May 22, 2019 


We can accept a very limited number of walk-ins at the door

Culture often moves faster than the law and that has been the case with cannabis in Massachusetts.  This event will bring together the experts to debunk the myths and open you up to all the business opportunities surrounding the cannabis business in the Commonwealth.

DATE: May 22, 2019
PLACE: Cape Codder Resort & Spa 
Registration/Networking 12:30 – 1:00
Opening Keynote 1:00
Breakout Sessions 2:00 – 5:00
Cost: $65

Opening Keynote Speaker

Steven J. Hoffman; Chairman, Cannabis Control Commission

Nine 45 Minute Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Cannabis on the Cape and Islands: Bans, Moratoriums and Changes on the Horizon

A look at which local towns are more welcoming to cannabis businesses than others, and the short- and long-term effects bans and moratoriums could have on local residents’ opportunities to get involved in a multi-billion-dollar industry.

Tim McNamara –  Holistic Health Group 
Spencer Knowles – Sira Naturals 

Session 2: 280E- The Accounting Monster Every Cannabis Business Needs to Know

Learn about unique tax issues affecting businesses within the cannabis industry, including numerous challenges in banking, bookkeeping and business structure.

Matt Anderson –Shepherd & Goldstein 

Session 3: Marijuana in the Workplace – Panel Discussion 

A legal overview of how the law impacts the workplace and practical next steps for employers.  Join three of the top attorneys in Massachusetts representing employers, employees and the industry as they discuss new regulations and what employee procedures businesses need to implement or comply with.

Moderator: Karyn Rhodes –  Complete Payroll
Beth O’Neal – Conn Kavanaugh 
Kim Napoli –Vicente Sederberg 
Katherine J. Michon – Hartley-Michon & Robb LLP

Session 4: Raising Capital and Investing in the Cannabis Industry

Interested in starting a cannabis business? When raising capital from outside investors, cannabis companies are faced with several choices regarding terms, structure, filings to make or not make, and type of investor, among other decisions.

IIya Ross – Vicente Sederberg

Session 5: Marketing/PR/Branding

Leading Massachusetts cannabis marketing professionals come together for a discussion about the regulatory limitations and other considerations businesses and marketing and sales professionals need to know about packaging and promoting cannabis brands in the Commonwealth and beyond.

Beth Waterfall – Beth Waterfall Creative 
Holly Alberti –Mayflower Medicinals 
Michael Markarian –Contempo Specialty Packaging 

Session 6: Hemp: From Alternative Crop to Mainstream Commodity – Panel Discussion 

Is hemp really legal? What did the 2018 Farm Bill change for hemp and CBD products? Our experienced panel will help you understand current opportunities for local farmers and CBD-related businesses to explore locally.

Moderator: George Groccia – Future Farm Technologies
Linda Noel – Terrapin Farm
John Dvorak – Hempology 
Julia Agron  Northeast Sustainable Hemp Association

Session 7: Changing the Conversation in Our Communities – Panel Discussion 

What municipalities need to know to make the proper decisions for their community. 

Moderator: Aja Atwood – Trella 
Tito Jackson Verdant Medical 
Alex Morse – Mayor of Holyoke
Andrew Gottlieb – Town of Mashpee
Alan McClennen – Town of Orleans 

Session 8: Cannabiz Pioneers

Local cannabis business leaders share their emerging business opportunities and secrets.

Moderators: Angela Brown TBear
Brian Cusick – TBear
Dave Dewitt – High Dunes Cooperative 
Ellen BrownSinsemilla Seminars
Nicole Campbell – The Green Lady

Session 9: CBD Products: The New Normal for Wellness?

The benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD) for mind and body care.

Moderator: Kellie Roy – Kellie’s Holistic Healing
Rod Glupker – Cape Cod Cannabis Consulting 
Laura Beohner  The Healing Rose 

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