Cannabis Conference 2019, presented by Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary, will bring industry stakeholders together to engage the biggest opportunities and challenges facing the legal cannabis market. The three-day event will be held at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., April 1-3, 2019.Cannabis Conference will expand the successes of previous events’ cultivation education and will include for the first time a dispensary track for retail businesses and employees. The conference will feature in-depth educational programming on cannabis cultivation and business operations, as well as the most informed industry perspectives on retail management and customer engagement. The Cannabis Conference exhibition hall will feature industry-leading technologies, solutions and services for the professional cannabis cultivator and retail businesses.This premier industry event will offer unprecedented insights into the dynamic cannabis space at a time when business growth and legalization are intersecting in new markets almost everyday. Growers and dispensary employees—all levels of management and owners of cultivation businesses—will gain solid insights to help ensure their companies are successful over the long term.The educational program for Cannabis Conference is being developed by professional cultivators and industry leaders who comprise the 2019 Cannabis Conference advisory board, in partnership with the editorial team behind Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary. Cannabis Conference has made its mark with both attendees and exhibitors with its unparalleled educational sessions and excellent networking opportunities.
REASON #1World-class speakers, including the Wizard of Weed Jeremy Plumb, Leif Abel, Laura Day, Sjoerd Broeks, and more!REASON #2In-depth, educational programming completely focused on your cultivation and/or dispensary business’s success.REASON #3The unmatched networking opportunity to make contacts with professionals from both ends of the supply chain.REASON #4A world-class show floor featuring cutting-edge technologies, services and solutions from the industry’s leading suppliers.REASON #5NEW THIS YEAR!: Pre-Show Workshops* including Extraction topics. REASON #6Post-Show Video Access* to each and every session!REASON #7Solid insights into cannabis cultivation and business operations, as well as retail management and customer engagement.REASON #8A tangible return on your investment.REASON #9Las Vegas in April.REASON #10$400 off RIGHT NOW (expires February 28, 2019)
1 april8:00 AM – 7:30 PMRegistration OpensALL-ACCESS PASS10:00 AM – 11:10 AMWorkshop: Lessons in Expanding and/or Franchising Your Cannabis BusinessExpanding your dispensary or cultivation operation beyond a single location can grant you access to new markets and elevate your brand. But figuring out how to do that can be just as difficult as actually doing it. In this session, learn best practices and strategic insights from companies that have established themselves in multiple markets, including via franchising.Speaker: Nello Gonfiantini, Director & Chief Strategic Officer, Diego Pellicer Worldwide (DPWW)Speaker: Charlie Bachtell, CEO, Cresco LabsALL-ACCESS PASS10:00 AM – 11:10 AMWorkshop: Bugology: What It Takes to Succeed Using Biological ControlLearn the various predatory mites commercially available for specific crop pests; and gain insights into the ways quality control, environmental conditions and interactions with plants each play a part in successfully eradicating pests via natural enemies. Moderator / Speaker: Dr Raymond Cloyd, Professor/Extension Specialist, Kansas State University - Department of EntomologyALL-ACCESS PASS10:00 AM – 11:10 AMWorkshop: The Cost Analysis of In-House Processing vs. Outsourced Extraction ServicesRino FerrareseSpeaker: Rino Ferrarese, COO, Connecticut Pharmaceutical SolutionsThomas SchultzSpeaker: Thomas Schultz, President, Connecticut Pharmaceutical SolutionsALL-ACCESS PASS11:20 AM – 12:30 PMWorkshop: Manage Your Supply Chain More Efficiently Whether you are operating as a craft grower, a large-scale production operation, a medical dispensary or