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The Emerald Cup

The 11th Annual Emerald Cup

December 13th & 14th, Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Two days of incredible music, world famous speakers, hands on workshops and over a hundred great vendors you’ll find something for every cannabis enthusiast. Non-stop excitement for entertainment, learning, and sharing of all sorts of treats. PLUS some major laughs from cannabis comedians, the anticipated awards ceremony, followed by by a closing musical celebration.


***Saturday night Concert, Slightly Stupid & Tribal Seeds, is an 18 years or older event.  ID’s will be checked at the door.

Doors open at 11am on Saturday and Sunday

Saturday:

Grace Pavillion: 8:30pm - Tribal Seeds  // 9:45 Zack Darling // 10:30pm - Slightly Stoopid

Outside: 11:00 Christafari // 12:15 Guerilla Takeover // 1:15 Irwin // 2:15pm Wheeland Brothers // 3:15 Christafari // 3:45pm Hirie // 4:45 Guerilla Takeover // 5:15pm Thrive // 6:15 Christafari // 6:45 Stick Figure

Sunday:

Grace Pavillion: 5:15pm Nahko and Medicine for the People // 6:30pm Christafari // 7:15pm Ozomatli

Outside: 11:00pm Chillin Dylan // 12:30pm Medz Hawk // 1:30pm Christafari // 2:00pm John Trudell

Cannabis Culture Stage:


Local Grass Roots Cannabis Politics

Saturday 12:00pm - 1:00pm

This Emerald Cup kick-off panel features experts sharing success stories and new strategies for effective grass roots campaigns that advance good cannabis policy. Learn the ways YOU can directly contribute to California legalization 2016!

  • Robert Jacobs
  • Justin Calvino
  • Luke Bruner
  • Chris Van Hook
  • John Lee (Moderator)

Veterans and Cannabis

Saturday 1:15pm 2:15pm

Veterans, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD,) and Cannabis are at the top of our nations' controversial issues.  In the midst of a veteran-suicide epidemic, lack and negligence in VA healthcare, and a shifting of our nations' cultural discourse on Cannabis; can these two topics further each others' cause while providing a non-toxic alternative for the servicemen of our country who are returning from war?

  • Ellen Komp 
  • Alec Dixon (Moderator)
  • Jason Sweatt 
  • Dr. Berra Yazar
  • Amy Rising

The Future Cannabis Marketplace

Saturday 2:30pm - 3:30pm

As cannabis markets open up across the country in coming years, there are profound changes coming: in retail pricing, the scale of operations, the entry of established corporate players, the changing centers of the industry, and a redefinition of medical vs. adult use.

  • Phillipe Lucas
  • Andrew DeAngelo
  • Dale Gieringer (moderator)
  • Lakisha Jenkins  

The Future of Targeted Cannabinoid Therapy

Saturday 3:45pm - 4:45pm

An in depth discussion of the endocannabinoid system, phytocannabinoids, terpenes/chemotype, and the importance of uplifting Cannabis science awareness to adequately be able to assist patients in treating various conditions from chronic pain, to inflammation, to cancer(s.)

  • Michael Backes
  • Dr. Courtney
  • Alec Dixon (Moderator)
  • Martin Lee

NORML Women’s Alliance

Saturday 5:00pm - 6:15pm

This panel will track the underlying history of the significant contributions women have made and are making in shaping policy and cultural acceptance.

  • Valerie Corral                                 
  • Aundre Speciale           
  • Debby Goldsberry
  • Madeline Martinez
  • Kyndra Miller (Moderator)

Current Cannabis Research

Saturday 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Pioneers in their field and members of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians discuss their most recent research and findings and answer questions from patients and audience members.

  • Chris Conrad (moderator)
  • Kristen Peskuski
  • Martin Lee
  • Dr. Berra Yazar

 


Legitimacy in the Evolving Marketplace

Sunday 11:00am - 12:00am

A wide-ranging discussion of the fast-changing cannabis marketplace and marketing strategies using product branding, social media, advertising and PR, approaching niche markets, and more.

