Programming

Over 100 of the TOP local and national expert speakers & panelists: Doctors, Lawyers, Security experts, Master Growers, Lighting experts, soil makers, organic product producers, healers, investors, builders, marketers, entrepreneurs, and business owners.  You will talk to, and learn from, the best of the best: the true movers and shakers in the fastest growing industry in the world!

NOTE: Programming for the 2017 convention will be divided into four separate tracks.  Track 1, focused on Medical Marijuana, will be open to all attendees.  Admission to tracks 2, 3, and 4 will require that a full admission ticket (B.I.C.) be purchased for one or both days.  Click HERE to see registration options.

 


Saturday, April 22nd

Track 1: Medical marijuana Education & Advocacy (Open to all Attendees)

 10:45-11:15  |  Keynote Address

Catherine Lewis  Catherine Lewis – Director of education, Marijuana Caregivers of Maine

Founder of Homegrown Healthcare of Maine, which specializes in helping those with cancer, ptsd and pain, Catherine joined the board of MMCM Trade Association in 2011. She teaches a variety of classes in Maine to educate patients, caregivers, law enforcement and Medical Marijuana Program laws, business set up, client care, cultivation and more. Catherine also helped create MMCM’s “Home Grown Maine”, an industry trade show. She became the Chair of the Board for MMCM in September 2015.

 

11:30- 1:15  |  Cannabinoids: How they work and why they have so much medical potential

Representatives from MCR Labs, East Coast labs, and Manna Molecular discuss the cannabinoid system, and why it holds so much promise for an incredibly wide range of medical problems.

Michael khan  Michael Kahn – President and Founder, MCR Labs
An advocate for product safety and efficacy through reliable testing in the MMJ industry for over 10 years, Michael brings a wide range of laboratory research and teaching experience, and has spoken publicly for the right of MMJ consumers to access testing results that current scientific practices can provide. Michael is committed to ensuring that MCR Labs is a leader in reliable and trusted cannabis research and testing. He earned an MS in Chemistry from BU and Brandeis.

 

12:30 – 1:15  |  Marijuana as Medicine

As the number of medical cannabis dispensaries across New England continues to increase to meet the needs of more patients, representatives from two local facilities discuss the role of dispensaries and the resources they have available to patients.

 Jamie Lewis  Jaime Lewis- CEO, Mayflower Medicinals Dispensary

Jaime has over a decade of experience leading medical marijuana dispensary operations and managing the production of medical marijuana-infused products. Prior to joining Mayflower Medicinals, Jaime was COO at a Colorado medical dispensary company and is the founder of Mountain Medicine, an infused cannabis product manufacturer and distributor to Colorado dispensaries. Jaime is a founding member of the Cannabis Business Alliance, an influential trade organization that functions as the industry’s chamber of commerce and the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the National Cannabis Business Association, where she serves as a national spokesperson for the regulated cannabis industry.

Dr Karen Munkacy  Dr Karen Munkacy- President and CEOGarden Remedies Dispensary

A breast cancer survivor, Dr. Munkacy, extensively researched medical marijuana and learned that the medicinal benefits of cannabis were backed by a broad base of scientific evidence and medical support.  A  former faculty member at UCLA and USC Medical Centers in Los Angeles,  she is fellowship trained in pain management and received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.  is a member of Americans for Safe Access, promoting safe and legal access to medical marijuana. She was a leader in the successful ballot campaign for the legalization of medical marijuana in Massachusetts, and helped persuade the Massachusetts Medical Society to sponsor a physician education program on the medicine.

 

1:30-2:15  |  Navigating the MMJ system: Adults & children

Navigating the legal system in order to gain access to the medicine patients need can be a daunting task; trying to do so for a minor makes it that much harder.  This session will provide valuable experience and guidance from people have successfully  gone through this process, and now help others to do the same.

Jill Osborn  Jill Osborn – Parents for Pot

Jill is an activist, a writer and a Mom. She chronicles her journey as a special needs mom on her blog www.seizinghope.com. Inspired by the struggles of her daughter with epilepsy she serves as the Family Outreach coordinator and MA chapter leader for Parents 4 Pot helping families who are victims of prohibition. She is a former board member of MassCann/NORML. She advocates for sensible regulations and likes to remind legislators and physicians that kids are patients too.

Donna Hackett  Donna Hacket – Canna Care Docs, Patient Support Specialist

When Donna was diagnosed with breast cancer and lime disease in 2008 she knew right away that cannabis would be a helpful medicine for her situation. Once she was in a healthy place, became a caregiver to help others with cannabis medicine. She has a leading role with IWCC, has been recognized by SKUNK Magazine (2015), testified at more than 10 Rhode Island legislative hearings for both medical and adult use cannabis.

 

2:30-3:30  |  Patients’ Rights – Challenges created by Recreational Legalization

Nicole Snow  Nichole Snow – Executive Director, Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance

Nichole is the executive director of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance. The MPAA works with local and state governmental bodies to ensure the social welfare of medical marijuana patients, doctors, caregivers, medical professionals, advocates, and the general public while developing and implementing laws, policies, and regulations related to medical marijuana and its safe use.

Michael Latulippe  Michael Latulippe – President and Co-Founder, Cannabis Society of Mass.

With an educational background in political science and a professional background in branding, community organizing and Web development, Mike founded the CSM, a membership based non-profit social club focused on organizing groundbreaking events around marijuana and its medicinal and creative purposes. Michael is also the Development Director at the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance and is on the Board of Directors at the Northeast Cannabis Coalition and the Cannabis Business Alliance of Massachusetts.

