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Alternative Capital Resources

Explore innovative avenues for cash flow that’ll make your stash grow. Our panel will decode the mysteries of alternative financing, from seed funding to debt deals and even crowdfunding campaigns. We will be rolling with the greenbacks and learning how to cultivate your cannabis business in the ever-evolving landscape of finance in cannabis.

Be Mindful of Your Capital: How to Scale an Investment

In this session, we’ll explore the crucial elements and tactical approaches necessary to scale your capital thoughtfully and strategically. From identifying growth opportunities to mitigating risks, panelists will guide you through the intricate process of optimizing capital deployment.

Biochar and Cannabis Cultivation: Boosting Plant Performance, and Your Bottom Line

Biochar, a carbon-rich material derived from the pyrolysis of plant biomass, has emerged as a low-cost powerful tool for the horticultural and agricultural industries. Over the past few decades, emerging research has demonstrated biochar’s multiple roles in improving both the microbial populations of the rhizosphere and overall plant performance.

Buying and Selling: The Reality of M&A in Today’s Market

Join us for a candid exploration of the highs, lows, and unexpected twists in the world of mergers and acquisitions in today’s market. From billion-dollar deals to eyebrow-raising bargains, our panel of seasoned pros will spill the beans on what it takes to buy, sell, and thrive.

Carving Your Niche in a Competitive Cultivation Landscape

In the rapidly expanding East Coast cannabis market, finding your niche is not just a choice but a strategic imperative to ensure long-term success in your cultivation operations. With more operators coming online, it is increasingly important to understand your target market and find ways to stand out amongst the sea of competitors. Gain insights into the strategies for carving and securing your place in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Compliance & Safety: A Priority for a Responsible Industry

Join us for an important discussion that will explore the critical aspects of compliance and safety within cannabis cultivation operations, focusing not only on consumer well-being but also the health and safety of cultivation workers. This discussion will provide valuable insights into the creation and implementation of SOPs to not only comply with regulations but also enhance the overall safety and efficiency of your cultivation facility.

Creating a Self-Regulated Cannabis Marketplace

Over 80% of global trade is affected by standards, underscoring the opportunity for the cannabis industry to establish and adhere to voluntary consensus standards. This session will discuss how industry is leading the development of a federal and international set of minimum standards and ensuring certainty and normalization while continuing to navigate the state-by-state challenges.

Creating Successful Intra-Industry Partnerships

As new markets move from MSO-dominated medical markets to adult use, the need to foster successful partnerships across the industry is key for supply chain management. In this fireside chat, we will listen to 2 dominant New Jersey MSOs discuss how they are keen on supporting the market growth and independent licensed operator.

Crisis Management: What to Do When Shit Goes Wrong

In this candid and practical session, learn essential insights on “What to Do When Shit Goes Wrong.” Delve into the challenging realms of crisis management, layoffs, and product recalls as we dissect real-world case studies to uncover strategies that have worked – and those that haven’t.

Curating the Cannabis Lexicon

The language surrounding cannabis and its derivatives is mired in confusion, with terms like “synthetic” and “natural” lacking clear distinctions. As novel cannabinoids like THCP and delta-8 emerge in the scientific literature and consumer markets, the need for clarity intensifies. Riboulet-Zemouli (2020) proposes a new nomenclature system, drawing from established natural product frameworks, to differentiate origin and manufacturing processes.

Defining Quality in Cannabis: A Multidisciplinary Exploration

As the cannabis industry matures, the definition of “quality” becomes increasingly crucial for both researchers and businesses. This session brings together experts from various disciplines to explore the multifaceted nature of quality in cannabis, examining the myriad factors and compounds that contribute to this elusive concept.

Empowering Women: Navigating the Path to Capital

Join us for an insightful panel discussion aimed at empowering women in navigating the complex landscape of raising capital. In this session, we’ll delve into the unique challenges women entrepreneurs and business leaders face in accessing capital and explore effective strategies for overcoming these barriers.

