to Nov 11

Contra Costa Cannabis Expo

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A fun & educational event that brings together experts from the cannabis industry!

NOVEMBER 10 & 11, 2018
HOURS: 10 AM - 16 PM

1201 West 10th St.
Antioch, CA 94509

At The Cannabis Expo Show you will find a fun & educational event that brings togethe experts from the cannibis endustry. Stay up to date on new laws and regulations. Come join us to network and share the latest information.


Educational Seminars
Doctors and Health Care Professionals
Licensing Information
Hemp Products
Licensed Cultivators, Manufacturers, Retailers, and Distributors
Smoke Shop Goods
Hydroponic Products
Business Services and more…

We recruiting exhibitors and welcome you to join our fast growing group!


Tel: 530-797-9376 or email:

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4:00 PM16:00

Stories From The Underground: 4/20 Gallery Opening

The Cannabis Community Foundation presents, “Stories from the Underground: Reflections from the Shadows” a community photographic exhibition and series of storytelling events highlighting California cannabis prohibition era activists, "canna lifers", patients, prohibition fighters, and more to be displayed at the EVB Gallery 1738 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, California.

Opening reception for exhibition starts at 1pm downstairs in the gallery area. Take a look, soak up the 420 photography and when your ready head upstairs to the private rooftop lounge starting at 4pm.

YES we can lite up at this location, in fact that's the POINT -- many thanks to Gallery EVB for hosting!

Suggested donation of a $10 (sliding scale at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds).

Light food and refreshments will be served. Thanks to the following sponsors:

Bay Photo Labs
Mark & Susan Rutherford & friends
Get Rhight events
RACHEL DUGAS sound healing
EVB Gallery location host
Green Rush Consulting gallery sponsor
Raffle by Oaksterdam Univerity
Emerald Farm Tours

Featuring works by: Mark Rutherford, Michael Rosati, Ellen Komp, Ed & Jane Rosenthal, Chris Conrad & Mikki Norris, Aundre Speciale, The Dennis Peron Foundation, Ashleigh Castro, Claire Weissbluth, The Floral Lens Shannon Paras, Michael Manning, Oaksterdam University and more.

Produced & Curated by Sarah Ceti with LOTS of help.

Lets get lit yall!

*Donations received will go towards the production of this event and as a fundraiser for the Cannabis Community Foundation (CCF), a national 501(c)3 public charity that raises awareness about the healing potential of the cannabis medicine while fostering community through free and accessible educational and social programs for local communities impacted by cannabis prohibition.

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to Jul 26

Cannabis Drinks Expo

  • South San Francisco Conference Center (map)
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Event Overview

Cannabis Drinks Expo in San Francisco, July, 2019 will be the first event to tackle the issue head on. It will give the worldwide drinks industry, and North America in particular, the chance to come together and look at ways it can address legalized cannabis and find ways to start the fight back against this enormous threat to the future of the overall industry.

It will also be the first time that drinks producers, manufacturers, brand owners, distilleries and brewers can come together and collectively look at ways they can also benefit from legalised cannabis. Assess, analyse and implement ways they can both individually and together take advantage of what is effectively a new major consumer goods market. The legalised cannabis industry is not only alive and kicking, it is set to grow at great speed. 

Who are the exhibitors?

Cannabis Drinks Expo is open to exhibitors from across both the drinks industry and its connected supply chain and the emerging legalised and medical cannabis sector. 

Potential exhibitors will include: Medical marijuana producers, Cannabis growers, Cannabis producers/ product developers, Cannabis processors, Cannabis distributors/transporters, Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries, Branded drinks companies, Drinks manufacturers/producers, Pharma companies, Equipments and service providers, CBD manufacturers, Marijuana-Infused products and edibles providers, Testing and laboratory services, Logistics and supply chain operators, Drinks distributors/wholesalers, Drinks importers, Lobbyists/ public affairs businesses, Political advisors

Where and When

July 25-26, 2019 - South San Francisco Conference Center (July 25: 11 am to 5 pm, July 26: 11 am to 4 pm)


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to Jul 27

Cannabis Business Summit & Expo

Cannabis Business Summit & Expo was the winner of Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Award in 2016, honoring the fastest-growing trade shows held in the U.S., and the winner of The Denver Post’s The Cannabist Golden Pineapple Award in 2016 for Best Business Event.

The annual summit, hosted by the cannabis industry’s only national trade association, returns to the Bay Area, the epicenter of the cannabis movement, to bring together more than 6,000 of the industry’s best and brightest minds.

Serious, like-minded entrepreneurs will convene for three days to learn how to grow their businesses and to achieve new levels of success in five all-encompassing educational tracks: 

The Fine Print: Money, Law, and Your business

Policy and Reform

Cultivation and Processing

Running your Cannabusiness

Leading Edge: Emerging Topics in the Cannabis Industry

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5:45 PM17:45

Migraines: Can Cannabis Help?

Migraines: Can Cannabis Help?

In this interactive workshop we will discuss how to treat migraines with cannabis.

Migraines are the third-most prevalent medical condition in the world, and they’re three times more likely to affect woman then men. Migraines are not only painful, but can be extremely debilitating. Ninety percent of migraine sufferers can’t work or complete daily activities and many migraines can last up to 72 hours.

The good news: new research indicates that cannabis can provide significant relief for migraine sufferers. One such study indicates that 85% of migraine sufferers saw a decrease in the frequency and severity of migraines. At the same time, around 20% of migraine sufferers indicated that cannabis helped prevent migraines altogether.