  • Lakisha Jenkins
  • Dennis Parks
  • Chris Conrad (moderator)
  • Rick Pfrommer

Families and Cannabis

Sunday 12:15pm 1:15pm

An overwhelming number of families are turning to cannabinoid therapy for their loved ones, and in the process refusing to continue traditional forms of pharmaceutical treatments. The results and research continue to prove how powerful and invaluable cannabis is in healing a myriad of health issues.

  • Jennie Stormes
  • Mykayla’s family  
  • Valerie Corral  (Moderator)
  • Jason David

California’s 2016 Adult Use Cannabis Initiative: Unify for Success!

Sunday 1:30pm - 2:45pm

As we approach legalization in 2016, it is imperative that the various activists groups and the entire cannabis related culture join together to ensure we have a comprehensive initiative that benefits us all, not just a compromise.

  • Amanda Reiman- (Moderator)            
  • Lindsay Robinson                             
  • Matt Kumin                                    
  • Steve DeAngelo      
  • Dale Sky Jones
  • Omar Figueroa

 

 

Cultivation Stage


Growing Green 2014***Best Management Practices***

Saturday 12:00pm - 2:15pm

Workshop for Best business Practices.

  • Steve Gieder
  • Kristin Nevedal (moderator)
  • Brad Job
  • Tom LeRoy
  • Hezekiah Allan

Integrated Pest and Mold Management

Saturday 2:30pm - 3:30pm

The ecological, economical, and biological sound practices of developing a diverse Integrated Pest Management program to further diminish the use of pesticides and herbicides inside our industry

  • Vando (gardening unlimited)
  • Bam (coastal seeds) (moderator)
  • Dragonfly Earth Medicine
  • Mitcho (PIM)

Cannabis Specific Cultivation Practices

Saturday 3:45pm - 4:45pm

  • Ed Rosenthal
  • Alan Adkisson
  • Samantha Miller
  • Kyle Kushman
  • Kevin Jodrey (moderator)

Lab Science and Standards: Myths, Facts, and Creating a Unified Consensus!

Saturday 5:00pm - 6:15pm

A discussion exploring recent developments in cannabis laboratory science as it pertains to the implementation of analysis in a regulated state wide model.

  • Josh Wurzer
  • Addison DeMoura
  • Jeff Raber
  • Fred Gardner (moderator)
  • Samantha Miller

The Future of Artisan Hash In California:

Saturday 6:30pm-7:45pm

Cutting Edge Techniques and Practices

  • Frenchy
  • Dorian
  • Nikka T (Moderating)
  • Taylor Beezle

Hemp for Victory!

Sunday 11:00pm - 12:00pm

How Hemp can lead the way once again to help farmers to reclaim their future.

  • John Trudell
  • Anna Owen
  • Doug fine
  • Linda Delair
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Advanced Organic Farming Methodology and Cutting Edge Practices

Sunday 1:30pm - 2:45pm   

  • Jorge Cervantes
  • Jeffrey Lowenfels
  • Dragonfly Earth Medicine
  • John Anderson
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Workshops

Saturday

11:00-11:45
Dragonfly Earth Medicine

12:00-12:45
Greenhouse Light Deprivation & SLED supplementation with Eric (forever flowering) and Chaz (Sol Solution)

1:00-1:45
707 College Presents Propagation with Kevin Jodrey

2:00-2:45
Seed Breeders Coastal Seeds & TG Genetics

3:00-3:45
Jorge Cervantes

4:00-4:45
Raha Kudo (Design for Dying Project) with Valorie Coral

5:00-6:30
Jeffrey Lowenfels

Sunday

11:00-11:45
Martin Lee: Research on ‘CBD & Hemp Oil: Separating Facts From Fiction’

12:00-12:45
Making a place for Edibles in the new Cannabis marketplace
Juliana (Auntie Delores)

1:00-1:45
How to make ‘Grease’ with Nikka T

2:00-2:45
Kyle Kushman” Veganics”

 


2014 Music



  • Slightly Stoopid – Saturday

    Slightly Stoopid: While it’s a rare commodity for a band to tour as consistently as Slightly Stoopid, the group’s diligent commitment to live music provides some insight into why it’s been a few years since the release of their last studio album. But on August 14, 2012, the Ocean Beach, California-based group—led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists Miles Doughty and Kyle Continue Reading...

