Rhode Island Programming

Dozens of top local and national industry experts: 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!

Saturday, October 28th


Track 1: Cannabis Business, Careers & Science

11:00am- 11:45am | Clean Cannabis: Why Laboratory Testing & Chemical Safety Matters

This session will explore safe cannabis cultivation & consumption practices, as well as how to use your local laboratory to test your home grown cannabis.
Scott Churchill, Director Of Compliance & Methodology |  MCR Labs


12:00pm- 12:45pm | Positioning Yourself for Success in the Cannabis Industry                                             

Now’s the time for bold professionals to dip their professional toes into the cannabis pond by transferring their skills and making strategic connections to find the right opportunities and connect with the best colleagues and mentors.


Beth Waterfall, Founder | 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 has written for the Boston Globe, Ladybud and Freedom Leaf magazines and is a frequent speaker at events, including the Women Grow Leadership Summit, CannaCon and NECANN. Through her roles as chairwoman of Women Grow: Boston, founder of Massachusetts Mothers for Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana, and member of the NECANN Advisory Board, Beth is a passionate educator, influencer and job creator.

Tiffany Hogan, Recruiter|  THC Staffing

Tiffany Hogan is recruiter for THC Staffing Group, which helps cannabis businesses find diverse talent.  She works with a variety of companies and candidates from across the country.  She has 20 years of experience in recruiting, marketing and operations.  Tiffany is a volunteer with Women Grow Boston, a networking organization for women in the cannabis industry.  She holds a BS in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Simmons School of Management.

Kebra Smith Bolden, RN, Women Grow – CT

Kebra Smith-Bolden is a Registered Nurse in Connecticut and the proud mother of four, including 16 year old triplets. Kebra studied at the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis. She is the CEO of CannaHealth a Holistic Cannabis Health and Wellness Center, and the Market Leader for Women Grow Connecticut, a networking organization that empowers Women to become entrepreneurs in the Cannabis Industry. Her memberships include The Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, Connecticut Norml andThe Minority Cannabis Business Association. Kebra also volunteers on the Steering Committee for  Huerfano County, Colorado’s Faris Green Campus project to Fight Opiate Addiction with Cannabis.


1:00pm-1:45pm | Legalizing Rhode Island in 2018
This session will explore the steps it will take to Legalize Cannabis for Adult Use in the Ocean State. Attend this session to get your questions answered about legislative language, and how to get involved in the upcoming campaign to legalize cannabis.

Matthew Schweich | Regulate RI


2:00pm – 2:45pm | S.M.A.R.T. Cannabis: Activating Millennials to Pursue 420-Friendly Career Paths
Millennials have an opportunity of a lifetime: to run the emerging cannabis and hemp industries! Learn how to apply the skills you have, network among leaders, and start up a cannabis brand of your own.

Nadir Pearson, Founder| Student Marijuana Alliance for Research Transparency

Nadir Pearson is a junior at Brown University majoring in sociology. Nadir otherwise known as @PonyboyPearson leveraged his cinematography and content creation to raise cannabis awareness and eventually land his first internship role with Ardent Cannabis. After a year connecting with cannabis professionals coast to coast, Nadir has now founded SMART (Student Marijuana Alliance for Research & Transparency) at Brown University with the mission to educate millennials and bridge the gap for students into the cannabis industry. Nadir will be giving a Ted Talk on Brown’s campus on November 18th.

Devon Soloniewicz, President | Emerald Brands Inc.

Devon began consulting in 2013 on large scale operations within the cannabis industry. She has spent the past six years in financial services and has worked with industry leaders to bring financial protection and insurance to the main stream for cannabis business owners and their constituents. Her main focuses are branding, growth markets, and providing financial solutions to key sectors of the industry.


3:00pm- 3:45pm | Cannabis + Technology: Tools For Social Justice

 Join Shanel Lindsay, during this session to learn about exciting industry insights regarding the latest inventions and scientific developments that are shaping the future of the cannabis industry and how you consume your medicine.

