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2020 CQC Episode 16, Cultivation Technology

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Cultivation Technology (Episode 16) 

A Panel Discussion: Integrated Lifecycle of Designing a Cultivation Operation

  • Brandy Keen, Surna, Inc.
  • Kyle Lisabeth, Silver Bullet Water
  • Adam Chalasinski, Nexus Corp
  • David Vaillencourt, The GMP Collective
  • Gretchen Schimelpfenig, PE, Resource Innovation Institute

Designing a cannabis cultivation facility that can produce consistent quality cannabis, meets the demands of the business objectives (profit, time to market, scalability) and consumers and stays within budget and timelines has been a major pain point for new and seasoned business owners and growers. What appears on the surface as a simple proposition – build a structure, install HVAC and fertigation systems, hire a master grower, plant some seeds and watch the sea of green roll in — is anything but.

Advanced Technology for Precision Cultivation

  • Seth Swanson, Director of Global Plant Sciences at AEssenseGrows

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is gaining traction as one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture. The primary objectives of CEA production are to maximize crop productivity, optimize quality, establish consistent and predictable timing. Advanced technologies applied to agronomic and horticultural practices can help growers to achieve these goals to leverage the large capital investment. Sensor-based aeroponics coupled with integrated software logic provide the necessary tools to achieve these goals.

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2020 CQC Episode 15, Hemp Quality

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Hemp Quality (Episode 15)

Creating an Industry-Wide Standard for CBD Quality and Efficacy

  • David Metzler with the CBD Capital Group

This presentation will discuss the need for an industry-wide standard for testing the efficacy of CBD products, how this can create legitimacy and consistency throughout the industry and will explore CBD Capital Group’s results as the first company to measure CBD efficacy using the qualitative Short Form (SF)-36 Health Survey.

TechTalk: The Essential Attributes of Hemp Quality – features Dr. Nandakumara Sarma with USP

Heavy Metals in Hemp Extract Products 

  • Diane Pickett and Dr. Serena Giovinazzi, with the Florida Department of Agriculture

Since Florida began sampling and testing hemp in January 2020, lead has been a frequent finding in several hemp oil products intended for human ingestion. This presentation will articulate current findings and outline future steps as we continue to study this issue.

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2020 CQC Episode 14, Legal Issues

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Legal Issues (Episode 14)

The Cannabis Industry and Tax Implications of Entity Structure – Issues to Consider

  • Jim Marty and Calvin Shannon, from BridgeWest

This session will provide a review of the common legal entities structures and discussion about federal taxation of each structure, advantages and disadvantages of each structure specific to license holders, considerations that are important to a cannabis company when reviewing advantages and disadvantages and there will also be a brief case study during the webinar to illustrate the above considerations.

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2020 CQC Episode 13, Facility Design

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Facility Design (Episode 14)

Facility Design: Foundations of Quality

  • Greg Huffaker and Sumer Thomas from Canna Advisors

They will help attendees better understand the impacts of facility design on overall product and process quality management. This session will also touch on considerations for cannabis cultivation & processing facility design.

How Does Uncertainty Impact Facility Design?

  • David Dixon

David Dixon will offer practical options to consider when designing facilities with an emphasis on cannabis infused products production and packaging. This will include a discussion of how regulations can impact site, facility, building, utilities and manufacturing processes.

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2020 CQC Episode 12, The Canadian Market

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The Canadian Market (Episode 14)

Buildings & GPPs in Canada’s Cannabis Industry

  • Georgina Rodriguez, senior consultant at Deloitte

This presentation will share key insights into planning cannabis infrastructure and good production practices taken from the Canadian experience as the federal framework strives to ensure that a safe product is being produced.

The Canadian Edibles Market Analysis

  • Steven Burton, CEO of Icicle Technologies

He will provide an update on developments in the Canadian cannabis market post-national legalization. Points touched upon will be the current struggle to switch consumers over from the illicit to the legal market, challenges that processors have under the rigid regulatory apparatus, and recent product recalls stemming from inconsistent quality and food safety shortcomings.

