Cannabis Midwest: The Evolving Marketplace

October 13-14, 2020


Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Central Time

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 - 9:05 a.m. :: Welcome Remarks

9:05 - 9:30 a.m. :: Keynote Address

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

9:30 - 10:00 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

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 - 11:15 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:

Axel Bernabe, Assistant Counsel to NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.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:

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

Michael Moussali, Co-founder and Partner, Se7enLeaf

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

12:15 - 1:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:30 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

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. :: Software Presentation and Case Study

3:15 - 4:15 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

4:15 – 4:45 p.m. :: Virtual Networking Session

Day 1 Adjourns

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Central Time

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 - 9:05 a.m. :: Welcome Remarks

9:05 - 9:30 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

9:30 - 10:00 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

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 - 10:45 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

10:45 - 11:30 a.m. :: Presentation: A 4-part Approach to Regulating Cannabis

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

11:30 a.m. :: Conference Adjourns


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

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Central Time

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. :: Workshop Log In

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:


Workshop Agenda

Workshop 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.



We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.