ONE UNIQUE CONFERENCE. MANY CURATED EXPERIENCES.

With more than 40 hours of programming across 2  days, Black CannaBiz Expo and Conference 24 gives you in-dept insights into all things cannabis from a diverse prospective. From the basics every aspiring cannabis  business owner needs,  to offerings for cannabis leaders, to the latest ideas and policies that are changing the cannabis landscape, Black CannaBiz Expo and Conference 24 is sure to help you stay on top of what’s to come in cannabis.

Peer-To-Peer Connections

Learn from and quickly connect with attendees whose professional backgrounds and interests are similar to your own.

Customized Learning

Select a content track to find sessions on topics that matter the most to you. Your learning journey can be tailored even further with additional special presentation offerings.

Eye-Opening Exhibits

Visit the Black CannaBiz Expo to find the latest cannabis resources and connect with hundreds of solution providers. Learn more from exhibitors and sponsors by visiting their virtual booths. 

Conference Tracks

Ancillary & Tech

Equity and Inclusion

Farming & Hemp

Start Ups & Capital

CBD & Wellness

Cultivation & Extraction

Black Politics

Dispensary Operations

Cannabis Careers

Session Types

Choose from a variety of session formats to fit each type of learning style. Whether you favor condensed, rapid-fire sessions; you can’t wait to hear from thought leaders on the main stage; or are eager to roll up your sleeves for hands-on learning, there are different session formats to fit your learning style.

Main Stage Experiences

This main stage experience is led by expert thought leaders and practitioners. Their stories will inspire you to think outside the box and widen your perspectives. You’ll leave feeling energized, motivated and equipped to succeed in 2024 and beyond.

Workshops

 Presentations from solo presenters or co-presenters will feature best practices, forward-looking strategies and resources you need to advance your business now and in the future.

Education Sessions

With multiple sessions to choose from, these sessions are packed with original content and tactical advice. Presenters will share information based on the most popular topics requested by attendees like you.

Conference Agenda

The conference agenda is intentionally fluid so that attendees have the best opportunity to learn, and network . We will update the agenda weekly until the show day, watch this space!

VENUE

Swissotel - Chicago

323 E WACKER DR , CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60601

FAQs

If the speaker has provided us with materials, you can download them on the official conference app. 

Conference programming is very fluid, we are literally updating the conference agenda every week. Be sure to subscribe for updates and visit the agenda section of this site for the latest.

The conference accepts applications from speakers that have expertise and unique experiences in a particular conference track i.e. Cultivation, Dispensary Operations, Technology, Black Politics .

A group discount of 15%  is available for parties of 5+. You can select " Group Registration" on the  registration form.

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Welcome Reception

July 24, 2024 • 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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Breakfast

July 25, 2024 • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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Join us for day one of our breakfast networking session.

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Black CannaBiz Expo Open

July 25, 2024 • 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

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The Black CannaBiz Expo hall is open each day from 9 AM until 5 PM. Be a part of the heart of the conference and experience thoughtful activations, innovative vendors and countless networking opportunities.

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Day 1 Opening Address

July 25, 2024 • 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

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The Current State of Illinois Cannabis

July 25, 2024 • 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

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Join us for a comprehensive discussion on the current state of cannabis in Illinois. In this session, we will delve into the latest regulations, market trends, and industry challenges facing cannabis businesses in the state.

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Resiliency: The R3 Grant Program's Other "R"

July 25, 2024 • 9:50 AM - 10:20 AM

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 In this session, attendees will learn about the goals and objectives of the R3 Grant program, as well as the eligibility criteria and application process. We will provide insights on how to develop a successful grant proposal, navigate the grant application process, and maximize the impact of R3 Grant funding on recruitment, retention, and reactivation efforts.

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The Next Frontier: How Tapping into other cannabinoids of the plant is shifting the industry politically and economically

July 25, 2024 • 10:25 AM - 10:55 AM

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In this session, industry experts and thought leaders will explore the untapped potential of cannabinoids beyond THC and CBD, and how their utilization is reshaping the cannabis industry both politically and economically. We will delve into the latest research on lesser-known cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, and THCV, and their potential benefits and applications in various sectors including pharmaceuticals, wellness products, and more.

