MCR Labs ‘Ask An Expert’ Virtual Event Seeks To Clear Up Mass. Cannabis Confusion

Cannabis experts will weigh in on questions submitted by members of the general public as part of a virtual panel discussion hosted by MCR Labs on October 28.

MASSACHUSETTS:  MCR Labs is organizing a virtual panel discussion for members of the public to submit cannabis-related questions to four experts with backgrounds in cannabis testing, research, medicine, and cultivation in order to help new and experienced cannabis consumers expand their knowledge of a complex and often misunderstood plant.

“Even though it’s legal here in Massachusetts, cannabis is still scary and confusing to some and complicated or overwhelming to others,” said MCR Labs President and founder Michael Kahn. “We’re trying to create more opportunities for everyone to get real answers from legitimate sources since there’s still a lot of misinformation being spread about cannabis and marijuana.”

The virtual event, titled “Ask an Expert,” will feature qualified cannabis professionals from a variety of fields and specialties. The panel discussion will include Scott Churchill, Director of Scientific Operations at MCR Labs, a cannabis testing laboratory; Dr. Marion McNabb, President of the Cannabis Center of Excellence, a research and advocacy group; Dr. Benjamin Caplan, Chief Medical Officer at the CED Clinic, a medical cannabis clinic; and Noni Goldman, Co-Founder of Four Trees Management Co., a consulting firm and tier 1 cultivation provisional licensee.

By bringing together experts with a diverse array of backgrounds, the MCR Labs’ outreach team hopes to enable a broad selection of individuals with any level of cannabis knowledge to hear answers to questions ranging from highly complex to basic and introductory.

“COVID-19 has created a significant lack of educational events geared toward cannabis at the same time that many are exploring using, growing, or even joining the industry for the first time,” said MCR Labs Event & Outreach Specialist Melissa Kenton. “So, we’re trying something new for us by hosting this online event because no matter what’s happening with the virus, education is critical to helping people explore cannabis safely.”

The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 28 starting at 11 a.m. Attendees can register in advance at https://tinyurl.com/MCRLabsAskExpertEvent. Those with questions for the panel can submit them via any of MCR Labs social media accounts by messaging @mcrlabs on most platforms or by emailing the outreach team directly at news@mcrlabs.com.

Mass Cannabis Control Commission To Host “Cannabis x Equity” Panel As Part Of Fierce Urgency of Now Festival

MASSACHUSETTS: The Cannabis Control Commission (Commission) is proud to again partner with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and City Awake as part of their 2020 Fierce Urgency of Now (FUN) Festival by hosting a virtual panel titled “Cannabis x Equity” on Friday, September 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Interested individuals—especially those who have been disproportionately impacted by previous cannabis prohibition, arrests, and incarceration—are invited to register to attend through Eventbrite.

The panel, which will be emceed by the Commission’s Interim Director of Community Outreach Alyssa Flores, will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of Massachusetts’ regulated cannabis industry, the Commission’s equity programming, and entrepreneurial opportunities that are available in the evolving marketplace. Additionally, Friday’s conversation will help establish new connections to Commission staff and community members who are pursuing similar types of engagement in legal marijuana.

FUN “Cannabis x Equity” panelists will include participants of the Commission’s first-in-the-nation Social Equity Program and certified Economic Empowerment Priority Applicants, as well as Marijuana Establishment owners and founders who have been certified as “Minority-Owned Businesses” through the Commonwealth’s Supplier Diversity Office.

The Commission’s mission is to honor the will of Massachusetts voters by safely, equitably and effectively implementing and administering the laws enabling access to medical- and adult-use marijuana. Equity provisions have been enacted to fulfill a legislative mandate that the Commission ensures people from communities disproportionately harmed by marijuana law enforcement are included in the legal industry. More information about the agency’s equity programming is available at MassCannabisControl.com/EquityPrograms.

7th Annual Mother’s High Tea – Tea Along The Rio de la Plata South America

COLORADO:  4 & 20 Blackbirds presents 7th Annual Mother’s High Tea® – Tea Along the Rio de la Plata South America, taking place at McNichols Building on Friday September 20, 2019, from 1pm to 4pm in Denver, featuring an inspiring speaker program, activities, nonprofit education and tea menu. Mother’s High Tea® is a public, non-consumption event celebrating mothers, business women, and advocates in the cannabis community. Cannabis Maven, Susan Squibb, with a volunteer committee is proud to produce and emcee Mother’s High Tea®, the longest running women’s cannabis event in the U.S.

