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You can see the type of the exclusive and informative sessions that are provided with the Spring 2017 Agenda below.

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017: PRE-CONFERENCE Registration & Attendee Badge Pick-up 7-5
8:00-10:00am New Investor Crash Course
networking breakfast included
(ticketed separately)
10:00-11:30am Marijuana Business Crash Course
networking lunch included
(ticketed separately)
5:00-6:30pm Women’s Executive Networking Event
(RSVP to attend)
WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017: CONFERENCE DAY 1 Registration & Attendee Badge Pick-up 7-7
8:30-9:00am Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:10am Opening Remarks Expo Hall Open
(10-5pm)Networking Lunch
9:10-9:50am Exclusive Industry Projections & Benchmark Data
Speaker: Chris Walsh
9:50-10:30am Uncertainty, Regulations and Stigma: Lessons Learned from the Natural Health Products Industry
Speaker: Loren Israelsen
10:30-11:15am Insider Look: A Former DOJ Official’s View of Cannabis Banking
Speaker: John Vardaman
11:15am-12:15pm Marijuana Under a New Administration: The First 100 Days of Trump
Speakers: Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Andrew Perraut, John Vardaman, Steph Sherer
12:15-5:00pm Networking in Expo Hall
5:00-7:00pm #MJBizCon Mixer: The Official After-Party of MJBizCon
(ticketed separately)
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THURSDAY, May 18, 2017: CONFERENCE DAY 2 Registration & Attendee Badge Pick-up 7-5
9:00-9:30am Continental Breakfast
9:30am-12:20pm Cultivation Sessions Infused Sessions Retail Sessions Industry Insights Sessions Expo Hall Open
(10-5pm)Networking Lunch
9:30-10:20am Advanced Cultivation Tips & Techniques: Insights from Lead Cultivators
Speakers: Alecia Weisman, Matt Sampson, Jesce Horton, Brendon Hershey
Preparing for the Invevitable: Adapting to Regulatory Changes on Infused Products
Speakers: Greg Jones, Tim Moxey, Amy Margolis
Tapping Key Market Segments: Seniors & Newbies
Speakers: Kimberly Cargile, Hillary Peckham
10:30-11:20am Going Big: How to Scale a Grow and Boost Operational Efficiency
Speaker: Corey Barnette
Extraction Processes, Procedures & Technology
Speaker: Jim Makoso
Product & Strain Selection: Finding the Right Balance for Your Dispensary or Rec Shop
Speaker: Nichole West
The Perils of Rescheduling and FDA Regulation
Speakers: Andrew Perraut, Emily Leongini
11:30am-12:20pm Developing, Maintaining & Maximizing Small Grow Rooms
Speaker: Rick Fisher
Battling the Big Boys: Entering a Mature Infused Products Market
Speakers: Mark Grindeland, Lauren Gockley
Taking Your Dispensary to the Next Level: Boosting Profits, Patients Counts & Competitiveness
Speaker: Chanda Macias
Intellectual Property Protection for Your Cannabis Strains, Products, and Business
Speaker: Dale Hunt
1:00-3:50pm 101 Sessions Investing Sessions
1:00-1:50pm Starting a Cannabis Grow: Costs & Key Considerations
Speaker: David Niccum
Assessing the Investment Climate: New Challenges and Hottest Opportunities
Speaker: Sumit Mehta
2:00-2:50pm Starting an Infused Products Company: Costs & Key Considerations
Speaker: Avis Bulbulyan
Great Expectations: Investing in California’s Cannabis Market
Speakers: Emily Paxhia, Zeta Ceti, Leslie Bocskor
3:00-3:50p Starting a Dispensary or Rec Shop: Costs & Key Considerations
Speaker: Stephanie Hopper
How Much is it Worth? Valuation Insights for Marijuana Investors
Speaker: Chris Leavy
3:50-5:00pm Networking in Expo Hall
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FRIDAY, May 19, 2017: CONFERENCE DAY 3 Registration & Attendee Badge Pick-up 7-3
9:00-9:30am Continental Breakfast
9:30am-12:20pm Cultivation Sessions Sales, Marketing & Licensing Sessions Finance Sessions Expansion Sessions Expo Hall Open
(10-3pm)Networking Lunch
9:30-10:20am Organic Cultivation Tutorial: Teaming with Microbes
Speaker: Jeff Lowenfels
Ancillary Tutorial: B2B Sales Strategies in the MJ Industry
Speakers: Emily Walter, Steve Flaks
Tax Tutorial: Navigating 280E to Boost the Bottom Line
Speaker: Dean Guske
Multi-State Growth: Managing Risk & Vetting Partners
Speakers: Tanya Hoke, David Barakett, Jeremy Unruh
10:30-11:20am Cultivation Deep Dive: Post-Harvest Strategies & Techniques
Speaker: Ashley Walgren
Tutorial: Social Media Strategies for Infused Products & Retail Companies
Speakers: Kyra Reed, Brittney Uribe
Deep Dive: Killer Negotiating Tactics for Cannabis Businesses
Speaker: Tony Perzow
The Next Frontier: Rec Opportunities in Canada
Speakers: Andrea Hill, Michael Gorenstein, Jennifer Hanser
11:30am-12:20pm Cultivation Deep Dive: Profitability of Greenhouses vs. Indoor Grows – Exclusive Study Results
Speaker: James Eaves
Deep Dive: Creating a Winning License Application
Speaker: Robert Carp
How to Get a Loan for Your Cannabis Business
Speaker: Todd Sherer
New Market Update: Eastern MMJ & Rec States
Speakers: Michael Bronstein, Becky DeKeuster, Thomas Haren, Kris Kane
12:20pm-3:00pm Networking in Expo Hall