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The State of Cannabis

September 25, 2018 - September 26, 2018

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


September 25, 2018
September 26, 2018


Queen Mary Long Beach
Los Angeles,CAUnited States