Conference Program

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Chris Beals

CEO, Weedmaps

Tremaine Wright

Chair, New York Cannabis Control Board

Amanda Reiman

VP, New Frontier Data

Dasheeda Dawson

Chair, Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition

Nick Kovacevich

CEO, Greenlane Holdings

Leo Bridgewater

Co-founder, Collective 60 New Jersey

And many more...

Relevant. Essential. Smart.

Mayor Eric Adams

In this historic year of legalized cannabis in New York, attendees will be able to hear first-hand about Mayor Adams’ support of the emerging cannabis and hemp industries. Mayor Adams has proposed an economic recovery plan for New York City, and in his Fiscal Year Budget for 2023 he has proposed an investment of $4.8 million to help support the growth of the cannabis industry in New York City. Mayor Adams has asserted a commitment to work with state and local leaders to make New York the most equitable cannabis industry, and to be a model for the entire nation.

Mayor Eric Adams has served the people of New York City as an NYPD officer, State Senator, Brooklyn Borough President, and now as the 110th Mayor of the City of New York. He gave voice to a diverse coalition of working families in all five boroughs and is leading the fight to bring back New York City’s economy, reduce inequality, improve public safety, and build a stronger, healthier city that delivers for all New Yorkers.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams

Friday, June 3

Tremaine Wright

Tremaine Wright

Chair
NYS Cannabis Control Board

Tremaine Wright

Tremaine Wright is the Chairwoman of the New York State Cannabis Control Board and a former member of the New York State Assembly from the 56th district, which includes parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. Chair Wright is responsible for the regulatory and tax policies regarding medical and adult-use cannabis in New York State.

Chair Wright is a former New York State Assembly and thereafter served as the first Director of the DFS Statewide Office of Financial Inclusion and Empowerment. Chair Wright is an attorney, entrepreneur, small business owner and activist who is a second-generation Bedford Stuyvesant resident invested in preserving the rich legacy of her community and building a strong foundation for the future. She has dedicated her career to empowering and creating opportunities for her neighbors and her community.

Gia Moron

Gia Morón

President
Women Grow

Gia Morón

Gia Morón is the President of Women Grow, and Founder and CEO of GMV Communications. As President of Women Grow, she oversees the company’s day-to-day operations, internal and external communications, education programming, and strategic partnerships.  With 25 years of experience in public relations, in 2012 Gia launched GVM Communications, Inc., a public relations, brand and business development firm.

Women Grow

The CWCBExpo Conference Program Delivers Quality.

Curated and Hosted Content Featuring:

Inside the Industry: Thought Leadership Series

Thought Leadership Hosts will be welcoming some of the most influential and informed minds to join the conversation in an interactive “Talk show” format.

Day 1, Thursday: Industry Progress
Day 2, Friday: Policy and Legislation
Day 3, Saturday: Cannabis and Lifestyle
Carl Cameron

Carl Cameron

Journalist
Former FOX News Reporter
Faye Coleman

Faye Coleman

Founder, CEO
Pure Genesis
Calvin Frye

Calvin Frye

Founder
Cloneville
Gretchen Gailey

Gretchen Gailey

Founder
Panoptic Strategies

Thursday, June 2, Keynote Conversation

Thursday Keynote Conversation

Nick Kovacevich and Tim Seymour will discuss the success of Greenlane Holdings, and where Kovacevich sees the opportunities for growers, dispensary owners, and the consumer market.

Get your seat to listen to industry pioneer Nick Kovacevich conversing with Tim Seymour, Co-Host CNBC Fast Money and Portfolio Manager CNBS Cannabis ETF.