In this interactive discussion, HelloMD’s co-founder Pamela Hadfield will speak with Alison Ettel, the Founder of Treatwell, to learn the “what” and the “how” of treating migraines with cannabis. We will discuss how to effectively manage migraine pain with cannabis and how to possibly prevent them altogether. Some of the questions we will cover in this workshop:

  • How does cannabis work within our bodies?

  • Why does cannabis help to alleviate migraines?

  • What part do cannabinoids play in the treatment of migraines?

  • How does cannabis help manage pain in lieu of pharmaceuticals?

  • What cannabis products work best in the treatment of migraines?

  • Do I need to be “high” in order to treat my migraines?

Pamela Hadfield started HelloMD after successfully treating and then preventing her own migraines with cannabis. Alison Ettel has worked with migraine patients across CA and through observational data has seen the results that cannabis may provide.

This fireside chat will be followed by an audience Q&A where everyone has a chance to ask their questions.

This event is free to attend and is a non-consumption event.


Event Format

5:45pm Doors open/Meet and greet with wine and nibblies

6:00pm - 6:45pm Fireside chat with Alison Ettel of Treatwell

6:45pm - 7:15pm Q&A with audience

7:30 Doors close


About Treatwell:

TreatWell was founded in 2015 to provide the highest-quality cannabis products for both people and pets. The company specializes in non-psychoactive options for medicating with cannabis including high-CBD ratios and raw acidic compounds. The brand is on the cutting edge of marijuana research, as well as incorporating the latest techniques to better help patients. TreatWell believes in pursuing the highest quality from seed to final product, which results in a better-tasting and more-effective product.

Presenter: Alison Ettel

Alison Ettel is the CEO and Founder of Treatwell Health, one of the most popular and respected cannabis brands in California. Alison has a varied professional background from Wall St. to think tanks plus gaining a few masters degrees in between. Her true calling, however, came after trying cannabis while recovering from a coma from meningitis. After studying and researching the plant, she became passionate about providing high quality cannabis medicine for others and to raise the bar for the industry overall. Alison uses years of anecdotal data from Treatwell’s extensive patient database in conjunction with research and scientific data to consistently innovate product development beyond the industry standard.

Presenter: Pamela Hadfield

Pamela Hadfield is a tech entrepreneur and co-founder of HelloMD, the largest online community of health and wellness cannabis consumers. After treating her debilitating migraines with cannabis successfully, Pamela launched HelloMD in order to help other people find a sense of health and wellness through cannabis. Her passion is to educate others about the potential cannabis holds as a tool for overall health and wellness. As a leading female executive and spokesperson for one the fastest growing industries in the world, Pamela has been featured in publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Elle, Rolling Stone, ADR, Cannabis Now, Harper’s Bazaar, LA Weekly, Marie Claire, TechCrunch, CBS Sunday News and more.

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to May 19

Cannabis Equity Summit

Hip Hop For Change in association with True Skool present
Cannabis Equity Summit
A Community Event to Help Right the Wrongs of the "War on Drugs"

Featuring a panel hosted by Nina Parks with distinguished thought leaders in the cannabis industry.

Panel Discussion hosted by Nina Parks
- Eugene Hillsman (SF Office of Cannabis)
- Raeven Duckett (Community Gardens)
- La Wanda Knox (Make Green Go)
- Ramon Garcia (CGA board member, Social justice and Equity Activist)
- Matthew Kumin (Law Offices of Matthew Kumin. 20+yr civil rights and cannabis attorney)

Learn About:
- SF & Oakland Cannabis Equity Programs
- How to Start a Cannabis Business
- Cannabis Law
- Record Expungement

@ The New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
Doors 7pm.

Panel 8pm.

Show 10pm-2am | 21+
$20/$25 Advance. $30 Door.

Sponsored by
Change Communications
Hood Incubator
Make Green Go

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10:00 AM10:00

Cannabis Advisory Committee Meeting

The Cannabis Advisory Committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, May 17, in Oakland.

The Meeting Notice and Agenda and meeting materials have been posted to the Bureau’s website and can be found here:


WHERE: Hilton Oakland Airport, 1 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA 94621

WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

LIVE WEBCAST: The Bureau also plans to webcast this meeting. To view the Cannabis Advisory Committee meeting webcast, please visit the following link on May 17:

SEATING LIMITED: Meeting attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as the Bureau cannot guarantee seating in the event the room reaches capacity.

The Cannabis Advisory Committee advises the Bureau and the other licensing authorities – the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health – on the development of regulations that help protect public health and safety and reduce the illegal market for cannabis.

For additional information about the Cannabis Advisory Committee, or to subscribe to email alerts to hear about updates as they become available, please visit the Bureau’s website at For information on all three state licensing authorities, please visit the state's California Cannabis Portal at Follow the Bureau on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily news and updates.

Those looking to get in touch with the Bureau of Cannabis Control can call our Call Center at (833) 768-5880, or send an email to

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to May 6


  • 3750 Harris Street Eureka, CA, 95503 United States (map)
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Humboldt’s Manifest Cannabis Festival & Trade Gathering

The world is changing and Cannabis culture is changing with it. This festival is a celebration of one of our most cherished agricultural crops, which at this tremendous point in history gives us a chance to build a future for sustainable cannabis agriculture in our community. Cannifest is a conduit to stand united, be proud of our heritage and come together around the things that have divided us in the past. 

