CBD and the Future of Cannabis

CBD (cannabidiol) -- a legal cannabis and hemp-based product -- is coming to a store near you. Are you ready to compete, or will your customers go elsewhere? Not since energy drinks and e-cigarettes have c-store operators seen such demand in a category.

Join us at our newest education forum – CBD and The Future of Cannabis – to be held April 9-11, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. We are inviting leaders in the convenience industry to this unique education event.

It is designed exclusively to help you sort through the legalities, the facts, and the opportunities. Speakers include experts in the hemp industry; legal representatives who can explain the impact of the Farm Bill, anticipated regulations, compliance and other legal issues; and resources you can turn to for ongoing help.

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Tuesday, April 9
2:30pm - 2:45pm Welcome and Introductions
Melissa Vonder Haar
2:45pm - 3:30pm Hemp-derived CBD overview
Colleen Keahey Lanier, Executive Director, Hemp Industry Association
The Farm Bill 2018 and how it has opened opportunities for CBD products and how we need to educate consumers
3:30pm - 4:00pm Networking Break
4:00pm - 4:45pm Adult Consumer Attitudes and Usage
Don Burke, Senior Vice President, Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA)
A look at 60+ markets and behaviors of adult consumers over 3 years, illustrating trends in all trade channels and how attitudes may have changed on consumer’s use of CBD and Cannabis.
4:45pm - 5:30pm The C-Store Consumer and CBD
Donna Hood Crecca, Principal, Technomic
A just-completed survey looks at the convenience-store consumer and their knowledge of CBD and hemp, usage, product categories, purchase locations, and more.
5:30pm - 8:00pm Networking Reception & Dinner
Wednesday, April 10
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am - 9:30am Start with a plan, not a product
Bob Hoban, President and CEO, Hoban Law Group
9:30am - 10:15am CBD in the News?
Kristen Nichols, Editor, Hemp Industry Daily
Economic, agronomic overview of hemp and what’s in the news since the Farm Bill passed.
10:15am - 10:45am Gold Sponsor Presentations
10:45am - 11:15am Networking Break
11:15am - 12:00pm Preparing to sell CBD in your stores
Alan Lewis, Strategist, Natural Grocers
What a retailer needs to know before buying products to sell.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Networking Lunch
1:00pm - 2:30pm Dispensary Tour
2:30pm - 3:00pm Reconvene
3:00pm - 3:45pm Navigating the CBD Maze
Anna Symonds, CBD Educator & Advocate
What inquiring consumers want to know and how you become an educator.
3:45pm - 4:30pm CBD in Health & Wellness, Nutrition - A Fireside Chat
Moderator: Melissa Vonder Haar
Panelists – Carla Boyd, Melanie Rose Rodgers, Mike Luce
4:30pm - 5:00pm Sponsor Panel
Moderator: Amanda Buehner, Executive Vice President, Convenience Media and Events
Panelists: Floyd’s of Leadville, Reliva CBD, Kretek, Max Distributing, S2S Partners, Aceso
5:30pm - 6:30pm Casual Networking Gathering
Thursday, April 11
7:30am - 8:15am Breakfast
8:15am - 9:30am Retailer Panel with Melissa and Brett Dworski
Bill Ripley, Stop-N-Go of Madison & Leo Vercollone, VERC Enterprises
9:30am - 10:15am Open Discussion
10:15am - 11:15am Cowen’s Collective Views on CBD
Vivien Azer, managing director and senior research analyst, Cowen & Co.
Top down and bottoms up analysis of the $16 billion CBD opportunity by 2025, including both consumer and category level analysis, complemented by a discussion of other CBD opportunities across retail, apparel and health care.
11:00am - 11:30am Wrap Up – Final thoughts


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