Shanel Lindsay, Esq. | President, Ardent Cannabis

Shanel Lindsay is an attorney, entrepreneur, and cannabis advocate. She is the founder and president of Ardent LLC, a Boston-based biotech company that develops safe, effective and convenient products for the cannabis industry. A drafter Massachusetts’ adult use cannabis law, founding member and co-chair of the Northeast Cannabis Coalition, Massachusetts Patients Advocacy Alliance advisory board member and well-known advocate for cannabis legalization on the east coast and beyond, Shanel is dedicated to improving public understanding of cannabis’ benefits and eliminating the stigma surrounding its use.


4:00pm-4:45pm | Cannabis Science!

This will be an interactive, and highly participatory session where participants will learn the state of the scientific evidence related to the medical impacts of Cannabis and generate ideas how to engage in advancing the science related to medical Cannabis.

Dr. Marion McNabb  |  MPH, DrPH, CEO, Cannabis Community Care and Research Network 

Dr. McNabb is the CEO of Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN) a Cannabis-focused research and project implementation company. Dr. McNabb has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from Boston University School of Public Health. She has over 15 years of experience implementing sexual and reproductive health programs mainly in Africa and Haiti, including innovative digital health tools for research and project implementation. She is widely published in scientific journals and joined the Cannabis industry in early 2017 to apply her experience to advance the science and integration of medical Cannabis as a treatment alternative. Her goal is to create a Center of Excellence for medical Cannabis care and research in New England.

Douglas Rhodes, RN | Beacon Compassion Center

Douglas Rhodes comes from a background in community health nursing, health promotion education and culinary science. He has worked with MA DPH, Harvard University, Rhode Island School of Design and Signature Healthcare on health promotion projects. Currently Doug is the Patient and Community Service manager for Beacon Compassion Center where he will be assisting with research projects and providing patient and community education.

Saturday, October 28th

Track 2: DIY Cannabis

11:30am – 12:15pm | Infused Brunch
Learn about infusing common foods, micro-dosing and consuming cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

Hannah Lull, Ben Hadley, Devin Tellier | Cannabis Culinary Consultants


12:30pm – 1:15pm | Understanding Edibles & Dosing: Choosing the best options for your relief

In this session, learn about the variety of edibles that exist, including the possibilities for edibles that you have not considered for your wellness regimen

Emily Marote, Kitchen Manager and Chef | Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center


1:30pm – 2:15pm | Introduction to Home Grow Horticultural Equipment

This session is meant to help people get their personal garden started with a small space and budget. Tune in on this session to learn about a variety of important aspects of the home grow, not limited to energy efficiency, nutrients, pests & surviving harvest to reap the benefits of growing your own.

Deb Boynton |  The Grow Store RI


2:30pm- 3:15pm |Sourcing Hemp derived CBD & Creating Healing Salves

Learn about sourcing quality American Grown Hemp CBD, as well as how to infuse your own salves and skin care at home.

Zach Mclnnis, Co-Founder | The Healing Rose Co.


3:30pm- 4:15pm | Healing Secrets of Cannabis for Cancer, Pain, Anxiety, PTSD, Alzheimer’s, & more
In this seminar, we will discuss the many health and healing benefits of the Cannabis plant. Topics will include: the human body and the endocannabinoid system; Cannabis as medication; Whole plant use of Cannabis and The Entourage Effect; Use of different strains allows for optimal benefits; Finding the correct dosage and levels of THC and CBD; Anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties of Cannabis; Hemp CBD versus Cannabis CBD.

Joe Dalton | New England Grass Roots Institute Instructor


4:00pm – 4:45pm | A Pound of Cure: Strategies for running a successful Canna-business 
Win by not losing. This discussion will look at the ways to establish and operate your commercial canna-business within a pro-regulatory framework. We will examine why well-defined rules and limits are to your benefit, and how making smart choices now may ultimately help keep federal intervention at bay.

