Morning Plenary Speaker

Brian Hanna

Executive Director, Cannabis Regulatory Agency

Cannabis Regulations in Michigan: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going:

Cannabis Regulatory Agency Executive Director Hanna will provide an update on current regulatory statistics and issues, as well as provide a glimpse into the future of regulations in Michigan.


Executive Director Brian Hanna was designated by Governor Whitmer to lead Michigan’s Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA) in December 2022. The CRA oversees the medical and adult-use marijuana industries, regulates hemp-derived products, and runs the state’s medical marijuana registry card program. CRA’s mission is to establish Michigan as the national model for a regulatory program that stimulates business growth while preserving safe consumer access to cannabis. 

Brian previously spent 5 years with the CRA as the manager of field operations, inspections, and investigations. He has a law enforcement and military background, having previously worked as a criminal intelligence manager and analyst with MSP and as a Deputy Sheriff for Kalamazoo County. He also served as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve with a combat deployment to Afghanistan from 2010-2011. 

Brian Hanna

Panels (Details and panelists to be announced soon)

Panel: Cannabis Regulations

Panel: Alumni

Panel: Social Justice/Equity

Panel: Growing, breeding and related topics