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EVENT SCHEDULE

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Saturday, April 16, 2016:

8:00 – 9:00 am
Registration: Expo & Breakfast

9:00 am
State of the Industry: Medical Marijuana Regulations & Safety Act (MMRSA)

Opening Key Note Speaker – Jim Wood (Assemblyman and Author of AB243 & AB21)

10:00 am
AB-243 & AB-266 – What You NEED to Know

A summary of the Assembly Bills that make up MMRSA and latest updates, including Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation.

Speakers: Rebecca Stamey-White (Attorney, Hinman & Carmichael LLP), Tsion Sunshine Lencho (Attorney, Tsion Lencho, esq.)

11:00 am
The New Licensing Structure

Discussion of the licensing tiers, how they interact and real-world implementation.

Speakers: Joe Rogoway (Attorney, Rogoway Law), Tawnie Logan (Executive Director, Sonoma County Growers Alliance), Hezekiah Allen (Executive Director, California Growers Association)

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch & Expo

1:00 pm
MMRSA & Local Government Strategies

Local strategies from complementary perspectives: the Cannabis Industry and the City Official. Discussions on how MMRSA hinges on local permits and sharing how collaboration between the two can develop into balanced and successful local cannabis policy.

Speakers: Jamie Kerr (Policy Director of Regulatory Affairs, California Growers Association), David McPherson (Principal, HDL Companies)

2:00 pm
Regulatory Agencies – Who Does What

Local Government: Who creates local licensing rules? Who governs zoning and land use? Who issues use permits? Who issues licenses under MMRSA?

Speakers: Efren Carrillo (5th District Supervisor), Erin Carlstrom (Attorney, Rogoway Law Group)

*2:00 pm
Dispensary Best Practices: Creating Vendor Relationships and Introducing Products That Are Safe & Reliable for Patients

Discussion of the licensing tiers, how they interact and real-world implementation.

Speakers: Jerred Kiloh (Owner, The Higher Path Dispensary), Jonathan Valdman (President, Forever Flowering Greenhouses), Alec Dixon (Co-Founder, SC Labs)

3:00 pm
Ordinance & Zoning Basics Across California

More details about the basics of land-use and zoning; resources and tips.

Speakers: Kimberly Simms (Attorney, Law Office), Pamela Epstein (Attorney, GreenWise Consulting), Robert Jacob (SPARC & Peace In Medicine).

*3:00 pm
Delivery Services Best Practices

Speakers: Andrea Unsworth (Executive Director, StashTwist), Natalia Thurston (Attorney, CBD Pros)

4:00 pm
Setting Up Your Business: Corporate Structure, Best Practices & Bookkeeping

The basic “how-to’s” of formalizing your business and importance of bookkeeping.

Speakers: Jeff Titus (Attorney, Tax Law), Diane Piccioni (EA/CPA)

5:00 pm
Day 1 Ends

7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sippy Hour & Music Sponsored by The Hybrid Creative

Sunday, April 17, 2016:

8:00 – 9:00 am
Registration: Expo & Breakfast

9:00 am
Key Note Speaker – Lynnette Shaw

10:00 am
Outdoor Cultivation: Environmental Impacts & Mitigation and Dealing with the Water
Bill SB-643

Discussion of outdoor growing practices and water use.

Speakers: Casey O’Neill (Farmer and Board Chair of California Growers Alliance), Patrick Murphy, Co-Founder Emerald Family Farms) and Tom Hicks (Water Law Attorney)

11:00 am
Testing, Labeling & Packaging Requirements

Testing requirements under MMRSA and how to prepare. Current and future labeling and packaging requirements for California.

Speakers: Amanda Conley (Attorney, Brand & Branch), Josh Wurzer (President & Co-Founder, SC Labs), Dr. Robert Martin (Co-Founder, CW Analytical Laboratories)

11:00 am
Testing, Labeling & Packaging Requirements

Testing requirements under MMRSA and how to prepare. Current and future labeling and packaging requirements for California.

Speakers: Amanda Conley (Attorney, Brand & Branch), Alec Dixon (Co-Founder, SC Labs), Dr. Robert Martin (Co-Founder, CW Analytical Laboratories)

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch & Expo

1:00 pm
Distribution & Transportation Licensing Basics

Licensing types under MMRSA; who can do what and forming relationships.

Speakers: Lauren Fraser (RVR), Rebecca Stamey-White (Attorney, Hinman & Carmichael LLP)

*1:00 pm
Manufacturing Intricacies: Keeping it Legal & Safe

Speakers: Dr. Robert Martin (Co-Founder, CW Analytical Laboratories), Kevin Walsh (Operations, The C02 Company), Lezli Engelking (Founder of FOCUS:  Foundation of Cannabis unified Standards)

2:00 pm
A Dive into Branding & Marketing

Overview of trademark, copyright & patent protection. Creating a brand: more than just a name.

Speakers: Zack Darling (Owner & Founder, The Hybrid Creative), Shabnam Malek (Attorney, Brand & Branch) & Matthew Cote (Owner & Founder, TechnoVerde)

*2:00 pm
Organic Farming & Pesticide Testing

Discussion of the licensing tiers, how they interact and real-world implementation.

Speakers: Alec Dixon (Co-Founder, SC Labs),  April Crittenden (Senior Quality & Compliance Supervisor, EnviroCann)

3:00 pm
Sonoma County Grower’s Alliance:  Business Development Workshop

‘Residential cannabis operations in a regulated market’

Speakers: Hezekiah Allen (Executive Director, California Growers Association) and Tawnie Logan (Executive Director, Sonoma County Growers Alliance) along with representatives from Sonoma County Permit and Resource Department, EDB, as well as City of Santa Rosa’s Danielle O’Leary (tasked with running the ordinance development), and Planning Dept Clare Hartman.

*3:00 pm
Seed-to-Sale Technology: California Compliance

Speaker: Amy Poinsett (Co-Founder, MJ Freeway)

4:00 pm
Black Market Operating Consequences & Penalties: Worth It?

Speakers: Ryan Wilber (Attorney, Wilber Law Offices), Jesse Gessin (Deputy Public Defender, The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California)

*4:00 pm
Environmental and Board of Equalization Compliance for Cultivators

Attorney Melissa N. Sanchez of Harvest Law will present a workshop featuring Lt. John Nores, Jr., team leader of California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Marijuana Enforcement Team and Timothy B. Morland, Director of Legislation and Regulatory Affairs for Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma. They will discuss environmental compliance, interactions with wardens, and present a detailed explanation of seller’s permits, resale certificates and agricultural exemptions.

Speakers: Melissa Sanchez (Attorney and Policy Director, California Growers Alliance and Harvest Law), Lt. John Nores, Jr. (Department of Fish & Wildlife, State of California), Tim Morland (Cannabis Compliance / Director of Regulatory Affairs, State Board of Equalization)

5:00 pm
Day 2 Ends