an adult-use store, you depend on and are part of the cannabis supply chain. With a bevy of regulations, security protocols, logistics concerns and inventory management elements to think of, creating an effective supply chain can be daunting. In this in-depth session, experts will explain the ins and outs of the supply chain and ways to streamline processes and better manage inventory and orders.Speaker: Theresa Ekman, Director of Supply Chain, Native Roots Dispensary & Garden Variety DispensaryALL-ACCESS PASS11:20 AM – 12:30 PMWorkshop: How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Cannabis's Most Troublesome DiseasesIn this session, Dr. Shouhua Wang, a plant pathologist for the Nevada Department of Agriculture, reviews warning signs for cannabis and hemp plants' most stubborn pest and diseases and shares optimal treatment methods to help you avoid crop loss.Dr. Shouhua WangSpeaker: Dr. Shouhua Wang, Plant Pathologist , Nevada Department of AgricultureALL-ACCESS PASS11:20 AM – 12:30 PMWorkshop: Essential Steps to Properly Set Up Your Extraction Facility for Maximum Safety, Compliance, Efficiency and ProductivityLearn from leading industry specialists how to optimize your lab's design/layout, workflow and methods for minimum downtime and labor expense, as well as maximum yield, safety and compliance. You'll gather insights on: facility design and layout; product and solvent quality; inventory management; optimal equipment settings; workflow processes; method development essentials; equipment upkeep; and more.Rachel Loeber, Ph.D.Speaker: Rachel Loeber, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, LeafLine LabsALL-ACCESS PASS12:30 PM – 1:25 PMNetworking Lunch in Session RoomGENERAL SESSION1:35 PM – 2:25 PMWelcome KeynoteCULTIVATION2:35 PM – 3:25 PMMaster Large-Scale CultivationThis cultivator panel shares insights into what it takes to run a large-scale cultivation business. Topics will include: labor and workflow processes, equipment, automation and technologies, maximizing canopy space and yield (including vertical farming), and lessons learned. Leave with the know-how and confidence to start scaling up your operation and your career. Sjoerd BroeksSpeaker: Sjoerd Broeks, Genetic Development and R&D Director , The PHARM LLC, The Dutch Consulting CompanyDamian SolomonSpeaker: Damian Solomon, Owner, Plant Geek ConsultingRyan DouglasSpeaker: Ryan Douglas, Owner, Ryan Douglas Cultivation, LLC.DISPENSARY2:35 PM – 3:25 PMRetail Store Design and Product Merchandising Tactics That Boost SalesCapturing the right atmosphere for your dispensary is the first key to growing your business. Learn how to create or improve your retail space for maximizing sales—from curb appeal, to in-store traffic flow, atmosphere, product displays, lighting, point-of-purchase displays, and more.Nick JackSpeaker: Nick Jack, Chief Retail Officer , Diego Pellicer-ColoradoGENERAL SESSION2:35 PM – 3:25 PMTips for Creating a Winning License ApplicationBrian VicenteSpeaker: Brian Vicente, Partner & Founding Member , Vicente Sederberg LLCMichael MayesSpeaker: Michael Mayes, Chief Executive Officer, Quantum 9, Inc.CULTIVATION2:35 PM – 3:23 PMInnovative Growing TechniquesLearn about alternative cultivation methods, such as dry farming, aeroponics, hugelkultur and living soil indoors, and discover if they have a place at your operation.GENERAL SESSION3:25 PM – 4:20 PMNetworking BreakGENERAL SESSION3:30 PM – 4:15 PMTechnology & Solutions SessionSponsored By CULTIVATION4:25 PM – 5:30 PMHow to Launch a Profitable Cannabis Cultivation BusinessCasey ConnellSpeaker: Casey Connell, President, Contender GardensCULTIVATION4:25 PM – 5:30 PMLighting Research Intensive: How Spectrum and Intensity Influences Plant Characteristics and DevelopmentBruce BugbeeSpeaker: Bruce Bugbee, Professor, Utah State University, Department of Plants, Soil and ClimateJeremy PlumbSpeaker: Jeremy Plumb, Director of Production Science, Pruf CultivarDISPENSARY4:25 PM – 5:30 PMHow to Launch a Profitable Cannabis DispensaryDebby GoldsberrySpeaker: Debby Goldsberry, Executive Director, Magnolia WellnessAnna ShreeveSpeaker: Anna Shreeve, President, Urban Paragon, Inc.DISPENSARY4:25 