Cannabis Sustainability Symposium Cannabis Sustainability Symposium

Speaker

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

- MDT
Policy Challenges in Sustainable Cannabis Enterprise
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Michael Wheeler
Michael Wheeler
Flow Cannabis Company, Vice President of Policy Initiatives
Adam Smith
Adam Smith
Craft Cannabis Alliance, Founder & Executive Director
Shanita Penny
Shanita Penny
Budding Solutions, Founder/ Principal
Ean Seeb
Ean Seeb
State of Colorado, Governor's Special Advisor on Cannabis
- MDT
Environmental Standards and Regulations
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Ben Gelt
Ben Gelt
Cannabis Certification Council, Chair
Jackee Riccio
Jackee Riccio
Cannabis for Conservation, Executive Director
Margaret Mantor
Margaret Mantor
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
Harry Etra
Harry Etra
HXE Partners, CEO

As the cannabis industry sends its roots down, the standard in which the plant is grown differs from state to state and grow to grow. The need for transparency on whats in our cannabis and how it's grown is becoming a increased demand amongst consumers. This panel will discuss the environmental standards and regulations for cultivating cannabis.

- MDT

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

- MDT
Lets Talk Trash
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Steve Peterson
Steve Peterson
WasteTrakr, COO
Arman Zeytounyan
Arman Zeytounyan
EcoWaste Services, Inc, CEO
Trey Riddle
Trey Riddle
Sunstrand LLC, CEO & Founder

The cannabis industry is reported to generate 150M tons of waste annually so what can we do about it. How do we turn from a cost center into a tool to build your brand and create new revenue? The WasteTrakr team looked at a market that gets paid by the number of barrels and takes it to a landfill. We created a path by which recycling efforts can be documented and enables the business to show its impact on carbon footprint and sustainability and share the good news with your customers.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

- MDT
Certifications in the Cannabis Industry
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Josh Sarvis
Josh Sarvis
Dragonfly Earth Medecine/ DEM Pure Certification, Owner/Founder
Ben Gelt
Ben Gelt
Cannabis Certification Council, Chair
Josh Wurzer
Josh Wurzer
SC Labs, President & Co-Founder
Casey O'Neill
Casey O'Neill
HappyDay Farms, Co-Operator

As legal cannabis sweeps the nation, consumers are demanding transparency from companies on their environmental impacts and social policies. From this demand, various certifications have emerged. This panel will bring together some of the original cannabis certifications with some of the emerging ones, and give consumers an inside perspective on the value proposition and market saturation sought by each.

- MDT
What are the challenges to Sustainable Business in Cannabis?
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Edward Dow
Edward Dow
Solar Therapeutics, CEO
Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson
Gannett Fleming, Inc., Senior Vice President, Director Private Sector Services
Zachary Carson
Zachary Carson
Imaginal, CEO

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility are familiar terms within mainstream business, creative marketing, investments and consumer behavior. With the emergence of the cannabis industry, these concepts are quickly integrating into our industry from the start. This panel will review some of the challenges that companies encounter when trying to create truly sustainable cannabis businesses.

Friday, October 9, 2020

- MDT
Social Benefit Programs in Cannabis
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Luna Stower
Luna Stower
Luna Stower Marketing, LLC, Owner, CEO
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
OpEVAC, Founder
Alex De La Campa
Alex De La Campa
A Future for Vets Foundation, Managing Director
Ramon Garcia
Ramon Garcia
Original Equity Group, Sanctuary Farms LLC, Co-founder, President

The growth of legal cannabis has come with complications related to prior prohibition of cannabis that disproportionately and adversely impacted people in communities of color. In an attempt to counter this history of disparity, many states, cities and businesses have implemented social equity programs connected to the legalization of medical or recreational cannabis. This panel will discuss some of the social issues that have risen to the surface during the transition into a legal market and highlight various solutions that emerged.

- MDT
Marketing Sustainable Cannabis
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Lisa Buffo
Lisa Buffo
Cannabis Marketing Association, Founder & CEO
Gagan Levy
Gagan Levy
Founder/ CEO, Guru
Zack Darling
Zack Darling
CannaCraft, Vice President Marketing
Ru Johnson
Ru Johnson
Roux Black Consulting, Founder

Marketing in the cannabis industry is extremely competitive, and has quickly led to industry leadership and consumer loyalty. This panel will review some of the strategies brands are using to authentically connect with consumers, and shed light into what we can expect from top brands in the future.

- MDT
Seeding Sustainability: Seeds vs Clones
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Nathaniel Pennington
Nathaniel Pennington
Humbolt Seed Co, CEO
Betsy Samuelson
Betsy Samuelson
Seed & Soil, Co-Owner & Seed Integrity Specialist
Sarah Schuette
Sarah Schuette
Dirty Business Soil, Co-Owner & COO

The how and why of the cannabis industry’s move to get back to its roots by growing from seed. We will cover breeding techniques that are currently being used to improve genetics grown from seed, how planting and growing from seed is helping farmers lower their carbon footprint, and discuss why the right type of seed can save a small farm while helping our big planet.