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  • Nahko and Medicine for the People – Sunday

    Nahko and Medicine for the People Oregon-­‐born Nahko was born from strife and intermingling identities; his origins are a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican and Filipino cultures. His grandmother forced his mother into prostitution at age 14 and his life began in an act of violence. In the song on the new album, Dark As Night, by his group Medicine Continue Reading...

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  • Stick Figure – Saturday

    Stick Figure: Launched in Duxbury, Massachusetts, Stick Figure showcases the talents of multi-instrumentalist and producer Scott Woodruff. Stick Figure’s music has a unique style that creatively blends upbeat roots reggae with the reverberating echoes of dub. Often referred to as the “one man band,” Scott single-handedly created 4 full length albums from 2006-2012 (a fifth album, “Reprise Sessions,” was recorded Continue Reading...

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  • Hirie – Saturday

    Hirie: Young, talented and ambitious define HIRIE as an individual and as an artist. Stirring up island-inspired vibes with sounds of roots, reggae and pop while also applying her smooth, sweet and naturally pop-sounding voice to blend it all together. HIRIE will undoubtedly be a driving force in new-age music. Born in the Philippines, raised in Italy and living the Continue Reading...

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  • Thrive – Saturday

    Thrive: Since 2008 Santa Cruz based Pop/Rock/ Hybrid­‐Reggae band Thrive has been paving its path in the music world. In October 2010 the relatively unknown band put out its album Gratitude Attitude and would shock the scene. The album would reach number four on the iTunes Reggae Charts and would start the motor for the machine that is called Thrive. Continue Reading...

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  • OZOMATLI – Sunday

    Ozomatli OZOMATLI: Grammy Award winning, cross-cultural party band Ozomatli will rock the PLACE IN THE SUN, the eighth album by multi-genre, multi-cultural Grammy winning band Ozomatli, takes the band’s street-party consciousness to new heights of eclecticism. Produced by the band and long-time friend, world renowned engineer Robert Carranza and featuring collaborations with the legendary Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart and Xandy Barry Continue Reading...

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  • Tribal Seeds – Saturday

        Tribal Seeds From San Diego, California, award-winning reggae group Tribal Seeds have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused with the roots style of reggae music. Originally started by two brothers, Steven Rene Jacobo (lyrics, vocals, guitar) and Tony-Ray Jacobo (producer, keyboards, vocals). Tribal Seeds now boasts six members, including: Carlos Verdugo (drums), Continue Reading...

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  • John Trudell – Sunday

      John Trudell John Trudell is an acclaimed poet, national recording artist, actor and activist whose international following reflects the universal language of his words, work and message. Trudell (Santee Sioux) was a spokesperson for the Indian of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969 to 1971. He then worked with the American Indian Movement (AIM), serving as Chairman Continue Reading...

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  • The Wheeland Brothers – Saturday

        The Wheeland Brothers: Two Southern Californian brothers who grew up in Orange County surfing, scarfing down hole-in-the wall Mexican food and jamming around bonfires. Their music has a sound which they describe as "beach rock reggae"; inspired by waves, hangin' with friends and dreaming of distant shores. Fast forward to 2014 and they have played Firefly, Wakarusa, High Continue Reading...

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  • Medz Hawk

      Medz Hawk MEDZ HAWK is the balance of male and female energies. As the 2014 West Coast American Indian and Indigenous Legends BEST MALE/FEMALE DUO winners, Medz Hawk brings an eclectic sound that soothes the heart, sparks the imagination, inspires the spirit. With a mix of contemporary, traditional, ambient, dub-step, hip-hop and spoken word, Medz Hawk has created a Continue Reading...

