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CIC Boston

50 Milk Street

20th Floor

Boston, MA 02110

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Expect the unexpected as we host a transformative event covering all the new innovations and economic opportunities possible as retail adult use sales begin in Massachusetts. Join an all star panel as we embark on a discussion on where the industry is today and where it is going tomorrow. With New England Hydroponics and Sira Naturals as sponsors this will be an excellent event if you have questions about economic empowerment, when adult use sales will begin, social equity, or the length of time it usually takes to get a cannabis business in the Commonwealth.

The Keynote speaker former Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral Esq. is probably one of the most important guest speakers Cannabis Society has ever had speak at our events. Andrea is a sign of things to come with her incredible background in public safety and her latest efforts venturing into the cannabis industry. Our panelists will include one holder of a provisional license for adult use, a laboratory scientist awaiting their provisional license for adult use from the Commission, an Economic Empowerment Priority applicant, and an Advisor to the Cannabis Control Commission that is an expert in Social Justice and Social Equity.

Economic Empowerment Priority Applicants Get in Free! Email jeremiah@cansociety.com for the code.

Tentative Agenda

6:00pm - 6:30pm - Networking & Refreshments

6:30pm - 6:35pm - Introductions with Sponsors

6:35pm - 6:50pm - Keynote with Andrea J. Cabral, ESQ., CEO of Ascend

6:50pm - 7:10pm - Panel Discussion on Innovations & Economic Opportunity

7:10pm - 7:35pm - Q&A Discussion with Panel

7:35pm - 8:00pm - Networking & Wrapup

About Our Keynote Speaker - Andrea J. Cabral, ESQ., CEO of Ascend

Andrea J. Cabral is the CEO of Ascend, an adult use cannabis company based in Massachusetts. Her leadership in Ascend follows a 28-year career in government and public service. Most recently, she served as the Commonwealths Executive Secretary of Public Safety in the Administration of Governor Deval Patrick. She oversaw 14 state public safety agencies, including the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Correction, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the Parole Board and the Massachusetts National Guard. From 2003 to 2013, she was the twice-elected Sheriff of Suffolk County and the first female sheriff in Massachusetts’ history.

As an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from 1993 to 2002, Ms. Cabral was Chief of Suffolk County’s first major felony Domestic Violence Unit, Senior Prosecutor for all civil rights cases and
Chief of District Court and Community Prosecutions. She authored the state's first continuing legal education manual on restraining orders and is also a former Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.

Ms. Cabral was an Eisenhower Fellow and served for 3 years as one of 18 national experts appointed to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) by United States Attorney General Eric Holder. She is a former member of the Advisory Board of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy and the Governing Board of the Mass Mentoring Partnership and currently sits on the Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly Board of Editors. In 2017, she was appointed by Attorney General Maura Healey to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s Cannabis Advisory Board.

Ms. Cabral also provides weekly commentary and analysis on WGBH Boston Public Radio.

She is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School.

Andrea Cabral ESQ.


Panelist Speakers Confirmed

Michael Dundas, CEO of Sira Naturals

As co-founder, President and CEO, Michael Dundas oversees all aspects of Sira Naturals’ operations. He authored the company’s applications for both medical and adult use licensure, and shepherded the organization through the licensing process. Mr. Dundas was appointed by the Massachusetts State Treasurer to serve on the Cannabis Advisory Board, a statutory body charged with making policy recommendations to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. Mr. Dundas played an instrumental role in founding the Commonwealth Dispensary Association (CDA), a trade organization that represents Massachusetts RMDs. Mr. Dundas was born and raised in greater Boston, holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in California, Massachusetts and New York.

Michael Dundas

Shanel Lindsay, Member of the Cannabis Advisory Board, CEO of Ardent Cannabis

Boston-based attorney and patient advocate Shanel Lindsay founded Ardent LLC and invented the precision medicinal cannabis tool, the NOVA™ Decarboxylator, along with Ardent’s suite of wellness and beauty products. Shanel drafted the state of Massachusetts’ adult use cannabis law and is founding member and co-chair of the Northeast Cannabis Coalition and counsel to the Massachusetts Patients Advocacy Alliance. She was recently appointed by the Treasurer to the newly-formed Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board, working with the Massachusetts government to develop and implement regulations for the medical and adult use markets. Shanel is dedicated to improving public understanding of cannabis’ medicinal benefits. She is certain that with increased education, research, and reliable clinical data, patients and doctors—even those who have not previously considered cannabis as an option—will discover it is a legitimate, viable, and safe treatment for a wide variety of ailments and conditions.