Come out and enjoy events for the whole family...
Humboldt Grow Games
Cannifest Bowl
Cannabis Job Fair
Silent Disco
Live Visual & Glass Art
Local & National Musicians
Family Interactive Zone
Community Choice Awards
Area 215
Seminars & Workshops
Local food & crafts and so much more!

Visit for video of last year's Cannifest and much more information about events, games, live music, and everything else going on at Humboldt’s Manifest Cannabis Festival & Trade Gathering.

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12:00 PM12:00

Acquiring a Cannabis Business License and Staying Compliant

This workshop will cover:

  • Overview of new laws and compare them to old laws

  • Types of cannabis businesses allowed

  • How to find out if you can become a cannabis business owner.

  • What does Cannabis Equity Applicant mean?

Presented by:

Elevated Consulting

Elevated Consulting works to build cannabis equity groups and broadening the pool of cannabis equity business owners.

Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 2

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6:30 PM18:30

Cannabis and The Blockchain

As of January 1, 2018, cannabis became legal in California. Are you interested in learning about emerging technologies in the cannabis industry? Join us and Nezly for an evening of discussion on how the cannabis technology driven landscape is changing for the better.

Nezly will speak about several topics including their experience utilizing the San Francisco based blockchain company, as well as how they utilize blockchain and cryptocurrency within their own digital products to help facilitate a more efficient and transparent landscape for the multi-billion dollar cannabis industry.

Key Takeaways:

  • Overview of Nezly and the company vision
  • Stellar XLM based blockchain, including: who is Stellar, differentiating factors between XLM blockchain and Ethereum among others, why Nezly chose Stellar and ICO with Stellar
  • Cannabis on the blockchain, problems & solves, use cases, products and services and how Nezly utilizes blockchain technology

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11:00 AM11:00

GreenwayLA Small Business Expo

Join us for the first ever GreenwayLA Small Business Expo - coming to Downtown Los Angeles Friday, April 20th. Sponsors and vendors welcome. For more information, email: 

GreenwayLA helps YOU find the nearest green products whether you’re out on the go or in the comfort of your own home. 

Tickets sold on Eventbrite 

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8:00 AM08:00

CNVEST: Terps and Tech

  • Hilton San Jose at the McEnery Convention Center (map)
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Working with leading cannabis investors and industry influencers, CNvest will identify 16 of the most compelling and innovative cannabis science and technology startups for this one-day showcase that also offers attendees opportunities to meet with entrepreneurs, explore hot sectors of this expanding market, and identify emerging trends. The event works to provide all companies participating in the selection process ample opportunities for marketing and brand building.

Event Website:

Event Contact Information: | (971) 279-7235

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Community Expungement Clinic and Cannabis Business Resource Fair
10:00 AM10:00

Community Expungement Clinic and Cannabis Business Resource Fair

  • Golden Gate University School of Law (map)
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Come join SSDP at GGU Law for a day of Education andOpportunities for Communities Affected by the War on Drugs.

The first component is an equity expungement clinic hosted by law students and supervised by volunteer attorneys. This first step is crucial to removing the stigma that a criminal convictions has on a person seeking to find employment or start a new business. We will be helping individuals fill out applications on, then we will be taking SSDP “field trips” to the SF Public Defender’s Clean Slate Program to conduct Expungement and Record Reduction “clearing houses” for those eligible who have submitted applications.

Second, is the education component. During this section we will educate attendees on writing a business plan, avoiding the pit falls of bad equity deals, and the other first steps to starting a business under the new state cannabis regulations. One hour of this education component will be a legal panel dedicated to answering some of these initial questions.

Third, we will have a resource fair for those individuals looking to start a business or just find out more about participating in the new adult-use industry.

  • Expungement Application Help with Attorneys and Law Students (10am - 1pm)

  • Educational Seminars with Cannabis Attorneys and Industry Leaders (12pm -3pm)

  • Cannabis Industry Resource Fair and Networking for Equity Applicants (1pm - 4pm)

Presented by Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Golden Gate University School of Law

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8:30 AM08:30

SF Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Council Cannabis Seminar

A seminar to understand the legal, business and tourism impacts of the new cannabis legislation for 2018.  We have brought together a diverse group of local experts to help you understand the new legislation and the opportunities and potential challenges to expect in 2018 as the law in enacted.


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5:30 PM17:30

Labor and Employment Law Primer for the Cannabis Industry

During these exciting times in the Cannabis Industry, we often lose sight of the fact that entrepreneurs engaged in the Cannabis Industry must follow the requirements of Federal, State and Municipal labor laws. This seminar will review the rights of employees working in the Industry and the requirements and obligations employers must meet to stay within the confines of the law. As employees, you will be able to spot violations of your rights and as employers you will learn how to avoid potential liabilities involving your employees by learning how to implement policies and procedures that ensure your employees' rights are not violated.

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3:30 PM15:30

Cannabis Witcherys - Rituals with Cannabis

Introduction of Cannabis Witchery Services

We are #1 - Cannabis Witcherys – we aren’t Cannabis growers- we do Cannabis Spellbinding-Cannabis Channeling - Cannabis Detox - Cannabis Rituals - Cannabis Ori Body work - Cannabis Sexual Vibration Rituals and Channeling - Cannabis Potions and Cannabis Sex Potions-

Yes we are meeting at Lake Merritt in Oakland- come feel the earth vibrations-

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Cannabis 2018: Cultivation Conference
to Mar 14

Cannabis 2018: Cultivation Conference

  • Oakland Marriott City Center (map)
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Produced by Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis 2018 (now in its second year) reflects the same high-quality standards the magazine has brought to the marketplace since 2015. The event has been developed by cannabis cultivators, for cultivators. 

