2018 MAINE SCHEDULE

OCTOBER 6 & 7 | PORTLAND SPORTS COMPLEX

SATURDAY

6  OCTOBER 2018

Go to Sunday

Catherine Lewis
Catherine Lewis
In 2011, Catherine Lewis joined the board of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine Trade Association as the ...

MAINE MEDICAL MARIJUANA, NEW LAWS

12pm – 1pm

Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine Chair Catherine Lewis will discuss LD1539 & LD238 and the overall changes to Maine’s marijuana laws that will affect caregivers and patients.

Thomas Mourmouras
Thomas Mourmouras
Fiscal Therapy Financial LLC
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PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR A SWITCH INTO THE ADULT-USE MARKET

1pm – 2pm

With LD1539 finally passing through the Legislature, cannabis businesses in Maine are poised to expand business operations while we wait on the adult-use market to begin. This seminar will highlight what steps a start-up or established cannabis business must take in preparation of a switch to adult-use in 2019.

CANNABIS QUEENS: ENTREPRENEURIAL PANEL WITH 4 FEMALE CANNABIS BUSINESS LEADERS

2pm – 3pm

This panel of leading female entrepreneurs will discuss opportunities in plant-touching and ancillary businesses and how they’ve applied various skills, strategies and best practices to become the business leaders they are today.

Marcus Johnson-Smith
Marcus Johnson-Smith
Founder, Clearwater Branding and Kush Groove
Marcus Johnson-Smith is an  entrepreneur, writer, and marketing professional from Cambridge, MA. As founder of ...

CRACKING THE GROWTH MARKETING CODE: GROWING YOUR CANNABIS BRAND ONLINE IN 2018

3pm – 4pm

Are you an existing cannabis business owner looking to grow your business online? You’ve been confronted with the challenges of marketing on traditional channels and you’re looking for innovative tactics and tools to reach more potential customers. During this presentation, you’ll learn:

– How to create Facebook ads that pass through Facebook’s ad policies

– How to develop a content marketing strategy that reaches more customers

– The software tools you need to scale outreach and communication with target customers

– Checklist of what you need for your website in 2018

– How to get 50,000 google searches to your online social properties in 1 month

– And much more

Jim Marty
Jim Marty
Bridge West, LLC.
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CANNABIS BUSINESS TAX AND ACCOUNTING ISSUES

4pm – 5pm

Cory Parnell, COO, and Jim Marty, CEO, of Bridge West will discuss the significant tax and accounting issues that affect your cannabis business and address the most effective ways to be compliant and have better tax results. Jim and Cory have invaluable experience in the cannabis industry and together with their team of more than 100 professional advisors have guided over 200 U.S. and international cannabusinesses through a very challenging business and regulatory environment with ever-evolving issues. They specialize in a full range of services for the industry, including preparing audited financial statements, minimizing the effects of IRS 280E, assisting clients through IRS audits, cash management, internal controls, and inventory controls and costing. Jim and Cory are active lobbyists and clients benefit from their insights into the current administration’s perspectives on the cannabis industry. Take-aways for conference attendees include greater insight into the intricate technical aspects of accounting and tax issues in the cannabis industry, and a deeper understanding of the unique ways in which the industry is affected by the IRS Audits and current accounting standards. We look forward to sharing our combined experience with attendees in order to help them grow healthy, profitable, and compliant cannabis businesses, and plan for the future.

Tim Zerillo
Tim Zerillo
Zerillo Law Firm, LLC
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UNITED STATES VS. YOU: INSIDE THE FEDERAL CRACKDOWN ON MARIJUANA

5pm – 6pm

This presentation is designed to provide strategy for situations in which law enforcement is Investigating a marijuana business or individual. This strategy session discusses ideas for how to deal with law-enforcement in such a situation. Additionally, we will discuss the current federal posture in Maine related to the prosecution and investigation of caregivers.

L. Jaye Bell
L. Jaye Bell
Aurora Botanicals Maine, Green Witch Herbals
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POWER TEAM: CANNABIS AND TRADITIONAL HERBAL MEDICINE

12pm – 1pm

Cannabis is great for many ailments and symptoms, but it works even better when allowed to combine and synergize with traditional medicinal herbs. Discover the empowering beauty of combining Cannabis with traditional medicinal herbs for wellness, stress and anxiety relief, chronic pain, and chronic illness. How to know which herbs work best? The answers in this workshop will provide a ground of knowledge to stand upon when crafting remedies that combine cannabis with traditional herbs.