Speakers: The speaker theme is personal and community wellness. The keynote speaker is Jessica Peck, Esq. Denver attorney, Ms. Peck is a constitutional scholar and passionate family law trial attorney, often representing families and kids in crisis. This year, she was appointed by Gov. Jared Polis to the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force, Subcommittee on Children’s Behavioral Health, tasked with rebuilding Colorado’s juvenile mental health system. Over a decade ago, Ms. Peck co-founded Moms for Marijuana and Guarding Our Children Against Marijuana Prohibition. Dr. Lisa Calderón, currently Chief of Staff for Candi Cde Baca in Denver City Council District 9 was born and raised in Denver. Dr. Calderón holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, law degree, and a doctorate in education. Her 30-years of public service also includes being a justice reform advocate, nonprofit executive and social justice organizer. She is a former university professor she has taught in academia for 15 years in the areas of Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, and Criminal Justice. She has obtained several awards for inspirational leadership for her work serving the community.

Tea Along the Rio de la Plata South America comes to life with tea buffets and catering by Encore Catering & Culinary Services. The menu is inspired by the yerba mate teas and culinary regions of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The non- profit and educational tables feature information from National Alliance on Mental Illness, UCD Cannabis Cultures Anthropology Professor, Marty Otanez, and Denver Open Media.

Tickets: VIP tables, general admission and children tickets available through AXS website. GA Tickets are $35. Child tickets are $15. Children 4 and under are free. A VIP table for 10 is available for $425 with the promo code bestfriend10 at AXS.com. Each guest receives a passport to travel through event activities, a gift bag from event sponsors, and entries to prize drawings.

Susan Squibb, Cannabis Maven, is a trailblazer of the hemp and marijuana business and advocacy communities in Colorado. She is a paralegal, event producer and speaker.

Founder Of Nation’s First Black-Owned Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Keynote “The Business Of Cannabis”

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 atEmmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY

NEW YORK:  Chanda Macias, MBA, PhD, a Washington, D.C.-based cell biologist and patient advocate who founded National Holistic Healing Center and Chairwoman and acting CEO of Women Grow, LLC, will be keynote speaker at a free day-long conference aiming to help New Yorkers of color to join the ranks of those who own legal cannabis and hemp businesses.

Elected officials including New York State Attorney General Tish James will join medical clinicians, grassroots community and health organizers, attorneys and cannabis/hemp entrepreneurs among the line-up of national, regional and local expert speakers and workshop facilitators for “The Business of Cannabis,” 9:30  a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn.  Acquiring a cultivation or dispensary license, careers in cannabis/hemp, equity, social justice and policy reform, parenting and the role cannabis/hemp in medicine, self-care and community wellness are among workshop topics that will be discussed at the one- day event. Women Grow, Minorities for Medical Marijuana, CannagatherMinority Cannabis Business AssociationCannaclusive and Cannabis Cultural Association have partnered with Emmanuel Baptist Church to bring this education to the community.

Featured cannabis and hemp experts from across the country include the renowned Knox family of American Cannabinoid Clinics, who are pioneers of integrative cannabis medicine; Jesce and Jeannette Horton of NuLeaf Project; Christine De La Rosa of The People’s Dispensary;  Dr. Oludare Odumosu of Ilera Healthcare; Dasheeda Dawson of MJM Strategy; and Amy Holdener of Citva.

The conference aims to amplify and help fix what is a clear problem: Too few people of color are critically involved in what is, by turns, a growing and profitable cannabis/hemp marketplace and a healthcare sector struggling to ensure that patients of color are served by culturally competent cannabis/hemp vendors.

“The cannabis industry must become a more equal and inclusive business space. But this cannot happen without connecting directly with the people in communities of color,” says Rosalind “Roz” McCarthy, founder and CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana.

Says Gia Morón, executive vice president for Women Grow: “This is a critical time for women and people of color to learn about the opportunities in this multi-billion-dollar industry.”

And the Rev. Anthony Trufant, an author, nationally noted church development consultant and senior pastor of Brooklyn’s 4,000-member Emmanuel Baptist Church: “We see the injustice and irony of having so many people of color criminally charged, incarcerated and in court because of what, by current laws, are often petty marijuana-related crimes.”