Cannabis 2018 is THE meeting place for industry innovators, bright minds in professional cannabis cultivation, and technology and solutions specialists who help cannabis cultivators be more successful. 

Education. Q&As with speakers. Networking. Exhibitors/solutions. So many opportunities to learn and improve your existing or forthcoming cultivation operation! Register today!

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to Mar 13

Cannabis Partnerships Conference

  • Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront (map)
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The Cannabis Partnerships Congress

The Cannabis Partnership Congress all of the key stakeholders in a collaborative environment to face the scientific, medicinal, and governmental challenges of cannabis-based product development. Despite recent changes in state policy and with the increasing rate of cannabis use and its implications for health, the federal government has yet to legalize cannabis. When facing the continued restrictions on research into the health benefits of cannabis, what strategies must pharma companies follow to bring these therapeutics to market?

Clinical research with cannabis needs special approval from FDA, while obtaining the plants themselves involves a separate time-consuming process through NIDA. The Cannabis Partnership Congress helps you navigate all of these regulatory and development challenges.

Top Reasons to Attend

  1. Review standards, current regulatory hurdles, and upcoming legislation
  2. Understand the science and economics surrounding the extraction and QC manufacturing
  3. Recognize the patient role for effective cannabidiol research and approvals
  4. Discover how to improve the quality and efficiency of data integrity in clinical trials


Who Should Attend

This conference is of interest to professionals from pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, Non-Profits, Patient Advocacy Groups and Academics with responsibilities in the following functions:

  • Cannabis
  • Cannabinoid Science
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Program and Pharmaceutical Portfolio Development
  • Translational Medicine
  • Medical Science Liaisons
  • Asset Management
  • Pre-Clinical Staging Development
  • Source Management
  • Research and Development
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Patient Advocacy and Networks
  • Legislative Health Aids
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Cannabis Clinical Trial Management/Operations
  • Clinical Research
  • Medical/Clinical Affairs
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Patient Advocacy/Access
  • Commercial Operations
  • Lab Management
  • Toxicology

Additionally, this event is for those in the public and private foundations, military support groups, university research, investors in the cannabis sector, economics surrounding the extraction and quality control manufacturing, This event is geared perfectly to bring together the cross-functional synergies for success in the Cannabidiol market place.


Day One
Monday, March 12
8:00AM – 8:45AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:45AM – 9:00AMConference Co-Chairpersons’ Opening Remarks
Dean Petkanas, Chief Medical Officer, KANNALIFE SCIENCES
9:00AM – 9:45AMAdvancing Cannabinoid Science by Driving Effective Research and Overcoming Hurdles in Therapeutic Production and Regulatory Approval
Dean Petkanas, Chief Medical Officer, KANNALIFE SCIENCES
9:45AM – 10:30AMNavigating Governmental and Ethics Requirements for Clinical Trials
Dr. Guy Chamberland, M.Sc., Ph.D., Master Herbalist, Chief Scientific Officer and Regulatory Affairs, TETRA BIO-PHARMA
10:30AM – 11:00AMNetworking Break
11:00AM – 11:45AMMonitor Governmental Awareness and Legislative Research Options
Brian Fisher, Vice President of Operations and Corporate Partnerships, THE STURGE-WEBER FOUNDATION
11:45AM – 12:30PMReview the Barriers and Routes to Success for Efficacy Research
Thoma Kikis, Chief Marketing Officer, KANNALIFE
12:30PM – 1:30PMLuncheon
1:30PM – 2:30PMBreakout Groups
Veronica Arroyave, Sr. Director, Global Health Programs, PARTNERSHIP FOR QUALITY MEDICAL DONATIONS
Dr. Bruno Battistini, President, CEO and Scientific Director, NEW BRUNSWICK HEALTH RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Dr. Guy Chamberland, M.Sc., Ph.D., Master Herbalist, Chief Scientific Officer and Regulatory Affairs, TETRA BIO-PHARMA
2:30PM – 3:15PMEnsure Compliance in Cannabis Marketing
Darshan Kulkarni, Pharm.D., M.S., Esq., Advisor, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CANNABIS PHARMACISTS
3:15PM – 4:00PMNetworking Break
4:00PM – 4:45PMUnderstand Cannabis-Derived Medications Through the FDA Approval Process
Alice Mead, Vice President, U.S. Professional Relations, GREENWICH BIOSCIENCES
4:45PM – 5:30PMInteractive Partnerships Discussion: Maximize Strategic Partnerships in Order to Ensure Patient Safety and Launch a Successful Product
Dr. Bruno Battistini, President, CEO and Scientific Director, NEW BRUNSWICK HEALTH RESEARCH FOUNDATION
5:30PM – Day One Concludes

