Tuesday, April 23, 2024

All times listed are based in the Eastern Time Zone

Conference Schedule

 Student posters available for viewing all day
8:00 a.m.Check-in and coffee, rolls & fruit
8:45 a.m.Welcome 
9:00 a.m.

Brian Hanna, Executive Director, Cannabis Regulatory Agency
Cannabis Regulations in Michigan: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going

This talk will provide an update on current regulatory statistics and issues, as well as provide a glimpse into the future of regulations in Michigan.

Morning Plenary Speaker

10:00 a.m.

Blazing Trails in Michigan and Beyond: Expert Perspectives on Cannabis Regulations

Panel Discussion

  • Brian Hanna, Executive Director, Cannabis Regulatory Agency
  • Hilary Bricken, Partner, Husch Blackwell, LLP
  • James Martone, Attorney, Dickinson Wright

Moderator:  Andrew LaCombe, News Director, WLUC TV-6

10:45 a.m.

Wildcats in the Weeds:  NMU Alumni and Cannabis

Panel Discussion

  • Jeremy Johnson, Partnership Manager, AlpineIQ
  • Mitch Rusch, Owner/Operator, Frosty Trees
  • Taylor Busch-Anderson, Marketing Director, Higher Love Cannabis Co.
  • Kieran Connolly-Ng, Senior Project Manager for eCommerce Content, Dutchie
  • Hailey Varney, Lead LC/DAD Chemist, Cambium Analytica

Moderator:  Robyn Stille, Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, NMU

11:30 a.m.

Rooted in Justice:  Leaders' Perspectives on Cannabis Equity

Panel Discussion

  • Thomas Dillard, III, Social Equity Analyst, Cannabis Regulatory Agency
  • Jess Jackson, The Redemption Foundation

Moderator:  Dr. Shawnrece Campbell, Assistant Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, NMU

12:20 p.m.Lunch
1:30 p.m.

Daniel McMahon, Key Account Manager, Signify 
Applying cultural growing practices using LED light in cannabis cultivation

This talk will focus on observing the daily cultural growing practices and experiences while utilizing supplemental LED lighting in cannabis production.

Martin Boerema, Plant Specialist, Signify 
Effective use of LED light in Cannabis cultivation

This talk will address where spectra and intensity of LED light matters most, from propagation to flowering phase.  It will also showcase positive effects of supplemental light, inter canopy light on yield and address the challenge ahead: chemistry of cannabis plants. Where do we stand and why does it matter?

Afternoon Plenary Speakers

2:30 p.m.

A Growing Business:  Cannabis Cultivation Conversation

Panel Discussion

  • Martin Boerema, Plant Specialist, Signify
  • Daniel McMahon, Key Account Manager, Signify
  • Sarah Lee, Assistant Professor, College of Technology & Occupational Sciences, NMU

Moderator:  Kari Farkas-Lasich, Assistant Professor, College of Technology & Occupational Sciences, NMU

3:15 p.m.Student Research Oral Presentations
3:45 p.m.Student Research Posters
4:45 p.m.Announcements and Conference Wrap-up

Community Event

Wednesday, April 24
5:00 - 5:50 p.m.
The Science Building 2904

The community is invited to join Dr. Alex Wilson’s Medicinal Plant Chemistry Seminar to hear Martin Boerema and Daniel McMahon talk about:

How does supplemental light and LEDs impact cannabinoids?
A discussion on cannabinoid content: debunking myths, clarifying how supplemental lighting is not a limiting factor in the final stage of growth, and why some spectrums don't work.