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  • DJ Zack Darling

    DJ Zack Darling  Website: http://www.mashstep.com Rasta Rediscovered Vol. 2 The MashStep Evolution Vol. 3 Lettuce Turnip Beets Vol. 1       Zack Darling is a bass music, mashup and reggae DJ from Northern California who is widely known for a diverse and eclectic style of dance music.Zack is a 2-time winner oF the “Best DJ in the North Bay” award and has Continue Reading...

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2014 Panelists & Speakers


Cannabis Culture Stage:


Local Grass Roots Cannabis Politics

Saturday 12:00pm - 1:00pm

This Emerald Cup kick-off panel features experts sharing success stories and new strategies for effective grass roots campaigns that advance good cannabis policy. Learn the ways YOU can directly contribute to California legalization 2016!

  • Robert Jacobs
  • Justin Calvino
  • Luke Bruner
  • Chris Van Hook
  • John Lee (Moderator)

Veterans and Cannabis

Saturday 1:15pm 2:15pm

Veterans, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD,) and Cannabis are at the top of our nations' controversial issues.  In the midst of a veteran-suicide epidemic, lack and negligence in VA healthcare, and a shifting of our nations' cultural discourse on Cannabis; can these two topics further each others' cause while providing a non-toxic alternative for the servicemen of our country who are returning from war?

  • Ellen Komp 
  • Alec Dixon (Moderator)
  • Jason Sweatt 
  • Dr. Berra Yazar
  • Amy Rising

The Future Cannabis Marketplace

Saturday 2:30pm - 3:30pm

As cannabis markets open up across the country in coming years, there are profound changes coming: in retail pricing, the scale of operations, the entry of established corporate players, the changing centers of the industry, and a redefinition of medical vs. adult use.

  • Phillipe Lucas
  • Andrew DeAngelo
  • Dale Gieringer (moderator)
  • Lakisha Jenkins  

The Future of Targeted Cannabinoid Therapy

Saturday 3:45pm - 4:45pm

An in depth discussion of the endocannabinoid system, phytocannabinoids, terpenes/chemotype, and the importance of uplifting Cannabis science awareness to adequately be able to assist patients in treating various conditions from chronic pain, to inflammation, to cancer(s.)

  • Michael Backes
  • Dr. Courtney
  • Alec Dixon (Moderator)
  • Martin Lee

NORML Women’s Alliance

Saturday 5:00pm - 6:15pm

This panel will track the underlying history of the significant contributions women have made and are making in shaping policy and cultural acceptance.

  • Valerie Corral                                 
  • Aundre Speciale           
  • Debby Goldsberry
  • Madeline Martinez
  • Kyndra Miller (Moderator)

Current Cannabis Research

Saturday 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Pioneers in their field and members of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians discuss their most recent research and findings and answer questions from patients and audience members.

  • Chris Conrad (moderator)
  • Kristen Peskuski
  • Martin Lee
  • Dr. Berra Yazar

 


Legitimacy in the Evolving Marketplace

Sunday 11:00am - 12:00am

A wide-ranging discussion of the fast-changing cannabis marketplace and marketing strategies using product branding, social media, advertising and PR, approaching niche markets, and more.

  • Lakisha Jenkins
  • Dennis Parks
  • Chris Conrad (moderator)
  • Rick Pfrommer

Families and Cannabis

Sunday 12:15pm 1:15pm

An overwhelming number of families are turning to cannabinoid therapy for their loved ones, and in the process refusing to continue traditional forms of pharmaceutical treatments. The results and research continue to prove how powerful and invaluable cannabis is in healing a myriad of health issues.

  • Jennie Stormes
  • Mykayla’s family  
  • Valerie Corral  (Moderator)
  • Jason David

California’s 2016 Adult Use Cannabis Initiative: Unify for Success!