He continued: “As New York’s governor joins the chorus of elected officials and others wanting to totally legalize marijuana, the faith community must coalesce with strategists, experts and entrepreneurs at the forefront of helping people of color launch cannabis and hemp businesses that might ease sick people’s pains while generating income for owners of these enterprises.”

Emmanuel Baptist Church is located at 279 Lafayette Avenue (corner of St James Place) in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.  Please visit Eventbrite.com for free tickets.

“Breaking The Cycle Of Opioid Dependency Using Cannabis” Topic Of Cannabis Nurses Network Conference

Educational Session and Panel on Opioid Crisis will also include Professional Athlete, Boo Williams, Noted Cannabis Author Uwe Blesching, PhD and Hospice Nurse Marcie Cooper RN, MSN, AHN-BC.

CALIFORNIA:  Noted medical cannabis writer and author, Uwe Blesching, will address the timely topic of opioid addiction in an educational session titled “Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction” at this year’s Cannabis Nurses Network Conference (CNNC), the annual professional development and education conference designed exclusively for Registered Nurses and wellness professionals to advance their understanding of cannabis medicine, the endocannabinoid system, and practical applications in day-to-day patient care & practice. This year’s conference will be held at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Marina from February 28th through March 2nd, 2019. 

Blesching is a regular contributor to the cannabinoid health sciences, mind-body medicine, phytopharmacology, as well as evidence-based illness prevention and treatment protocols.  Blesching’s books such as the Cannabis Health Index, Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction, and Heal Yourself with Cannabis are based on Blesching’s rigorous in depth research and twenty years’ experience in emergency medicine as a Paramedic for the City of San Francisco. 

According to reports, states with medical cannabis laws have a 25% lower opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws. In addition, medical cannabis saves Medicare about $165 million annually in prescription costs alone.

Blesching will also join professional athlete, Boo Williams and hospice nurse, Marcie Cooper RN, MSN, AHN-BC for a panel titled “Cannabis & Opiate Harm Reduction” Williams, a former tight end for the New Orleans Saints and founder of Black Ghost Enterprises, now leads a multi-faceted branding company that includes a line of CBD cannabis products under the BooBeary brand.  As a former professional athlete, he brings his own personal experience with using cannabis for pain management and mental health, along with his vast industry knowledge, to lead his venture. 

Nurse Cooper has been a hospice nurse for more than 10 years created and contributed to several nationally offered nursing CEU courses and programs on cannabis including Cannabinoid Connections in 2016. She has been teaching Geriatric Nursing and Transcultural Nursing in a BSN program and incorporating concepts of cannabis nursing into these traditional nursing courses. Providing direct patient care has always been and remains her first love and passion aside from teaching physicians and nurses. 

CNN Founding Member, Heather Manus, RN, “Patients are using cannabis legally, with or without medical oversight. Nurses are being encouraged by the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to seek and gain knowledge regarding Cannabis Patient Care. I believe we are witnessing a revolution in healthcare, and Nurses are among those at the forefront.”

Healthcare professionals are encouraged to register to learn about cannabis science, research, and clinical applications related to the human endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid therapeutics from world-class experts.

Event website for tickets is www.CannabisNursesNetwork.com/cnnc

NECANN Expands Again In 2019

New England’s longest-running cannabis convention series expands to Springfield, Massachusetts and New Jersey

MASSACHUSETTS: NECANN, producers of the two largest cannabis industry conventions on the East Coast (in Boston and Portland, ME) announced the addition of two new events making it the largest cannabis convention series in the world. After adding three new markets in 2018 (Reno NV, Burlington VT, and Salt Lake City Utah), NECANN is adding new shows in Springfield MA (June 22-23) and Trenton, NJ (September 14-15) in 2019, to bring their total number of annual events up to 8.

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With the state’s recreational program now active and growing rapidly, NECANN is excited to bring its business and education platform to Western Massachusetts in June. “The marketplace for recreational cannabis use has exploded in Worcester County and throughout the Berkshires,” says President and Co-Founder Marc Shepard, “making Springfield a perfect location for a NECANN convention.

In New Jersey the Governor, Senate, and Assembly Committees are all on board for the legalization of adult use cannabis in New Jersey, possibly in 2019. “We’re excited to work with local leaders, advocacy groups, and businesses to host the first New Jersey Cannabis Convention,” says Jeff Lawrence, Co-Founder and New Market Director.

