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2017 seminars

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Saturday 

The exciting future of the Marijuana Industry is directly tied to retailers.  The individuals who are helping customers and patients every day.  What does that currently look like, how it is different today than it was in the beginning and where is it going in the future.  What do investors, real estate owners and operators need to know before entering the marketplace and what do they need to do to be long term successful.

 

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Random Vaughn started in the medical marijuana industry as a wholesaler in Washington State in 2010/2011. He moved to the retail side of the industry in 2012 under the collective Pacific Green Collective. When SB 5052 passed in 2015, Random was selected by the state and was approved for two recreational and medical licenses under 5052. In August of 2016 he opened the first recreational store named Dank's Wonder Emporium in Thurston County.

Cannabis edibles are a staple amongst medically-prescribed cannabis patients, join 420 Clinic`s Chef Crystal as she will demonstrate how to reduce dry leaf to an oil, safe and easily at home. Beginner class

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Chef Crystal is an advocate and longtime infuser of cannabis, and has been a weed chef for the 420 Clinic for the last two years.

Canada’s regulated cannabis sector continues to undergo fast-paced change with full legalization looming large on the horizon. One of the most talked-about and controversial issues in the regulation debate is the present and future mandatory security requirements. In this session, Canada’s top cannabis industry security consultant will discuss: (1) the crime and security risks faced by regulated cannabis sector businesses; (2) the current ACMPR security requirements; and (3) the main security priorities under a legalized recreational market

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Legal & Regulatory & Compliance for Banking, Payment Processing & Cash Management for cannabis merchants in the new ecosystem.

Highlights:

  • Traditional banks and payment’s companies in Canada are reluctant to embrace the cannabis industry, what legal and regulatory issues does industry need to address;
  • What does the payments landscape look like for the cannabis industry now, where it is heading as legalization becomes a reality;
  • Why is the cannabis industry viewed as ‘high-risk’, what steps to take to ensure it is fully compliant with the payments system rules;

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Formerly a Senior Federal Prosecutor – with a focus on the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Mr. Andrews is currently Chief Counsel for Merrco, a payment service provider which will prepare licensed producers and ancillary providers for future Federal & Provincial real time e-commerce regulatory compliance (customer KYC) with the most advanced payments gateway available.

His fundamental knowledge of the law that governs the marijuana industry in Canada and industry experience in the payments space, uniquely position him to advise and guide the marijuana industry through the payments ecosystem.

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Mr. Prince is an MD/MBA candidate attending the University of Calgary with an interest in patient monitoring and analytics. To this end, he founded eXDee: to pursue technologies able to directly impact patient lives and scale to millions of people. 

 He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of eXDee, is the Past-President of the Calgary Medical Students’ Association (CMSA) and co-led the UCalgary medical school’s accreditation process. Before coming to Calgary, Mr. Prince studied physiology at Brigham Young University (BYU) from 2008-2014. During this time, his research focused on the effects of the endocannabinoid system on neural plasticity in the hippocampus, the center of the brain responsible for learning and short-term memory.

Cooking Demonstration - 420 Midnight Brownie                                                                                            

Chef John will speak about his inspiration for all his edible creations, how he marries culinary aspects with cannabis, his focus on creating a unique sensory experience (food + taste + cognitive effects of cannabis). Followed by a cooking demonstration. 

ReTreat


Red Seal Chef John MacNeil loves to cook, loves being in the kitchen, and all that surrounds it. His building blocks in the kitchen are fresh, seasonal, local ingredients combined with refined techniques. MacNeil also has a love for molecular gastronomy.

MacNeil is the culinary creator of ReTreat, developing recipes for tasty cannabis edibles. He’s found cooking with a once forbidden plant a fascinating new world to explore. There are so many strains with complex aromas and taste, which results in unlimited recipe combinations.

Chef McNeil attended the Culinary Institute of Canada in PEI. The transplanted East-Coaster found a home in the heart of the West as Executive Chef of Teatro Group. Winning Avenue Magazine’s Best New Chef in Calgary 2012; Best New Restaurant 2013 for Cucina Market Bistro; Second Best Restaurant 2013 for Teatro; and Best New Restaurant 2014 for Black Pig Bistro. In 2016 MacNeil was a contestant on Chopped Canada.

Want to know how to enjoy the benefits of the legal medical cannabis system and make the most of your prescription? Learn all the tips and tricks in this informative session! Also learn about the impact of the legalization legislation on the medical system.

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Shekhar is a serial entrepreneur and a formerly practicing lawyer who founded Harvest Medicine Cannabis Clinic in Calgary to help patients access and learn about the medical cannabis system in Canada. Shekhar founded Harvest Medicine to provide an education oriented patient-first clinic where patients could gain comfort with medical cannabis and utilize it to increase their quality of life. Shekhar's background in legal, design, and process management have allowed him to create a patient experience at Harvest Medicine which is unparalleled and being widely recognized as one of the best cannabis clinics in the country

4:15PM    Guiding Your Cannabis Experience,
                with Julie Domingo, Aura Cannabis

Discussions on the chemistry of cannabis often focus solely on cannabinoids in analysis and medicinal applications, often leaving out the importance of terpenes. As the science of cannabis progresses terpenes are becoming a hot topic of research in medicinal and analytical applications, breeding and genetics, and taxonomic classification. In this talk an exploration and focus will be placed on the production of diverse terpenes and the biosynthetic and chemical mechanisms in cannabis, how different strains produce unique terpene profiles which allow for a variety of medicinal applications, and how cannabis strains in the near future may be classified by major terpenes for patients.