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2020 CQC Episode 11, Laboratory Accreditation & Client Relationships

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Laboratory Accreditation & Client Relationships (Episode 11)

The Laboratory Accreditation Panel

  • Mohan Sabaratnam, Vice President, Global Accreditations & Quality at IAS
  • Tracy Szerszen, President/Operations Manager at PJLA
  • Anna Williams, Accreditation Supervisor at A2LA
  • Jason Stine, Senior Director of Accreditation at ANAB

This features representatives from the leading cannabis laboratory accreditation bodies in the country. We’ll discuss common areas of concern for labs hoping to get accredited as well as the new ISO 17025:2017 version and how it changed from the 2005 version. This will be an interactive panel discussion where attendees can feel free to ask questions throughout the day.

From the Client’s Perspective: Lab Testing and Quality Assurance

  • Mark Kimble, Senior Compliance Manager at Cresco Labs
  • Dr. Sharon Martin, Director of Analytical Chemistry at Cresco Labs
  • David Chen, Laboratory Director at Sonoma Lab Works
  • Derek Averill, Ph.D, Chief Science Advisor at Sonoma Lab Works

This session will have two perspectives: One from a laboratory and one from a client. The discussion will address common issues that arise between cannabis labs and the rest of the market, the need for transparency and communication, how to grow a relationship between you and your lab, how to conduct R&D testing, and much more.

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2020 CQC Episode 10, Post-Election Analysis

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The Post-Election Analysis (Episode 10)

Post-Election Analysis

  • Andrew Kline, Director of Public Policy, NCIA (the National Cannabis Industry Association)

He will explore the results from the 2020 election. We will take a look at the results of the presidential election, congressional elections and the five states that legalized cannabis. We will provide an in-depth analysis for how this election might shape the future of cannabis legalization.

The Future of Cannabis: A Discussion on Social Justice & How the Industry Can Succeed

  • Joey Peña – Cannabis Process Navigator, City of Denver
  • Felicia Carbajal – Community Organizer, The Social Impact Center
  • Nicole Wyche – Brand & Marketing Specialist, Black Lives Matter Working Group
  • Tahir Johnson – Membership Manager & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager,
    NCIA (National Cannabis Industry Association)

This panel will dive into the following topics: social justice, Black Lives Matter (BLM), diversity, inclusivity, politics, social equity programs and more. The panel will be moderated by Ernest Toney, founder of BIPOCANN, a project aiming to make the cannabis industry more welcoming and profitable for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and professionals of color (BIPOC) in the multi-billion dollar legal marketplace of the Americas. Attendees are encouraged to participate and ask questions throughout the session.

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2020 CQC Episode 9, Safety, Quality & Compliance

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Safety, Quality & Compliance (Episode 9)

Preparing for Federal Legalization: FDA Compliance for the Cannabis Industry

  • Kim Stuck with Allay Consulting

She will cover important FDA/food safety practices, issues they ran into when cannabis was first regulated by a public health authority, things different from other wholesale food operations, tips on how to stay compliant and much more.

Establishing Cannabis Quality and Safety Attributes

  • Josh Wurzer with SC Labs

He will discuss the ideal parameters for cannabis quality assurance testing. Wurzer will also shed some light on the work the industry is conducting to establish standards around quality, testing, efficacy and consumer protection.

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2020 CQC Episode 8, Supply Chain Quality

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Safety, Quality & Compliance (Episode 8)

Upstream Innovations in Mold Mitigation

  • Bernie Lorenz, Ph.D with ProKure Solutions

He will outline upstream approaches to help growers minimize harmful microorganisms and maximize crop production as a result.

Tech Talk: Is it Time to Step Up to a Cloud ERP System?

  • Tom Brennan with Rootstock Software

He will detail how cannabis producers can improve their operations with an end-to-end cloud platform that provides data integration across an organization’s operation.

Practical Analytical Considerations for Cannabis Producers & Processors

  • Taylor Trah with OutCo

He will discuss where testing fits into a vertically integrated operation, the different analytical devices that might be required and in depth considerations to make certain in-house analytics are right for your operation.

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2020 CQC Episode 7, The East Coast Market Update

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Safety, Quality & Compliance (Episode 7)

A Progress Update: Tracking the Markets in the Northeast

  • Steve Schain with the Hoban Law Group

He will take a close look at markets in states like NJ, PA, NY, CT, DE and MA, among others. He’ll look into how each market is developing, which ones might have more red tape than others and what the future might hold for the East Coast market.

The East Coast Model: How Regulations Are Defining the Mid-Atlantic

  • Joel Chapelle with Food Industry Counsel

He will discuss the regulations in states along the Eastern seaboard and go in-depth on how a lot of Eastern states have adopted regulations that differ greatly from the traditional West Coast model.

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