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Clean Cannabis

July 25, 2024 • 11:00 AM - 11:30AM

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This session will delve into the importance of clean cannabis cultivation practices and their impact on the environment, consumer health, and industry sustainability. Attendees will gain insights into sustainable cultivation methods such as organic farming, water conservation, energy efficiency, and waste management. Join us to learn how clean cannabis cultivation can benefit both businesses and consumers, and explore ways to integrate sustainable practices into your cultivation operations.

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The Journey to C Suite:

July 25, 2024 • 11:35 AM - 12:00 PM

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Join us for an insightful session on the journey to the C-Suite in the cannabis industry, where industry leaders will share their experiences and insights on reaching the top executive level. Attendees will hear from successful professionals who have navigated the complexities of the cannabis sector, overcoming challenges, seizing opportunities, and building their careers to reach the highest echelons of leadership. Whether you are just starting out in the industry or looking to advance your career, this session will provide valuable lessons and strategies for aspiring leaders in cannabis. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain inspiration and guidance from those who have successfully climbed the ladder to the C-Suite in cannabis.

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Lunch

July 25, 2024 • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Join us for day one of our lunch networking session

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SEEN Presents Pitch Perfect

July 25, 2024 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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Join us for an interactive session on Perfecting Your Pitch. Whether you’re a startup founder, entrepreneur, or business professional, mastering the art of pitching is essential for communicating your ideas effectively and persuasively. In this session, you will learn valuable tips and techniques for crafting a compelling pitch that captures the attention of investors, customers, and stakeholders. Our experienced panel of experts will share best practices for structuring your pitch, delivering it with confidence, and engaging your audience to leave a lasting impression. Through interactive exercises and real-life examples, you will have the opportunity to refine your pitch and receive feedback from industry insiders. Whether you’re pitching a business idea, seeking funding, or networking with potential partners, this session will equip you with the skills and strategies needed to pitch like a pro. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your pitch game and make a lasting impact in any professional setting.

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Cannabis Tourism: The $17B industry that few people know about

July 25, 2024 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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In this session, we will explore the rapidly growing and lucrative world of cannabis tourism, a booming sector that is often overlooked and underestimated. Our panel of expert speakers will discuss the rise of cannabis tourism, the latest trends and developments in the industry, and the economic impact of cannabis travel on local economies. From cannabis-friendly accommodations and tours to dispensaries and consumption lounges, we will delve into the diverse range of offerings available to cannabis tourists and the unique experiences they seek. Whether you are a travel enthusiast, entrepreneur, industry professional, or policymaker, this session will provide valuable insights into the opportunities and challenges of cannabis tourism and how it is reshaping the travel industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this thriving $17 billion industry and its potential for growth and innovation

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Brand Integration in Store Design

July 25, 2024 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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Join us for an engaging session on Brand Integration in Store Design. In this session, experts in retail design and branding will explore the crucial role of store design in shaping and reinforcing a brand’s identity and messaging. We will discuss the importance of creating cohesive and immersive brand experiences through strategic design elements, spatial layout, signage, lighting, and more. Through case studies and real-world examples, attendees will gain insights into how successful brands effectively integrate their identity and values into their physical retail spaces to enhance customer engagement and loyalty. Whether you are a retailer, designer, marketer, or business owner, this session will provide valuable strategies and best practices for leveraging store design as a powerful tool for brand communication and differentiation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to create impactful and memorable brand experiences through effective integration of design elements in your retail space.

