Event Schedule

Get a sneak peek at our event schedule for the 2017 World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo! Our events will be added as they are confirmed and are subject to change. See below for more information.

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Friday April 21, 2017 & Saturday April 22, 2017
Date Description Time
Friday April 21, 2017 General Admission 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Friday April 21, 2017 VIP Event and All Day Expo 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Friday April 21, 2017 Expo VIP 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday April 22, 2017 General Admission 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday April 22, 2017 CME Course (Ticket Required) 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday, April 21, 2017 – Workshops

How Can I Cook With Cannabis?

Location/Time: Room #324 | 3rd Floor | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speakers: Captain Kirk Reid, Shanel Lindsay

Cannabis infused edibles are becoming increasingly popular for many consumers and patients who want a healthier and more discreet way to consume their cannabis. However, many do not know how to properly make these edibles in their own kitchens. This panel will go over how to appropriately dose cannabis infused edibles for desired results as well as explore the future of cannabis infused foods.

Med-Tech, Data & How it Can Advance the Industry

Location/Time: Room #325 | 3rd Floor | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speakers: John Kagia, David Goldstein

Technology has already made significant advancements in the medical cannabis industry, but are we only at the beginning? What are the opportunities for med-tech to provide further data for the industry? How useful is current medical technology for doctors? What’s the future of medical cannabis tech and data?

Medical Cannabis for Children

Location/Time: Room #336 | 3rd Floor | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speakers: Dana Workman, Janie Maedler

There is no shortage of reports on parents stating that medical cannabis save their child’s life. There’s also no shortage of the hardships and difficulties that go into obtaining and treating your child with medical cannabis. As more parents begging to try treating their child’s illness or symptoms from medical cannabis, there are an increasing number of questions that need answering. This group of parent advocates and business leaders will discuss out of home administration, strains specificity for children, dosing, and the education and registration process for parents.

Cannabis Testing & Quality Control

Location/Time: Room #335 | 3rd Floor | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speakers: Anthony Smith, Amanda Rigdon, Mara Gordon, Dr. Andrew Rosenstein

As cannabis becomes more mainstream, the need for safe, clean and reliable cannabis is at an all time high. The industry has to figure out how we can deliver safe,medical-grade products to patients via better testing methods. How can we ensure consistency with cannabis and how do what are the standards we need across the industry to ensure the highest quality cannabis for patients and consumers? This panel will also look at the future of home-testing and how patients in the future will be able to test their products for safety and quality.

Alternative Cannabanoid Treatments with CBD

Location/Time: Room #337 | 3rd Floor | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speakers: Michael Thue, Dr. Naveed

Great Lakes Hemp Supplements will be discussing and answering questions on CBD Hemp and alternative Cannabanoid treatments as well as patient education and dosing.

From Opioids to Cannabis

Location/Time: Room #324 | 3rd Floor | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Nate Jackson, Captain Kirk Reid, Kevin Boehnke, Dr. Matthew Roman, Dr. Bryan Doner

As medical cannabis continues to become more accepted by American citizens, what are the opportunities for this plant to end the current opioid epidemic? Recent studies have shown that states that have regulated medical cannabis markets see a decrease not only in opioid related overdoses, but the total number sold as well. The historical data and statistics, along with future treatment opportunities will be discussed by a group of medical professionals and former professional athletes.

International Legalization Opportunities that Come With It

Location/Time: Room #325 | 3rd Floor | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Courtney Betty, Eric Wang, Rebecca Gasca

Cannabis legalization is quickly increasing on a global scale. As new country’s continue to take pass legalization initiatives, and establish their own unique opportunities, what are the opportunities of global trade? How is the US positioned compared to other country’s in terms of cannabis policies? How can current, and future, canna-preneurs in the US benefit from the different international legalization initiatives.

Professionals Entering Cannabis Industry

Location/Time: Room #333 | 3rd Floor | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Joseph J. Morgan, MD, Peter Flint, Branden Hall, Ellie Siegel

As the medical cannabis industry continues to advance and legitimize, mainstream professionals are increasingly interested in cannabis career opportunities. Being a new, and very unique industry, many professionals struggle with finding how to best leverage their current skills and experience in the industry. A group of professionals who have successfully transitioned, or assist others in transitioning, will discuss the considerations and the process of leveraging your experience and expertise to enter the cannabis industry.