 

3:45-4:30  |  Cannabis Consumption: Dosing, Labeling & Testing

Scott Churchill  Scott Churchill – Dir. of  Compliance, MCR Labs; NIC Instructor

As a cannabis professional Scott teaches science and safety to the future workers of the cannabis industry of New England.  In addition he provides ISO 17025 accredited laboratory testing for the cannabis community as well as research and development services.  Scott earned his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry degree from Rivier University in 2005, and has eighteen years of professional experience in process engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, and cannabis science.

Chris Hudalla  Chris Hudalla Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, ProVerde Labs

Dr. Hudalla is a founder and Chief Scientific Officer of ProVerde Laboratories, Inc., a premier analytical testing, CO2 extraction and derivative product formulation consultancy for the regulated medical cannabis and hemp industries.  With a Ph.D  from The University of California at Santa Barbara and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Eppley Institute for Cancer Research, Chris is an analytical chemist with more than 25 years of research experience in analytical chemistry.

 

4:45-5:30  |  Storage: Best Practices for safety and shelf-life

Charles P. Rutherford II  Charles P. Rutherford II – Business Development Director, Boveda

 


Saturday, April 22nd

Track 2: Careers and Business (B.I.C. Registration required)

10:30-10:45 |  Keynote Address – Cannabis: Where  Business, Advocacy and Equality Unite

Beth Waterfall  Beth Waterfall – Chair of Women Grow: Boston and Principal, Beth Waterfall Creative

Beth Waterfall is a marketing communications and business development strategist applying sophisticated experience in the legal, financial services, hospitality and not-for-profit industries to help cannabis executives and companies grow. She is the current chairwoman of Women Grow: Boston, and founder of Massachusetts Mothers for Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana.

 

  11:15-12:00  |  Avoiding Cannabis Business Pitfalls

The amazing opportunities available in the Cannabis and Hemp industries come with some unique, and often daunting, challenges: federal legal restrictions, banking difficulties, state-to-state limitations, etc.  Nic Easley, one of the most respected consultants in the industry, discusses the potential pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Nic Easley  Nic Easley – Founder/CEO, Comprehensive Cannabis Consulting (3C)  

Nic and 3C have helped more than 60 clients design, start up, build, and optimize their cultivation and commercial cannabis operations. 3C uses science, research, and education as guiding principles, prioritizing ROI, profitability and shareholder value while recommending both socially and environmentally responsible practices. Nic’s scientific background, combined with 15 years of agricultural field and biological experience offers the industry new possibilities of productivity, profitability, and professionalism. . Nic holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology.

 

1:30-2:15  |  Cannabis career or new business: What’s right for you?

With new recreational markets now open in addition to existing medical programs there are more options than ever before for those you want to enter the industry.  One of the most important choices a person can make is whether to start their own business or follow a more career-minded path. A panel of industry professionals (including both business owners and career professionals discuss their own decision-making process and share their lessons and insights.

 Steve Flaks  Moderator: Steve Flaks – VP Sales, BioTrack THC

Steve Flaks is the VP of Sales for BioTrackTHC, providers of business management and government oversight software for cannabis. Prior to BioTrackTHC, Steve spent 9 years in Sales, Business Development and Leadership within the telecommunications industry, specializing in consulting and providing data networks to large scale enterprises organizations across the Western part of the US. In current role, Steve oversees the sales and business development efforts for BioTrackTHC.

Beth Waterfall Beth Waterfall – Chair of Women Grow: Boston and Principal, Beth Waterfall Creative

Beth Waterfall is a marketing communications and business development strategist applying sophisticated experience in the legal, financial services, hospitality and not-for-profit industries to help cannabis executives and companies grow. She is the current chairwoman of Women Grow: Boston, and founder of Massachusetts Mothers for Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana.

Kamani Jefferson  Kamani JeffersonPresident, Mass Rec Consumer Council

A New York-bred entrepreneur with a background in business development, Kamani co-founded the Cannabis Cultural Association and recently relocated to Boston to work on the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol while also volunteering for both Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance. As the president of the Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council, he helps develop innovation in the Cannabis Industry.

Meg Owen  Meg Owen – Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Leafly

Meg is the Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Leafly, overseeing outbound communication efforts including digital advertising, social media, influencer programming and email marketing. Meg joined Leafly recently after spending 7 years at Edelman where she executed strategies for major entertainment, consumer and technology brands including Microsoft, Starz, REI and Starbucks. Meg has been seen speaking about digital marketing and social media across the country, most recently she was a featured speaker at SXSW discussing digital analytics, ROI and reporting.

  gretchen Gailly  Gretchen Gailly –Director, Communications & Government Affairs

With a wide depth of knowledge in communications stemming from more than 10 years of experience as a journalist, Gretchen has worked in network news as well as in print journalism. She has interviewed heads of state, covered natural disasters, political campaigns, terror trials and told the stories of countless Americans across the country.  She also served as the Communications Director for Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA), the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

 

2:30-3:30  |  Transferable Leadership & Skills in the cannabis industry

With Cannabis and Hemp career opportunities now a reality in New England, many people want to know how to get their start in this exciting new industry.  In this session, attendees will receive practical advice on how to apply the skills and experience they already have to help them enter the cannabis industry.

Sonia Espinosa  Modertor: Sonia Espinosa – CoFounder, Mass Rec Consumer Council

Sonia’s academic work explored the relationship between the cannabis industry and access through race, class, and citizenship. While studying at Harvard, Espinosa helped co-found the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA), an organization which strives to involve underrepresented communities in the legal cannabis/hemp industry, by providing informational workshops, cultural programs, and community events with an emphasis on issues disproportionately affecting communities of color. Currently Sonia is focused on the MRCC, Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council, who’s efforts seek to bridge the gap between communities and local legislators.  A result of this effort is #WeedTalk, an educational visual series that chronicles the science, culture, technology, and economics of the legalization of marijuana.

