International travel expert Rick Steves is one of the most recognizable and admired people on earth. Rick Steves is an author, television personality, and long-time cannabis activist. We will chat with Mr. Steves about his cannabis experiences from his trips around the globe, his views on cannabis policy, and about the cannabis community's ongoing fight to end cannabis prohibition wherever it exists.
AUTHOR • TELEVISION PERSONALITY • CANNABIS ACTIVIST
Cannabis reform is sweeping Europe, and tremendous business opportunities are being created in the process. Nowhere on the continent is that more evident than in Germany where an emerging medical cannabis industry is demonstrating to the rest of the continent how regulated cannabis can work. Peter Homberg, a partner at leading international law firm Denton's, will provide insight into current trends in Germany's medical cannabis industry, the price structure for medical cannabis products in Germany, and important industry trends.
PARTNER, DENTONS HEAD OF EUROPEAN CANNABIS GROUP
The demand for products derived from hemp in Europe has increased exponentially in recent years. Unfortunately, bureaucratic hurdles have been an issue in the past and continue to be an issue currently. Lorenza Romanese, Managing Director at the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), will provide an update on the current status of Europe's hemp industry, EIHA's latest efforts, and how to navigate the Novel Food application process.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, EUROPEAN INDUSTRIAL HEMP ASSOCIATION (EIHA)
Germany is home to one of the largest legal cannabis markets on earth. Germany's industry is young, however, it is growing at a rapid pace. Attorney Kai Friedrich-Niermann, co-founder of the International Cannabis Bar Association and the German Patient Roundtable, will provide an update on current German cannabis policy, how the industry is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, as well as discuss what chances Germany and the rest of Europe have to legalize cannabis for adult use in the near future.
FOUNDER AND LAWYER, KFN+
After receiving world-class information from leading cannabis experts it is time to take a break, and there's no one better suited to host a cannabis conference break than the legend himself Tommy Chong. In addition to serving as a break from the conference curriculum, this segment of the virtual conference will double as a once in a lifetime opportunity to hang out (virtually) with one of the most iconic figures in cannabis community history.
ACTOR • COMEDIAN • MUSICIAN • TOMMY CHONGS CANNABIS
4-time NBA champion John Salley is a true expert when it comes to adaptation. In addition to winning championships with multiple teams in multiple decades in the NBA, John Salley is also an actor, television host, an activist for several worthy causes, vegan, and cannabis entrepreneur. Salley will share his abundant wisdom regarding the creation of effective strategies in a constantly evolving industry.
NBA CHAMPION • ACTOR • ENTREPRENEUR • CO-FOUNDER OF DEUCES22 PREMIUM BRANDS
Anticipating what the future holds for the global industries can be very difficult to do, especially for the cannabis industry given how many moving parts are involved. The best way to gain insight is to listen to a true market expert, and you will be hard-pressed to find someone with more knowledge on the subject than Graham Dallas, Head of Business Development for TMX Group. Hear what Graham has to say regarding emerging cannabis opportunities, reflections on the last year in the industry, as well as industry trends in North America, Europe, and beyond.
HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TSX & TSXV. EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
National Cannabis Industry Association co-founder and executive director Aaron Smith will provide an overview of the cannabis industry's efforts to reform cannabis laws in the U.S. and discuss the major hurdles and issues facing the emerging cannabis industry. Aaron Smith will also discuss the cannabis industry's outlook in the age of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL CANNABIS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Comedian Doug Benson is one of the most entertaining people in cannabis history. The star of the hit documentary Super High Me will lead the second conference break along with fellow comedian, and ICBC MC, Ngiao Bealum. Two of the funniest people in cannabis will chat about their love for the plant and various other topics during this break from the conference curriculum.
