By - Jon Brown

Cannabis Midwest: Building the New Green Economy
June 23-24, 2020 | Chicago, IL

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Overview

Remote attendance via video conference is now available!

The stage is set for a Midwestern green revolution. In 2020 Illinois and Michigan are allowing the sale of legalized recreational marijuana. Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, and Kansas have legalized medical marijuana.  Nebraska and the Dakotas are voting in 2020.

The regulated cannabis market is booming. However, there are a myriad of unique challenges that come with implementing and regulating this new industry. Regulators and law-enforcement must overcome the hurdles of how to regulate the new industry and protect public health and safety. Fire department personnel, building code officials, and compliance personnel must learn how to handle the build-out and boom of the new industry. Leading operators, cannabis executives, and investors are looking for ways to enter the Midwest market. New business owners need to learn how to market and brand a cannabis business.

This summit will be our opportunity to hear about quickly evolving cannabis policy from the regulators themselves and about best practices from regulators in other states. Attendees will learn best practices in licensing, testing, manufacturing and packaging, and be able to network with top cannabis operators and growers. 

Learning Outcomes

This conference will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Discuss how to overcome challenges of cannabis implementation
  • Explore best practices from regulators in other states
  • Discuss strategies for protecting public safety
  • Identify how to navigate code and compliance issues
  • Explore ways for investors to enter the Midwest market
  • Demonstrate new technologies for track and trace, delivery, and compliance
  • Network with top cannabis operators and growers

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this conference and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, Panel Discussions and PowerPoint presentations will be used in the program.

Agenda

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05 a.m. :: Welcome Remarks by Chair


8:05 – 8:30 a.m. :: Keynote Address

Sonya M. Harper, State Representative, 6th District, Illinois General Assembly


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: The Business of Cannabis

This session will provide a general update on public policy and government relations in states throughout the region, followed by a concise state of the industry report for the Midwest.

Michael Correia, Director of Government Relations, National Cannabis Industry Association


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: The Realities of Cannabis Implementation

The head of implementation of all initiatives related to medical, hemp, and adult-use cannabis in the State of New York will present a case study detailing the expansion of the state’s medical program and the launch of the State’s hemp program. Axel is also responsible for driving the administration’s proposal for comprehensive regulation of all segments of the cannabis economy. This session will cover the realities of cannabis implementation including:

  • Land Use
  • Entitlement processes
  • Licensing processes

Axel Bernabe, Assistant Counsel to NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:30 – 11:30 a.m. :: Panel Discussion: Operators Perspectives: Best Practices in the Canna Industry in the US

Large operators from various regions in North America will come together to compare and discuss:

  • Current examples of procedures in the canna industry
  • Lessons learned from operating facilities
  • Best practices from top growers

Moderator: Jacob Policzer, Co-Founder & Director of Science and Strategy, The Cannabis Conservancy (TCC)

Linda Marsicano, Senior Representative, VP Communications, GTI

John Kuster, Senior Representative, Communications, Revolution Enterprises

Michael Moussali, Co-founder and Partner, Se7en Leaf

Greg Flickinger, SVP Operations, Green Thumb Industries (GTI)

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: Existing Adult Use & Medical Use States – Lessons Learned and Outlook

State-level cannabis regulators and public health officials will come together in this panel to reveal their lessons learned and best practices for moving the industry forward.

Andrew Brisbo, Executive Director, Marijuana Regulatory Agency, State of Michigan

Dr. Wilnise Jasmin, Director, Behavioral Health, City of Chicago

Chris Tholkes, Director, Office of Medical Cannabis, Minnesota Department of Health

Ngozi O. Ezike, M.D, Director, Illinois Department of Public Health (invited)

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:30 – 4:00 p.m. :: Software Presentation


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: Cannabis Licensing: Requirements & Process

This panel will discuss good manufacturing practices for cannabis products – including best practices for lab testing, production methods, and labeling.

Bonnie Czander, Senior Representativer, Environmental Health Specialist, Detroit Health Department

Andrew Brisbo, Executive Director, Marijuana Regulatory Agency, State of Michigan

Amy Moore, Deputy Director, Medical Marijuana Regulation, State of Missouri

5:00 p.m. :: Day 1 Adjourns


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05 a.m. :: Welcome Remarks by Chair


8:05 – 9:00 a.m. :: Seed to Sale – Environmental and Safety Factors

An overview of the environmental quality factors that are needed to keep your cannabis products safe and compliant, and best practices to meet standards.

Addae Jones, Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Cannabistry Labs


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Presentation & Case Study: Food Safety and Compliance in Cannabis Processing

When processing cannabis it is critical to remember that it is intended for human consumption. Strict attention must be paid to food safety. With more and more states legalizing either medical or recreational cannabis, the potential for improper processing is increasing.

Dr. Susan Audino, Principal, S. A. Audino & Associates

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: Cannabis Research & Development and Public Health

This session will cover the important intersection of product research and development and public health research, and how researchers and public health officials can work together to further the canna industry.                                             

Amy Moore, Deputy Director, Medical Marijuana Regulation, State of Missouri

Ini Afia, Scientific Director, CannaSafe


11:00 – 11:30 a.m. :: Presentation: A 4-part Approach to Regulating Cannabis

  • Regulation
  • Education
  • Enforcement
  • Taxation

Joe Devlin, Senior VP, Ikanik Farms and Former Chief of Cannabis Policy for Sacramento


11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Presentation: Cannabis Law – Current and Future

William Dolphin, Americans for Safe Access

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshop

Cannabis Resource Optimization & Environmental Due Diligence: Energy, Water & Sustainability

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. :: Workshop Registration

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Workshop Overview

Many states and communities who have legalized marijuana do not understand the resource issues associated with this new industry – primarily, water and energy requirements – and the general environmental and sustainability issues that can be common in marijuana grow operations.  Cannabis cultivation is an extremely energy-intensive business, with indoor-grow facilities requiring massive amounts of energy for lighting and HVAC.   This new industry is also quite water hungry, with water being a resource that brings up additional questions such as water quality.  In addition to water and energy, there are multiple other aspects of the cannabis industry that require consideration for sustainable production.