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Legislative Affairs Panel : Michigan

July 25, 2024 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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Join us for a session on Cannabis Legislative Affairs in Michigan, where experts will discuss the latest developments and key issues shaping the cannabis industry in the state. Learn about current legislation, regulatory changes, and market trends that are influencing the growth and direction of the cannabis market in Michigan. Our panel of speakers will provide insights into the challenges and opportunities facing cannabis businesses, as well as the potential impact of upcoming legislative initiatives on the industry. Whether you are a cannabis entrepreneur, investor, policymaker, or industry professional

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Tracking Your Marketing ROI

July 25, 2024 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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Join us for a session on Tracking Your Marketing ROI, where you’ll learn how to measure the success of your marketing efforts with precision. We will share practical tips on setting clear objectives, utilizing tracking tools, and analyzing data to determine the impact of your marketing campaigns. Whether you are a marketing professional or business owner, this session will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to optimize your marketing budget and drive measurable results. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock the secrets of effective marketing ROI tracking and take your marketing strategy to the next level.

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Why Market Structure Matters in the Creation of an Equitable Market

July 25, 2024 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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Join us for a session on Why Market Structure Matters in the Creation of an Equitable Market, where we will explore the importance of market design in promoting fairness and inclusivity. Our expert speakers will discuss the impact of market structure on competition, access, and opportunity for businesses and consumers alike. Learn how market regulations, pricing strategies, and industry standards can shape the overall fairness and resilience of a market. Whether you are a policymaker, business leader, or advocate for economic justice, this session will provide valuable insights into the role of market structure in creating a more equitable and sustainable marketplace for all participants.

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The Big 5 : Medical Conditions that Disappropriately Affect Black People and Where Cannabis Can Help

July 25, 2024 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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In this session, experts will delve into the prevalence and impact of five key medical conditions that disproportionately affect the Black community, including hypertension, diabetes, chronic pain, mental health disorders, and cancer. Attendees will learn about the potential benefits of cannabis in managing symptoms and improving quality of life for individuals facing these conditions.

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Spotlight on Cannabis Pharmacists

July 25, 2024 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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Join us for a session that shines a spotlight on Cannabis Pharmacists, where we will explore the crucial role these healthcare professionals play in the cannabis industry. Our expert panel will discuss the unique skill set and expertise that pharmacists bring to the field of medical cannabis, including dosing, drug interactions, and patient counseling. Learn about the latest research and best practices in pharmaceutical care for cannabis patients, and how pharmacists are leading the way in promoting safe and effective cannabis use.

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NACAT Pros Presents:

July 25, 2024 • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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In this session, industry experts will discuss the critical importance of understanding cannabis tax law and accounting practices in the ever-evolving landscape of the cannabis industry. Attendees will gain insights into the unique challenges and opportunities that arise from the complex tax regulations and financial reporting requirements that govern cannabis businesses.

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Managing Risk in Cannabis

July 25, 2024 • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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Join us for a session on Managing Business Risk in Cannabis, where industry experts will provide insights on navigating the complex and evolving landscape of the cannabis industry. Learn strategies for identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks in various aspects of cannabis business operations, from regulatory compliance and financial management to supply chain and security concerns. Our panel will discuss best practices for developing risk management plans, implementing compliance measures, and adapting to regulatory changes in the cannabis market. Whether you are a cannabis entrepreneur, investor, or industry professional.

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Industry and Opportunity:Market Trends and Consumer Behavior

July 25, 2024 • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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Gain valuable knowledge on emerging market trends, consumer preferences, and buying behaviors in the rapidly growing cannabis industry. Learn how to leverage market trends and consumer behavior data to make informed business decisions and capitalize on opportunities in the evolving cannabis market.

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Choosing Your Team: Internal and External

July 25, 2024 • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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Led by seasoned professionals and industry insiders, this workshop will explore the multifaceted aspects of team-building in the cannabis sector.

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Breakfast

July 26, 2024 • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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Join us for day two of our breakfast networking session

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Black CannaBiz Expo Open

July 26, 2024 • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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The Black CannaBiz Expo hall is open each day from 9 AM until 5 PM. Be a part of the heart of the conference and experience thoughtful activations, innovative vendors and countless networking opportunities.

