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CANNRA Held Closed Door Conference This Past Week

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Marijuana Regulators And Stakeholders Hold Closed-Door Conference To Discuss Future Of Reform And Industry Challenges

This Was The Agenda

Read the full agenda for this week’s CANNRA conference below: 

Monday, June 6th

8-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Gillian Schauer, PhD, Executive Director, Cannabis Regulators Association
Andrew Brisbo, President, Cannabis Regulators Association
Executive Director, Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency

9:00-9:45 AM: An Overview of Federal Initiatives, Priorities, and Needs
Session Moderator:
Nicole Elliott, Executive Director, California Department of Cannabis Control
Panelists:
Susan Weiss, PhD, Director of Extramural Research, NIDA
Brooke Hoots, PhD, Lead, Cannabis Strategy Unit, CDC
Elisabeth Kann, Assistant Administrator External Affairs and Chief of Staff,
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

9:45-10:45 AM: Federal cannabis policy: Coalition views on state and federal roles in a future national marketplace
Session Moderator:
Andrew Brisbo, Executive Director, Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency
Panelists:
Sarah Chase, Executive Director, Council for Federal Cannabis Regulation
Andrew Freedman, Executive Director, Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation
Saphira Galoob, Executive Director, National Cannabis Roundtable
Steven Hawkins, President and CEO, U.S. Cannabis Council

10:45-11:00 AM: Mid-morning break

11:00-12:00 PM: Interstate Commerce: Impacts on markets, licensing, and consumer safety
Session Moderator:
William Tilburg, Executive Director, Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
Panelists:
Michael Cooper, Co-Chair, Policy Committee, National Cannabis Industry Association
Andrew Kline, Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie
Pete Meachum, President, U.S. Hemp Roundtable
Adam Orens, Managing Director, MPG
Steph Sherer, Founder and President, Americans for Safe Access

12:00-12:45 PM: Tax, price, and illicit market: Lessons learned and future directions
Session Moderator:
Steve Marks, Executive Director, Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission
Panelists:
Karen Gardner, Chief Marketing Officer, SICPA North America
Beau Kilmer, PhD, Drug Policy Research Center, RAND
Beau Whitney, Founder and Chief Economist, Whitney Economics

12:45-1:30 PM: Lunch and Networking Break

1:30-3:00 PM: Social and Economic Equity & Social Justice: Challenges, Opportunities, and a Reality Check.
Session Moderator:
Eugene Hillsman, PhD, Deputy Director, Equity & Inclusion, California Dept. of Cannabis Control
* 1:30-2:30 – Achieving Social and Economic Equity in the Industry: Where are we now and where do we
need to be?
Panelists:
Tahir Johnson, Director, Social Equity & Inclusion, U.S. Cannabis Council
Khurshid Khoja, Chair Emeritus, National Cannabis Industry Association
Amber Littlejohn, Executive Director, Minority Cannabis Business Association
Shanita Penny, Senior Advisor, Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation
Amber Senter, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Supernova Women
* 2:30-3:00 – Social Justice: Following through on legalization’s promise
Panelists:
David Crawford, Senior Program Manager, Code for America
Steve DeAngelo, Founder, Last Prisoner Project

3:00-3:15 PM: Afternoon break

3:15-4:15 PM: Preventing Youth Access, Promoting Consumer Safety, & Protecting Public Health in State Markets
Session Moderator:
Chris Tholkes, Director, Minnesota Office of Medical Cannabis
Panelists:
Darrin Grondel, EdD, Vice President of Traffic Safety & Government Relations, Responsibility.org
Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Katie Mueller, Senior Program Manager, National Safety Council
Barbara Schillo, PhD, Senior Vice President, Truth Initiative
Lynn Silver, MD, Senior Advisor, Public Health Institute