Sunday 1:30pm - 2:45pm

As we approach legalization in 2016, it is imperative that the various activists groups and the entire cannabis related culture join together to ensure we have a comprehensive initiative that benefits us all, not just a compromise.

  • Amanda Reiman- (Moderator)            
  • Lindsay Robinson                             
  • Matt Kumin                                    
  • Steve DeAngelo      
  • Dale Sky Jones
  • Omar Figueroa

 

 

Cultivation Stage


Growing Green 2014***Best Management Practices***

Saturday 12:00pm - 2:15pm

Workshop for Best business Practices.

  • Steve Gieder
  • Kristin Nevedal (moderator)
  • Brad Job
  • Tom LeRoy
  • Hezekiah Allan

Integrated Pest and Mold Management

Saturday 2:30pm - 3:30pm

The ecological, economical, and biological sound practices of developing a diverse Integrated Pest Management program to further diminish the use of pesticides and herbicides inside our industry

  • Vando (gardening unlimited)
  • Bam (coastal seeds) (moderator)
  • Dragonfly Earth Medicine
  • Mitcho (PIM)

Cannabis Specific Cultivation Practices

Saturday 3:45pm - 4:45pm

  • Ed Rosenthal
  • Alan Adkisson
  • Samantha Miller
  • Kyle Kushman
  • Kevin Jodrey (moderator)

Lab Science and Standards: Myths, Facts, and Creating a Unified Consensus!

Saturday 5:00pm - 6:15pm

A discussion exploring recent developments in cannabis laboratory science as it pertains to the implementation of analysis in a regulated state wide model.

  • Josh Wurzer
  • Addison DeMoura
  • Jeff Raber
  • Fred Gardner (moderator)
  • Samantha Miller

The Future of Artisan Hash In California:

Saturday 6:30pm-7:45pm

Cutting Edge Techniques and Practices

  • Frenchy
  • Dorian
  • Nikka T (Moderating)
  • Taylor Beezle

Hemp for Victory!

Sunday 11:00pm - 12:00pm

How Hemp can lead the way once again to help farmers to reclaim their future.

  • John Trudell
  • Anna Owen
  • Doug fine
  • Linda Delair
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Advanced Organic Farming Methodology and Cutting Edge Practices

Sunday 1:30pm - 2:45pm   

  • Jorge Cervantes
  • Jeffrey Lowenfels
  • Dragonfly Earth Medicine
  • John Anderson
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Workshops

Saturday

11:00-11:45
Dragonfly Earth Medicine

12:00-12:45
Greenhouse Light Deprivation & SLED supplementation with Eric (forever flowering) and Chaz (Sol Solution)

1:00-1:45
707 College Presents Propagation with Kevin Jodrey

2:00-2:45
Seed Breeders Coastal Seeds & TG Genetics

3:00-3:45
Jorge Cervantes

4:00-4:45
Raha Kudo (Design for Dying Project) with Valorie Coral

5:00-6:30
Jeffrey Lowenfels

Sunday

11:00-11:45
Martin Lee: Research on ‘CBD & Hemp Oil: Separating Facts From Fiction’

12:00-12:45
Making a place for Edibles in the new Cannabis marketplace
Juliana (Auntie Delores)

1:00-1:45
How to make ‘Grease’ with Nikka T

2:00-2:45
Kyle Kushman” Veganics”

 

  • Ngaio Bealum

    Ngaio Bealum has been a cannabis advocate for more than 20 years. He is the former editor of West Coast Cannabis magazine, and he currently is the marijuana advice columnist for the Sacramento News and Review. He has also written for Alternet and The Guardian.  In his spare time he travels around the country telling jokes. He has opened for Continue Reading...