Ezra Pryor  Ezra Pryor – Heidolph North America

As President of Ez Chem Consultancy, Ezra has been interfacing directly with individuals and companies around the globe in the cannabis industry.  Ezra has focused on acting as faculty for cannabis educational programs and working directly with those in the cannabis industry to improve their methods and quality of products produced. He is the founding member and Chair of the Cannabis Chemistry Committee which has endeavored to form a Cannabis Chemistry Technical Division within the American Chemical Society.

 marcus johnson smith  Marcus Johnson-Smith – Co-Founder, Kush Groove & Founder, Clearwater Branding

Marcus launched the Kush Groove brand in 2011 as an expressions brand for city cannabis users, producing high-quality lifestyle products inspired by the four-twenty friendly movement.  In 2014 he launched the Clearwater Branding Group to work with individual and organizational clients to help enhance their brand identity across marketing channels and present innovative opportunities to increase brand value.

Tiffany-Hogan  Tiffany Hogan – THC Staffing, Recruitment Consultant

As a recruiter for THC Staffing Group, Tiffany works with a variety of companies and candidates from across the country to find diverse talent.  A former associate director of employer relations at the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she has 20 years of experience in recruiting, marketing and operations.  Tiffany is also a volunteer with Women Grow Boston, and holds an MBA from Simmons School of Management.

 

3:45-4:30  |  Creating positive PR for your Cannabis Industry Brand       

This session will provide a comprehensive explanation about how a strategic PR program can build positive awareness of companies, brands and products, heighten reputations and help drive sales. The discussion will include PR tips on how to capture the attention of editors, how to write press releases that get noticed, the dos and don’ts of working with the press, how to merge social media and PR for a doubly powerful strategy.  Also included will be best practices for social media and digital platforms, including how to build fans and followers while avoiding the Facebook censors, what to do – and not do – when building a website, and creating and placing ads that deliver measurable, quantifiable results.

Robert O'Shaunessy  Robert O'ShaunessyRobert O’Shaughnessy – Founder, On Higher Ground

 As the co-founder of the Higher Ground Agency, a PR & Marketing firm in California, Robert leads client branding & identity projects, website builds, and other marketing efforts. Robert is also the California Chair for the Cannabis Marketing Association, and a committee member of the NCIA’s Sales & Marketing Council.

 Parisa  Parisa Mansouri-Rad – VP of Strategy & Partnerships, MaryJaneMarketing

 As Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships for MaryJane Marketing, LLC., a digital-focused Cannabis consulting firm helping brands “hack into mainstream America” through strategic marketing and brand development. Parisa also serves as Fundraising Chair for ​Mom Force​, an organization that works to eliminate stigmas associated with Cannabis consumption, and volunteers with the​ Marijuana Policy Project ​(MPP). Parisa graduated with honors from New Mexico State University with a Major in Agriculture Business and Minor in Marketing.

 Roy Bingham  Roy Bingham – CEO, BDS Analytics

 Roy Bingham is a Harvard MBA and former McKinsey consultant, a serial entrepreneur and founder of BDS Analytics, an indispensable source for cannabis industry data and insight. It collects, processes, and presents point of sale market share data for the cannabis industry.  It provides actionable insights through its GreenEdge software based on accurate information derived from tens of millions of transactions that enables clients (dispensaries, brands and growers) to make smart decisions that sustain their success.

  Greg Welch – Director of Marketing, BioTrackTHC

Greg is Director of Marketing for his company, providers of business management and government oversight software for cannabis. Prior to BioTrackTHC, Greg spent 7 years in Sales and Marketing for the automotive industry specializing in inventory control and data flow technology. In his current role, Greg is responsible for  branding, marketing, and collaborative efforts.

 

4:45-6:00  |  2017 NECANN-Pitch Slam

Do you love “Shark Tank?  If so, you won’t want to miss NECANN’s first ever New England Canna-Pitch Slam!  We received over 100 submissions from local entrepreneurs & new canna-business owners, and on March 10th we will be announcing our three finalists!  They will be invited to pitch their ideas live on stage to a panel of Cannabis Industry investment professionals, with the winner crowned Best New England Canna-Business Opportunity of 2017!    

Judges Panel:

Jessica Geran - Cannapoint Advisors  Jessica Geran – Cannapoint Advisors

Jessica is partner at Cannapoint Advisors, formally of Dutchess Capital. Jessica has been focused on the cannabis space since 2012,  sourcing and analyzing new investment opportunities. She advises portfolio companies and clients on all aspects of operating a company in the cannabis industry including business development, growth strategies, strategic partnerships and capital raising.  Jessica received a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Scott Greiper  Scott Greiper – Viridian

Scott is the president and founder of Viridian Capital Advisors, a New York City based firm that is the first investment banking/strategic advisory firm dedicated to building and financing emerging growth companies in the legal Cannabis industry. He has had a distinguished 25-year career as a research analyst, investment banker, and strategist in the technology industry, and is known as a thought leader. He has been involved in raising more than $400 million in capital for public and private emerging growth technology companies and has completed numerous M&A assignments.  He attended the executive MBA program at Columbia University and holds a BA in economics from The University of Chicago.

 Rob Hunt  Rob Hunt – Tuatara Capital         

Rob is currently a Partner, and the Lead Industry Executive of Tuatara Capital, the largest traditional private equity firm dedicated to cannabis based investments. With more than 15 years of experience in the cannabis industry as an attorney, a consultant, Robert is an active attorney in the State of Colorado and was also the founder of Consult Canna, a cannabis consulting firm where he worked as a professional consultant to many dispensary owners and license seekers in multiple jurisdictions to help navigate a rapidly changing legal landscape.

marta downing  Marta Downing – COO, Canna Care Docs

 

 


Saturday, April 22nd

Track 3: Home Grow and Live Demos (B.I.C. Registration required)

 

10:45-11:00  |  Live Demo – Tinctures Infusions

Essentially alcohol extractions of whole cannabis, tinctures are easy to make and very inexpensive. Plus they contain all 80 of the essential cannabinoids!  In this live demo herbal expert Jennifer Grue will show you how to make your own tinctures at home, and also demonstrate the infusion process.

Jen Grue  Jennifer Grue – Owner, Muffins’ Apothecary

An all-natural herbalist who has focused over 1000 hours to herbal medicine while working to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Food and Farming from UMass.  Muffins’ Apothecary uses locally sourced herbs for health and wellness, with every item made from fresh plants and herbs thoroughly researched to ensure the finest quality.  Jennifer helps patients with many issues, including depression, anxiety, weakened immune system, and more.

 

11:45-12:30  |  Live Demo – Tincturing & Medicating Foods

This live demo hosted by local by Honeydrops Workshop founder Jamie Joplin will show examples of various extraction methods including: Glycerin, Alcohol, and Cold/Hot. Instruction and demonstration of infusing foods with medication will be featured, as well as important elements such as straining, product storage, and how to properly measure your cannabis will also be covered.

Jamie Joplin  Jamie Joplin – Cannabis activist and tincture specialist

Jamie Joplin is a researcher who is constantly developing recipes to accommodate individual needs. Jamie has made hundreds of donations to local patients, and organized Patients 4 People, a pro-cannabis, community outreach. Jamie founded the Honey Droplets Workshop and continues to educate and advocate for patients and caregivers around New England.

 

12:45-1:45  |  Cannabis Cultivation: From 4 to 400 Lights

Cultivators of every grow size grow, all have one thing in common: the highest quality cannabis for the lowest cost. If you are cultivating under 4 lights, 400 lights, or 4000 lights, this panel will be of interest to you as experienced growers from Maine, Mass, and RI address your most complex concerns or questions. Topics covered will include: Transferable knowledge and techniques regardless of the size of your grow;  Commercial cultivation tech that can be used by home cultivators to increase yield and reduce cost; Integrated Pest Management and Organic Cultivation Practices; Managing costs, regardless of size; Understanding the realities of starting / managing a large-scale cultivation facility.

Mark Dohrety  Moderator: Mark Doherty – Director of Sales, urban-gro

Mark’s passion for positively impacting the Cannabis industry comes through personal experience. When his wife was diagnosed with cancer her doctors highly recommended the use of Cannabis, but they lived in a state that lacked a legal program at the time.  Mark’s experience as a caregiver without options propelled him into advocacy.  Combining his passion with his agricultural experience, he founded MedCann Advisors and then joined the urban-gro team.  Mark has an MBA from the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome.

Jordan Mello  Jordan Mello – Head of Cultivation and Design, In Good Health

Responsible for In Good Health’s business and cultivation operations, Jordan oversees organic IPM regiment, nutrient scheduling, systems hygiene, and staff management.  Jordan’s experience and knowledge of Massachusetts’ strict regulatory standards have made him lead on State regulatory inspections and seed-to-sale tracking.  A graduate of the UMass with BA in Sociology and Criminal Justice, Jordan has become an advocate for individuals and companies in the Cannabis industry.

Brent Vanzile  Brent Vanzile – Dr of Cultivation, Greenleaf Compassionate Care

Having grown up on farms in upstate NY and MD, Brent moved to New England to be at the fore front of medical marijuana on the East Coast. His work at Greenleaf began with building their extraction department from the ground up. Brent takes his knowledge of what makes a great extract and transposes it to the growing process. His professional focus includes cultivar development, landrace varieties, and sustainable practices.  Brent designs, builds, and operates licensed MMJ facilities through his companies, Westbrook Creek LLC and Hanoi Towner Consultants.

Issac E  Isaac E. – Owner, Westbrook Creek & Maine Licensed Caregiver

Isaac is a precision horticulturalist and previously a mathematician, and theoretical computer scientist. Prior to his experience in precision horticulture, he conducted research in geometric folding algorithms with tenured professors and PHD candidates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Professor Erik Demaine’s Open Problems Research Group. His algorithmic research into planar linkage mechanisms, graph theory, and combinatorics translated quickly to the production dynamics and processes in horticulture.

 

2:00-3:00  |  Future of Hemp in New England

Many experts feel that in the long run, the most successful product in the industry will be hemp rather than recreational cannabis.  In the session, Rick Trojan and the Hemp Road Trip  talk about the opportunities and future of Hemp in New England.  The discussion will include an overview of hemp, including history and prohibition leading to an analysis the hemp landscape in New England, and the advocacy needed for nationwide legalization.

rick-trojan  Rick Trojan – The Hemp Road Trip

Rick is an owner, adviser, and investor in the cannabis industry. He became involved with the largest hemp farm in the nation, which has grown to nearly 300 acres planted. Learning firsthand about the cultivation, harvesting, processing and distribution of industrial hemp, and the legal challenges inherent therein, Rick created Hemp Road Trip to attack the problem of prohibition through nationwide education and outreach.

 

3:15-6:00  |  Home Growing Best Practices

Presented by New England Grass Roots Institute

3;15-4:15  |  INDOOR CULTIVATION

Beginners to home cultivation have lots of questions: How do I get started with an indoor grow?  How much space do I need?  What kind of equipment do I need to start an indoor grow?  What kind of fertilizer is best for me? why is Organic Grow so important?  How do I stay in compliance with Mass law & regulation on cultivation?  This session will focus on how to nurture your favorite genetics to flower in the environment you choose. Format will be a 45 minute instruction/demo, followed by a 15 minute audience.

4:15-5:15  |  Best Practices: OUTDOOR CULTIVATION

In this segment, we will cover the best practices of maximizing the grow of your favorite flowers in the challenging outdoor environments of New England.  Areas covered include: Latitude matters, understanding cannabis genetics & grow zones; Light Deprivation, Hoop Houses & Green Houses; Why Organic Grow is so important; Mass law & regulation on outdoor cultivation. Format will be a 45 minute instruction/demo, followed by a 15 minute audience.

