The State of Cannabis
September 25 - September 26
Tuesday September 25th
State of the State Track The CA regulated market will be one year old in November. We will explore what’s going on with legislative fixes, financial opportunities and potholes, banking issues and solutions, and the work that needs to be done with local compliance.
9:00 AM: Welcome by Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and
Keynote by Senator Lara
9:30AM – 10:30AM: Legislative Update
Is CA a Pot Mess or are we about to be a fine tuned industry?
Moderator: Amanda Chicago Lewis, Journalist
Speaker: Max Mikalonis, Legislative Advocate
Speaker: Hezekiah Allen, ED Cal Growers Association
Speaker: Aaron Smith, ED NCIA
Speaker: Reggie Jones-Sawyer, CA Assembly Member
Speaker: Kenny Morrison, Founder VCC
10:45AM – 11:45AM: The Reality of California Cannabis Economics
Who’s winning? Who’s losing?
Moderator: Andre Bourque, Journalist – Forbes
Speaker: Elisabeth Stahura, BDS Co Founder
Speaker: Tim Schaefer, CA Deputy Treasurer for Public Finance
Speaker: John Downs, Director of Business Development, The Arcview Group
Speaker: Local Elected Official TBA
12:00PM – 1:00PM: City & County PatchWORK
The State has figured it out (sort of), we just need the local governments to do their jobs.
Moderator: Isamarie Pérez, Biz Dev, Meadow
Speaker: Jackie McGowan, Director of Licensing & Business Development
Speaker: Ariana Van Alstine, Attorney
Speaker: John Duran, Mayor West Hollywood
Speaker: Senator Kevin De León
1:15 Keynote by Michael Steinmetz, Founder Flow Kana
Fashion, Fitness & Fun Track As cannabis comes out from Counterculture to Main street we see the fashion, beauty, fitness and food industry embracing cannabis as an ingredient and a marketing beacon. Are we taking the fun out of cannabis or is the party just getting started?
1:30PM – 2:30PM: High Style & the Beauty Buzz
Cannabis is a HOT ingredient and the Fashion Industry is all in!
Moderator: Jeanine Moss, Founder – Annabis
Speaker: Whitney Beaty, CEO – Apothecarry
Speaker: Deborah Lindquist, ECO COUTURE Designer
Speaker: Miss Marquez, Taking Burlesque to a “Higher” Level
Speaker: Brandi Leifso, CEO/Founder Evio Beauty Group
2:45PM – 3:45PM: Cannabis and Fitness
The NFL, NBA and MLB are turning their heads by testing only once a year. Is cannabis important for health and fitness?
Moderator: Jim McAlpine
Speaker: Eliza Maroney, Founder- Lucky Box Club
Speaker: Matthew Nordgren Former NFL, CEO/Founder ARCADIAN Fund
Speaker: Al Harrington, Former NBA Player/Investor Viola Extracts
Speaker: Nick Moody, Former NFL Player
4:00PM – 5:00PM: From Counterculture to Main Street
What got you arrested a few years ago may now qualify you for an equity program in CA. Meet some of the Drug War Heroes.
Moderator: David Bienenstock, Author, Editor, Cannabis Consultant
Speaker: Matt Stang, CRO – High Times
Speaker: Justin Calvino, Founder Green Goat Farms
Speaker: Brett Leonard, Writer/Director/Futurist
Speaker: Nichole West, Managing Partner Inclusive Cannabis
Speaker: Rebecca Gasca, Founder – Pistil and Stigma
5:15 Keynote by Senator Weiner
6PM – 10PM High Tide After Party
Wednesday September 26th
State of the Industry Track It’s been a bumpy year. We’ve been experiencing growing pains as California takes the lead in the regulated cannabis industry. We will look at where we are and where we are going and how important branding is to compete with big money.
9:00AM – 10:00AM: Retail & Distribution Progress Report
There were a lot of empty shelves on July 1st. What is the roadmap to product diversity and customer satisfaction?
Moderator: Cat Packer, ED LA Department of Cannabis Regulation
Speaker: Pamela Epstein, Founder – GreenWise Consulting
Speaker: Jerred Kiloh, Owner – A Higher Path
Speaker: Eric Spitz, Founder C4 Distro
Speaker: Adam Hijazi, Founder – The Station, Long Beach
Speaker: Joe Devlin, Chief of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement City of Sacramento
10:15AM – 11:15AM: Get on the Brand Wagon!
Can your brand survive regulation with smoke & mirrors or is it time to have a grown up strategy for your brand?
Moderator: Joshua Shelton, Founder Green Street Agency
Speaker: Tim Morland, Compliance and Policy Director – RVR Wellness
Speaker: Ryan Smith, Founder – Leaflink
Speaker: Meghan Phillips, Owner – The Honey Agency
Speaker: Dean Raise, Artist Manager, C3 Management
Speaker: Amber Senter, CEO, Leisure Life
11:30AM – 12:30PM: Growing Pains in 2018 & Beyond
January 1st & July 1st were arguably extinction events. What’s next and who will survive?
Moderator: Richard Ormond, Attorney – Buchalter
Speaker: Josh Shelton, Attorney – Green Street Agency
Speaker: Sabrina Fendrick, Director of Government Affairs – BPG
Speaker: Amanda Ostrowitz, Founder & CEO – CannaRegs
Speaker: Tim Blake, Founder The Emerald Cup, Area 101, Healing Harvest Farms
Speaker: Fiona Ma, Candidate for California State Treasurer
Cannabis IS Medicine Track Is medical cannabis taking a backseat as the legislators and regulators try to streamline the industry? Join us as we discuss research initiatives and the advancements being made in the medical industries.
1:30PM – 2:30PM: Research Initiatives
The grants are being made and the race to research cannabis in on! Meet the champions that are taking the lead.
Moderator: Andrea Small-Howard, CSO/Director GB Sciences
Speaker: Dr. Daniele Piomelli, Director, Institute for the Study of Cannabis UC Irvine
Speaker: Seth Yakatan, Co-Founder Katan Associates
Speaker: Sue Sisley, Cannabis Researcher with NIDA approval
2:45PM – 3:45PM: What’s the CBDeal?
Hemp based CBD banned in CA? DEA and CBD? Cannabis derived CBD versus hemp?
Moderator: Cody Bass
Speaker: Jessica Assaf, Owner – Cannabis Feminist
Speaker: Chelsea Leyland, Documentarian and DJ
Speaker: Annabelle Manalo, Mother & Scientist
Speaker: Nic Easley, CEO C3
4:00PM – 5:00PM: Indications, Strains & Dosing
What to take, when to take it, how to take it are evolving questions in need of answers.
Moderator: Étienne Fontán, Co Owner, Berkeley Patients Group
Speaker: William Waldrop, Co Founder – Evio Labs
Speaker: Stacy Shymansky, Founder – Medicine Women
Speaker: Amy Ludlum, CEO and co-founder of Seven Cities Beverage Company
Speaker: Allison Margolin, Attorney