Evolution of Consumer Preference Trends

Discover the intricacies of product category maturation and its impact on consumer choices. From innovative cannabis-infused products to evolving consumption methods, we’ll uncover the trends shaping the industry’s future. Explore the strategies employed by forward-thinking brands and retailers to capitalize on emerging opportunities in this rapidly growing market.

Exploring Cannabis as a Substitute to Prescription Opioids Through Data

Management Science Associates, Inc. (MSA) is researching cannabis efficacy in pain management and exploring the potential use of cannabis as a substitute to prescription opioids. Using HIPAA-Compliant De-Identification technology, MSA links cannabis operators’ Point-of-Sale data with real-world healthcare data, to analyze which cannabis products are most effective in helping patients with specific health and wellness needs.

F1 Hybrid Seeds: A Paradigm Shift in Cultivation

The introduction of F1 hybrid cannabis seeds marks a pivotal moment in the cultivation landscape, promising unparalleled genetic vigor and optimized traits for growers. This abstract explores the transformative potential of F1 hybrids in cannabis cultivation, highlighting their genetic composition, advantages over traditional seeds, and implications for cultivation practices.

F*ck Winning Customers. Build a Rabid Fan Base Instead.

Dive into the world of customer acquisition and effective sales strategies in this session. Explore the retail landscape, striking a balance between attracting customers and avoiding the “race to the bottom.” Discover insights on developing tailored sales approaches, crafting irresistible promotions, and navigating discounting nuances to enhance customer engagement and foster loyalty.

Green Rush in the Garden State: New Jersey’s Role in the Evolution and Growth of the U.S. Cannabis Industry

With legal cannabis in the US forecast to bring in over $45B in total revenue by 2028, 2024 is a crucial year for investors and businesses looking to set themselves up for success in the cannabis industry. Join BDSA’s CEO Roy Bingham for this year’s keynote address, where he will showcase the top trends for brands, retailers, consumers, and products in the market set to drive the Northeast to be a hotbed of legal cannabis growth.

Hemp-derived Cannabinoids: Risk or Reward

Gain valuable insights into the complex interplay between regulations, consumer safety, market trends, and the opportunities that arise as the hemp-derived cannabinoid industry continues to grow. Discover how licensed THC businesses are strategically navigating the evolving regulatory landscape by venturing into the hemp-derived market, and the challenges they face in this transition.

Inclusive Insights: Prioritizing the Role of Community Engagement in Cannabis Research

On November 3, 2023, a first-of-its-kind fully inclusive research study was launched to any person over the age of 18 living in the United States, US territories, and Canada with access to a phone or computer with the internet. Continued engagement in the community will aid in the identification of specific therapeutic uses and protocols for cannabis and drive consumer-relevant research and product development.

Investing in New Jersey

New Jersey is breaking records for cannabis sales following one of the most successful regulatory rollouts the industry has seen. Investor optimism is strong for the Garden State. Come listen to this panel of regulatory and government executives discuss why New Jersey cannabis companies can be a powerful part of your investment portfolio.

Keep it Clean: Nurturing Purity from Cultivation to Finished Product

As the industry evolves and consumer awareness grows, we see a heightened demand for pure, additive-free products. This session aims to shed light on the opportunities and challenges of maintaining purity from cultivation to the creation of finished products.

Keynote with Dr. Dedi Meiri: Lessons Learned from the Complexity of Cannabis Profiling

More than 140 phytocannabinoids are found in the Cannabis plant in addition to a milieu of terpenoids, flavonoids, and other compounds. To comprehend the medicinal and pharmacological effects of the whole plant, Dr. Dedi Meiri and his team developed methods to identify and comprehensively profile the compounds of the plant and to match the best combination to a specific disease or indication.

Labor Unions in Cannabis

Dive into the dynamics of Labor Unions in Cannabis during this dynamic fire-side chat. Explore the evolving landscape of unions within the cannabis industry and gain insights into the unique challenges and opportunities that come with unionization. Stay informed about the impact on workforce relations and industry sustainability in this vital discussion on the intersection of labor and cannabis.

Leveraging Automation & AI

Delve into the realm of automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and witness firsthand how solutions are reshaping the landscape of scalability. Uncover the intelligent algorithms and data-driven insights that empower retailers and manufacturers to make informed decisions, enhance productivity, and adapt swiftly to changing market dynamics.