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  • ADDISON DEMOURA

    Founder & Chief Business Development Officer Steep Hill Labs, Inc. Addison is a cannabis expert with over fifteen years of experience developing specialized cannabis strains and medicines. He is a founder of Steep Hill Lab, the first analytical laboratory devoted to exploring cannabis for its therapeutic effectiveness, and he has been Steep Hill’s driving force in sales, responsible for the Continue Reading...

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  • Alan Albin Adkisson

    The founder at Gro-Kashi International  (Gro-Kashi.com) and Co founder at the Probiotic Farmers Alliance on Facebook.  Emerald Triangle resident since close to 2000. The probiotic farming community knows him worldwide as a trusted craftsman in large scale anaerobic solid state fermentations for both the US Dairy industry and cannabis community.  Prodigy of Rev. Eddy Lepp, and is well known for Continue Reading...

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  • Linda Delair

    Linda Delair, LEED AP is a grass roots organizer, events coordinator, and hemp researcher for hempstead project heart (hemp energies alternative resource technologies). She advocates industrial hemp as a low environmental impact, high performance building material and participates in hph’s mission to create awareness of the many benefits of hemp for the planet and people through collaborations, arts and music. Continue Reading...

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  • MITCHO

    Mitcho Thompson is a founding board member of Peace in Medicine in Sebastopol, CA, where he teaches on many aspects of Herbal Medicine and is the Community Liaison. He is the former chancellor of Oaksterdam University North Bay Campus.  As an herbalist, he was schooled in California at CSHS where he now teaches.  He also studied Ayruvedic Medicine. He is Continue Reading...

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  • Dale Sky Jones

    DALE SKY JONES Executive Chancellor, Oaksterdam University Chairwoman, Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, ReformCA Dale is developing cannabis education through Oaksterdam University to help support sustainable growth with quality training for the cannabis industry. When the media needs a credible source for information, Dale is the frequent go-to expert. She is considered one of the most influential women in the Continue Reading...

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  • Kevin Jodrey

    Kevin Jodrey is an internationally respected authority on cannabis cultivation, cultivation director of Wonderland Nursery and co-founder of The Ganjier. He has over 30 years of experience in the cannabis industry and his diverse experiences include having been invited to speak at universities, consulting with TV networks, headline speaking at major cannabis events, consulting with professional cultivators about their farms, Continue Reading...

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  • Jeff Lowenfels

    Jeff Lowenfels is an award winning author of two books that will help make any grow better: "Teaming With Microbes"is  THE guide to the soilfood web and a classic translated into 7 lanquages. "Teaming With Nutrients" describes how plants eat and what to feed them. Jeff is one of the funniest and most entertaining speakers in horticulture. He also founded Continue Reading...

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  • John W. Lee

    John W. Lee is Director of Americans for Policy Reform, a California 501(c)4 created to facilitate the reform of marijuana laws nationwide. AFPR coordinates community based involvement utilizing open-source strategies and social media tools to enable grass roots policy reform. While spending the majority of his career in Silicon Valley high tech, John has dedicated the last 5 years to Continue Reading...

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  • Samantha Miller

         Samantha Miller, is the Owner, President and Chief Scientist of Pure Analytics Laboratory.  Samantha is an internationally recognized Biochemist and expert in the field of quantitative analysis, organic synthesis, chromatography, environmental chemistry, analytical instrumentation development and cannabis analytics.  As a Beckman and NIH scholar Samantha made discoveries including unique chemical reactions that permit the development of new drugs and Continue Reading...

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  • Nikka T / Essential Extracts

     Essential Extracts   Originally from The Bay Area, California, Nikka T now lives and works in Denver, CO as a leading cannabis industry consultant, public speaker, processor, activist and owner of the world renowned Solvent-less hash company, Essential Extracts.  He also spends the rest of his days DJing, throwing and hosting various MMJ related events including weekly and monthly Reggae Continue Reading...

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  • Robert Jacob, Peace in Medicine and SPARC

    Council member Robert Jacob is the former Mayor of Sebastopol, CA and the Executive Director of two leading medical cannabis organizations, Peace in Medicine of Sonoma County and SPARC of San Francisco. The City Council to which Mr. Jacob was elected by popular vote unanimously named him mayor in 2013. MR. Jacob is the first medical cannabis professional to be elected Continue Reading...