Mark Goldberg | New England Grass Roots Institute Instructor


Sunday, October 29th

Track 1: Cannabis Business, Careers & Science


10:45am-11:15am | Avoiding Cannabis Business Pitfalls
The “green rush” is here, but the cannabis industry poses many more challenges then most other new businesses. Avoid many common mistakes by learning from those who have already experienced success.

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


11:30am-12:15pm | Organizing to protect Cannabis Policies in RI           

Learn about the steps necessary to acquiring a cannabis/hemp business license in RI, how to get involved to protect and shape the emerging cannabis industry.
The Rhode Island Cannabis Association + Speakers TBA


12:30pm- 1:15pm | Veterans + the Cannabis Industry          This discussion explores current business and cannabis resources available for veterans. Get insight on support groups, grants, and quality cannabis therapy for yourself or a veteran that you know.
New England Veteran’s Alliance + Happy Healing 420


1:30pm-2:15pm | Pursuing a career in the cannabis industry     

This session explores the many opportunities that the cannabis industry has to offer. Learn more about applying the skills you have, acquiring the skills you need and starting your career in the country’s fastest growing industry.

Mike Whittaker | Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center + Nadir Pearson | S.M.A.R.T.


2:30pm-3:15pm | RI Cannabis Regulatory Updates
This session will provide a comprehensive update to the current RI Cannabis Program and the outlook for the proposed Adult-Use and Recreational industry in Rhode Island

Norman Birenbaum, Principal Economic and Policy Analyst | RI Department of Business Regulation


3:30pm – 4:15pm | Cannabis & Hemp Genetics

This session will teach you about sourcing American grown Cannabinoids, the science of behind strong cannabis and hemp genetics, and identifying male or female plants within the first days of the plants’ life.

Aimee Burke | Phylos BioScience

Tyler Criss | SeedsHereNow.com 


4:40pm- 5:15pm | Cannabis in Action: Advocacy, Entrepreneurship, & Lifestyle 
Tune in on this session with leaders from Connecticut about what it takes to start your own cannabis brand, launch new products & promote cannabis for wellness.

Moderator: Kebra Smith Bolden, RN, Women Grow CT

Panelists: Christina Eva- Parents 4 Pot; Paul Kirschberg- Dabbindad.com;  Luis Vega- Paint & Toke; Violet Dengrin- Topstone Coleen Seiler- Kushley

Sunday, October 29th

Track 2: DIY Cannabis

11:30am – 12:15pm | Grow Your Own & ID the Best Cannabis Products 

This session will teach you what you need to cultivate & identify quality cannabis products for your relief and therapy. Learn about what strains are popular among patients and relief for common ailments.

Dan Reise, Cultivation Specialist | Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center


12:30pm – 1:15pm | Cannabis Tincture & Beverage Infusion 
Join Jamie Joplin, Tincture Specialist, in learning how to make a vegetable glycerin tincture that is filled with a wide range of cannabinoids and terpenes. Jamie will teach the fundamentals of Cannabis Tinctures as well as Beverage Infusions with an Autumn Apple Cider Demonstration! Followed up with a Q&A.

Jamie Joplin, Tincture Specialist | Honey Dropz Workshop


1:30pm- 2:15pm | Micro Organisms, Soil & Nutrients: Resources for maximizing cannabis growth
Frank Mastrobuono, Co-Founder | Earthly


2:30pm – 3:15pm | Wellness Bootcamp

In this session connect with veterans + wellness professionals, to learn about including cannabis & other plant-based ingredients into your lifestyle. Featuring massage therapy in minutes, fresh juicing &  chair yoga for all experience levels.

Lead by Christine Reed | Yoga Dazed & Infused


3:30pm – 4:15pm | More Cannabis, Less Grow Store Confusion

During this session, learn what you need to confidently use your local grow store to source the tools you need for any size cannabis garden.

Andrea Lantz, Co-Founder | The Plymouth County Growers


4:30pm – 5:15pm | Session TBA
New England Grass Roots Institute

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