Day Two
Tuesday, March 13
8:00AM – 8:45AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:45AM – 9:00AMConference Co-Chairpersons’ Recap of Day One
Dean Petkanas, Chief Medical Officer, KANNALIFE SCIENCES
9:00AM – 9:45AMUnderstand Why State and Federal Governments Must Work Together to Align Regulations
Elias Jackson, Ph.D., Director of Scientific Public Relations, VYRIPHARM BIOPHARMACEUTICAL
9:45AM – 10:30AMForecast the Future of Lab Research in Cannabidiol and Improvements in Analytics and Quality
Barbara Read, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, LIFESCRIPT
10:30AM – 11:00AMNetworking Break
11:00AM – 11:45AMUpdate QC and Patient Experience Communications for Medical Cannabis
Mark Reichman, EVP, Client Services Director, GUIDEMARK HEALTH; Cannabis Patient Advocate
11:45AM – 12:30PMInnovative Treatments for Patients Through Drug Repurposing
12:30PM – 1:30PMLuncheon
1:30PM – 2:30PMRegulatory Review: Current Legal Questions and Likely Future Developments
Lezli Engelking, President and Founder, FOCUS
Douglas Brenneman, Scientific Advisory Board, KANNALIFE SCIENCES
Jeremy Unruh, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, PHARMACANN
2:30PM – 3:15PMIntegrate Medical Cannabis With Traditional Medicine
3:15PM – 4:00PMNetworking Break
4:00PM – 4:45PMUtilize Crowdsourcing in Response to Federal Research Restrictions
4:45PM – Congress Concludes




Verónica Arroyave

Verónica Arroyave is the Director of Corporate Responsibility and AbbVie Foundation for AbbVie. In that capacity, she advances AbbVie’s commitment as a socially responsible company supporting global philanthropic programs and alliance building.

With the AbbVie Foundation, she has expanded philanthropic initiatives in Latin America in strategic priority areas such as neglected tropical diseases, pediatric oncology, and non-communicable diseases. Veronica has worked in academic, corporate, government and non-profit management roles for over fifteen years catalyzing global health partnerships across sectors championing philanthropic opportunities to strengthen communities worldwide.

Prior to joining the AbbVie Foundation, Veronica was a Global Health Fellow for the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) where she conducted field research in Haiti post-2010’s earthquake. She has advised for organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Schering-Plough, Wyeth, Project HOPE, Medical Teams International, and Carilion Foundation. With MAP International, she led a team responsible for field implementation and global medical logistics across 90+ countries. Veronica also worked with USAID’s MEASURE Evaluation project supporting the prevention and evaluation of HIV/AIDS programs in Latin America and Africa. Veronica has a Bachelors of Science from Our Lady of Holy Cross College, a Masters from Tulane University’s School Public Health & Tropical Medicine and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs.


Dr. Bruno Battistini

Before becoming New Brunswick’s President, CEO and Scientific Director of the Provincial Health Research Foundation (NBHRF; 2012–), Bruno Battistini occupied senior positions in the private sector (CSO, VP, Senior Director), was a Health Research Scholar and Assistant- Professor (Medicine) at the Université Laval, and Scientist at the Hôpital Laval – Quebec Heart & Lung Institute (1997-2006), and still lectures at the Université de Sherbrooke.

A Sherbrooke – Eastern Township native, Dr. Battistini holds a B.Sc. (Cell Physiology), M.Sc. and Ph.D. (Pharmacology; 1992) from the Université de Sherbrooke, QC. As a Fellow, he conducted three post-doctoral pieces of training (1992–1997). at the William Harvey Research Institute – St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College – U of London – under Sir John R. Vane, Nobel Laureate, UK, then UBC-Vancouver and U de Sherbrooke. He has been awarded many health research Studentships, Fellowships, and Scholarships and was in receipt of several operating grants and venture capitals funds. Dr. Battistini continues to serve on several provincial and national advisory committees, peer-review committees, and boards, recently as national Co-Chair of and the Forum of Health Research (Canadian) Funders (2015-2017), and is the recipient of many national awards and honors.

His research focused on the cardiovascular, pulmonary and “diabesity” fields, with close to a hundred co-authored cited publications, a couple of patents, and 350 various posters, oral, keynote presentations, particularly on the mechanisms of endothelins and other vasoactive mediators in hypertension, sepsis, asthma, alveolitis, diabetes, and more recently in managing major scientific and social health endeavors. When a Faculty, he has trained over 20 students.

Since his arrival at the in early 2012, he fostered a significant increase in the Foundation activities, programs, to fund, leverage, and facilitate over $10M per year of combined investment in the New Brunswick Health Research Enterprise in building the knowledge economy.


Bruce Bloom

Dr. Bruce Bloom is President and Chief Science Officer of Cures Within Reach, a nonprofit corporation saving lives since 2005 by repurposing human approved drugs and devices to quickly deliver safe and affordable treatments and cures for diseases that have no currently effective therapy. Cures Within Reach uses CureAccelerator™, the only global online repurposing research collaboration platform, to bring together clinicians, researchers, funders and industry to create and conduct pilot clinical trials that quickly drive more treatments to more patients. Dr. Bloom is an Ashoka Fellow, recognized as a social entrepreneur for his system-changing solutions to one of the world’s most urgent social problems, finding new treatments for unsolved diseases. Dr. Bloom is the Patient Advisory Board Chair for the Institute for Translational Medicine; on the Science Advisory Boards of Rediscovery Life Sciences, the GARROD AKU Consortium, the Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust Awards Programs, the Findacure Social Impact Bond Initiative, and Healx, LTD; Chair of the Governance Committee of the Kendall College Charitable Trust; a member of the Board of Councilors of Midwestern University; and a member of the editorial board of ASSAY and Drug Development Technologies. Dr. Bloom hosts the Clinician’s Roundtable on, and is a facilitator for Pathways to Successful Living.

