brands becoming more sophisticated in their approach to branding while still maintaining compliance with packaging restrictions. The presentation will highlight the evolution of regulations, the trends…

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Cannabis Packaging 101: Containers and Automation

This presentation focusses on topics critical to cannabis organizations that have are considering automating their cannabis packaging operations.

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True growing/processing facility construction costs

Managing the construction process of facility development can be a challenge especially with costs. If not carefully managed, the costs can escalate to a number that can hinder the success of the overall project. Learn strategies for controlling these costs based real-world experience.

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Reducing Labor Cost and Product Waste Utilizing RFID-based Compliance Solutions

In this session, we’ll look at how cultivators can use RFID-based technology solutions to reduce the labor cost associated with compliance and reduce the risk of damaging or contaminating plants in the facility. Traditional systems rely on barcode scanning to achieve compliance which requires physical interaction with each plant. This includes a huge time investment…

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Is Your Packaging Helping Your Product?

In this presentation, our CEO, Jack Grover will analyze different packaging materials commonly used in the industry. He will discuss each material’s advantages and disadvantages and, most importantly, what an operation’s package choices mean for their final product quality.

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Introduction to Cannabis Testing

Are you interested in starting a cannabis testing laboratory? Are you curious how to develop and/or implement internal analytical testing procedures for additional quality control? Navigating the world of Cannabis testing is quite an undertaking and can be overwhelming. Knowing some of the challenges ahead can greatly mitigate risks. From a grower’s perspective it is…

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The Importance Of Trade Organization in the Regulated Marijuana Industry

Commercial marijuana businesses are generally underserved by their marijuana trade organizations.  In Oklahoma we have approached this uniquely and have built a bridge between lawmakers, regulatory, commercial, and ancillary businesses and our trade organization.

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Introduction to Cannabis testing; Laboratory Start-up

Are you interested in starting a cannabis testing laboratory? Are you curious how to develop and/or implement internal analytical testing procedures for additional quality control? Navigating the world of Cannabis testing is quite an undertaking and can be overwhelming. Knowing some of the challenges ahead can greatly mitigate risks. From a growers perspective it is…

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Securing Your Cannabis

This seminar will  bring awareness to the cannabis industry about securing their assets and keep companies up to date with all the changing regulations and how we are helping companies stay in regulations in the MMA. Protecting your cannabis business from internal and external theft. With the state of the MMA and how fast the…

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How to Choose Software and IT Solutions to Grow Your Canna-Business

This is a discussion panel with three leading experts. Sean Glynn and associates will be presenting a holistic IT picture, combining Software as a Service, IT as a Service and Network Infrastructure. They will give advice for current and future cannabis businesses on how to choose and implement IT and Software as well as educate cannabis…

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The Importance of Food Safety in the Cannabis Industry

This presentation will review the importance of food safety in the cannabis industry, including the potential risks and steps for mitigation. In addition, the benefits of third party certification and the steps to certification will be covered. Participants will learn the importance of food safety in cannabis as well as the certification process and how…

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Beyond Security Compliance to Market Differentiation

In this seminar Wendi Walsh will teach attendees how to build a cannabis company that is built to last and built to scale leveraging these principles: 1. Deliberate planning 2. Diversity 3. Agile organizational model 4. Begin with the end in mind 5. Embracing risk She hopes to leave everyone with these three take-aways: 1….

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Marijuana Regulation in Michigan

In this seminar Andrew Brisbo will discuss the current status of the regulatory programs within the Marijuana Regulatory Agency, including the patient/caregiver registry, medical marijuana facility licensing, and the adult-use ballot initiative. He will convey the status of the regulatory programs under the Marijuana Regulatory Agency and enhance understanding of the overall environment for marijuana…

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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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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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Why Does Testing Take So Long: The Ins and Outs of Analytical Testing

Analytical Testing is a complex process that requires precision with each step.  Instrument maintenance is also paramount to producing accurate results.  With a greater understanding of the analytical process, growers and producers can have a better expectation of the outcome of their testing. In an easy-to-follow format, Ian Cameron hopes to educate growers and producers…

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Cannabusiness Technology, Compliance and Scaling Your Business

With so many new terms, such as seed-to-sale and track-and-trace, do you find yourself lost on what they all mean? Okay, sure, you may know the definition of each, but do you know how they apply to Oklahoma’s laws including the Unity Bill? Join the conversation with John Tytus, MJ Freeway’s onboarding consultant as he…

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Introduction to Cannabis Testing

Ready to start testing your cannabis? Not sure where to begin? This session will explain the how’s and why’s of cannabis testing. Simon Bergeron will inform attendees about regulations, requirements, and best practices for testing within the cannabis industry.

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Creating a Well-Controlled Environment With the Right HVAC Systems for You

Choosing and implementing the right environmental control system to manage loads and energy is widely complex when you are unfamiliar with HVAC. We will compare and contrast different HVAC Systems to help you make the right choice for long term success. Paul Van Lare will educate engineers, building owners, and growers on the HVAC options…

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