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  • Berra Yazar-Klosinski

    Berra Yazar-Klosinski earned her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010, after which she joined the 501(c)3 non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in order to work with an organization where profit wouldn't dictate the agenda of scientific research. Dr. Yazar-Klosinski utilizes her scientific training and experience in for-profit pharmaceutical Continue Reading...

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  • Leo Stone

    Winner of the 2012 Emerald Cup- Leo Stone is the CEO & Founder of Aficionado Seeds and is recognized world-wide as the leading pioneer of the luxury cannabis scene.    Specializing in limited release designer genetics and the introduction of the world's first 100% ultra-premium cannabis cigar, Aficionado redefines the context and perception of 'Top-Shelf'' cannabis.   Based out of Continue Reading...

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  • KYLE KUSHMAN

    KYLE KUSHMAN: MARIJUANA EXPERT. Kyle Kushman is an internationally renowned marijuana cultivator and 12 time Medical Cannabis Cup medal winner. He currently holds two US Cannabis Cups for Best Flowers won with his partners, Aaron Justis and Tyler Wadleigh for the Buds and Roses dispensary in Los Angeles, CA. All cups were won using Kushman’s Vegamatrix.   Kushman’s articles have been featured in medical Continue Reading...

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  • Tom Leroy

    Tom Leroy - M.S., CEG #2593, Engineering Geologist at Pacific Watershed Associates, Tom specializes in watershed analysis and erosion control, Holocene stratigraphy, and coastal geomorphology. He has over 15 years of experience helping farmers and land managers control erosion; design and manage water procurement and storage systems; and improve aquatic habitat throughout California. His recent focus includes consultation services for landowners Continue Reading...

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  • Brad Job

    Brad Job - Leonard (Brad) Job, P. E. (CA Lic. #C55699) Brad works for Pacific Watershed Associates and has over 21 years experience in civil and environmental engineering; specializing in hydrology, water quality, civil design, and watershed management. He previously worked for the Bureau of Land Management, City of Arcata, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Geomatrix Consultants, Battelle - Continue Reading...

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  • Aaron from DNA Genetics

    DNA Genetics, one of the preeminent seed companies in the world, has been at the forefront of the global cannabis industry and culture for over a decade. One of the interesting characteristics that has always given DNA a competitive advantage in the industry is its insight into the cannabis culture through its deep rooted ties to California. DNA has a Continue Reading...

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  • John Piccirilli

    John Piccirilli (Panelist) Cutting Edge Agricultural Consulting John Piccirilli has been a self directed crop researcher for over 30 years.  Drawing upon his dynamic experience in countless types of cultivation practices and many grow environments, John has focused on developing a more sustainable fertilizer company that mirrors plant biology and nature. As a crop consultant John targets disease prevention and Continue Reading...

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  • Stephen Gieder

    Stephen Gieder is a local Humboldt County entrepreneur and Owner of Northcoast Horticulture Supply, Humboldt Wholesale and Humboldt Green. Steve has vast knowledge of horticulture/agriculture and the industry that has evolved around specialty gardening both indoors and outdoors. He has had direct interaction with thousands of farmers in Humboldt County over the past 13 years. Steve has built a strong Continue Reading...

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  • Dennis Park

    Dennis Park is a founder of CannCast.com, a website that helps patients discover new medicines by allowing cannabis producers and brands a place to market their medicines to dispensaries and the public.    Dennis has been a patient in CA since 2002 who’s prior experience as a software engineer turned Technical Product Manager, he was fascinated by the CA medical cannabis program and Continue Reading...

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  • Kyndra Miller

    Kyndra Miller, Esq. received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC San Diego in June 1994. Ms. Miller graduated from Lincoln School of Law in Silicon Valley, California in 2002, passed the California Bar and, thereafter worked as a volunteer attorney for Americorps for one year. Upon completing her work with Americorps, Ms. Miller went into private practice and opened Continue Reading...