Pennsylvania Update

Location/Time: Room #336 | 3rd Floor | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Senator Leach, Senator Folmer

With the recent legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania in 2016, the state is starting to put together a program that will hopefully start serving patients by 2018. Many entrepreneurs in the state are asking how they can get involved with the industry. This panel will answer that question, as well as give an update on where Pennsylvania cannabis currently stands and how companies on the ancillary side can prosper with legalization in Pennsylvania.

Cannabis for Veterans

Location/Time: Room #335 | 3rd Floor | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Dr. Sue Sisley, Michael Krawitz, Veterans Ending The Stigma

The number of Veterans that commit suicide or die from overdosing in this country is alarming. With medical cannabis still a Schedule 1 drug, the VA’s policies make it difficult for Veterans to use medical cannabis to treat their PTSD. A group of Veterans and a leading doctor and researcher in the industry will discuss current research, initial results, Veteran access, and the difficulties they face.

RocNation’s Own Philadelphia Freeway

Location/Time: Room #325 | 3rd Floor | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Speakers: Freeway

The Free Will documentary details the story of Freeway’s battle with kidney disease giving fans a riveting and personal, behind-the-scenes look of his life and career with glimpses of his fight against his medical issues. Freeway will be at the VIP Event for fans to meet and greet.

Friday, April 21, 2017 – Exhibit Hall/General Admission

Exhibit Hall Open

Location/Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

All events below are included with the Exhibit Hall Pass

Cannabis & Social Media

Location/Time: Main Stage | 12:00 PM – 12:25 PM
Speakers: Russell Media

At the Intersection of Cannabis Education, Research, & Commercialization

Location/Time: Main Stage | 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Speakers: Dr. Charles Pollack, The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University

Investing Into Research

Location/Time: Main Stage | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speakers: Eric Wang, Dr. Charles Pollack, Kevin Provost

Athletes for CARE

Location/Time: Main Stage | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Speakers: Marvin Washington, Todd Herremans, Eben Britton, Nate Jackson

Athletes For CARE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for important issues facing professional athletes and the public at large, including addiction, chronic pain, access to alternative medicines, mental health, CTE and traumatic brain injury. We are an organization founded by pro athletes who are uniting as one voice to advocate for research, education and compassion when addressing these challenges.

Exploring the Legislative and Regulatory Landscape for Cannabis in 2017

Location/Time: Main Stage | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Elizabeth Westbrook & William Garvin | Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Dr. Cyril Wecht

Location/Time: Main Stage | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Friday, April 21, 2017 – VIP Event

VIP Meet & Greet

Location/Time: VIP Area Back of Hall C | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Speakers: Ricky Williams

Buy your VIP ticket and roll out the red carpet from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM for entertainment by Sound Molecule Production, an exclusive meet-and-greet with Ricky Williams, and networking, followed by drinks and lots of new surprises!

Saturday, April 22, 2017 – CME Course

CME Course (CME Ticket Purchase Required)

Location/Time: Room #319, 320, 321 | 3rd Floor | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Instructor: Dr. Stephen B Corn

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and all those interested in the science of medical marijuana should attend this course. Come listen to three lectures given by medical marijuana experts, and leave with a 12-month subscription to TheAnswerPage’s comprehensive medical marijuana library. You can earn up to 22.5 CME credits by studying just 15 of the many medical marijuana syllabus topics from TheAnswerPage’s extensive library. Also, you will receive content updates and new material during the 12-month period.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Workshops

Ag-Tech & Building a Sustainable Industry

Location/Time: Room #324 | 3rd Floor | 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Speakers: AGS, Douglas Larson, Dozie Mbonu

Current cannabis cultivation methods were meant for small-scale operations and are not sustainable long-term as the demand for cannabis has increased. These operations leave a lot of waste and pollution behind and are wasting energy and resources rapidly. If these outdated processes do not change, the industry will leave a negative impact on the environment. This panel will discuss how we can create better cultivation methods that leave less of an environmental footprint as cannabis moves in to the mainstream and eventually is sold nationwide.

Update on Banking

Location/Time: Room #325 | 3rd Floor | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Speakers: Lance Ott, Tom Fleming, Steve Schain, Patrick Nightingale

Cannabis companies are bringing in more revenue as more Americans have access to the plant. However, with cannabis still being illegal at the federal level, most major banks are still hesitant to work with cannabis companies because of the risk of prosecution by the federal government. Companies and entrepreneurs have to be more creative in the ways they can properly finance their companies. This panel will discuss some of the new solutions entrepreneurs can use to help finance their companies as well as predict what the future of cannabis banking will be as cannabis becomes increasingly popular nationwide.

Topicals, Tinctures, Capsules, Edibles

Location/Time: Room #333 | 3rd Floor | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Speakers: Chris Bunka, Eben Britton, Michael Thue, Scott Leshman

As more states across the U.S. legalize cannabis, consumers are discovering new, healthier ways to consume and ingest their medicine. However, many patients do not know which method is best for them as they are still accustomed to only consuming their cannabis by smoking flower through a pipe or joint. Patients are asking what are the pros and cons compared to flower and how using topicals, tinctures, capsules, and edibles can help them achieve the desired results they want from the plant. This panel will answer all those questions, as well as look into how we can have safe products with consistent quality control as well as what is next in terms of innovation for cannabis infused products.

Angels, Funds & Family Offices

Location/Time: Room #334 | 3rd Floor | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Speakers: Lance Johnstone, Lindy Snider, Pamela Johnston, Scott Greiper, Kevin Provost

With cannabis sales totaling $6.7 billion in 2016, the excitement around the business of cannabis is rising. More than ever, investors are curious how they can start investing into the industry. These investors want to know what the current state of the industry is and how they can benefit from it. This panel will discuss how the landscape of cannabis investing has changed in recent times and what the future holds for those trying to get involved.

Activism & How Businesses Get Involved

Location/Time: Room #335 | 3rd Floor | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Speakers: Adam Fine, Roseanne Scotti, Amber E. Senter

Activism has played a crucial part in the creation of the legal medical cannabis industry. Without activists, there wouldn’t be a cannabis industry. As the industry advances, the need for activism does too. With the current administration, and the position of the cannabis industry, activism is now more important than ever. In a new age of activism, what is the role of cannabusinesses, how can businesses get involved (aside from donating), what is the ROI on activism, and how can activists and businesses begin to work together.

Becoming a Caregiver 101

Location/Time: Room #324 | 3rd Floor | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speakers: Valerio Romano, Audrey Byrnes, Heather Shuker, Sarah Bargas, Patrick Nightingale

In states that prohibit delivery services for medical cannabis patients, caregivers play a even more important role in the ecosystem. This panel will consist of a discussion on how and where you start to become a caregiver, the liabilities and risks that come along with it, and what (if any) are the responsibilities for reporting.

Industrial Hemp & the Opportunities Outside of CBD

Location/Time: Room #325 | 3rd Floor | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speakers: Dr. Stuart Titus, Geoffrey Whaling, Representative Nelson

Industrial hemp is the less widely-known cash crop that can be used to make thousands of products from nutritional foods, fabrics, ropes, and even paper products and fuel. This is all while using less water and pesticides than other alternatives.However, industrial hemp is still illegal to grow most places in the U.S. and is still an untapped market for economic growth and jobs in the U.S.

Government Movers & Shakers

Location/Time: Room #333 | 3rd Floor | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speakers: Bill Nettles, Senator Leach, Senator Folmer

With the election of President Donald Trump, the future of cannabis legalization become more uncertain. Government officials are even more important now for advancing the industry and keeping it alive. Who are these movers and shakers in the governemnt that are advocating for cannabis? Also, what are they doing currently to try to advance the industry and what are their thoughts on how cannabis legalisation is affected by the current political landscape?

First Time Cannabis Patients

Location/Time: Room #334 | 3rd Floor | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speakers: Campaign For Compassion, Sebastien Cotte, Debra Kimless, MD

As legalization trends continue, there are thousands of patients that will have access to medical cannabis for the first time? For some, that can be overwhelming. From figuring out how to properly register, to purchasing the right medicine, all the way to talking with your doctor. Proper information and education is critical to ensure a smooth transition and functioning market.

Creating a Lasting & Sophisticated Brand

Location/Time: Room #335 | 3rd Floor | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speakers: Amy Diiullo, Richard DiMarco

As legalization trends continue, there are thousands of patients that will have access to medical cannabis for the first time? For some, that can be overwhelming. From figuring out how to properly register, to purchasing the right medicine, all the way to talking with your doctor. Proper information and education is critical to ensure a smooth transition and functioning market.

Before Dispensary Doors Open

Location/Time: Room #324 | 3rd Floor | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Speakers: Avis Bulbulyan, Ted V. Daniels, Aaron Epstein, Lilach Power

With new states legalizing all across the nation, there are more entrepreneurs looking to open and run a dispensary. However, there are many issues a dispensary owner faces when opening a new dispensary. This panel will discuss some of these problems which include how to have proper security, as well as the best practices to use when opening and how to work with doctors and medical professionals to have the best patient experience.