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Lessons Learned from California : Becoming Legends of the Craft

July 26, 2024 • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

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Join us for a candid session where industry pioneers share their experiences and lessons learned from starting a cannabis business in California, one of the most dynamic and competitive cannabis markets in the world. Attendees will gain valuable insights into navigating the regulatory landscape, securing licenses, building a brand, and overcoming challenges unique to the California market. Speakers will provide practical advice on business strategies, compliance requirements, and successful tactics for thriving in this evolving industry. Whether you are a new entrepreneur, existing business owner, or industry enthusiast, this session will offer valuable perspectives and key takeaways for launching and growing a successful cannabis business in California.

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Cannabis Advocacy in the Black-Community: Challenges and Opportunities

July 26, 2024 • 9:35 AM - 10:10 AM

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This session will focus on the important role of cannabis advocacy within the Black community, exploring the unique challenges and opportunities that exist in promoting equitable access and representation in the cannabis industry. Attendees will hear from community leaders and advocates who are working to address systemic barriers and create pathways for Black entrepreneurs and consumers in the cannabis space. Speakers will discuss the impact of historical injustices, disparities in ownership, and the importance of social equity programs in fostering a more diverse and inclusive industry. Join us for an engaging discussion on how advocacy efforts can drive positive change and empower the Black community to thrive in the cannabis sector.

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The Cronja Story : The Importance of Partnerships

July 26, 2024 • 9:50 AM - 10:20 AM

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Scaling Successful Brands through Multi-State Opportunities

July 26, 2024 • 10:25 AM - 10:55 AM

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Join us for a candid session where industry pioneers share their experiences and lessons learned from starting a cannabis business in California, one of the most dynamic and competitive cannabis markets in the world. Attendees will gain valuable insights into navigating the regulatory landscape, securing licenses, building a brand, and overcoming challenges unique to the California market. Speakers will provide practical advice on business strategies, compliance requirements, and successful tactics for thriving in this evolving industry. Whether you are a new entrepreneur, existing business owner, or industry enthusiast, this session will offer valuable perspectives and key takeaways for launching and growing a successful cannabis business in California.

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Pitch Competiion

July 26, 2024 • 11:00 AM - 11:30AM

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Cannatech Chronicles Presented by Dutchie

July 26, 2024 • 11:35 AM - 12:00 PM

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This session will explore the latest developments and advancements in cannabis technology that are reshaping the industry. Speakers will discuss the impact of technology on improving efficiency, quality, and sustainability in the cannabis sector, as well as how it is enhancing the consumer experience and driving market growth. Join us to discover the exciting potential of cannabis tech and explore the future of technology-driven solutions in the evolving cannabis landscape.

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The New Frontier of Success : Exploring Supplier Divirsity in Cannabis

July 26, 2024 • 12:05PM - 12:30PM

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Join us for a session on Exploring Supplier Diversity in Cannabis, where we will delve into the importance of promoting diversity and inclusion within the cannabis industry supply chain. This session happens during lunch!

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Pitch Finale

July 26, 2024 • 12:35 PM - 12:50 PM

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As our day 2 lunchtime programming continue , be a part of the excitement of the finale of the pitch competition.

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Embracing Wellness :Redefining the Perception of the Devil's Lettuce

July 26, 2024 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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Join us for a session on Embracing Wellness: Redefining the Perception of the Devil’s Lettuce, where we will explore the evolving landscape of cannabis as a wellness product. Learn about the latest research on the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, wellness-focused products and brands, and how cannabis is being integrated into holistic wellness practices. Whether you are a healthcare professional.

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How New York State government is finally doing it right

July 26, 2024 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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Join us for a session where we will discuss the recent efforts and initiatives taken by the New York State government to establish effective cannabis programs.Learn about the impact of these initiatives on the cannabis industry, communities, and consumers in New York State.

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Beyond the Transaction: Crafting Sensory Dispensaries that Create Human-Centered Retail Experiences

July 26, 2024 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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This session will discuss innovative strategies for creating immersive and personalized retail experiences that resonate with customers on a sensory and emotional level. Learn how to design dispensaries that cater to the diverse needs and preferences of cannabis consumers, building loyalty and driving sales through a human-centered approach.

