2020 Boston Conference Program: October 20 – 22

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Thursday, October 24

The Dominos Are Falling: An Industry Update

As the cannabis industry crosses the Mississippi, establishing a more consolidated and regulated business landscape, and CBD is popping up in large retail chains across the country, it’s hard to keep up with everything. Get a complete overview of the… Read More >

Day:Thursday, October 24
Time:11:10 am - 11:30 am
Room Number:Main Stage

CultivatED: Advancing Equity in the Cannabis Industry

Announcing the nation’s first public-private jail-to-jobs fellowship program by and for the cannabis industry, solely focused on educating, empowering, and employing individuals disproportionately impacted by the failed war on drugs. Come hear how CultivatED will serve as a model for… Read More >

Day:Thursday, October 24
Time:11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Room Number:Main Stage

Raising Capital and Vetting Capital Raises – for investors and entrepreneurs

Are you trying to raise capital for your early-stage company or are you an investor considering an investment in an early-stage company? Which type of financial instrument is appropriate? How should you pitch to an investor? How does an investor… Read More >

Day:Thursday, October 24
Time:12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room Number:108

The Challenges of Corporate Culture Change in the Cannabis Industry

Lack of minority and women representation in ownership and C-suite positions in the Cannabis Industry has been a hot button topic. Join some of the industry’s leading figures as they discuss the challenges of “A corporate culture change.” Topics will… Read More >

Day:Thursday, October 24
Time:12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room Number:107

How MMJ Companies Can Prepare for FDA/Government Regulation and Oversight – What Pharma Taught Us?

The FDA is coming!  With the popularity of state-wide medical cannabis legalization, it is not a question of if FDA oversight will happen, but when.  In the meantime, what can MMJ companies do to prepare themselves for coming regulations and… Read More >

Day:Thursday, October 24
Time:12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room Number:109
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Build, Grow and Expand Your Cannabis Business

Learn what you should expect from the business, pitfalls to avoid, tax and financial strategies, marketing strategies and operational strategies. Are you looking to enter the cannabis industry and are unsure what road is the best one to take? Then… Read More >

Day:Thursday, October 24
Time:1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room Number:110
Day:Thursday, October 24
Time:1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Room Number:Main Stage

How Patents Will Drive Cannabis Innovation Around the World

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about what can and can’t be patented in the countries in which prohibition is still relevant; the value of existing patents relating to cannabis patents; the take-away message of the invalidation of claims… Read More >

Day:Thursday, October 24
Time:2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room Number:109

Women Leadership in the Massachusetts Cannabis Industry

While the number of overall positions in the cannabis industry continue to reflect a large majority of men, there is a large and growing number of women in powerful leadership roles in the Massachusetts cannabis industry. Female executive leadership has… Read More >

Day:Thursday, October 24
Time:2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room Number:108

Know Before You Grow: Federal and State Laws for Selling Hemp and CBD Products

Federal vs. State law: Which laws do business operators need to follow to sell hemp and CBD products? Spoiler alert: It's both... and don't forget about the local laws and ordinances. Don't miss this session for a deep dive into… Read More >

Day:Thursday, October 24
Time:2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room Number:107

Business and Law of Marijuana

This panel of experts will address the interplay between state laws legalizing recreational and/or medical marijuana uses and the Federal Controlled Substances Act; enforcement and application of other regulatory regimes governing the operation of marijuana-related businesses, such as banking and… Read More >

Day:Thursday, October 24
Time:3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room Number:109

Vaping Crisis as Health Opportunity

Come listen to the latest information on this ever-changing national crisis. What do we know now?  What has been done and will be done moving forward to solve this issue?  How do we utilize this crisis as an opportunity to… Read More >

Day:Thursday, October 24
Time:3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room Number:Main Stage

Energy Efficiency in a Cultivation Center and Requirements for Massachusetts’ State Compliance

What are the regulations in Massachusetts regarding energy efficiency in a licensed cannabis cultivation center with 10,000 square feet of canopy or more, and ideas on how to be energy efficient and compliant to these rules. Read More >

Day:Thursday, October 24
Time:3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room Number:107

Friday, October 25

280E: Taxing the Cannabis Industry

This session will focus on strategies to minimize the impact of 280E. We will discuss the importance of entity selection and how those choices are applied across the industry. We’ll also discuss current positions of the IRS on businesses in… Read More >

Day:Friday, October 25
Time:11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room Number:108

The State of Medical Cannabis for Veterans

While there have been many pieces of legislation regarding medical cannabis and veterans that have reached Congress, none have been passed. Currently in the House Veterans Affairs committee with 84 Representatives sponsoring it is H.R.712 - VA Medicinal Cannabis Research… Read More >

Day:Friday, October 25
Time:11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room Number:109

FDA and Cannabis: Striking the Balance between Protecting the Public Health and Consumer Demand

The 2018 Farm Bill allowed the interstate sale and transportation of industrial hemp-derived CBD grown and derived in compliance with state programs approved by the USDA, DEA to deschedule CBD that meet the Bill’s requirements; but maintained FDA’s jurisdiction for… Read More >

Day:Friday, October 25
Time:11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room Number:107
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KEYNOTE: Is Consumer-Friendly Cannabis Policy Possible?