Higher Education & It’s Role in the Industry

Location/Time: Room #325 | 3rd Floor | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Speakers: Marc Ross (Hoofstra), Douglas Berman (Ohio State Professor), Shad
B. Ewart (Anne Arundel Community College)

The cannabis industry is set to create more jobs than established industries like manufacturing by 2020. However, there is still no clear path to getting involved in the industry or clear educational path. Students need more courses and curriculim that teaches the fundamentals of the industry. These include all areas of the industry including business, agriculture, research, etc. This panel will talk about what courses are currently available for students and what still needs to be offered as well as how higher education can translate their findings into commercial services and products the industry can use to advance itself.

Extraction Discussion & Best Practices

Location/Time: Room #333 | 3rd Floor | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Speakers: Aram Abgaryan, Chris Lively, Andy Joseph, Captain Kirk Reid

Concentrates recently have been seen as a safer, more effective, and more accepted way for patients to medicate. Certain states only allow patients access to concentrates and extracts. This creates a major need for established best practices in extraction, that provide safe, and clean, medicine to patients. As with the rest of the industry, technology and innovation have created multiple forms of extraction. Extraction experts will sit down to discuss the different methods, pros and cons of each, and future extraction opportunities.

Canada, Impact & Opportunities

Location/Time: Room #334 | 3rd Floor | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Speakers: Brian McKay, Eric Paul, Chris Bunka, Kate Dalgleish

Influence of a Strong Canadian Marketing on US Policy & Market Canada has been one of the pioneers in regards to cannabis and now there are pushes to legalize cannabis recreationaly nationwide. How do entrepreneurs in the U.S. tap into this potentially enormous market? Also, how will businesses in the US be affected if Canada decides to legalize recreational cannabis and how could this legalization affect the legalization efforts in the U.S.?

Building a Diversified Industry

Location/Time: Room #335 | 3rd Floor | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Speakers: Dasheeda D. Dawson, Amber E. Senter, Roseanne Scotti

The laws of prohibition have unjustly discriminated against African Americans and other minorities. As the industry continues to gain mainstream acceptance, these individuals are often barred from entering the legal industry do to “criminal records” that come from prohibition. How can we ensure equal opportunities as this industry continues to mature, and how has the discrimination of prohibition effected the industry?

Compliance and Credibility, the Evolution of Cannabis Testing

Location/Time: Room #338 | 3rd Floor | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Dr. Andrew Rosenstein

Steep Hill was Founded in CA in 2008 and is a science and technology firm that has become the industry leader in cannabis testing and analytics in the United States, and internationally. Steep Hill pioneered the first medical cannabis potency and microbiological contaminants testing methodology used in California, which was the first state to legalize medical cannabis. The company has since developed a variety of revolutionary cannabis industry testing products. Steep Hill has also provided expert consulting advice to many U.S. states and local municipalities on effective cannabis testing, quality assurance and regulation for a healthy and safe supply of medical cannabis.

Researchers Conversation

Location/Time: Room #324 | 3rd Floor | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Dr. Sue Sisley, Dr. Christian Bogner, Jahan Marcu, Dr. Debra Kimless

Even as cannabis becomes increasingly popular, we still have so much to learn about the plant. However, research is still limited in the U.S. because of the illegality of cannabis at the federal level. This panel will discuss the future of cannabis research and discuss if researchers will soon have more access to the plant. Also, we dive into where current research is at and what the current findings are showing.

PotBotics Workshop

Location/Time: Room #333 | 3rd Floor | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: David Goldstein

Lexaria Private Session

Location/Time: Room #325 | 3rd Floor | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Chris Bunka

Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Exhibit Hall/General Admission

Exhibit Hall Open

Location/Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

All events below are included with the Exhibit Hall Pass

Cannabis Commodity vs. Cannabis Quality

Location/Time: Main Stage | 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Speakers: Amy Diiullo

280E Tax Law

Location/Time: Main Stage | 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Speakers: Jim Thorburn

Children & Cannabis

Location/Time: Main Stage | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speakers: Dr. Stuart Titus & Children

Canadian Success in Marijuana

Location/Time: Main Stage | 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Speakers: Eric Paul, CEO of CannTrust

Lexaria Hemp & Technology Talk

Location/Time: Main Stage | 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Speakers: John Docherty, Chris Bunka

Compassionate Certification Centers & Greenhouse Ventures Announcements

Location/Time: Main Stage | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Compassionate Certification Centers, Greenhouse Ventures

Professional Athletes & Cannabis

Location/Time: Main Stage | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Speakers: Ricky Williams, Todd Herremans, Eben Britton, Nate Jackson, Darren McCarty