5:15-6:00  |  Best Practices: WAREHOUSE /LARGE SCALE CULTIVATION

Grow space real estate is red hot in Mass & Maine in anticipation of legal large scale cultivation. This session will cover the best practices of large scale growing, including: Increasing your indoor grow footprint; Large Scale equipment trends; Mass law & Regulation on large scale cultivation.  Format will be a 45 minute instruction/demo, followed by a 15 minute audience.

New England Grass Roots Cultivation Presenters

Mike Fitzgerald  Mike Fitzgerald – Co-founder, NEGRI

Mike is a master grower with over 40 years’ experience, and a cannabis genetics Expert.  He has appeared as a Massachusetts State Medical Marijuana criminal court defense cultivation Defense witness/ expert, and is the Co-Founder of the New England Grass Roots Institute.

paul brennan  Paul Brenann

As an instructor at New England Grass Roots Institute, Paul has a strong working knowledge of cannabis science and the endocannabinoid system, and is an expert at organic cultivation.  A life-long advocate for personal liberty, his greatestr passion is helping patients understand their medicine and breaking the stigma of cannabis use.

Mike Whittiker  Mike Whittiker

Currently serving as the law instructor for New England Grass Roots Institute, Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College, focused on community development. He’s also worked with the Massachusetts State Police Drug Recognition Officers becoming the first patient to undergo DUI testing in an effort to further cannabis patient rights regarding motor vehicle stops.

Mark goldberg  Mark Goldberg

Mark a master grower and founder and CEO of a highly respected medical cannabis collective with members and partnerships across California.  In this capacity Mark oversaw warehouse design, operations, and cultivation; relationships and patient programs; as well as safety, quality, and compliance.  Mark’s efforts helped positively impact the lives of over 5,000 patients in San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Saturday, April 22nd

Track 4: Education Village (B.I.C. Registration required)

Looking for answers to sa specific questioabout medical marijuana, Mass Cannabis laws, home-growing, or advocacy?   MassCan/NORML has you covered!  They will be hosting an informal “Education village” that will be open all day offering a B.I.C. registered attendees a 1-on-1 setting for advice & guidance on Cannabis legality, advocacy, medicinal uses and more from local industry experts! Staffed by experienced members of MassCann/NORML with expertise across the entire spectrum of medical and recreational cannabis use.


 

 Sunday, April 23rd

Track 1: Medical marijuana Education & Advocacy (Open to all Attendees)

 10:45-11:15  |  Keynote Address

Bill Downing  Bill Downing – Yankee Care Givers (See full Bio here)

 A true industry pioneer who needs no introduction, Bill Downing has extensive experience as both a serial entrepreneur and as a cannabis tradesman, activist and researcher.  He has started  successful businesses in multiple fields and helped launch Yankee Care Givers– serving cannabis products to over 1,000 medical marijuana patients at costs well-below street prices. Bill first joined MASS CANN/NORML in 1990 and within a few months was elected President. Since then he has voluntarily dedicated a large portion of his waking hours to the moderation of marijuana laws, including 13 years as President, and his current role as Treasurer.

 

 

11:30-12:15  |  Patients’ Rights – Challenges created by Recreational Legalization

 

Nicole Snow  Nichole Snow – Executive Director, Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance

Nichole is the executive director of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance. The MPAA works with local and state governmental bodies to ensure the social welfare of medical marijuana patients, doctors, caregivers, medical professionals, advocates, and the general public while developing and implementing laws, policies, and regulations related to medical marijuana and its safe use.

 Michael Latulippe  Michael Latulippe – President and Co-Founder, Cannabis Society of Mass.

With an educational background in political science and a professional background in branding, community organizing and Web development, Mike founded the CSM, a membership based non-profit social club focused on organizing groundbreaking events around marijuana and its medicinal and creative purposes. Michael is also the Development Director at the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance and is on the Board of Directors at the Northeast Cannabis Coalition and the Cannabis Business Alliance of Massachusetts.

 

12:30-1:15  |  Cannabinoids: How Chemical Analysis of Cannabis Works & Why it Matters

Representatives from MCR Labs, East Coast labs, and Proverde Labs discuss the science behind Cannabis testing and the many vital applications of the data.

 

1:30-2:15  |  New Age Cannabis: potency, & application for patients     

Experts will discuss the “new age” of cannabis products, and how to safely and effectively handle dosing and consumption methods.

Nial DeMena  Nial DeMena- CEO, Co-founder and President of Manna Molecular Science LLC

Nial  is the chief executive officer, cofounder and president of Manna Molecular Science LLC. Nial entered the cannabis industry in 2013 as a cofounder and operations director of Manna Wellness Inc., a nonprofit applicant for dispensary licensure in Massachusetts.

         

2:30-3:15  |  MMJ- Cannabis as medicine/therapy

Master Grower and AF veteran Ellen Brown leads a panel discussion on the growing success of Cannabis as treatment of PTSD and other post-service ailments. The panel will consist of active members of the New England Veterans Alliance.

 

Ellen Brown  Moderator: Ellen Brown – Founder, Sinsemilla Seminars
Ellen Brown started her cannabis career after serving in the United States Air Force, where she was named Air Combat Command – nutritional medicine airman of the year.   She managed the dispensary Nature’s Nexus in California for a number of years before putting her vast knowledge to use as a teacher.  Over the last decade Ellen has taught thousands of students, patients and caregivers all over the country from large classroom settings to freelance consulting. She has spent her career using her knowledge to inspire others to become their own best advocates. She holds seminars on cooking with cannabis, cultivation and best practices.  She has spoken all over the world from the Boston Freedom Rally to High Times Jamaica Cannabis Cup.

 

Derek Cloutier  Derek Cloutier – President and Co-Founder, New England Veterans Alliance

Derek is a Combat Veteran, serving as a Rifleman in the Marine Corps in Fallujah, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006.  After returning home and battling with PTSD, he was suggested cannabis as an alternative to pills. Now President and Co-Founder of New England Veterans Alliance  which is advocates ofr, assists, and mentors veterans needing help getting off harmful pharmaceuticals or onto a healthier lifestyle with more natural options through cannabis, outdoor activities, social enrichment events, cultivation therapy and education.”

SeanJudge  Sean Judge –  Co-Founder, New England Veterans Alliance

A WTC responder and Combat Infantryman/ Medic Iraq OIF III, Sean left EMS for PTSD driven issues and used Marijuana to treat his symptoms.  message to my peers and peer support was naturally the next correct step. He Co-founded NEVA with the aim to cultivate veterans through peer contact, alternative wellness, and educating in self sufficiency our natural environments.

Paul Rifkin  Paul Rifkin – Army Veteran, Peace Activist

A U.S. Army vet (1960-1962), Paul has a degree from George Washington University, and donates his time to peace activism while tending duties as the co-owner of Moonakis Cafe in Falmouth.

Sarah S  Sarah Stenuf – Army Veteran, Board Member Cannabis Cultural Association

Sarah is a retired Army veteran on a mission to help raise awareness and educate others about the dangers that veterans face as a result of prescription drugs and post-service issues.  She founded Women Veterans Collective, is a board member for Cannabis Cultural Association, and is a member of SuperCloset’s Outside Growers Program. Sarah speaks around the country connecting with fellow veterans to develop much needed resources to end the stigmas on plant based medicine and to create social justice reform.

 

3:30-4:30  |  The Legal Landscape in New England

Recreational cannabis may be legal in Massachusetts and Maine, but confusion still reigns in regards to what is and is not permissible under the new laws.  This session will bring attendees up to speed on the current situation, and how things will changes of the next couple of years.

chris faraone  Chris Faraone  – Dig Boston Editor, & Director, BINJ

A long-time local medical marijuana advocate, Chris  is a  veteran (and modern legend) of the alternative news scene.  As a staff writer at the Boston Phoenix from 2008 to 2013, he covered everything from rap music and political movements to cults and the state legislature, and won a number of awards including several from the New England Newspaper & Press Association and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.  Currently the Editor of DigBoston and the Director of Editorial for the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism,  he is also the author of four books including ’99 Nights with the 99 Percent’ and ‘Heartbreak Hell.’

Mike Cann  Mike Crawford – Columnist, The Token Truth, & Radio Show Host

Mike is a medical marijuana patient, long-time activist, the host of “The Young Jurks” on WEMF Radio, and the author of the weekly column The Tokin’ Truth, which is produced in coordination with the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. He formerly wrote the column Blunt Truth under the name Mike Cann.

Shanel Lindsay  Shanel Lindsay – MA Attorney & President, Ardent Cannabis

Shanel is an attorney, inventor, and cannabis advocate. She is an active member of the National Bar Association, currently as a regional board member.  A long-time cannabis advocate, she is also a Board Member of the Massachusetts Patients Advocacy Alliance.

 

4:45-5:30  |  Packaging, labeling & storage: Best practices for safety & maximizing shelf-life

 David Marinac  Dave Marinic – Founder, ABC Packaging

David is founder and CEO of ABC Packaging Direct and StandUpPouches.net and a 30-year veteran of the custom-packaging industry. He helps businesses succeed through flexible packaging that is irresistible to customers and that also grows their brand. His revolutionary approach combines cutting-edge Internet marketing techniques, a powerful virtual team, unmatched customer service, and a can-do-anything attitude.


 Sunday, April 23rd

Track 2: Careers and Business (B.I.C. Registration required)

10:45-11:15  |  Keynote Address

Scott Greiper  Scott Greiper – Viridian

 Scott is the president and founder of Viridian Capital Advisors, a New York City based firm that is the first investment banking/strategic advisory firm dedicated to building and financing emerging growth companies in the legal Cannabis industry. He has had a distinguished 25-year career as a research analyst, investment banker, and strategist in the technology industry, and is known as a thought leader. He has been involved in raising more than $400 million in capital for public and private emerging growth technology companies and has completed numerous M&A assignments.  He attended the executive MBA program at Columbia University and holds a BA in economics from The University of Chicago.

 

11:30-12:45  |  Cannabis career or new business: What’s right for you?

Taylor Jones  Moderator: Taylor Jones – Senior Sales Executive, BioTrack THC

Taylor Jones is the Senior Sales Executive for BioTrackTHC, the leading Seed-to-Sale tracking and Point-of-Sale software designed specifically for the Cannabis industry; specializing in business management and government compliance for cannabis businesses. Prior to BioTrackTHC, Taylor worked for an Oracle partner providing enterprise data quality solutions for major ERP systems in over a dozen industries. When Taylor is not focused on selling, he is assisting in the product development of BioTrack’s new web application, BT Command Center, a real-time analytics dashboard to help analyze and streamline business operations.

christinelunsford_Promax  Christine Lunsford – COO, Promax Grow

 Before joining ProMax Grow, Christie served as a consultant during the licensing, development, and formulation phases of multiple cultivations, medical cannabis centers and infused product manufacturers in California, Colorado, Illinois and Washington. She was named Woman of the Year at the December 2015 Cannabis Business Awards, and served on the American Herbal Products Association Cannabis Committee. She currently sits on the Standards Creations Committee for both Infused Products and Cultivation of the Foundation of United Cannabis Standards.