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  • Anna C. Owen

    Anna C. Owen Grassroots Organizer & Hemp Researcher M.A. Hemp Social Science RedwoodHemp@gmail.com   I am a hemp industry networker, grassroots organizer, and hemp researcher.  Inspired from my trip to the Canadian hemp fields, I am helping to return hemp farming to the U.S. Through Hempstead Project Heart and the Hemp History Week campaign, I am supporting communities to take Continue Reading...

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  • Dale Gieringer, Ph.D.

    Dale Gieringer, Ph.D. 3514 Dwight Way, Berkeley CA 94704 (510) 540-1066 - FAX (510) 849-3974 dale@canorml.org - www.canorml.org Dale Gieringer has been the state director of California NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) since 1987. In this capacity he has spoken with thousands of medical marijuana users and is the author of "Marijuana Medical Handbook." He is Continue Reading...

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  • William L. Courtney, M.D., AACM

    William L. Courtney, M.D., AACM  American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine DrCourtney@CannabisInternational.org PO Box 985, Mendocino, California, 95460   Dr. Courtney’s interest in microscopy began at the age of 7 and culminated in a BS in Microbiology, Doctor of Medicine and now membership in the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine. In 2004, the Endogenous Cannabinoid System brought together his passion for Continue Reading...

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  • Josh Wurzer

    Josh Wurzer is the President and CoFounder of SC Laboratories. With locations in Northern and Southern California as well as Washington, SC Labs has specialized in serving the Cannabis community for four years and has tested over 100,000 unique Cannabis samples in that time making likely making SCL the largest lab of its’ kind in the world. SC Labs is Continue Reading...

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  • Michael Backes

    Michael Backes is the author of “Cannabis Pharmacy”, the #1-bestselling pain medicine book on Amazon. Cannabis Pharmacy features a foreword by Dr. Andrew Weil.  Backes is currently head of communications and product development for a Southern California consultancy that specializes in cannabis science and policy. Backes founded Cornerstone Research Collective, the first evidence-based medical cannabis collective in California. Michael Backes Continue Reading...

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  • Bamboo

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  • Omar Figueroa

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  • Dr. Lakisha Jenkins, N.D., R.H.

    Dr. Lakisha Jenkins, N.D., R.H. (AHG) holds a Doctorate in Naturopathy, a B.S. in Holistic Nutrition and is a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. She is Founder and CEO of The Kiona T Jenkins Foundation of Natural Health (Kiona Foundation Inc, 2003), a 501(c)(3) holistic health nonprofit organization and its subsidiary, Kiona’s Farm’acy, which has provided holistic Continue Reading...

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  • Madeline Martinez

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  • Chris Van Hook

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  • Ellen Komp NORML Deputy Director

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  • Martin A. Lee

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  • Valerie Corral

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  • Jeffrey C. Raber Ph.D.

    Dr. Jeffrey C. Raber received his B.S. in biochemistry from Lebanon Valley College, PA and subsequently a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on developing new synthetic methodologies useful in pharmaceutical drug discovery and development efforts. Dr. Raber studied plant phylogenetics of the RuBisCO enzyme while in college and was named to the Continue Reading...

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  • Frenchy Cannoli

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  • Jason Sweatt

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  • Aundre Speciale

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  • Ed Rosenthal

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  • Stephen DeAngelo

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  • Andrew DeAngelo

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  • Lindsay Robinson, Marijuana Policy Project

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  • Amanda Reiman, Marijuana Law and Policy

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  • Doug Fine

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  • Subcool & Miz Jill

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  • Jennie Stormes

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  • Philippe Lucas

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  • Rick Pfrommer

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  • Kristin Nevedal

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  • T. Beezle

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  • Dragonfly Earth Medicine

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  • Jorge Cervantes

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