NECANN’s flagship Boston event (March 22-24), now in it’s 5th year, will see the programming and exhibit hall expand into a third day. Friday, March 22nd will introduce CannaBiz Friday, with a 100% focus on B2B. All speakers and sessions will be business-focused with special break-out networking sessions.

The Friday will also feature the first-ever New England Cannabis Community Awards. “There are so many organizations and entities who have brought the Massachusetts market online the right way,” says Managing Director Beth Waterfall, herself a long-time activist, “we can’t wait to shine the deserved spotlight on their efforts.” Proceeds from the event will go towards Veterans Alternative Healing and the New England Veterans Alliance.

OLCC Notice of Public Hearing On Industrial Hemp Jan 15, 2018

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, including Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact

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OREGON: Division 25 of Chapter 845 of the Oregon Administrative Rules sets forth the privileges and prohibitions for licensees and permittees of the Commission regarding the recreational cannabis market. The revisions within this package were made to implement the changes made by the 2018 Oregon legislature (HB 4089) relating to industrial hemp.

Date and Time:        Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

 

Location:                 Oregon Liquor Control Commission

9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Portland, OR 97222

 

A subsequent two week comment period will be held after the hearing; all written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

 

The RAD Expo Returns To Portland October 10-11

OREGON: Following the RAD Expo’s huge success in January, Marijuana Venture will be producing the next RAD (Retail and Dispensary) Expo this October 10-11 in Portland, Oregon. The B2B event is 100% focused on marijuana retail and dispensary businesses.

Because the RAD Expo is free for marijuana retail and dispensary owners, buyers and employees, the quality of attendees was a difference-maker for many exhibitors. “The RAD Expo is the only conference where we know almost everyone we talk to will be a potential client or partner because its focus on retail and brands,” said Jeff LaPenna, CEO of The Peak Beyond, a technology company aimed at retailers.

Exhibitors will be companies who supply goods and services to existing and future retailers in the legal marijuana space, offering everything from flooring and point-of-sale systems to snacks and drinks, insurance, glassware, CBD products, marketing services and rolling papers. At the RAD Expo, cannabis retailers can find everything they need to open and operate their business in one place.

About The RAD Expo:

Dates: Oct. 10-11, 2018

Location: Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon

Admission: Free for qualified future and current retail store/dispensary owners, buyers and employees

Exhibitors: Booths and a variety of sponsorship packages are available  — use discount code EARLYBIRD25 for 25% off your booth. Offer ends June 1, 2018.

More Information: www.theRADexpo.com

Phone: (425) 656-3621

Email: theradexpo@gmail.com

Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition Coming To Boston Oct 4-6

NEW JERSEY: Massachusetts and Maine are the first states on the East Coast to legalize recreational marijuana creating a growing market for cultivation, manufacturing and retail.  Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition is expanding its footprint t in the Northeast with CWCBExpo Boston, October 4-6, 2017, at the Hynes Convention Center. The show will be produced by Leading Edge Expositions, LLC, who already produce the Los Angeles and New York events.

“The Massachusetts recreational and medical cannabis market alone is estimated to exceed $1.1 billion in 2020. Now is the time to demystify the legalities, regulations, and business challenges surrounding the industry and provide people in the Northeast with direct access to experts, information, products and resources to prosper in this new commercialized cannabis industry,” said Scott Giannotti, Managing Director, CWCBExpo.  “The Boston event is well-positioned to become the must attend trade show and conference for any business and government entity seeking to enter, support or expand in the densely populated Northeast.”

CWCBExpo Boston will open with a full day of deep educational programming with workshops that cover “How to Open and Operate a Cannabis Business,” “Investment Opportunities and Strategies,” “Navigating the Cannabis Control Commission Rules for the Sale, Packaging and Labeling of Recreational Pot,” and accredited sessions for healthcare professionals. The conference and exhibits at CWCBExpo Boston will take place on October 5th and 6th.

The CWCBExpo Boston conference program will feature more than 100 experts and thought-leaders in a mixed format of lectures and panels conducive to audience participation and intense learning. The exposition hall will feature innovative companies in the cannabis, marijuana and hemp industries including extraction equipment, cultivation systems, grow lights, fertilizers, CBD, edibles and infused products, and ancillary services including supply chain management, business software, legal and real estate advisors, banking solutions, accountants, security firms, lab testing and branding, marketing and retail experts.