PM – 5:30 PMMaking Cents: Tips for Banking, Cash Handling, Credit Card Processing and Cryptocurrency Banking access and compliance continues to be an issue for the cannabis industry. Learn from this leading, veteran college business professor how to overcome challenges in banking services related to cannabis sales transactions. Explore the traditional and non-traditional options that exist and which are most viable for your business--including digital currencies and services--to help transition most successfully from a cash-only business.Shad EwartSpeaker: Shad Ewart, Professor & Administrator, Anne Arundel Community CollegeGENERAL SESSION5:30 PM – 7:30 PMNetworking/Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall
2 aprilGENERAL SESSION8:30 AM – 7:30 PMRegistration OpensGENERAL SESSION9:00 AM – 7:30 PMExhibit Hall OpensGENERAL SESSION9:00 AM – 10:00 AMContinental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall GENERAL SESSION9:15 AM – 9:45 AMHemp-Derived CBD: Should It Be in Your Future?Understanding the hemp-derived CBD market and how to leverage the popularity and accessibility of hemp-derived CBD in THC markets. Lex PelgerSpeaker: Lex PelgerDavid BonvillainSpeaker: David Bonvillain, Principal/Chief Science Officer, Elite Botanicals/Elite CaliforniaGENERAL SESSION10:00 AM – 11:00 AMKeynote Panel: Global Cannabis and Your RoleWith international cannabis a reality, Canada's legalization rollout, consolidation, buyouts and publicly traded companies: Are big businesses the future? How can small businesses survive? This expert panel will explore the outlook for the industry's small and big businesses—defining their role in our future.Crystal OliverSpeaker: Crystal Oliver, Co-Owner/Founder, Washington's Finest CannabisJohn BillingsSpeaker: John Billings, Head of Cultivation, The FarmCULTIVATION11:10 AM – 12:00 PMImprove Your Nutrient Management ProgramNutrients fuel plant growth and health, and managing those nutrients to maximize certain plant expressions has become a science unto itself. In this session, learn how to control your nutrients and feedings to ensure a consistent, healthy and prosperous crop.Brian WhipkerSpeaker: Brian Whipker, Professor of Floriculture, North Carolina State UniversityCULTIVATION11:10 AM – 12:00 PMFacility Design I: IndoorIndoor cultivation facility design has more facets to it than most people can imagine—from proper layout for maximizing efficiencies to designing HVAC and irrigation/fertigation systems, room setup for maximizing yield, pest-prevention and sanitary protocols, additional non-grow space you will need, and much more. Get a head start on designing your indoor facility or making adjustments as you evolve and/or expand.Shawn FisherModerator / Speaker: Shawn Fisher, Partner, Crump Wilson ArchitectsAutumn KarceySpeaker: Autumn Karcey, CEO, Cultivo, Inc.Anthony Winston IIISpeaker: Anthony Winston III, Owner & Electrical Engineer , Winston Engineering LLCGENERAL SESSION11:10 AM – 12:00 PMImprove Your Tax StrategyUnderstanding the ins and outs of 280E while maximizing deductions and preparing for an audit.Eric SandyModerator: Eric Sandy, Digital Editor, Cannabis Business Times/Cannabis DispensaryDean GuskeSpeaker: Dean Guske, CPA, Guske & Company Inc.Rachel GilletteSpeaker: Rachel Gillette, Partner & Chief, Greenspoon Marder’s Cannabis Law PracticeDISPENSARY11:10 AM – 12:00 PMStarting and Succeeding with Cannabis Drive-Thrus, Online Ordering and Delivery BusinessesGENERAL SESSION12:00 PM – 1:30 PMNetworking Lunch in Exhibit HallGENERAL SESSION12:30 PM – 1:15 PMTechnology & Solutions SessionSponsored By CULTIVATION1:30 PM – 2:20 PMFacility Design II: GreenhouseGreenhouses can be as simple as a hoophouse or nearly as complex as an indoor cultivation facility. The key is the structure harnesses the power of the sun to both light the canopy and moderate the temperature and humidity of the environment. In this session, learn from greenhouse operators and cannabis cultivation experts the tips, tricks and best practices of designing a greenhouse, ranging from ergonomics to automation and scaling workflow.Dr. Nadia SabehSpeaker: Dr. Nadia Sabeh, President & Founder, Dr. Greenhouse Inc.CULTIVATION1:30 PM – 2:20 PMLower Your Cost Per Pound While Maximizing Yield In this session, gain access to a wide range of techniques from leading experts on how to boost your production levels while minimizing costs. Top concepts that you’ll learn about include: How to maximize yields through environmental manipulation, cultivar selection, plant nutrition optimization, workflow processes and facility design. You’ll also learn ways to reduce labor with automation, workflow processes and facility design, as well as reduce input costs with automation, streamlined workflow processes, improved facility design and customized nutrient formulations.David HolmesSpeaker: David Holmes, Founder/CEO, Clade9Andrew LangeSpeaker: Andrew Lange, Chief Technical Officer, Agrios Global HoldingsGENERAL SESSION1:30 PM – 2:20 PMLearn to Navigate an Acquisition DealThis year, the pressure on the market to consolidate is high. Many businesses are entering deals to be acquired (or to acquire other businesses) without proper legal counsel, and the end result can be less than ideal. It’s important to understand different partnerships (i.e., licensing, investments and options to structure these deals) and what to expect throughout the M&A processEric SandyModerator: Eric Sandy, Digital Editor, Cannabis Business Times/Cannabis DispensaryDan Nicholls, CFASpeaker: Dan Nicholls, CFA, Director, Capital Markets Advisory Services, MGO | ELLO AllianceDISPENSARY1:30 PM – 2:20 PMFoolproof SOPs and Employee HandbooksDiscover how to create standard operating procedures to ensure smooth and compliant dispensary operations throughout the supply chain, as well as consistently effective staff performance, whether you run one dispensary or 50. Learn from experts how to train your employees to utilize your SOPs and how managers can use SOPs to monitor and improve employee performance and ensure overall retail success. Cassie NeidenModerator: Cassie Neiden, Managing Editor, Cannabis Business Times/Cannabis DispensarySpeaker: Laura Day, Director of Operations, Yerba BuenaBrad SpeidellSpeaker: Brad Speidell, Chief Dispensing Officer, The Green Solution (TGS) ColoradoGENERAL SESSION2:30 PM – 3:30 PMNetworking Break in Exhibit HallGENERAL SESSION2:40 PM – 3:25 PMTechnology & Solutions SessionCULTIVATION3:30 PM – 4:30 PMThe Latest Data-Backed Research in Soil and Soilless SubstratesThis presentation will cover the basic principles of containerized crop production in soils and soilless substrates highlighting some pros and cons of each. We will also discuss various management practices associated with growing in controlled environment production systems. Recent science-based research trial data will be presented on topics including substrate physical properties, irrigation management, and pH effect on rooting and plant growth.Brian JacksonSpeaker: Brian Jackson, Director of Horticultural Substrates Laboratory, North Carolina State UniversityDISPENSARY3:30 PM – 4:30 PMMarketing That WorksFrom loyalty programs, to email marketing, social media best practices, advertising and more advanced techniques, find out what strategies will help you drive more traffic and build a bigger base of repeat customers.Dan ZarraellaSpeaker: Dan Zarraella, Director of Marketing , The+SourceChrissy HadarSpeaker: Chrissy Hadar, Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, Oregrown IndustriesGENERAL SESSION3:30 PM – 4:30 PMThe Biggest Legal Pitfalls Cannabis Businesses Encounter and How to Avoid ThemFrom product liability to state and local compliance (including risks from wrongdoing by partners/suppliers and employees (e.g., theft/diversion, serving loopers) to HR issues), ensure you are protected from seed to sale. Plus, how to prepare for “worst-case scenarios” that cannabis business owners encounter (including raids, consumer lawsuits, criminal offenses) before they arise.Maria DenzinSpeaker: Maria Denzin, Owner, MJ HR Strategic SolutionsMatthew AbelSpeaker: Matthew Abel, Founder, Cannabis Counsel, P.L.C.Ann GrimaldiSpeaker: Ann Grimaldi, Principal, Grimaldi Law OfficesCULTIVATION3:30 PM – 4:05 PMPart I: Cannabis Testing: Pesticide Compliance and Best