Navigating Today’s Cannabinoid Spectrum

In recent years, the cannabis market has witnessed a proliferation of cannabinoid products, ranging from traditional phytocannabinoids derived from the plant to synthesized counterparts. This session offers a comprehensive exploration of the spectrum of cannabinoids, discussing the analytical challenges posed by synthesized products.

Optimizing Supply Chains in Rapid Growth

Join our panel of industry experts for this informative session on optimizing essential strategies for managing and enhancing supply chain operations during periods of rapid growth. Gain insights into efficient practices, ensuring your business thrives amid expansion as our industry continues to evolve.

Predictive Impacts of Rescheduling

The predictive impacts of rescheduling cannabis to a Schedule 3 drug are multifaceted and complex. While the move holds promise for advancing medical research and fostering economic opportunities, it also necessitates careful consideration of regulatory frameworks and potential unintended consequences.

Proactive Pest Management

Growers face an increasing challenge in protecting their crops from various diseases and pathogens. By staying vigilant, adopting advanced diagnostic techniques, and implementing preventative measures, growers can build a robust defense against diseases and ensure the health and vitality of their cannabis crops. Join us to gain insights into identifying, preventing, and managing diseases in your cannabis cultivation, including the elusive hop latent viroid.

Seed Capital: Funding Your Startup

Raising your first tranche of capital is often the hardest when your company is pre-revenue or only in the early stages of becoming profitable. This panel will share recommendations on how to structure your capital raise, where to look for early stage investments, and how to protect yourself from extreme dilution in future rounds.

Strategies to Make Your Money Work Smarter in Cultivation

Embarking on a cannabis cultivation venture requires a nuanced understanding of the capital needs associated with different cultivation models. This session provides a comprehensive guide, emphasizing the crucial relationship between market dynamics, regulatory structures, and capital investments. Cultivation experts will explore how to create a resilient business model that allows for adaptability and the ability to pivot, ensuring long-term success in a complex environment.

The Art & Science of Yields in Cannabis Cultivation

In an era of price compression and intensifying competition, understanding and optimizing yields is fundamental to the success of cannabis cultivation operations. This panel will dive into the challenges of measuring and improving yields and discuss the strategies being used to drive success in cannabis grows today.

The Future of Cannabis Research

As the legal landscape surrounding cannabis continues to evolve, the potential rescheduling of cannabis holds significant implications for the research community. This session aims to explore the multifaceted impacts that rescheduling could have on the research landscape, with a focus on federal funding accessibility, private investment, and product innovation.

The Imperative of Breeding for Biodiversity

As the cannabis industry evolves, there is a growing recognition of the importance of biodiversity in cannabis cultivation. Join our breeding experts as we explore the intricacies of the cannabis genome and how it influences the plant’s chemical profile, address challenges in achieving diverse compound profiles, and discuss how those diverse compounds are a necessity for the industry’s evolution.

The Rise of Minor Cannabinoids

In recent years, advancements in research have provided an understanding of how the diverse array of minor cannabinoids interact and contribute to the overall therapeutic potential of cannabis. This session will offer an exploration into the science behind these lesser-known compounds and provide insights into the market for these products as we enter a more nuanced era of consumption.

The Truth About the PubCos

Join us for a high-powered discussion on the budding world of public companies in the cannabis industry. Our panel of experts will navigate through the fog of regulations, market trends, and opportunities, offering insights into this ever-evolving landscape.

VC Mega Panel: Whose Got Money and Where It’s Going

Gain invaluable perspectives on the strategies and criteria driving investment decisions in cannabis ventures. In this illuminating session, seasoned venture capitalists and investment experts will converge to provide unparalleled insights into the funding trends shaping the cannabis landscape.

What Buyers Want

Explore the essential factors guiding buyers in their selection process for shelf-worthy products. Our panel of esteemed industry experts will unveil invaluable insights into the intricate dynamics of the cannabis buying process, shedding light on the variables and considerations that significantly influence their decisions.

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