Jerry Bryant



Dr. Guy Chamberland, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Master Herbalist, Chief Scientific Officer and Regulatory Affairs, TETRA BIO-PHARMA


Jeffrey Chen

Dr. Jeff Chen M.D./MBA is a physician, researcher, and social entrepreneur. He is Founder and Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, where he leads a team of over 20 faculty members to conduct education and groundbreaking research into the effects of cannabis on society, including health, legal, economic, and social impact. He is a thought leader on the intersection of cannabis policy, science, and business, where he has worked for the last four years to accelerate cannabis research. He has spoken on the topic of cannabis at organizations ranging from RAND and Yale School of Management to Senator Feinstein’s Office and Burning Man. Dr. Chen is a David Geffen Fellowship Recipient, UCLA Anderson Fellowship Recipient, and UCLA Wolfen Entrepreneurial Award Recipient. He is a U.S. patent holder, a published author in cancer research, and sat on the Admissions Committee at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the MD/MBA program at UCLA and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University where he studied Biology, Business, and Music.


Lezli Engelking
President and Founder, FOCUS

Lezli possesses more than two decades of professional experience in cannabis, government relations, pharmaceutical, mental health, and nonprofit industries. More than twelve years with Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals laid the perfect foundation for Lezli’s role as Executive Director of the first chain of vertically integrated medical cannabis operations in Phoenix, Arizona. Lezli’s proven success in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry, combined with her firsthand experience working in the nascent cannabis industry, provided the perfect experience to create the Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (FOCUS).

Founded in 2014 as The Cannabis Health and Safety Organization, FOCUS addresses the many shortcomings in quality, safety, and consistency that became evident with the explosive growth of the global legal cannabis industry. FOCUS is an international, non-profit, cannabis standards development & third-party certification organization dedicated to protecting public health, consumer safety and safeguarding the environment. FOCUS is not an advocacy organization, nor an industry trade association. FOCUS does not accept membership dues or fees for standards development. This autonomy fosters a principled, objective environment that serves end users, and acts as the much-needed bridge between industry and regulatory protecting public health, consumer safety, and safeguarding the environment.


Brian Fisher
Vice President of Operations and Corporate Partnerships, THE STURGE-WEBER FOUNDATION

Brian Fisher has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry from sales to managed care and including marketing and product launch. Before working with The Sturge-Weber Foundation, Mr. Fisher was Managed Care National Accounts Manager for Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals; Western Regional Sales Director for Draxis Health of Canada; and Sales, Marketing Rotations and Institutional Sales Trainer with Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Fisher’s strengths lay in patient advocacy after experiences in cross-functional pharmaceutical roles as he develops partnerships between industry and patient advocacy organizations. Mr. Fisher regularly lobbies in Washington, D.C., drawing attention to patient insurance support, translational research science, and rare diseases ultimately benefiting multisystem disease states.


Elias Jackson, Ph.D.
Director of Scientific Public Relations, VYRIPHARM BIOPHARMACEUTICAL

Dr. Elias Jackson is the co-founder, President of Research and Development and Director of Scientific Public Relations for Vyripharm Biopharmaceuticals, a precision medicine biotechnology firm that develops drugs to target cancer, PTSD, drug addiction and other metabolic diseases. He was previously a professor and research faculty member at the Cardiovascular Research Center at the Yale University School of Medicine, and is a graduate of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.


Thoma Kikis
Chief Marketing Officer, KANNALIFE


Darshan Kulkarni
FDA Regulatory and Compliance Attorney, THE KULKARNI LAW FIRM

Dr. Kulkarni is Vice President, Regulatory Strategy and Policy at Synchrogenx — a medical writing and regulatory strategy company, and is the Principal Attorney at the Kulkarni Law Firm. He is an advisor for the American Society of Cannabis Pharmacists and works with a variety of life science companies and their service providers to help with a variety of services including aggressive and compliant:

A. Sales tool development
B. Health economics, sales, and marketing approval
C. Responses to titled and untitled letters from various governmental agencies including the FDA
He has worked as a pharmacist for more than 10 years and is currently Visiting Professor at the Univ. of the Sciences where he teaches and develops courses a course on Promotion of Biomedical Products. He has lectured in engineering, medical, and law schools all over the country and was voted in the Top 20 of the 2012 and 2013 Top 100 most influential Social media participants in the annual #pharma100 poll.

Dr. Kulkarni also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for FDANews and serves in the American Bar Association where he participates and is actively involved in the Healthcare Fraud and Life Science Interest Groups.

Most recently, Dr. Kulkarni has written several articles, and chapters for textbooks including the chapter on Promotion of Pharmaceuticals, and the chapter on medical devices for the Second, Third, Fourth and upcoming fifth Edition of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Law: Regulation of Research, Development, and Marketing – the American Bar Association’s flagship textbook for pharmaceutical and medical device law.


Alice Mead
Vice President, U.S. Professional Relations, GREENWICH BIOSCIENCES


Dean Petkanas
Chief Medical Officer, KANNALIFE SCIENCES


Barbara Read
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, LIFESCRIPT


Mark Reichman
EVP, Client Services Director, GUIDEMARK HEALTH
Cannabis Patient Advocate


Jeremy Unruh
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, PHARMACANN LLC

Please contact the event manager Marilyn (marilyn.b.turner(at) ) below for: 
- Multiple participant discounts
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- Event sponsorship

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Dennis Peron Memorial and Celebration of Life
5:00 PM17:00

Dennis Peron Memorial and Celebration of Life

The friends and family of Dennis Peron are putting together a Memorial and Celebration of Life on Sunday, March 11th from 5 PM until 10 PM. Noe Street will be closed and a huge tent erected to protect an altar for all to share a moment of connection with Dennis, a video montage wall, a psychedelic light show on the tent roof, fabulous entertainment and music, a stage for speakers to share stories and experiences with Dennis with food and beverages catered by Flore on Market, where so much LGBTQ, Cannabis, and HIV/AIDS stories were lived out.