COMEDIAN • MARIJUANA RIGHTS ADVOCATE
COVID-19 has drastically changed our day-to-day lives and will continue to affect the way we do business for years to come. While it has been a win for cannabis businesses to be considered "essential" during this time, sales have still declined in most markets. If your business is not currently profitable or on the fast track to profitability, you may be in trouble. Now is the time to focus on getting lean while nurturing your core business. Companies that have successfully adapted to changing consumer trends and demand are currently expanding their market share. Swift and deliberate actions are required to optimize your operation for the current climate. In this session, Nic Easley, CEO of 3C Consulting and CEO & Managing Director of Multiverse Capital, will provide hard-hitting action items for each type of cannabis business that will improve your operational efficiency and prepare you for rough times ahead.
CEO, 3C CONSULTING & CEO, MULTIVERSE CAPITAL
Social cannabis consumption is the newest frontier in the emerging cannabis industry. Just as people like to consume alcohol in a social setting, many people like to consume cannabis in a social environment too, such as at a cannabis lounge. Legendary cannabis activist and entrepreneur Debby Goldsberry will discuss what it will take for social cannabis use to re-launch in California and the best practices that she has learned while operating one of California's leading social-use establishments at Magnolia Wellness.
CEO MAGNOLIA WELLNESS • PROFESSOR EMERITUS AT OAKSTERDAM UNIVERSITY
Canada was the second country to legalize cannabis for adult use, and the first G-7 nation to do so. Canada was already home to a robust medical cannabis industry when adult-use legalization was implemented and fusing the two industry sectors has resulted in mixed results. The Granddaddy of Canadian cannabis policy reform, John W. Conroy QC of Conroy & Company will discuss what is working in Canada and what is not, along with recommendations for how to improve Canada's current cannabis policy.
PRINCIPAL CONROY & COMPANY
DJ Muggs is a true pioneer of cannabis culture and one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. Muggs has been a long-time supporter of cannabis legalization and as part of the legendary hip hop group Cypress Hill, he has made amazing music for the cannabis community well before being pro-cannabis was easy and popular in the entertainment world. DJ Muggs will lead this break from the virtual conference curriculum by spinning some of his favorite songs for conference participants.
DJ • PRODUCER • CHIEF BRAND STRATEGY OFFICER AT BHANG
Canada is home to one of the oldest and most-established cannabis communities on earth and is the only country where tourists can legally purchase adult-use cannabis. Cannabis reform champion and industry expert Jamie Shaw will discuss the current state of Canada's cannabis regulations, how Covid has impacted Canada's cannabis industry, and what to expect in the future for Canada's emerging cannabis industry. Shaw is a true cannabis expert and you do not want to miss her insightful presentation.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND CULTURE, SHELTER
A cannabis reform revolution is sweeping across South America, which in the process is creating opportunities for members of the emerging cannabis industry. Simón Pablo Espinosa, CEO of En Volá, will provide a South America cannabis policy overview, discuss current opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs on the continent, and consumer trends.
CEO, EN VOLÁ CANNABIS HUB
An often overlooked, yet extremely important aspect of the cannabis industry is intellectual property law. Cannabis companies need to protect their intellectual property, as well as mitigate any issues that may arise out of their use of intellectual property. David Branfman of Branfman Mayfield Bustarde Reichenthal LLP will provide an update regarding new cases and laws having to do with cannabis and IP law, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office dealing with the flood of trademark applications for CBD products, and new challenges/opportunities popping up in the cannabis IP space.
CANNABIS INDUSTRY EXPERT IP ATTORNEY
Prolific author, world-renowned cultivation expert, and cannabis activist Ed Rosenthal has dedicated his life to the cannabis plant. Whether it's cultivating cannabis, writing about cannabis, or fighting for cannabis reform, Rosenthal is a true cannabis champion. Ed Rosenthal will lead this symposium break and share stories about being on the front lines of cannabis reform for multiple decades, as well as other stories from his adventures in cannabis.
GURU OF GANJA
COVID-19 has the potential to radically change the North American cannabis industry. Alan Brochstein, a leading cannabis investment expert who has been following the industry and the publicly traded companies since 2013, will discuss both the positive and negative impacts on the industry and will also explain how some companies are set to thrive while others will likely wither away.
CCFA, FOUNDER OF 420 INVESTOR AND NCV MEDIA