 Ezra Pryor  Ezra Pryor  – Heidolph North America

As President of Ez Chem Consultancy, Ezra has been interfacing directly with individuals and companies around the globe in the cannabis industry.  Ezra has focused on acting as faculty for cannabis educational programs and working directly with those in the cannabis industry to improve their methods and quality of products produced. He is the founding member and Chair of the Cannabis Chemistry Committee which has endeavored to form a Cannabis Chemistry Technical Division within the American Chemical Society.

Julia G  Julia Germaine – Co-founder, Temescal Wellness

Julia Germaine is the manager of training and compliance for Temescal Wellness, a vertically integrated medical cannabis operator currently licensed in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maryland. She joined the cannabis industry as a co-founder and director of Temescal’s MA-licensed non-profit (formerly Manna Wellness) in 2013, and is its chief operating officer. As an independent consultant, she has scored cannabis license applications for a state government, chaired the 2016 launch of Women Grow: Boston, produced a cannabis research and patient care seminar, and interfaced with local, state and federal legislators and members of the judiciary regarding medical and legal cannabis program implementation.

 

12:45-1:30  |  Drug Tests: Passing Them and Protecting Your Rights

With cannabis use laws in flux state-to-state, and a conflicting Federal policy, knowing your rights when it comes to drug testing is harder than ever.  In this session, Cannabis & Hemp Association founder Scott Gianotti will talk about employee drug testing policies, how to protect your rights, and best practices on preparation if you have to take on.

 

Scott G  Scott Gianotti – Founder, Cannabis and Hemp Association

 Known as ‘The Hemp Coach’, with over 20 years of participatory action research of cannabis and hemp, Scott provides life and business development consulting and coaching to individuals and corporations seeking to optimize the benefits of cannabis and hemp in their lives. As Founder of the Cannabis and Hemp Association, he has created a strong business trade association sponsored by many of the biggest companies in the cannabis and hemp industry.

 

1:45-2:45 Leadership & Social Responsibility in the cannabis industry

As the Cannabis and Hemp industries develop and explode in the United States, learn from this panel of industry leaders about building a socially-responsible business and having a positive impact on under-served communities and the environment.

 

Michael Z  Michael Zaytsev – Author, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Cannabis

 

  Frank Mastrobuono – Co-founder, Earthly 

Frank began his career as an environmental scientist, but an MBA school project in social entrepreneurship sprouted into Earthly—a company that believes in the power of business to drive social change. Earthly collects food waste from local businesses and feeds it to a certain species of worms. Their manure is referred to as “worm castings,” an all-natural soil amendment that is a staple ingredient in many methods of growing cannabis. Earthly offers a variety of easy-to-use growing products for the cannabis industry and beyond.

Takiya Anthony-Price  Takiya Anthony-Price – Co-Founder, A Better View & healthy Headie Consultant

While serving a Healthy Headie Consultant,  Takiya is also the co-founder of a cannabis non-profit, A Better View, and co-host of up and coming podcast Joints n’ Dress Shirts.   She’s also the former Event Co-Chair of the Boston’s Women Grow Chapter.  Takiya holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from Hofstra University.

 

 

3:00-3:45  Business & Home Grow Security

 Cannabis has always been a big business with banking difficulties and  extremely valuable product, which unfortunately makes it a tempting target.  History has shown that when recreational grows become legal in a state, security is the most often over-looked aspect.  In this session attendees, will get practical advice on how to safely secure their assets products, and grow both at business locations, and in their own homes.

Tony Gallo  Tony Gallo – Senior Director, Sapphire Risk Advisory Group

Named the Southwest CannAward 2015 Most Influential Person in the Cannabis Industry, Tony is the Senior Director for Sapphire Risk Advisory Group.  With over 30 years in the Loss Prevention, Audit, and Safety fields, Tony is also a published author on Cannabis security and is considered one of the leading authorities on cannabis security.

Bob K  Robert Kassoff  – VP Sales, Wilson Safe Company

Bob Kassoff has been in the physical security industry over 25 Years, specializing in all aspects of physical security starting in hardware distribution through manufacturing in multiple types of physical security and consulting services. A member of the National Cannabis Security Association, providing all aspects of security and consulting throughout the Cannabis and pharmaceutical industries. Recently helped to write future security requirements for the state of Pennsylvania that will be the model of the industry for security and life safety.

 

4:00-500  |  Cannabis Investment Opportunities

As the options for Cannabis investment continue to rapidly multiply, it’s more important than ever to “look before you leap” into the industry.  A panel of investment experts will discuss their view of the market, investing do’s and don’ts, and their thoughts on what lies ahead.  Format will include an audience Q&A at end of session.

 

 5:15-6:00  |  Entrepreneur Panel Q&A

Every entrepreneur faces challenges, but the legal status and lingering stigma of the Cannabis Industry can make it even more difficult.  A panel of experienced  “ganjapenuers” share their experience and advice before opening the floor to audience Q&A.

Cara B.  Cara Crabb-Burnham – Dean of Students Northeastern Institute of Cannabis
A former President of the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition, Cara organized several events and raised thousands of dollars to put toward cannabis policy reform in Massachusetts She began her career in cannabis through Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Emerson College, assisting in the founding of that chapter.  At NIC she has developed curriculum, operations policies, and a variety of other seminars and events on campus.

Greg Welch  Greg Welch – Director of Marketing, BioTrack THC

Greg is the Director of Marketing for BioTrackTHC, providers of business management and government oversight software for cannabis. Prior to BioTrackTHC, he spent 7 years in Sales and Marketing for the automotive industry specializing in inventory control and data flow technology.


Sunday, April 23rd

Track 3: Home Grow and Live Demos (B.I.C. Registration required)

 

11:30-12:15  |  Infusion & Cooking Demos with Kushville Creations

 Kushville Creations, a Rhode Island based edibles creator specializing in gourmet candies and chocolates will demonstrate 3 easy recipes showinfg attendees how to easily infuse their favorite treats at home!

