How we can overcome the lack of accessible germplasm resources and begin proper plant breeding programs in cannabis?
Please join our host Ellis Smith and special guests panelist to discuss one big unsolved problem in the cannabis industry; the lack of significant germplasm repositories with good databases to support plant breeding.Topics we will cover:
- * What is Germplasm?
- * Same Plant, Different Regulations
- * Public vs. Private – Can the private marketplace fulfill all critical roles?
- * The Germplasm Marketplace
Guest Panelist: Dr. Mitch Day, Scientist and Entrepreneur Mitch is a subject matter expert on micropropagation and analysis of genetic information. Micropropagation offers two major benefits to cultivators: disease-free cloning and economical large-scale storage of cultivars for breeding programs.
Guest Panelist: Dylan Wilks, Founder & CTO of Orange Photonics Spectroscopy, entrepreneurship and invention are a family legacy for Dylan. His grandfather is the “Father of Infrared Technology” and one of the industry founders in the 1940’s. Dylan has led optics projects serving NASA’s Mars Rover as well as air and ground based imaging systems, specialized lighting (lasers, fiber illuminators, etc) and within the infrared spectroscopy disciplines. Dylan has also worked extensively within the petroleum industry and chaired an ASTM method.
Nichole Galvin, an attorney at Offit Kurman, will discuss the prenuptial steps that should be taken when forming a cannabis business, and what you can do now to protect yourself and your business in a corporate divorce.
Nichole Galvin is an attorney in the Business Litigation practice group focusing on commercial and fiduciary litigation in state and federal courts. In her commercial practice, Nichole represents businesses, investors and property owners in a variety of commercial, real estate and contract disputes. Nichole has particular expertise representing clients in complex, multi-party commercial litigation disputes in federal courts in Maryland, New York, and Delaware.
New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association President Hugh O’Beirne will provide a brief history and overview of New Jersey’s medical cannabis program. He will also discuss the proposed legalization of cannabis for adult use in the Garden State. Hugh’s explanation of New Jersey’s comprehensive approach to regulating legal access to cannabis will provide a broader understanding of the evolving east coast markets for the legal cannabis industry.
President of the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association
Hugh O’Beirne is an attorney who has previously served as an Executive Vice President and the Chief Legal Officer of a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Prior to that, he practiced corporate and securities law with two major national law firms. Mr. O’Beirne is a long-time advocate for the legalization of cannabis and is an experienced investor in the medical marijuana industry on the east coast.
Sean Murphy, the Director of Hemp Analytics, will discuss the state of play of hemp and CBD markets.
Director of Hemp Analytics
Sean Murphy is the founder and publisher of Hemp Business Journal, the hemp industry’s premiere publication for market research and intelligence, and the Hemp Summit, an annual event for investors, operators and executives. In early 2018, Hemp Business Journal and the Hemp Summit were acquired by New Frontier Data, a leading provider of cannabis data and market insights.
Sean is a frequent speaker at hemp, cannabis and natural product conferences and source to the media, including Forbes, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone and Entrepreneur.com. He has spoken across the world including such venues as Hebrew University, Silicon Valley, the White House, Paris Climate Summit and the Vatican.
Learn how to be successful in new cannabis markets! The diverse group of industry experts at Canna Advisors and Cannabis Trainers have teamed up to share insights and tips for cultivators, processors, and dispensaries. Learn how to get started in the key areas of business development, staff sourcing, brand development, and licensing applications from industry pioneers and trusted advisors who have been successful in national and international markets. Gain insider knowledge about the application process, regulations, location selection, financial modeling, community outreach, brand identity, essential roles, and staffing and training.
E-Commerce sales are estimated to reach a whopping 4.4 trillion dollars by 2021. These digital platforms present a myriad of opportunities and challenges for direct and ancillary cannabis businesses looking to take advantage of the benefits of increased brand awareness and customer access. Matt Alexander, General Manager of Leafly Holdings, will be discussing the intersection of cannabis e-commerce and retail, working with third parties to optimize your online store, how to avoid industry-related restrictions on social media, and how to effectively reach your desired customers with a concept that works in tightly-regulated marketplaces.
Matt Alexander – General Manager for Leafly
Matt Alexander is the General Manager for Leafly, the world’s largest cannabis information resource, in Maryland and Washington DC. Alexander develops relationships and business with licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the region. Previously, Alexander was District Sales Manager at Toast and Regional Manager at OrderUp.
Eric Schlissel, the CEO of GeekTek, will join Jason Klein of Offit Kurman, to instruct on the changes cannabis operators can make right now to their IT that will result in measurable competitive advantages. Building a resilient and scalable IT ecosystem is critical as you plan, build and expand your cannabis operation.