4:15-5:00 PM: How Data and Technology can help future policy making: Public Health, Regulatory, and Industry Data Sources
Session Moderator:
Erik Gundersen, Executive Director, Maine Office of Cannabis Policy
Panelists:
Adam Crabtree, Founder and CEO, NCS Analytics
Julia Dilley, PhD, Co-Chair, Cannabis Subcommittee, Council of State and Territorial
Epidemiologists; Epidemiologist, Multnomah County Health Department
Michael Sofis, PhD, Director of Research, Cannabis Public Policy Consulting
Elle Wadsworth, PhD, Fellow, University of Waterloo
5PM – Adjourn, Dinner on your own

Tuesday, June 7th

8-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 AM: Welcome, Brief Day 1 recap, Day 2 preview

8:45-10:00 AM: Hemp: Emergence and Proliferation of Novel Cannabinoids – regulatory, health, and market implications
Session Moderator:
Gillian Schauer, PhD, Executive Director, Cannabis Regulators Association
Panelists:
Michael Bronstein, Co-Founder and President, American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp
Kay Doyle, Director, U.S. Public Policy & Public Affairs, Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Daniel Fabricant, PhD, President and CEO, Natural Products Association
Andrew Goff, Cannabis Law Deskbook Author, Attorney General Alliance;
Deputy Attorney General, State of Hawaii
Doris Hamilton, Lead, State Hemp Regulators group; Hemp Program Manager, Kentucky
Department of Agriculture
Jonathan Miller, General Counsel, U.S. Hemp Roundtable

10:00-10:15 AM: Mid-morning break

10:15-11:15 AM: Standards in Cannabis Regulation: Updates on efforts to establish common standards, challenges to the work, and ways state and federal officials can help
Session Moderator:
Dominique Mendiola, Senior Director, Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division
Panelists:
Scott Coates, Senior Director, AOAC Research Institute
Matthew D. Curran, PhD, Board of Directors, National Conference on Weights and Measures
Nandu Sarma, RPh, PhD, Director, Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines, US Pharmacopeia
David Vaillencourt, Vice-Chair, ASTM D37 Committee

11:15-12:00 PM: Regulatory Service Providers: Seed to sale and track and trace systems – Lessons learned and pathways forward
Session Moderator:
Tyler Klimas, Executive Director, Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board
Panelists:
Moe Afaneh, PharmD, Chief Operating Officer, BioTrack, Forian
Lewis Koski, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer, METRC
Ray Thompson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Akerna

12:00-12:45 PM: Lunch and Networking

12:45-1:15 PM: Regulatory Service Providers: Technology Advances in Licensing and Registration systems
Session Moderator:
Tyler Klimas, Executive Director, Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board
Panelists:
John Barnes, Vice President, Government Relations, Veritec
Bonnie Campo, Vice President of Alliances, Thentia Cloud
Alex Valvassori, General Manager, Tyler Technologies

1:15-2:15 PM: National B2B and B2C Cannabis Commerce: From Data to Delivery
Session Moderator:
Shawn Collins, Executive Director, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission
Panelists:
Michael Block, Director of Public Policy, Leaflink
Kimberly Boler, General Counsel, Leafly
Bridget Hennessey, Vice President, Public Affairs, Weedmaps
Katie Neer, General Counsel, Lantern
Erica Woods, Director, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Dutchie

2:15-3:15 PM: A Regulator’s Perspective – State regulatory alignment, differences, and challenges
Session Moderator:
Gillian Schauer, PhD, Executive Director, Cannabis Regulators Association
Panelists:
Andrew Brisbo, Executive Director, Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency
Chris Ferguson, Director, Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use
Rick Garza, Executive Director, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
Lila McKinley, Supervising Staff Attorney, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Michele Nakata, Chief, Hawaii Office of Medical Cannabis Control and Regulation

3:15-3:30 PM: Meeting wrap up, next steps, and adjourn
Andrew Brisbo, President, Cannabis Regulators Association
Executive Director, Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency
Gillian Schauer, PhD, Executive Director, Cannabis Regulators Association

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