 

12:30-1:15  |  Creating Cannabis Salves & Natural Skin Products

While edibles get all the headlines, some of the most effective and easy to use forms of cannabis pain-management are infused salves and lotions applied directly to the skin.  In this session, you will learn how these products are made, how they are used, and why they are so effective.

Laura Beohner  Laura Beohner – Co-Founder of The Healing Rose Company

In addition to founding The Healing Rose Company, Laura is Membership Chair for Women Grow: Boston.  Her company makes handcrafted cannabinoid-infused body-care products with natural and organic ingredients, currently donating any products containing THC to MA residents who are 21+ in exchange for testimonials and feedback surveys. They also have a CBD-line of products.

 

1:30-2:15  |  Maximizing lighting and watering for higher ROI

Everyone wants to maximize their grow, and the most effective ways to positively influence your crops are proper lighting and watering.  Experts will discuss the most effective lighting methods for your grow, and how precise watering can influence your yield.

Klye Hamilton  Kyle Hamilton – Sr. Acct Manager, BloomBoss

Kyle manages the client base for BloomBoss’s high performance LED grow lights and services.  He studied Alternative Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems at the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis and has a BA in Computer Science from Muhlenberg College.

Bob Wilson  Bob Wilson  Advance Grow Technologies

 

2:30-3:15  |  Future of Hemp in New England                

Many experts feel that in the long run, the most successful product in the industry will be hemp rather than recreational cannabis.  In the session, Rick Trojan and the Hemp Road Trip  talk about the opportunities and future of Hemp in New England.  The discussion will include an overview of hemp, including history and prohibition leading to an analysis the hemp landscape in New England, and the advocacy needed for nationwide legalization.

 

   Rick Trojan – The Hemp Road Trip

Rick is an owner, advisor and investor in the cannabis industry. He became involved with the largest hemp farm in the nation, which has grown to nearly 300 acres planted. Learning firsthand about the cultivation, harvesting, processing and distribution of industrial hemp, and the legal challenges inherent therein, Rick created Hemp Road Trip to attack the problem of prohibition through nationwide education and outreach.

Cindy Day – HempCT

Cindy is a co-founder of HempCT, a grassroots advocacy organization committed to engaging local communities, inspire critical dialogue, inform politicians and take direct action to restore health and sensibility to our present legislative system.  She is also the CT Policy Coordinator for Civic Trust Public Lobbying Company, and was the Green Party candidate for the 67th District House of Representatives in 2014.

 

3:30-6:00  |  Home Growing Best Practices

Presented by New England Grass Roots Institute

 

3:30-4:30  |  INDOOR CULTIVATION

Beginners to home cultivation have lots of questions: How do I get started with an indoor grow?  How much space do I need?  What kind of equipment do I need to start an indoor grow?  What kind of fertilizer is best for me? why is Organic Grow so important?  How do I stay in compliance with Mass law & regulation on cultivation?  This session will focus on how to nurture your favorite genetics to flower in the environment you choose. Format will be a 45 minute instruction/demo, followed by a 15 minute audience.

 

4:30-5:15  |  Best Practices: OUTDOOR CULTIVATION

In this segment we will cover the best practices of maximizing the grow of your favorite flowers in the challenging outdoor environments of New England.  Areas covered include: Latitude matters, understanding cannabis genetics & grow zones; Light Deprivation, Hoop Houses & Green Houses; Why Organic Grow is so important; Mass law & regulation on outdoor cultivation. Format will be a 45 minute instruction/demo, followed by a 15 minute audience.

 

5:15-6:00  |  Best Practices: WAREHOUSE /LARGE SCALE CULTIVATION

Grow space real estate is red hot in Mass & Maine in anticipation of legal large scale cultivation. This session will cover the best practices of large scale growing, including: Increasing your indoor grow footprint; Large Scale equipment trends; Mass law & Regulation on large scale cultivation.  Format will be a 45 minute instruction/demo, followed by a 15 minute audience.

 

New England Grass Roots Cultivation Presenters

Mike Fitzgerald  Mike Fitzgerald – Co-founder, NEGRI

Mike is a master grower with over 40 years’ experience, and a cannabis genetics Expert.  He has appeared as a Massachusetts State Medical Marijuana criminal court defense cultivation Defense witness/ expert, and is the Co-Founder of the New England Grass Roots Institute.
paul brennan  Paul Brenann

As an instructor at New England Grass Roots Institute, Paul has a strong working knowledge of cannabis science and the endocannabinoid system, and is an expert at organic cultivation.  A life-long advocate for personal liberty, his greatestr passion is helping patients understand their medicine and breaking the stigma of cannabis use.
Mike Whittiker  Mike Whittiker

Currently serving as the law instructor for New England Grass Roots Institute, Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College, focused on community development. He’s also worked with the Massachusetts State Police Drug Recognition Officers becoming the first patient to undergo DUI testing to further cannabis patient rights regarding motor vehicle stops.
Mark goldberg  Mark Goldberg

Mark a master grower and founder and CEO of a highly respected medical cannabis collective with members and partnerships across California.  In this capacity, Mark oversaw warehouse design, operations, and cultivation; relationships and patient programs; as well as safety, quality, and compliance.  Mark’s efforts helped positively impact the lives of over 5,000 patients in San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Sunday, April 3rd

Track 4: Education Village (B.I.C. Registration required)

Looking for answers to sa specific questioabout medical marijuana, Mass Cannabis laws, home-growing, or advocacy?   MassCan/NORML has you covered!  They will be hosting an informal “Education village” that will be open all day offering a B.I.C. registered attendees a 1-on-1 setting for advice & guidance on Cannabis legality, advocacy, medicinal uses and more from local industry experts! Staffed by experienced members of MassCann/NORML with expertise across the entire spectrum of medical and recreational cannabis use.