Jennifer Grue
Jennifer Grue
Muffins' Apothecary
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HERBS, SPICES, AND MEDICINAL PLANTS: HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MEDICINE

1pm – 2pm

Herbalist Jennifer Grue discusses medicinal plants that can be paired with cannabis or used alone to create a more potent medicine for patie

Dave Lamarre
Dave Lamarre
urban-gro, Inc.
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INTERVIEW OF AN INDUSTRY CULTIVATION VETERAN: FACILITY DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

2pm – 3pm

Today’s modern cultivation facilities are a hybrid of traditional agriculture, state of the art laboratories, the energy consumption of data centers and the security of clean rooms. What technology and equipment, what best practices are used in each of these types of facilities that should be integrated to cannabis cultivation? Whether you are building a 5,000 sf facility or a 500,000 sf facility, there are common design and construction practices to ensure successful equipment selection, installation and facility operations. Through our interview of a commercial cultivator, you will walk away with a design and construction road-map to success.

Robert Smith
Robert Smith
Atlas Plant Trainer
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PLANT TRAINING FOR BIGGER YIELDS!

3pm – 4pm

I’ve been a long time cannabis enthusiast and procurement specialist! About 4 years ago I started growing my own cannabis and quickly found a passion for it, as well as a green thumb. With Maine’s caregiver laws being so lenient my wife, Danielle, and I decided we should try out growing medicine for other people. After that quickly took off, we expanded our operation and then started to assess other holes in the market that we could fill with a small business. We started Green Harvest Solutions, a trimming machine rental and sales company that now has customers throughout New England. My most recent project is Atlas Plant Trainer, a customizable plant training and support system designed for the home cannabis grower to maximize their limited legal plant counts.

Jillian Pelletier-Litovsky
Jillian Pelletier-Litovsky
Virgo Moon Botanicals LLC
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TRANSMUCOSAL DELIVERY OF CANNABINOIDS: GET MORE FROM YOUR MEDICINE OUT OF LESS!

4pm – 5pm

Most current forms of cannabis medicine are orally or topically used, but more and more people have been finding better success with the introduction of non-traditional forms of medicating via our bodies’ mucous membranes. Rectal + vaginal applications of cannabinoids avoid first-pass metabolism, and as a result the dosage of medicine feels stronger and psychoactivity + unpleasant side effects are diminished, making this a novel method for those seeking relief for common ailments such as: menstrual cramps, hemorrhoids, anxiety, and chronic pain.

Peter Bartlett
Peter Bartlett
Competitive Energy Services
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ENERGY FUNDAMENTALS FOR GROWERS

5pm – 6pm

An estimated 20-40% of marijuana cultivation budgets go to energy costs—ranking it among the most energy-intensive manufacturing processes in the United States. Cultivators who want to understand the complex energy markets and learn how to control their costs, will be at an advantage to succeed in this rapidly-expanding industry. Competitive Energy Services (CES) is proposing to give a 30 to 45-minute presentation on the energy basics most relevant to growers, including: • Current prices, market standpoints, and fundamentals for electricity as well as other relevant commodities, including why demand and annual capacity costs are on the rise, and options to reduce these costs • The factors that could qualify a grower to find the best savings through competitive energy supply, where rates can be locked over set terms for increased budget stability • Various sustainable and cost-saving options such as on-site generation • Potential obstacles, which have included energy taxes targeting marijuana-related industry Whether someone is a small operation, simply looking to understand the fundamentals behind how they are charged for their energy, or a more advanced or curious grower who wants to know more about long-term costs, technology, and potential obstacles, every attendee can walk away with new confidence—understanding more about an essential aspect of their business.

SUNDAY

7  OCTOBER 2018

Go to Saturday

Nic Easley
Nic Easley
CEO, Comprehensive Cannabis Consulting (3C)
Nic and 3C have helped hundreds of clients in 21 states and 7 countries design, start-up, build, and optimize their ...

PREPARING FOR MAINE’S RECREATIONAL CANNABIS MARKET: WHAT MAINE’S CANNABIS ENTREPRENEURS NEED TO KNOW

12pm – 1pm

With more than 15 years in the commercial cannabis industry, Nic will share essential strategies for entrepreneurs working in Maine’s adult-use cannabis space.

Ashley Lenz
Ashley Lenz
Healing Harbors
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UNLOCKING MAINSTREAM MINDS AND MARKETS

1pm – 2pm

Cannabis is quickly becoming known for its many health and mental benefits, but there’s still stigma amongst mainstream markets and potential customers that holds many small businesses back. I will lay out a strategy that covers the Do’s and Don’ts for using education community outreach, and traditional marketing tactics to grow a brand that opens minds.

