General Information

The California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) is pleased to host its 4th Annual Policy Conference to discuss a variety of topics related to the industry and its regulations in the state of California.
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Location: Sheraton Grand, 1230 J Street, Sacramento
Conference tickets are $250 per person, including the conference, gift bag, continental breakfast, lunch, workshops, and evening reception.
Event/Sponsorship Questions: Katie Kerner, 916-292-2457 or 
Press Inquiries: Josh Drayton, 916-879-8540 or

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Anthony Law Group, Berkeley Patients Group,
Cannabis Connect Insurance Services, Cannalysis Labs, 
CannGen Insurance Services, Chernis Law Group PC, continuum,
Dama Financial, Five Corners Strategies, Flav, Flow Kana, Green Leaf Labs,
Kennaday Leavitt Owensby PC, Kiva Confections, Meadow, MMLG LLC,
Northstar Holistic Collective, Organnx, Perkin Elmer, ResponsiTech,
Sacramento News & Review, Law Office of Kimberly R. Simms, Simplifya,
Therapy Tonics & Provisions, UFCW Western States Council, Weedmaps,
Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP, Wurk, 
and Zuber Lawler & Del Duca, LLP 

Conference Agenda

Registration & Breakfast: 7:30am - 9:00am (Sheraton Grand Lower Level)
Morning Session: 9:00am-12:00pm (Sheraton Grand Lower Level)
Welcome and Introduction 
9:00am - 9:10am
Kristi Knoblich Palmer, President, California Cannabis Industry Association,
and Co-Founder, Kiva Confections
State of the Industry
9:10am - 9:30am
Lindsay Robinson, Executive Director, California Cannabis Industry Association
Panel 1: State of Cannabis Regulations
9:30am - 10:30am
Moderator: Sean Luse, Chief Operating Officer, Berkeley Patients Group
Lori Ajax, Chief, Bureau of Cannabis Control 
Nicolas Maduros, Director, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration 
Dr. Asif Mann, Chief, Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch,
California Department of Public Health
Richard Parrott, Director, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing,
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Keynote Speech:
10:30am - 10:45am
Speaker TBD
Panel 2: 2019 Policy Development & Legislation
10:45am -11:45am
Moderator: Amy Jenkins, Senior Policy Director, California Cannabis Industry Association
Hon. Wendy Carrillo, Assemblymember, District 51
Hon. Scott Wiener, State Senator, District 11
Hon. Scott Wilk, State Senator, District 21
Panelist TBD
Keynote Speech:
11:45am - 11:55am
Speaker TBD
Importance of Associations: Taking a Closer Look
12:00am - 12:10pm 
Saaphira Galoob, Principal and Chief Executive Officer,
The Liaison Group
Networking Luncheon: 12:10pm-1:00pm (Sheraton Grand Lower Level)
Afternoon Session: 1:00pm-3:30pm (Sheraton Grand Lower Level)
Keynote Speech:
1:00pm - 1:15pm
Speaker TBD
Panel 3: Challenges and Opportunities in Cannabis Testing
 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Moderator: Emily Richardson, Vice President, Business Development, CW Analytical Labs 
Dr. Reggie Guadino, President, Director of R&D and Director of Intellectual Property,
Steep Hill Labs, Inc.
Dr. Swetha Kaul, Chief Scientific Officer, Cannalysis Labs
Panelist TBD
Panelist TBD
Panelist TBD
Panel 4: The Next Frontier of Distribution
 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Moderator: Panelist TBD
Michael Aberle, Senior Vice President, CannGen Insurance Services,
A Subsidiary of Next Wave Insurance Services
Conrad Gregory, Director of Government Relations, Harborside
David Hua, Chief Executive Officer, Meadow
Tim Morland, Director of Compliance and Policy, continuum
Michael Wheeler, Vice President of Policy Initiatives, Flow Kana
Closing and Announcement of Workshops
3:15pm - 3:30pm
Lindsay Robinson, Executive Director, California Cannabis Industry Association
Workshops: 3:30pm-5:00pm (Sheraton Grand - 2nd Floor)
Workshop 1: Insuring the Cannabis Industry
Moderator: Panelist TBD
Stephanie Bozzuto, Co-Founder, Cannabis Connect Insurance
Camille L. Dixon, J.D., Director, California Department of Insurance
Doug Esposito, Energy/Construction/Cannabis Practice Leader, Owen-Dunn Insurance Services

Panelist TBD
Workshop 2: 2019 Compliance Tool Box
Moderator: Panelist TBD
James Anthony, Principal, Anthony Law Group
Dr. Juli Crockett, Director of Compliance, MMLG, LLC
Kimberly Simms, Attorney, Law Office of Kimberly R. Simms
Panelist TBD
Workshop 3: Branding Your Canna Business
Moderator: Panelist TBD
Christopher Coggan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Therapy Tonics & Provisions
Braelyn Davis, Marketing Director, Flav
Tom Zuber, Managing Partner, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca, LLP

Panelist TBD
Networking Reception: 5:00pm-6:30pm (Sheraton Grand Lower Level)
2019 Legislator of the Year Award Ceremony
Honoree: State Senator Scott Wiener
*Please note this agenda is TENTATIVE and subject to change without notice.
Space is limited. 


 Registration & Payment Options
Conference Registration Includes: Both Sessions, Breakfast, Lunch, Workshops, and Reception 
All payments will be processed through PayPal.
If you do not wish to use PayPal and/or set up a PayPal account, you can select the second option, "Pay With A Credit or Debit Card" once you are transfered to the payments page.
You will be able to enter your card number without having to create an account; PayPal will serve only to process your one-time payment.  

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California Cannabis Industry Association is a 501(c)(6) trade association. Proceeds from your donation are not tax deductible.