Subjects covered will include:
• Best practices for physical and digital access controls
• HIPAA compliance concerns for medical operations
• Data breach prevention and response planning
• Unique security concerns in the cannabis industry
• SOPs for day-to-day technical operations
• Cybersecurity best practices
Eric Schlissel, CEO of GeekTek
Eric Schlissel is the CEO of GeekTek, a national managed IT/cybersecurity firm headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Widely recognized as a thought leader in the IT industry, he has spoken extensively throughout the country as both a panelist and moderator on data security issues facing the cannabis industry. He has been widely published and quoted in The LA Times, Wired, CIO Magazine, ChannelPro, InformationWeek, InfoWorld, the CCIA, NACB Insights and other leading publications. Possessing 20 years of entrepreneurial and investment experience, Eric is also a travel
Please join our host Ellis Smith and special guest Dr. Nikos Xynos of Rousselet Robatel Kromaton, for this very informative webcast on an interesting approach to refining and isolating pure fractions of cannabinoids by sequentially applying centrifugal separation, extraction, and purification technologies.
From separation through enrichment and purification, the Rousselet-Robatel Kromaton Cannabis refining and purification process is proven and optimized for extracts containing a mixture of Cannabinoids like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD), and Cannabigerol (CBG), and respective isomers. Due to the selective partitioning nature and discrete stage-wise operation of the FCPC partitioning chromatograph, highly pure fractions of constituents with very similar molecular structures can be obtained in semi-preparative, preparative, and production quantities.
Bring your questions to this LIVE Q&A session!
Hosted by Offit Kurman and featuring Cannabis Practice Group attorneys and experts from outside the firm this monthly, hour-long webinar series addresses operational and legal issues affecting those in legalized cannabis industry. The series is designed for applicants for, and operators of, legal cannabis businesses as well as business owners and service providers servicing the industry.
Cannabis up North! Regulatory and IP Issues in Canada’s New Adult Use Marketplace
Join Jason Klein of Offit Kurman and David Wood from Borden Ladner Gervais as they discuss Canadian cannabis regulatory and IP issues. The Canadian cannabis industry is in the headlines. Mergers and acquisitions, imminent adult use regulations and storefront sales, product diversification on the horizon, investment and validation from the beverage industry, and troubles at the US border are all regular feature in the news. As the first G7 country moves forward on a new approach to mitigating the social and economic harms of drug abuse by regulating rather than prohibiting cannabis, opportunities and challenges are emerging – and being defined by participants. In this presentation, we will describe the industry and its regulations, and the role of intellectual property to protect and leverage technology and branding in this industry. The implications of regulating a product for sale both as a medicine and as a discretionary psychoactive product are further reaching than is immediately apparent – as is the opportunity. Responsible execution will be critical as the World watches Canada’s move forward from prohibition to regulation, and in many cases are following closely behind with spirited medical programs and talk of adult use regulations in other jurisdictions. Canadian regulations are a template for those in many other jurisdictions, particularly in quality control and process, for upstream, midstream and downstream aspects of the industry.
David Wood is a lawyer and patent agent in the Calgary office of Borden Ladner and Gervais LLP. David practices intellectual property and regulatory law. David is co-chair of the BLG’s Cannabis Industry Focus Group and his regulatory practice is specific to the Canadian cannabis industry.
David has advised licensed producers, pre-license entities, technology companies, and other domestic and foreign participants in the Canadian cannabis industry in relation to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and its regulations, including the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (the “ACMPR”) and the Narcotic Control Regulations (the “NCR”). David is also helping various industry participants position themselves for expected changes under Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, Eliz. II: 64-65-66 (the “Cannabis Act“).
David’s intellectual property practice and experience includes:
- drafting and prosecuting patent applications;
- assessing patentability of technology, validity of patents, and infringement of patents, and other patent-related due diligence;
- multi-jurisdictional patent portfolio management; and
- patent litigation.
David has experience with chemical, biochemical, information, and mechanical technologies relating to cannabis, medical devices, imaging, oil and gas, and other industries.
At its heart, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is about taking a combined approach to prevent and treat pest pressures in order to maximize yields and deliver positive economic and ecological results.
As many commercial cannabis cultivators know, it’s not a matter of IF you’ll get pests, but WHEN, which is why it’s essential to have a plan in place. By following a diversified IPM protocol, cultivators are able to both proactively and reactively address pest pressures using a combination of pesticides, biological controls, and best practices. The result is improved yields with minimized ecological impact. This is critical in an industry with a continually evolving regulatory environment governing the production of a crop with medical applications.
Join our host, Ellis Smith, and IPM subject matter expert, Todd Statzer for this LIVE Q&A Session. Todd serves as the director of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at urban-gro, a leading cultivation technologies company delivering best-in-class systems, solutions, and technologies to large-scale Cannabis cultivators throughout North America.
Be sure to bring your questions to this lively discussion on how to be proactive with a true IPM plan!
Guest: Todd Statzer, Director of Integrated Pest Management, urban-gro
With more than three decades of experience in the agricultural/horticultural markets, Todd brings unrivaled industry expertise along with a deep understanding of Cannabis regulatory compliance. Having previously served as the Plant and Pesticide Inspector for the State of Illinois, Todd is well versed in the standards and regulations governing Cannabis cultivation by region and leverages that knowledge to develop compliant IPM programs tailored to the unique needs of urban-gro’s customers. Todd holds a Master’s of Science degree in Plant Pathology/Phytopathology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Western Illinois University.