Shanel completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania before receiving her JD from the Northeastern University School of Law. She began her legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Massachusetts Superior Court, then joined the Boston law firm of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, where she served as a civil litigator for Fortune 500 companies. Shanel also worked for the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission as Employment Counsel and Director of Human Resources. Learn more about Shanel's journey as a medical cannabis patient, advocate and entrepreneur.

Shanel Lindsay

Tony Verzura, Founder of Blue River and a Certified Economic Empowerment Priority Applicant

Tony Verzura is the creator of the A.C.T. Now Program, Prana Medicinals, Blue River Terpenes, Advesa, and the lead inventor on the patents granted to United Cannabis. Mr. Verzura has over $35 million in cannabis sales experience and has been credited with over 60 cannabis awards to date. He is the brainchild behind state-of-the-art extraction techniques, technology, and manufacturing designs while providing oversight on the standardization of good manufacturing practices, quality assurance, product development, department training, and brand identity development.

Mr. Verzura also works hand in hand with strategic partners to help coordinate on-boarding patient programs and standard operating procedures while promoting the companies core mission on a global scale. Tony Verzura has had special guest appearances on CNBC Money Talk and Viceland’s Bong Appetit, and has been a keynote speaker at countless cannabis business conferences and events throughout the United States, Jamaica, Canada, Amsterdam, and Spain. His publications include The Washington Post, High Times, VICE, Culture Magazine, DOPE Magazine, Skunk Magazine, Sensi Seeds, Frank 151, and many more.

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Michael Kahn, President of MCR Labs

With over 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and academic research fields, Michael brings a wide range of laboratory and teaching experience to MCR Labs. Michael has been an advocate for product safety and efficacy through reliable testing in the cannabis industry. He has spoken publicly for the right of medical cannabis consumers to access testing results that current scientific practices can provide. MCR Labs is one of the priority labs that are waiting provisional licensure from the Cannabis Control Commission to test for adult use products.

Michael Kahn

Event Sponsors

New England Hydroponics

The Indoor Gardening Experts™, is a full-service indoor gardening supplies, equipment, and tools company with stores in Auburn, Marlborough, Seekonk, and Southampton. Its mission is to help hobbyist, craft, and commercial growers become more successful by offering in-depth expertise and highly favorable pricing– including price matching. Shop online at https://www.nehydro.com/

New England Hydroponics

Sira Naturals, Inc.

"We’re not Big Pharma. At SIRANATURALS, we take science very seriously but we also believe in taking a natural approach to creating medical marijuana products. The pharmaceutical drug industry wants to isolate active molecules and sell you pills and chemicals. We want you to feel better naturally, instead.

While synthetic THC exists, natural cannabis appears to be more effective. A simple parallel may be drawn between whole grain and white flour. Separating grain into its components reduces its nutritional benefits. The same is true for cannabis – science hasn’t caught up to nature. That’s why we do what we do." - https://siranaturals.org/

Sira Naturals

Want to sponsor the event? Sponsor inquiries, please contact core@cansociety.com

About Cannabis Society

We are a membership based non-profit social club dedicated to creating sophisticated cannabis experiences. http://cansociety.com/

About the Cannabis in Motion Event Series

Cannabis in Motion is our new event series designed to educate and inspire the development of the new cannabis industry. Rockstar speakers will combine with unparalleled networking opportunities to make for incredible content only the Cannabis Society could create.

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Video and Audio Recording of Cannabis in Motion events is Strictly Prohibited

Because we are providing recorded content as a benefit to our members and are also charging for non-members to view the content online following the event, the video or audio recording of Cannabis in Motion events is not allowed for any reason. Audio or video recording of Cannabis in Motion events is grounds for immediate expulsion from the group as a member or non-member. Limited photography for sharing online is permitted during events. Please no flash photography as well.

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This is a Non-Consumption Event...

No cannabis will be permitted during this event. The consumption or use cannabis in any way is not allowed on the premises of a Cannabis Society event unless explicitly authorized at a private members only event. Please refrain from viewing, sharing, or exchanging cannabis during public events. Once events have ended members and guests will disperse from the property and any consumption, viewing, sharing, or exchanging of cannabis must take place outside of the vicinity of the venue.

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Our group has grown by leaps and bounds these past few years and we are proud to announce that the Cannabis Society is going to continue to grow and develop our ecosystem with groundbreaking events centering around medical cannabis, technology, art, and science. We couldn’t do it without our members and we want to thank you for being apart of this growing organization.

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