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Alexzander Samuelsson is an entrepreneur in the medical cannabis industry with a bachelor of science in chemistry from Ryerson university. During his time at Ryerson volunteered on issues of social importance and participated in student government. Alexzander’s career as a chemist includes working with the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Johnson-Matthey gold refining division, and Opalux a Toronto start-up before becoming a full-time entrepreneur.  After university Alexzander discovered the benefits of cannabis as a medicine then dedicated himself to learning about the science of cannabis in a developing industry. He currently works as a scientific and technical writer and regulatory consultant for licensed producers and applicants.

A guided journey on how cannabis effects the body, different consumption methods and the intimate experiencethat goes along with it. 

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Julie believes world peace could be achieved if everyone consumed bit of cannabis and shared their mom’s cooking. As the General Manager of Aura Cannabis, she hopes to provide the ultimate customer experience by utilizing cannabis to heal and change lives. Her experience includes 13 years of sales and marketing across the medical, telecommunications, technology, and retail industries. Originally from Alberta, she graduated with honours from the University of Alberta with a Bachelors of Commerce degree and moved to Vancouver to pursue her passion for cannabis and holistic health. When she’s not providing cannabis consultations, you can find her going out on outdoor adventures, cooking up delicious concoctions and doting over her dog. 

Sunday 

Cannabis edibles are a staple amongst medically-prescribed cannabis patients, join 420 Clinic`s Chef Crystal as she will demonstrate how to reduce dry leaf to an oil, safe and easily at home. Beginner class

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Chef Crystal is an advocate and longtime infuser of cannabis, and has been a weed chef for the 420 Clinic for the last two years.

This interaction session promotes tracking methods for individual cannabis consumption patterns to promote active self-care and community-based research. A goal is to encourage cannabis consumers to partner with industry in gathering data on effective and ineffective approaches to dosage of cannabis. This data collection is particularly important for establishing compassionate pricing for medicinal cannabis purposes (i.e. access to quality, tested, funded weed).

The session is designed to develop momentum for dosage data collection. Stronger data can strengthen the understanding of policy makers of the legitimate medicinal uses of cannabis. Large data bases of reliable and valid data on cannabis doses is required to establish a Drug Identification Number (DIN) for cannabis. Having a DIN number for cannabis would allow for insurance companies to more easily fun medicinal cannabis clients. The software expertise related to the presentation will be on-site and provided by CROPSoft. 

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 The cannabis industry is expanding exponentially in Canada. Along with it, the number of regulations upon the industry is growing at the same pace. Joseph Wright, the first director of the most highly-regulated medical cannabis program in the United States, will walk you through where cannabis regulation is headed in Canada, what you can do to minimize your regulatory burdens, and how to understand the unique concerns of medical cannabis regulators.

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The Cannabis future is bright. We no longer live in the 'Reefer Madness' days and it is time to take the next step, where cannabis is seen not only as a habit for university students and old hippies, but as a product that is luxurious and covetable. The aim of Tokyo Smoke is to become the leading cannabis lifestyle brand in Canada--the first to elevate this burgeoning industry. Tokyo Smoke stands for iconic cannabis normalization. With high end coffee shops / head shops and a renowned line of both curated and created goods, Tokyo Smoke has become the trusted voice in high end cannabis. Driven by design, Tokyo Smoke is ushering in a new era, one where cannabis and cannabis products exist side by side with other verticals consumers know, trust, and love.

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Learn about the amazing impact medical cannabis is having on patient lives. Dr. Love will discuss patient success stories and which medical conditions medical cannabis is appropriate for.

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BIO: Dr. Richa Love is a graduate of the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta and has been working as a family physician in northwest Calgary for the past 20 years. She is a winner of multiple awards during her training, is a published author on medical research and teaches medical students and residents. She sits on the board of directors for the foothills PCN, Alberta Medical Association's health advisory council and grant committee. She has a keen interest in medical cannabis and its benefits in a multitude of medical conditions. 

Cooking Demonstration - 420 Midnight Brownie                                                                                            

Chef John will speak about his inspiration for all his edible creations, how he marries culinary aspects with cannabis, his focus on creating a unique sensory experience (food + taste + cognitive effects of cannabis). Followed by a cooking demonstration. 

ReTreat


Red Seal Chef John MacNeil loves to cook, loves being in the kitchen, and all that surrounds it. His building blocks in the kitchen are fresh, seasonal, local ingredients combined with refined techniques. MacNeil also has a love for molecular gastronomy.

MacNeil is the culinary creator of ReTreat, developing recipes for tasty cannabis edibles. He’s found cooking with a once forbidden plant a fascinating new world to explore. There are so many strains with complex aromas and taste, which results in unlimited recipe combinations.

Chef McNeil attended the Culinary Institute of Canada in PEI. The transplanted East-Coaster found a home in the heart of the West as Executive Chef of Teatro Group. Winning Avenue Magazine’s Best New Chef in Calgary 2012; Best New Restaurant 2013 for Cucina Market Bistro; Second Best Restaurant 2013 for Teatro; and Best New Restaurant 2014 for Black Pig Bistro. In 2016 MacNeil was a contestant on Chopped Canada.

Join Michael as he discusses the pros and cons surrounding entering into the industry from an employment and business perspective...Some key points on how to win.....And how to lose.

  • Partnering with liked minded individuals
  • Blocking out the noise 
  • You're only as good as those you surround yourself with
  • Cannabis success starts with a TEAM

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Michael has had a successful career in security systems design and consulting, and oversees the security aspects of all our cannabis projects. Since the cannabis regulations were published in 2013, he has worked with over 40 applicant producers and licensed producers, providing full security designs and technical proposals. He has designed massive systems such as Tweed and 7 acres, as well as providing security designs for dispensaries across North America. Prior to joining CCI full time. Michael ran the medical marijuana divisions for two of the largest security firms in Canada. Michael is base out of Montreal and is bilingual in French and English. 

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