Nick Kovacevich

Nick Kovacevich

CEO
Greenlane Holdings
Tim Seymour

Tim Seymour

Co-Host
CNBC Fast Money

Add-on Workshops

Thursday, June 2
9:00 - 11:30
Cannabis leaves and dollars
East Coast Cannabis Entrepreneurs: Funding, Licensing, Make Money

Adult-Use Legalization in New York and states up and down the East Coast, make this a must attend workshop. This workshop is geared toward entrepreneurs who are already in the cannabis space and want to expand their prospects, and for those who want to enter and learn more about getting in on the latest economic boom. Attendees will learn from cannabis experts who have successfully gotten licenses, built businesses, and sustained and expanded their prospects. This workshop has the following segments:

  • Overview of Current Laws Across the USA
  • Capital Raise You Can Achieve
  • Application Process
  • Launching & Sustaining Your Cannabis Business Properly: What? Where? When?
  • Selling Your Cannabis Business
  • Q&A
Friday, June 3
9:00 - 11:30
Weighing Cannabis Flower
Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

With the wave of legalization across the USA for medical cannabis and adult-use cannabis, owning a dispensary has become a desirable goal for many as it can be quite lucrative. This workshop goes through the entire spectrum of owning a dispensary. Attendees will hear from dispensary owners, retailers, and designers about owning a dispensary. This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Dispensary Competition Landscape
  • Zen of Picking the Optimal Location & Design for Retail
  • Staffing a Dispensary; Safety & Security
  • Social Equity
  • Optimizing the Consumer Experience
  • The Future of Dispensary Ownership: Franchising
  • Q&A
Saturday, June 4
9:00 - 1:30
Cultivation for Marijuana & Hemp Farmers: Growing Green in the Face of Legalization

With the latest New York State provision for hemp farmers to grow cannabis under a conditional license for 2 years, this workshop on cultivation will cover the latest legislation, cultivation issues for marijuana and hemp farmers, extraction methods, and seed-to-sale solutions. This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • The Cultivation Decision: Which Way Do I Grow and What Do I Grow?
  • Cultivation & Extraction Methods
  • Quality Control
  • The Politics of Cultivation in the Age of Legalization
  • Seed to Sale Solutions
  • Q&A

Daily Schedule-at-a-Glance

Time Thursday, June 2
9:00 – 9:50 Press Preview Media Reception
(by invitation only) Located near the press office
Special Preview for Media Representatives, Exhibitors, Speakers & Journalists
9:50 – 10:00 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, in Hall 3A Lobby Entrance Press Coverage, Master of Ceremonies
12:00 – 12:10 Welcome Remarks by Co-Hosts Gretchen Gailey; Chief Strategist, CWCBExpo; Carl Cameron, Journalist, former FOX News reporter; Faye Coleman, Founder, CEO, Pure Genesis; Calvin Frye, Founder, Cloneville
12:10 – 12:50 Industry Update: Trends and Opportunities – Marijuana and Hemp Industries
Amanda Reiman, VP, Public Policy & Research, New Frontier Data
1:00 – 1:50 Investor Roundtable: Weed Meets Wall Street
Terry Booth, Audacious; Moderator, Steve Gelsi, MarketWatch
2:00 – 2:50 Keynote: In Conversation with... Chris Beals
Chris Beals, CEO, Weedmaps; Mona Zhang, States Cannabis Policy Reporter, POLITICO
3:00 – 3:50 Roundtable: Where is the Greenest Grass Growing and Flowing?
Trip Keber, Co-founder Dixie Brands, Founder/Owner REMUV; Moderator, Gretchen Gailey, Chief Strategist, CWCBExpo
5:00 – 7:00 Networking Mixer
Located at the back of the show floor (Networking Mixer ticket required.)
7:30 – 10:00 Off Site After Party (Yotel Green Fig Room)
Separate admission required
Exhibit floor open from 10:00 – 5:00

All sessions, networking events, times and speakers subject to change without notice,

Thursday Sessions

9:00 – 9:50
Press Preview Media Reception

By invitation only, located near the press office
Special Preview for Media Representatives, Exhibitors, Speakers & Journalists

12:00 – 12:50
Welcome Remarks by Co-hosts

On the Main Stage
Gretchen Gailey; Chief Strategist, CWCBExpo; Carl Cameron, Journalist, former FOX News reporter; Faye Coleman, Founder, CEO, Pure Genesis; Calvin Frye, Founder, Cloneville

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