Send your photos to to be included in the curated video montage of your photos, photos from the Castle, video clips, newspaper clippings, and posters about how Dennis helped save lives and forever changed our attitude about cannabis.

Donate generously and help make the party of the year. Click here to make a contribution.

Reserve a ticket now.

Volunteer and help us set-up, host and greet, pass food and drinks, help with graphics photography, the more of us that pitch in, the better the party.

Like this event and share it far and wide. Make Dennis smile.

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7:00 PM19:00

Cannabis Ecosystem Using Blockchain

Join us for an engaging night as Nezly, the premier cannabis crypto technology provider, covers the ever expanding ecosystem of utilizing blockchain to bring better security and transparency to the cannabis industry. Discover how the cannabis technology driven landscape is changing for the better through smart contracts and cryptography inside the most revolutionary cannabis exchange, CannaX.

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2:00 PM14:00

Meadow Cannabis Taxes Workshop

Meadow will be hosting a panel of tax experts 2/27 to help make sense of all the cannabis taxes and how they effect your business. This workshop will address many hotly debated questions around how taxes are calculated, how to communicate this to patients, what to show on your receipts and tax payments, and when and how taxes should be paid.

Bring your tax questions and get answers. Some of the topics we will discuss:

  • Calculating and paying excise taxes on inventory purchased in 2017 vs. 2018, or in arms length vs. non-arms length transactions.

  • Calculating excise tax on shipping fees, wholesale discounts and rebates.

  • When to compound taxes (e.g. sales tax including excise tax) and how to accurately calculate these “taxes on taxes.”

  • Tax exemptions, who they apply to and on what products.

  • Figuring out taxes on loyalty and rewards programs.

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6:00 PM18:00

Marijuasana - Cannabis Yoga in Oakland!

This cannabis yoga pop-up has been featured in NowThisWeed, The Cannabist Show, Culture Magazine and the Boston Globe. Now Marijuasana is coming to Oakland in February 2018!

It is Marijuasana's mission to bring a holistic and contemplative approach to cannabis, one that creates mindful, fun, inclusive, and secular experiences that foster community, eduction, advocacy and wellness with respect to cannabis and hemp.

All attendees must be over 21. Included at this event are complimentary tea made by Hemp Kettle Tea Company, and samples of hemp extract by Bluebird Botanicals. Classes taught by Stacey Mulvey of Denver, CO. Guests are encouraged to bring their own cannabis and consume it atthis private event in a home in Oakland, CA. 

The yoga class is formatted so that participants can socialize and build community with each other, while doing an accessible yoga style. Stacey Mulvey is a gifted movement teacher who emphasizes a somatic approach to yoga, meaning we focus on the quality of your bodily experience, rather than the shape your body is making. You'll receive education on the benefits of cannabinoids throughout the class, and get to meet a diverse group of like-minded people. You will feel accepted and encouraged to consider cannabis as integral to your healthy lifestyle.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

You must be at least 21 and show proof with ID at the door. (No ID, no entry. Please do not show up without your valid ID, you will be turned away and no refund will be offered)! This is a private event for subscribers of the Marijuasana newsletter.

Something came up, can I get my money back?
Please note this before signing up.

No refunds are offered unless the event is cancelled by the organizer. If you are unable to attend, you may get your money back up a week prior to the event, or transfer your ticket to another person but you may not get a refund. By making a purchase you are assuming the risk that some life event may prevent you from attending. Should you find you are unable to attend for any reason, do not expect to get your money back. (As an example: when you buy concert tickets and aren't able to go, you don't expect the box office to give you a refund).

What can I bring into the event?
BYO "C" and please also BYO yoga mat. Also recommended are a water bottle, and comfortable clothing.

How can I contact the organizer?

Please email

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1:00 PM13:00

GeChoPiece: Blacks in Cannabis - February Monthly Meeting

  • Golden Gate Library - Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tickets Required To Attend - NO EXCEPTIONS! 


Greetings Black Cannabis Enthusiasts!

My name is Cynthia Cornelius, I am a native of Oakland, CA born and raised and STILL a resident. I am a product of the 60s and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Oakland evolve. From the Black Panther Movement to current day, I have become an activist in my own right.

I was taught at an early age that EDUCATION is the one thing NO ONE could take away from you and I have spent most of my life believing this and therefore pursuing it in ALL FORMS!

With that said, I have created a fb social group for cannabis enthusiasts - GeChoPiece – BlacksInCannabisOak to Educate Encourage and Elevate those who are interested in the lucrative industry of cannabis.

This ever growing industry since its inception has rapidly increased over the years, however, BLACKs have somehow been left out of benefitting from it. I am not sure if it is by choice or force, but to see mainstream benefitting from this multi million close to billion industry and only a hand few of us partaking is alarming to me, specifically due to the fact that the WAR On Drugs targeted Blacks to create mass incarceration.

Please respect the fact that this is a Blacks Only event.

Vendors, please email me for logistics at

Disclaimer: Some of our GCP attendees have expressed their interest in cannabis stocks. I have put together investment information to give our attendees a starting point for investing. I am by no means an expert on this subject matter.


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Coffee and Cannabis: How did we get here.
9:30 AM09:30

Coffee and Cannabis: How did we get here.