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Awarded in Alabama : The Journey of Native Black Cultivation

July 26, 2024 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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The Path to Licensing: Native Black Cultivation in the Cannabis Industry

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Celebrity, Culture & Cannabis

July 26, 2024 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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Join us for an exciting session on Celebrity, Culture & Cannabis, where we will delve into the intersection of celebrity influence, pop culture, and the cannabis industry. Our panel of experts will discuss the role of celebrities in shaping attitudes towards cannabis, promoting brands, and driving consumer trends. Explore how celebrities are leveraging their influence to advocate for cannabis legalization, launch their own brands, and destigmatize the use of cannabis in popular culture.

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Fostering Equity and Inclusion in Maryland’s Cannabis Industry: Insights and Actions from the Office of Social Equity

July 25, 2024 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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Join us for a dynamic session where the Maryland Office of Social Equity will share insights and actions aimed at fostering equity and inclusion in the state’s cannabis market. Attendees will learn about the initiatives, programs, and policies in place to promote diversity, equity, and opportunity for marginalized communities in the industry.

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Deal Making In Cannabis

July 26, 2024 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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In this session, industry leaders and advocates will share insights and experiences on the journey to licensing for Native Black cultivation in the cannabis industry. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by Native Black entrepreneurs in navigating the regulatory landscape, securing licenses, and establishing sustainable cultivation operations. Speakers will discuss the importance of equity and representation in the cannabis space, as well as strategies for overcoming barriers and building successful businesses. Join us for an enlightening discussion on the unique journey of Native Black cultivation in the cannabis industry and explore ways to support and empower underrepresented communities in the evolving market.

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A Crash Course in Climate Change and Cannabis

July 26, 2024 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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Join us for a crash course in Climate Change and Cannabis, where we will explore the intersection of environmental sustainability and the cannabis industry. Our expert speakers will discuss the environmental impact of cannabis cultivation, including energy consumption, water usage, and waste management practices. Learn about innovative sustainability initiatives, regenerative agriculture techniques, and eco-friendly solutions being implemented in the cannabis sector to address climate change challenges.

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The Business of Cannabis: Exploring Opportunities Beyond Dispensaries and Producers

July 26, 2024 • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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Join us for a session on The Business of Cannabis: Exploring Opportunities Beyond Dispensaries and Producers. We will dive into the diverse array of opportunities within the cannabis industry, beyond the traditional roles of dispensaries and producers. Learn about ancillary businesses, such as technology, logistics, marketing, and consulting, that support and drive the growth of the cannabis market. Discover how entrepreneurs and professionals can leverage their skills and expertise to tap into the rapidly expanding cannabis ecosystem.

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Education and Advocacy:Enhancing Consumer Education:

July 26, 2024 • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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This session will explore the importance of consumer education in the cannabis industry and how advocacy efforts can enhance consumer knowledge and protection. Attendees will learn about the latest trends in cannabis regulation and legalization, as well as the importance of educating consumers about safe consumption practices, product quality, and legal rights. Speakers will discuss advocacy initiatives aimed at promoting transparency and accountability in the cannabis market, as well as ways to empower consumers to make informed choices. Join us to learn how cannabis education and advocacy can create a more responsible and informed marketplace for all.

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The Realities of Raising Capital

July 26, 2024 • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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This session will provide a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities of raising capital in the cannabis industry. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the unique hurdles that cannabis entrepreneurs face when seeking investment, such as regulatory complexities, stigma, and market volatility. Industry experts and investors will share best practices, strategies, and lessons learned from successfully raising capital in the cannabis space. From navigating compliance requirements to attracting investors and securing funding, this session will offer practical advice and real-world perspectives on the realities of accessing capital in the cannabis industry. Join us for a candid discussion on the intricacies of cannabis fundraising and how to effectively navigate the financial landscape of this rapidly growing sector.

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5th House Farms & Spark 9

July 26, 2024 • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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