This workshop will discuss overall environmental issues associated with cannabis cultivation, focusing largely on energy and water related issues.  It will evaluate solutions for efficient and environmentally sound management practices and address the role of regulatory standards in promoting sustainability for this new industry. 

Learning Outcomes

The workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Assess best practices for the cannabis industry to simultaneously achieve environmental and economic sustainability
  • Review actual data and case studies from growers around the country in resource management practices
  • Evaluate how to optimize and efficiently manage energy, water, and resources in cannabis cultivation

 

Agenda

  • Marijuana growth cycle and technology/resource requirements at each stage
  • Life-cycle environmental impacts of cannabis cultivation from producer to consumer
  • Overview of key environmental factors of cannabis cultivation
    • Land, water and energy use
    • Waste management
    • Harvest procedures
    • Processing and handling
    • Traceability
  • Energy use in cannabis cultivation
    • Lighting
    • HVAC
    • Dehumidification
  • Water use in cannabis cultivation
    • Irrigation, fertigation, pumps
    • Water quality issues
    • Wastewater
  • Grower case studies and statistics on energy, water & agricultural practices
  • Update on sustainable solutions & standards development in the cannabis industry
  • State & regional regulations specific to energy & water efficiency in cannabis industry
    • California water quality and efficiency standards for irrigation and wastewater
    • Massachusetts & Illinois limitations on energy usage for growers
  • Trends in tools, techniques & technologies for sustainable cultivation
    • Resource efficiency & optimization
    • Tips for optimizing grow room design
    • Chemical input considerations
  • Pathways for a sustainable and low carbon cannabis industry future

 

Instructor

Jacob Policzer, Co-Founder & Director of Science and Strategy, The Cannabis Conservancy (TCC)

Jacob Policzer is the Director of Science & Strategy at The Cannabis Conservancy (TCC), an organization that provides Sustainability Certification to legal Cannabis organizations that adhere to Good Agricultural Practices, are free of harmful chemical inputs, utilize waste reduction methods, are energy efficient, and conserve water.   TCC offers holistic, life-cycle approaches that strive to identify, quantify, and mitigate the environmental impacts of Cannabis cultivation from producer to consumer, offering a certification that is synergistically aligned with renowned international standards.  Jacob has committed his career to learning about sustainable cultivation systems worldwide. He has worked on farms and research projects on six continents, specializing in permaculture, ecosystem management, eco-village design, and natural building. Jacob received a B.Sc. in Environmental Studies at Emory University and a M.Sc. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management through the MESPOM consortium focusing on Urban Agriculture Sustainability and Environmental Justice. Prior to co-founding TCC, he founded Urban Environmental Innovations, which provided sustainability consulting for local food organizations, restaurants, and craft breweries. He is a member of the Denver Department of Environmental Health’s Cannabis Sustainability Work Group. Throughout his career, Jacob has strived to find innovative and pragmatic solutions to the world’s complex environmental problems and is now applying his knowledge and experience to address the environmental issues pertaining to the cannabis industry.

Speakers

  • Ini Afia, Scientific Director, CannaSafe
  • Dr. Susan Audino, Principal, S. A. Audino & Associates
  • Axel Bernabe, Assistant Counsel to NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo
  • Andrew Brisbo, Executive Director, Marijuana Regulatory Agency, State of Michigan
  • Michael Correia, Director of Government Relations, National Cannabis Industry Association
  • Bonnie Czander, Senior Representativer, Environmental Health Specialist, Detroit Health Department
  • Joe Devlin, Senior VP, Ikanik Farms and Former Chief of Cannabis Policy for Sacramento
  • William Dolphin, Americans for Safe Access
  • Ngozi O. Ezike, M.D, Director, Illinois Department of Public Health (invited)
  • Greg Flickinger, SVP Operations, Green Thumb Industries (GTI)
  • Sonya M. Harper, State Representative, 6th District, Illinois General Assembly
  • Dr. Wilnise Jasmin, Director, Behavioral Health, City of Chicago
  • Addae Jones, Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Cannabistry Labs
  • John Kuster, Senior Representative, Communications, Revolution Enterprises
  • Linda Marsicano, Senior Representative, VP Communications, GTI
  • Amy Moore, Deputy Director, Medical Marijuana Regulation, State of Missouri
  • Michael Moussali, Co-founder and Partner, Se7en Leaf
  • Jacob Policzer, Co-Founder & Director of Science and Strategy, The Cannabis Conservancy (TCC)
  • Chris Tholkes, Director, Office of Medical Cannabis, Minnesota Department of Health

Location

Springhill Suites Chicago/O’Hare

8101 W Higgins Rd

Chicago, IL 60631

Reserve your room:

please call 1-773-653-2030

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of June 22 – 23, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$129.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to May 22, 2020.

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Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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