  • 1885 Mission Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Coffee & Cannabis

A series powered by ImpactHub SF, Verde Alliance and Supernova Women

First Quarter: How Did We Get Here?

A small group workshop on key, of the moment topics facilitated by subject matter experts, driven by the community.

Come engage in dialog over coffee on such subjects as:

  • Creating Economic Equity: Exploring San Francisco's Equity Program and Cannabis Licensing
  • From Marijuana to Cannabis: Transitions in business licensing
  • From Seed to Sale: Structure and Finances Matter


  • 9:30 Doors Open
  • 10:00 Opening remarks and presentations
  • 10:30 Break Out Groups
  • 11:30 Networking and Fellowship
  • 12:00 Adjournment

Tabling and Resource Fair Materials Provided By

  • THC Staffing Group (link to their website
  • GoBiz
  • San Francisco Office of Cannabis
  • Support for AB 1793: Automatic Expungement

First time coming to a cannabis event? No problem! There will be resources on hand to get you up to speed, or keep you engaged.

* Note this is not a vendor fair. There will be no cannabis for sale at this event.

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to Feb 24

Robert Rich’s Sleep Concert in Collaboration with Flow Kana

Robert Rich’s Sleep Concert in collaboration with Flow Kana, branded distributor of craft sun grown cannabis.

Noise Pop is also excited to bring a special event to the festival for the first time, Robert Rich’s Sleep Concert in collaboration with Flow Kana, on February 23 at Gray Area. Sure to be one of the most unique and rare offerings this year, ambient musician Robert Rich will play music from 11:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. as attendees relax in the room and drift off to sleep. And even though Rich is from the Bay Area, this will be the first time in recent years he’s performed a Sleep Concert for local audiences.


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6:00 PM18:00

Blunt Talks: SF

You're invited to an evening of “Ted” style presentations by cannabis professionals, networking, and an awesome raffle. Did we mention Tacos?

Blunt Talks are “Ted” style presentations given by innovators of the cannabis industry who want to share their knowledge so we can grow together!

With the passage of Proposition 64 (legalization of recreational marijuana use), the California cannabis industry is experiencing a period of rapid growth! There are more businesses, brands, products, and services than ever before, and now is your chance to learn from a few that are really changing the game!

Whether you’re a professional looking to transition careers into the cannabis industry, a canna-professional looking to keep up to date with whats going on, or a business owner that is looking to add talent to your team, this installment of Blunt Talk is for you!
Last event: Video 1 Video 2


  1. Eat tacos. Check out our sponsors. Make friends.

  2. Hear short, TED-style talks from cannabis professionals.

  3. Have a chance to win cool swag.

  4. Ask some questions.

  5. Win more swag.

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6:30 PM18:30

Mayoral Debate

  • 953 De Haro Street San Francisco, CA, 94107 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The South Beach/District 6 Democratic Club, Potrero Hill Democratic Club, Black Young Democrats of San Francisco, San Francisco for Democracy, and San Francisco Black Community Matters invite you to a Mayoral Debate.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
6:30 - 8:15 pm
Potrero Hill Neighborhood House
953 DeHaro Street, at Southern Heights

Moderator: Marisa Lagos, KQED
Candidates: Angela Alioto, London Breed, Jane Kim, Mark Leno

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to Feb 21

Sixth Annual North Coast Farmers Convergence

North Coast Opportunities is excited to once again bring the North Coast Farmers’ Convergence to Ridgewood Ranch on February 20th and 21st. The MendoLake Food Hub and the School of Adaptive Agriculture are leading the charge on this year’s expanded Farmers’ Convergence. 

The North Coast Farmers’ Convergence is a celebration of growing a resilient local food system and the vital profession of farming in Northern California. In previous years, the Farmers’ Convergence has brought together over 150 local farmers, ranchers, retailers and advocates for a day of networking, education and inspiration. According to participants, successful outcomes of the day included forging successful connections that enhance our local economy, linking farmers with needed resources and new or renewed buyer contracts for food producers. The 6th Annual Farmers’ Convergence promises to build on the successes of the previous years with new workshops, speakers and additional intensive educational sessions.
We have an amazing lineup ... stay tuned!

This event is made possible by our generous sponsors the Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op & Surf Market.

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3:30 PM15:30

Ellementa SF: Cannabis and Sex

THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM: Cannabis and Sex

It’s the month of LOVE and PASSION. How is women’s sexual health, function and response affected by cannabis? THAT is the question and the conversation for our February Gathering. Other questions we’ll address: Is cannabis a mood enhancer and aphrodisiac? What strains are more effective for positive sexual response? How can cannabis be consumed or applied to be most effective?

We’ll be meeting at the WestSide Art House, same as last month.

Ellementa meets monthly to bring women together to learn about cannabis for health, wellness, self-care and caregiving. This is a non-consumption, educational event for women/female-identified only. We create welcoming spaces where women can come together to speak openly about cannabis wellness.



The evening’s discussion will be led by, Ellementa Organizer Carrie Rice.

Carrie Rice is a nonprofit consultant living out her hippie dreams in San Francisco. In addition to her passion for bringing cannabis health education to women, she has a passion for bringing empathy to nonprofit management.


Ellementa Gatherings are non-consumption events. Ellementa does not condone consumption of cannabis on the premises of Gatherings. If consumption does take place at the event or any product is obtained at the event that is consumed after, attendees consume at their own risk and fully indemnify Ellementa, Inc. and its stakeholders from any responsibility. Everyone attending this event or other Ellementa events confirm they are 21 years of age or over and fully responsible for their own actions.


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