Not long ago, there was no "medicinal cannabis" or "recreational cannabis," there was just "marijuana," and if you grew, sold it, or possessed it, you were committing a crime. Starting with Proposition 215 in 1996, we have seen a social… Read More >

Day:Friday, October 25
Time:12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Room Number:Main Stage
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Owning and Operating a Cannabis Business in Massachusetts

Media Sponsor:  NUGL       Learn what you should expect from the business, pitfalls to avoid, tax and financial strategies, marketing strategies and operational strategies. 1:00 PM Dos and Don’ts of Operating a Cannabis Retail Shop Moderator: Jon Napoli, Founder &… Read More >

Day:Friday, October 25
Time:1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room Number:110

The Evolving Cannabis Market: What you need to know today about retail, consumer, and product trends

The cannabis industry is constantly evolving—regulations, legalization, categories, brands, products, consumers, and more are changing every day. As such, BDS Analytics has been tracking the size of the legal cannabinoid markets globally, collecting granular category, brand, and product sales data, and capturing all you… Read More >

Day:Friday, October 25
Time:1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Room Number:107

Hemp Could Save the Planet

Guy will showcase the potential of hemp to alter our food, clothing, and medicine for the better. Guy will outline Hemp’s medicinal benefits and explain how Hemp interacts with the endocannabinoid system in all of us, which ailments Hemp is… Read More >

Day:Friday, October 25
Time:1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Room Number:108

A Bold New Cannabis World

This panel provides a glimpse of the Cannabis Industry through the lens of faith based organizations. Our panel will tackle the various challenges faith based communities face as they begin to enter into the emerging Cannabis Industry.  Read More >

Day:Friday, October 25
Time:1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Room Number:109

Going Public in Canada

Come and discover the opportunities that lie across the border in taking your company to the capital markets, raise capital and create liquidity for your shareholders. This session will bring together industry experts offering their insight into successfully navigating the… Read More >

Day:Friday, October 25
Time:3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room Number:108

Regulatory Updates: The New Frontier – Social Consumption and Delivery

Regulations for social consumption and delivery have been finalized. Now what? What will the process be? Who can be involved? Join the MRCC and esteemed colleagues from the Commonwealth to see how you can be part of the new frontier… Read More >

Day:Friday, October 25
Time:3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room Number:109

Podcasting and Sonic Branding

According to Edison Research, people who listen to podcasts are more educated, affluent, brand-loyal and digitally-engaged than those who do not. Passive consumption platforms like podcasts let consumers engage your branded content while they’re on the road. Join the discussion… Read More >

Day:Friday, October 25
Time:3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room Number:107

Saturday, October 26

Dispensary Owner/Operator Panel: Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs

Dispensary owner/operators’ real-life stories will lead this discussion, encompassing all aspects of their business, including but not limited to: obtaining a license, deciding on a location, navigating local zoning, staffing, community relations, inventory management, transitioning from medical to adult-use, and… Read More >

Day:Saturday, October 26
Time:11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Room Number:108

Cannabis and Hemp Academia Town Hall

Many U.S. universities have begun adding cannabis and hemp courses to their curricula.  Whether in the plant sciences, law, public affairs, medicine, biology, and many more disciplines, cannabis is finding its way into academia at every turn.  Is cannabis in… Read More >

Day:Saturday, October 26
Time:11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Room Number:109

The State of Cannabis Banking

Banking and Payment Processing is on the minds of many business owners. Most are aware of the States Act and the SAFE Banking Act in Congress -- but what will it mean for the banking industry's receptiveness to take on… Read More >

Day:Saturday, October 26
Time:11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Room Number:107

Women of Cannabis in Science, Medicine and Pharma

Women are often overlooked when it comes to the business side of science, medicine and pharma in cannabis, yet there is a growing number of women with science and medical backgrounds at every level. This panel will bring together a scientist,… Read More >

Day:Saturday, October 26
Time:1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room Number:109

How California Can Inform Cannabis Businesses in New Markets: Building it better from the start

In California, cannabis companies suffered from a unique regulatory paradigm where 20% of products failed laboratory analysis tests. New markets, such as Massachusetts, enjoy the opportunity to instill quality at the outset. Companies need to build it better from the… Read More >

Day:Saturday, October 26
Time:1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room Number:108

A Career in Hemp

Almost a year since the 2018 farm bill passed and much has changed. This panel of distinguished leaders in the local hemp and CBD industry will discuss how the regulations are unfolding and what that means for hemp farmers, processors… Read More >

Day:Saturday, October 26
Time:1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room Number:107

Morals, Ethics & Religion and the Cannabis Industry

Morals, ethics and religion might impact someone to decide never to investigate or learn more about the Cannabis Industry. Listen to cannabis professionals who have previously presented to faith-based groups discuss and parse out the “basics of the cannabis industry.”… Read More >

Day:Saturday, October 26
Time:2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Room Number:107

Topics, speakers and times may change without notice.