FRIDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2022
2022 Retreat Overview
Alex Rogers, Executive Producer of the International Cannabis Business Conference and Ngaio Bealum, Conference Master Of Cermonies, welcome conference attendees and provide an overview of the conference schedule, including the panels and speakers that will be providing presentations and interviews.
Keynote Barinder Bhullar
Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) in a hyper growth Cannabinoid Industry- the power of science and clinical data.
Barinder brings two decades of experience as a trusted strategic advisor on public affairs, government relations, community and stakeholder engagement. Through his public and private sector work, Barinder has worked with domestic and international Governments on public policy and trade relations.
Cannabis Legalization Efforts In Europe
How will legalization in Germany impact efforts elsewhere on the continent?
FOUNDER, KFN+ LAW OFFICE
CEO & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, ICBC
Several countries in Europe are trending towards adult-use cannabis legalization, including and especially Germany. Once Germany launches adult-use sales it will instantly become home to the largest adult-use market on the planet and that will have a ripple effect throughout the continent. This presentation will discuss the current political cannabis reform trends in Europe and the potential impact on the Balkan region specifically.
Economic Benefits Of Regulating Cannabis
Harnessing the enormous economic potential of the emerging industry
PRESIDENT & CEO, HELLO CANNABIS
CANNABIS CULTIVATOR AND CONSULTANT
The cannabis industry’s economic benefits to local economies is considerable, as demonstrated by statistics from North America. North America’s legal cannabis industry has already created roughly half a million jobs. Canada’s legal cannabis industry alone has contributed over $43.5 billion to the nation’s GDP since late 2018. This panel will discuss the economic benefits of legalization including job creation, boosts to local economies, public revenue generation, as well as the instant public resource savings that are yielded when governments no longer enforce failed prohibition policies.
Embracing Cannabis Research
Unlocking the cannabis plant’s full potential
MEDICAL DOCTOR, PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST, RESEARCHER
Dr. Marjeta Česen
CHIEF REGULATORY AFFAIRS OFFICER at PHARMAHEMP
PROJECT MANAGER AND FOUNDER, RESEARCH NATURE INSTITUTE
Tamara Lah Turnšek, PhD
BIOCHEMIST, RESEARCHER, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY, LJUBLJANA
The cannabis plant is arguably the most versatile plant on earth, possessing the ability to feed, clothe, house, and in some cases even heal humans. Due to decades of prohibition policies, cannabis research was greatly hindered. Fortunately, the spread of cannabis reform is removing barriers to cannabis research. This panel will discuss the importance of cannabis research, industry trends, and why the Balkan region is uniquely positioned to become an international cannabis research hub.
Getting Ahead of the Curve:
Plan your Strategies Now for Successful Opportunities in The Emerging Balkans Cannabis Market
Nic Easley, CEO of 3C Consulting and Managing Director of Multiverse Capital, will walk investors and entrepreneurs through how to plan for and determine the best current and future opportunities in the Balkans. Topics will include a regulatory overview, investing in public markets vs. private companies, how to plan and prepare for M&A and IPOs, and the risks associated with this medical, agricultural, and consumer packaged goods start-up industry. Nic will educate on the do’s and do not’s from the cannabis industry front lines and will illuminate creative targets investors can capitalize upon now for both meaningful short-term and long-term revenue generation and opportunities. You will be inspired and trained by one of the best on how to focus and vet opportunities to create successful businesses and investments by one of the leading pioneers in the legal cannabis and will leave armed, inspired, and ready to take on the world!
Developing A Valuable Product
Finding your niche in the cannabis market
FOUNDER AND OWNER, PHARMA G, NABIE
Cannabis is one of the rare products that is used by people from virtually every background on the planet. That can prove to be both a blessing and a curse in that there is a multitude of reasons why someone uses the cannabis plant. Products have to be specifically tailored to meet the differing demands that arise from the recreational, medical, and industrial sectors of the cannabis industry. Panelists will provide tips and insight into what is involved when creating an effective, profitable cannabis product.
Sustainable Cannabis Industry Strategies
How to incorporate sustainable practices into your cannabis venture
The cannabis industry is evolving at a rapid pace, even though every jurisdiction has its own needs, many issues we see locally are also being faced all over the world. With Energy costs soaring sustainability is a hot topic at the moment especially with investors. This offers the opportunity to think now how to build sustainability into all areas of the operation. As cannabis imports and exports rise across the globe, we must also think about how this effects the cost, quality and carbon footprint of products. Cannabis cultivation and sourcing models will continue to evolve how do we implement strategies now to minimize potential risks in the future.
Ria Green will discuss the environmental and business considerations that contribute to developing long-term cannabis sustainability strategies.
Reforming Balkan Cannabis Laws
What can Slovenia and other Balkan nations do now to implement sensible and effective cannabis policies?
Cannabis reform is spreading at an ever-increasing rate on the European continent. However, Slovenia and other nations in the Balkan region have been slower to adopt reform measures, including medical cannabis reform. Leading cannabis policy expert Cf. Dušan Nolimal, Ph.D. will discuss the current state of cannabis policies in Slovenia and the Balkan region, the necessary components of effective cannabis reform measures, and why Slovenia is uniquely positioned to become an international cannabis industry hub.
Dušan Nolimal, MD, MSPH
Raising Capital At The Global Level
Obtaining investments from international cannabis industry funders
Finding the right investor to back your cannabis industry idea and help it reach its full potential is not an easy task. It is even more difficult at the international level. Claudia Della Mora, Managing Director of Black Legend Capital, will provide insight into the process of raising capital in the international cannabis industry as well as what leading cannabis industry investors are looking for from prospective cannabis entrepreneurs. We will also discuss what policies and regulations are necessary to create a domestic cannabis industry that is appealing to leading international investors.
Claudia Della Mora