MAINE INDUSTRY PARTICIPANTS’ PANEL

2pm – 3pm

A panel of local industry participants will share their trials and tribulations and best practices to help Maine cannabis business owners and entrepreneurs avoid mistakes and create success for their business and the clients they serve. Moderated by Paul McCarrier, President of Legalize Maine.

Scott Durst
Scott Durst
Durst Security Group
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SAFETY AND SECURITY IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

3pm – 4pm

This timely discussion will cover safety and security recommendations, as well as  options for current and future owners and staff to provide a safe and secure environment with their cannabis-related business.

Cristian Potter
Cristian Potter
Entrepreneur & Rhode Island Community Activist
Cristian Potter is a trained statistician with professional experience in data science and engineering, and a ...

FROM IDEAS TO PROFITS: LESSONS IN GROWING A SUCCESSFUL STARTUP

4pm – 5pm

Lessons learned in bringing an innovative proprietary technology (Mammoth P) to the market, and becoming cash flow positive in less than a year. Topics covered will include: seeking and securing investment capital, growing a business from the ground up, bringing a product into over 1000 stores internationally in less than three years, and planning the launch of new products into the marketplace.

Jane Lanza
Jane Lanza
Jane Yoga
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CBD YOGA AND MEDITATION… FROM YOUR SEAT!

12pm – 1pm

Kick off Day 2 of NECANN by learning about CBD and how to incorporate simple stretches into your daily life at work or home. CBD directly affects the endocannabinoid system to help establish homeostasis and equilibrium throughout the mind and body. So too, as Jane will explain, the practices of yoga and meditation can stimulate and soothe the nervous system, calm the mind, and help restore the body.

Jon Regan
Jon Regan
Suite Leaf Plant Nutrients
Jon has helped launch and relaunch several CPG products in the U.S. the past two decades including Red Bull USA, ...

SOIL VS. HYDRO: CHOOSING YOUR GROW MEDIA

1pm – 2pm

This session describes the differences between soil and hydro with special guest growers sharing some of their trade secrets.

Rebecca Knight
Rebecca Knight
BIOS Lighting
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LEDS – WHY, WHERE, AND HOW?

2pm – 3pm

There are a variety of reasons growers use LED technology for both small and large operations. For some it is to lower operating costs, to utilize a more plant-friendly broad spectrum, or to tie into control and sensor systems. For others it is driven by economics and decreasing commodity prices, or it is based on power restrictions. Regardless of the reason, join along in this presentation as we compare operating principles of LED and HID lighting, including some simple calculations you can do to see if LEDs are right for you and your grow operation.

Tony Kieffer
Tony Kieffer
ArchSolar, LLC
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PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY FROM THE START: CONSIDERATIONS FOR HYBRID GREENHOUSES IN THE NORTHEAST

3pm – 4pm

Recent regulatory changes have unleashed a wave of businesses investing in new cultivation licenses and they are investigating ways to make their facilities more sustainable both economically and environmentally. As a result, growers are looking at the successes of hybrid greenhouses to leverage natural light and advanced environmental controls to meet emerging power restrictions and stringent quality standards. Challenges to growing in the Northeast climate include: – Summers of high humidity and heat can immediately shut down flower production. – Temperature swings in the early fall lead to late season disease – Subzero temperatures and snow loads of up to eighty pounds – Supplemental lighting needs. This session will address these concerns by introducing the major components of hybrid greenhouse production in the Northeast; provide insights into the trade offs of various production strategies; and explore technologies available and their capital and operating costs. We will also explore energy input choices and their impact on production; where to start when facility design, considerations from a design and operational perspective, trade-off and choices involved in structure type, greenhouse lighting strategies, closed versus open systems and options for heating, cooling, and dehumidification. Additionally, we’ll cover how to integrate energy saving technologies and renewables into many controlled growing environments. Finally, we will survey financing options available to cannabis producers. **We would be happy to organize a panel which could be composed of other energy experts, an engineering firm, and perhaps a client who could discuss what their considerations were and how they approached designing their new facility.

Jennifer Grue
Jennifer Grue
Muffins' Apothecary
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HERBS, SPICES, AND MEDICINAL PLANTS: HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MEDICINE

4pm – 5pm

Herbalist Jennifer Grue discusses medicinal plants that can be paired with cannabis or used alone to create a more potent medicine for patie