PracticesJohn ScottSpeaker: John Scott, Pesticide Section Chief, Colorado Department of AgricultureCULTIVATION4:05 PM – 4:30 PMPart II: Cannabis Testing: Get a Grip On Your Lab ResultsOperators that follow good manufacturing practices (GMPs) are better equipped to deal with the uncertainties of the current lab situation in the cannabis industry. In this session, learn how to:Understand and predict lab results;Identify the root cause of unexpected testing results to know if it stems from the operator or the lab; andProvide documented history to refute claims or lab results.Lezli EngelkingSpeaker: Lezli Engelking, Founder & CEO, FOCUS StandardCULTIVATION4:40 PM – 5:30 PMQuick-Fire Tips Session: Growing From Tissue Culture, Clones and SeedsLearn the advantages and limitations of each of these three methods of crop production, plus tried-and-true strategies for maximizing them in your cultivation operation.Ian DavidsonSpeaker: Ian Davidson, Chief Marketing Officer, Segra InternationalMojave RichmondSpeaker: Mojave Richmond, Founding Member, BioAgronomics Group ConsultantsHope JonesSpeaker: Hope Jones, Founder & CEO, Emergent Cannabis SciencesCULTIVATION4:40 PM – 5:30 PMAre Your Profit Margins Driving You to Bankruptcy?Find out how to determine what profit margins you need to operate a profitable cultivation business over the long term, and how to establish costs in line with your profit goals. GENERAL SESSION4:40 PM – 5:30 PMScience That Sells: Debunking the Sativa and Indica Myths and Instead Focusing on Terpenoids, Cannabinoids and Flavonoids Growing or recommending cannabis varieties via their botanical names (indica, sativa, hybrid) is not an accurate way of categorizing how a person might feel when consuming cannabis. Here, experts divulge why you should not be selecting (nor promoting to customers) varieties based solely on botanical characteristics, but instead by analyzing each cultivar's secondary metabolite make-up, such as cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids--and their "entourage effect."Speaker: Jeremy Plumb, Director of Production Science, Pruf CultivarSpeaker: Jeremy Sackett, Founder & Chief Science Officer , Cascadia LabsAndrea Sparr-Jaswa Speaker: Andrea Sparr-Jaswa , Director of Education, FarmaDISPENSARY4:40 PM – 5:30 PMAre Your Profit Margins Driving You to Bankruptcy?How determine what profit margins you need to operate a profitable dispensary business over the long term, and how to establish costs in line with your profit goals. GENERAL SESSION5:30 PM – 7:30 PMNetworking/Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall
3 aprilGENERAL SESSION8:30 AM – 3:00 PMRegistration OpensGENERAL SESSION8:30 AM – 2:00 PMExhibit Hall OpensGENERAL SESSION8:30 AM – 10:00 AMContinental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall GENERAL SESSION9:00 AM – 9:45 AMTechnology & Solutions SessionGENERAL SESSION10:00 AM – 10:50 AMKeynote SessionJeremy PlumbSpeaker: Jeremy Plumb, Director of Production Science, Pruf CultivarGENERAL SESSION10:50 AM – 11:50 AMNetworking Break in Exhibit Hall GENERAL SESSION10:55 AM – 11:40 AMTechnology & Solutions SessionDISPENSARY11:50 AM – 12:30 PMSuccessfully Expand Your Medical Dispensary to the Adult-Use MarketLearn the essential considerations—from establishing/maintaining your core identity, logistics (parking, waiting room, expansion/buildouts) to product selection, lessons learned, common mistakes to avoid, and best practices—to ensure a successful transition.Claudio MirandaSpeaker: Claudio Miranda, Co-Founder, Guild EnterprisesMichael DundasSpeaker: Michael Dundas, Founder, President & CEO , Sira NaturalsGENERAL SESSION12:30 PM – 2:00 PMNetworking Lunch in Exhibit HallGENERAL SESSION1:00 PM – 1:45 PMTechnology & Solutions SessionSponsored By GENERAL SESSION2:00 PMExhibit Hall ClosesGENERAL SESSION2:00 PM – 3:00 PMSecuring Investment Capital and Managing Investor RelationsExperts will teach you how to find and appeal to the right investors for your business, negotiate equitable deals, and navigate the challenges of investor expectations and “on the ground” realities during start up and expansion phases. GENERAL SESSION3:00 PMEvent Concludes