The new federal administration has brought renewed hope for medical marijuana while also raising concerns about adult-use recreational marijuana. The 4th Annual Oregon Marijuana Business Conference will help you understand what your options are at this crucial time, with a full day of expert panels comprised of Oregon legislators and industry insiders.
In addition to the enormous amount of knowledge you'll gain from these panels, you will also be able to learn from people directly involved in the industry by visiting our boutique expo arena! These are people who have taken the initiative and started their own cannabis ventures, and their real-world experience can be invaluable to you as they've already done much of the trial and error work that comes with starting a new business and can tell you what to expect and what to avoid, both in Oregon and elsewhere.
So come join us at the 4th Annual OMBC in Eugene, Oregon located this year at the Valley River Inn! Improving our lineup is always our constant goal, and this year we have an amazing group of people from a diverse range of fields, all coming together to improve cannabis legislation!
The Producer and Executive Director of the OMBC starts the day with a comprehensive overview of the conference and how things stand in general in relation to medical and recreational cannabis laws and regulations in the state of Oregon.
In describing Henry Rollins, the tendency is to try to squeeze as many labels as possible into a single sentence. “Rollins is many things,” says the Washington Post, “diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.” Entertainment Weekly’s list includes “Punk Rock icon. Spoken word poet. Actor. Author. DJ. Is there anything this guy can’t do?” TV Guide has more concisely called him a “Renaissance Man” but if Henry Rollins could be reduced to a single word, that word would undoubtedly be “workaholic.” When he’s not traveling, Rollins prefers a to keep a relentless schedule full of work, with gigs as an actor, author, DJ, voice-over artist and TV show host to name a few of the roles that keep his schedule full.
Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and as a solitary traveler with insatiable curiosity, favoring road-less-traveled locales in places such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Siberia, North Korea, South Sudan and Iran.
Oregon has seen a tidal wave of policy change related to commercial cannabis activity. This panel will feature several speakers from the state regulatory agencies tasked with regulating and licensing cannabis businesses in Oregon. This panel will deliver up-to-date and accurate information regarding the status of forthcoming state regulations and licenses across all facets of the industry.
BRENT KENYON, MODERATOR
There are some small mom and pops that are finding ways to survive and even thrive. Whether it is staying medical, securing a micro canopy license and utilizing the upcoming increase in canopy size allowed for OLCC growers that keep growing for patients, we'll have some of the industries top experts on hand to talk about the challenges and opportunities for small businesses and farmers.
MODERATED BY ANTHONY JOHNSON
Find out what retailers want from Producers/Processors. A hot topic among all consumer brands and manufactures, our panel will also provide a comprehensive analysis of license types and distribution models conducive to all types and sizes of operators and their needs.
LELAND R. BERGER
MODERATED BY KAREN SPRAGUE
TAXES AND CANNABIS
Navigating the IRS 280E limitations can be a daunting task; if not properly understood the risk of paying too much tax, or being audited, is high. Operating a parallel business to reclaim otherwise disallowed deductions is a tried and true way to handle the 280E limitations. Selecting the right Business Entity for your business is essential and by far the most effective way to mitigate your tax liability as well as keep your audit profile low.
BRAND BUILDING IN A POST-PROHIBITION ECONOMY
"How will you build trust wiith consumers?" "What do people expect from modern day companies?" These are key questions to ask when creating a strategy to win the hearts and minds of consumers in a world where quality alone is not enough to win.
OREGON TESTING UPDATE
Oregon's testing standards went through a dramatic overhaul last October with new rules and regulations creating a bottleneck at licensed labs, hindering the cannabis industry. With more state-regulated labs now online, the congestion in the supply chain seems to have subsided as it's being reported that marijuana products are getting about a one-week turnaround at most testing facilities. However, problems, and controversies still remain.
Q & A WITH SENATOR FLOYD PROZANSKI
As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Co-Vice Chair of the Regulation of Marijuana Senate Joint Committee, State Senator Floyd Prozanski has represented District 4, which spans Southern and Eastern Lane County as well as Northern and Eastern Douglas County, in the Oregon Senate since 2001. The district encompasses a diverse mix of urban, rural and campus localities from Eugene to Sutherlin, Elkton to Oakridge. Senator Prozanski has long been a strong supporter of sensible cannabis and hemp policies, working hard to promote environmentally sustainable ideas while looking out for medical patients and small farmers and businesses. Before his tenure in the Senate began, Prozanski served in the House of Representatives.
Senator Prozanski will provide an update of the latest legislative developments and take questions from the audience.Rachel Kurtz, of the National Cannabis Industry Association will moderate.
SENATOR FLOYD PROZANSKI
MODERATED BY RACHEL KURTZ
Intellectual property is an emerging issue for the cannabis industry and the topic will only be more important as more states (and countries) legalize. Cannabis business and entrepreneurs need to utilize various tools to protect their hard-earned work and ideas, across different aspects of the plant and business sectors. Additionally, marijuana businesses need to ensure that they avoid infringing upon the intellectual property rights of others, inside and outside the industry. Costly lawsuits can be avoided and your earnings (present and future) can be protected by knowing how to properly respect the rights of others and preserve your own rights.
ANNE VAN LEYNSEELE
8:30 AM EXPO OPENS
9:15 AM CONFERENCE OVERVIEW
9:30 AM KEYNOTE
10:30 AM OLCC REGULATIONS
11:30 AM STAY MEDICAL
12:15 PM DISTRIBUTION
1:00 PM BREAK
2:00 PM TAXES and CANNABIS
2:30 PM BRAND BUILDING
3:00 PM OREGON TESTING UPDATE
3:30 PM SENATOR FLOYD PROZANSKI
4:00 PM INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY