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SATURDAY

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 presentation will introduce the audience to industrial hemp - a multipurpose crop that is rapidly gaining popularity among Canadian growers and consumers. The talk will cover several aspects of hemp opportunities from seed to final product and elaborate on plant breeding, specific requirements of crop production and its economics, methods of straw and grain processing, and variety of bioproducts developed from hemp fibre, leaves and grain. 

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Jan J. Slaski is a Senior Researcher and a leader of Crop Development and Management team with the Ecosystems and Plant Sciences Unit of InnoTech Alberta Inc., Vegreville, Alberta. He obtained a M.Sc. in agronomy from the Warsaw Agricultural University and Ph.D. from the Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute, Poland.  During the last 15 years he has been leading research aimed at introduction and breeding of hemp varieties that suit the needs of the fibre and food industries on the Prairies. Jan has been also conducting extensive studies focused on the development of best management practices permitting sustainable industrial hemp production under changing environmental conditions. To fully realize potential residing within this crop hemp and to assure whole crop utilization Jan assembled at InnoTech Alberta Inc. a program offering solutions from “seed to final product“.  Since 2012, Jan has been serving hemp industry as a director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance – a national industry organization that promotes Canadian hemp and hemp products globally.

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.

This presentation will review past and current research investigating the therapeutic potential of cannabis to treat mental health conditions like stress, anxiety, trauma and addiction. This will include a brief overview of a Phase 2 clinical trial of medical cannabis and PTSD taking place at UBC, and a look at preliminary results from the 2017 Tilray Patient Survey, which with over 2000 responses is the largest cross-sectional study of medical cannabis patients to date. Attendees will learn more about the use of different cannabis strains and methods of ingestion in the treatment of various conditions, as well as how cannabis is being used as a potentially safer alternative to prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco and illicit substances.

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Philippe Lucas MA is Vice President, Patient Research & Access at Tilray (www.tilray.ca), a federally authorized medical cannabis production, research and distribution company based in Nanaimo, BC, and a Graduate Researcher with the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia. His scientific research includes the therapeutic use of cannabis in the treatment of mental health conditions and addiction, and he has been invited to provide expert testimony before the Canadian House of Commons, the Canadian Senate, and the BC Supreme Court.

Philippe first became involved with medical cannabis as a patient, and founded the Vancouver Island Compassion Society in 1999 to serve the needs of patients who might benefit from the medical use of cannabis. He is extremely community involved, and served as a Victoria City Councillor and Regional Director from 2008-2011.

Philippe has received a number of accolades and awards for his work, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013) for his work and research on medical cannabis, the University of Victoria Blue and Gold Award for academic excellence and community service (2007), and the Vancouver Island Civil Liberties Association Leadership Award (2002).  

Analyzing plant tissue during critical growth stages of the cannabis plant is vital to producing a quality product.  Understand how to interpret the information to make key management decisions to improve yield and quality.

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Dan Clarke is the Executive VP Business Development & Agronomy at A&L Canada Laboratories. Dan is a graduate of the University of Guelph and is a Certified Crop Advisor.  A&L is one of Ontario's largest Agricultural and Environmental Laboratories specializing in soil, plant tissue, fertilizer and water testing. For over 30 years A&L has provided reliable, comprehensive, effective services for analytical testing.   

Explore the consumer`s role in the industry and bridging the gap between medical and adult use. 

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.

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

As a former federal prosecutor I am uniquely aware that the banking and payments ecosystem has been a challenging environment for the cannabis industry. The legal, regulatory and compliance environment is complex and fraught with risk for both the cannabis industry and the banking and payments world. As a payments industry executive in charge of legal compliance at an established payments company, I can provide perspective on this emerging landscape for an industry that is still struggling to gain acceptance in the banking and payments world. The lifeblood of any business is cash flow, which in the modern era means the ability to access the payments ecosystem and take card payments. The purpose of this presentation is to provide my expertise in navigating the legal and regulatory environment that governs the global banking and payments infrastructure to the emerging cannabis industry in a practical, pragmatic and informative manner that is accessible for industry participants.

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 to gain access to banking;
  • What does the payments landscape look like for the cannabis industry now, where it is heading as legalization for recreational use becomes a reality;
  • Why is the cannabis industry viewed as ‘high-risk’, what steps does it need to take to ensure it is fully compliant with the payments system rules;
  • When ‘Fintech’ is described as revolutionizing payments – Cannabis was once a ‘cash-only’ industry and now struggles to gain acceptance from the payments space, what is the disconnect and how does the marijuana space navigate this unfamiliar territory and gain acceptance in the financial services world? 

 Merrco

David Andrews is a former Senior Federal Prosecutor – with a focus on the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

 Mr. Andrews has substantial experience dealing with criminal prosecutions related to all manner of criminal law including; fraud, proceeds of crime and money laundering on an international scale. As a result, Mr. Andrews is familiar with the regulatory environment and legal principles related to the global banking system, cross-jurisdictional financial transactions and the legal environment that governs these types of transactions. Mr. Andrews has appeared at every level of court including the Supreme Court on marijuana related prosecutions.

 Mr. Andrews has worked in the e-commerce space on a variety of payments related projects for the last five years as a high-level consultant. He has advised blue-chip client’s including: Acquiring banks, publically traded corporations including Principal Members of the Visa and MasterCard acquiring network; Payment Services Providers – including one with a market cap exceeding $3b and sophisticated e-commerce merchants.

 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.

 This experience, combined with 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.

 

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.

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 then 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 todo 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 proceeded to move into the retail side of the industry in 2012 under the collective then named Pacific Green Collective. The first collective location opened in the City of Pacific, Washington in December 2012. Proceeded by opening locations in Puyallup, Spanaway and Tacoma. 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.

This workshop will answer your questions about what different types of design can support and add value to your cannabis-based business. We will introduce identity design, service design, and experimental design, and outline some of the many benefits of making an investment in these areas early on in the development of your company. 

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Joshua Kupsch is a designer and the founder of creative studio Land Faculty. With an interdisciplinary team, Land Faculty specializes in identity and experimental design for small businesses in the retail, hospitality, and food and beverage industries. 
www.landfaculty.com

  • Dr. Kathleen Thompson
  • Bethany Rae
  • Paul Pedersen
  • Danielle Jackson (Miz D)

Although attitudes are evolving, Cannabis enthusiasts are still effected by negative stigmas and stereotypes associated with its use. Our panel offers an opportunity to hear from a variety of consumers who share their experiences dealing with this type of discrimination in both their personal and professional lives. They’ll discuss the impact of their Cannabis use on relationships with family, friends, acquaintances and colleagues, offering the most effective methods they have found to be positive ambassadors of the plant.

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