Blunt Talk: “From Corporate to Cannabis”


Blunt Talk: “From Corporate to Cannabis”
Event on 2017-09-11 18:00:00
You're invited to an evening of “Ted” style presentations by cannabis professionals, an open Q+A, and an awesome raffle. Did we mention Tacos? Blunt Talks are “Ted” style presentations given by innovators of the cannabis industry who want to share their knowledge so we can grow together!  With the passage of Proposition 64 (legalization of recreational marijuana use), the California cannabis industry is experiencing a period of rapid growth! There are more businesses, brands, products, and services than ever before, and now is your chance to learn from a few that are really changing the game! Whether you’re a professional looking to transition careers into the cannabis industry, a canna-professional looking to keep up to date with whats going on, or a business owner that is looking to add talent to your team, this installment of Blunt Talk will prepare you! Location: 3rd floor of the Santa Monica Promenade. Parking garages available with easy acess to venue. Next to Cheese Cake Factory.  FORMAT Eat tacos. Drink beer. Make friends.  Hear short, TED-style talks from cannabis professionals. Have a chance to win cool swag. Ask some questions. Win more swag, eat more tacos.  Speakers Jeffrey C. Raber Ph.D.CEO, The Werc ShopTopic: Product Consistency and Brand Scalability Dr. Raber received his B.S. in biochemistry from Lebanon Valley College, PA and subsequentlya Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Southern California with an emphasis ondeveloping new synthetic methodologies useful in pharmaceutical drug discovery andmanufacturing efforts. Dr. Raber studied botanical phylogenetic relationships based on theRuBisCO enzyme’s evolution while in college and was named to the USA Today 1997 All-USACollege Academic Team for his research accomplishments in this area. While at USC he wasawarded the Harold and Lillian Moulton Fellowship for his efforts on the construction of novelheterocycles and peptidomimetics utilizing a proprietary boron-based multicomponentcondensation reaction. Driven by a desire to find his own medicine and make a positive contribution to society whilecreating American jobs, Dr. Raber founded The Werc Shop in 2010 with a focus on botanicalanalysis, new product developments and sustainability. The Werc Shop’s first goal wasaddressing unmet public health and safety needs within the medical cannabis community. Dr.Raber’s detailed investigations into the chemistry of cannabis, including 5 peer reviewedpublications to date, provide him with a unique perspective and knowledge base useful inassisting state and local regulators in the construction and implementation of effectiveregulatory solutions for the safe and sustainable delivery of medical cannabis to qualifiedpatients and adult consumers. His technical insights and understanding of the complexregulatory scope continue to prove very helpful in assisting many entrepreneurs in their effortswithin the cannabis arena. Whitney BeattyCEO, Apothecarry BrandsTopic: How to find your place in the industry.Inspired by a lack of stylish, safe cannabis storage systems and a distain for storing medicine in a shoebox, Apothecarry Brands CEO Whitney Beatty is a successful entertainment industry executive turned cannabis storage designer that’s spearheading her quickly growing start-ups first financial raise. After meeting so many like minded cannabis users, who lamented about a lack of good storage system, worried about securing buds away from kids and pets and who were tired of searching around for their stash to discover it dried out from plastic baggies and non-airtight dispensary jars, Apothecarry was born.  The brand seeks to redefining the image of cannabis users who take pride and pleasure in their stash, while filling a hole in the marijuana paraphernalia market for everyone from the attorneys who tokes after their high powered workday, to the  “stiletto stoners” who are hosting ladies night, to the seniors using medication for health benefits and everyone in between who demands the best in all things.  Their initial offering, the Apothecarry Case, is a sleek and sexy storage and humidity system designed to safely keep cannabis at its freshest, most optimum quality while providing luxury tools and humidity control for the discriminating connoisseur.  Her company Apothecarry was in the first cohort of Canopy San Diego cannabis business accelerator, and won the best pitch award at the Arcview Group’s LA investor summit. Aaron HerzbergPresident, Bud & Bloom DispensaryPartner & General Counsel, CalCann HoldingsTopic: Opening a licensed marijuana dispensary or cultivation – you can do it! Experiences from the front line. Aaron Herzberg is a partner at CalCann Holdings, LLC, a California medical marijuana real estate company with a portfolio of licensed medical marijuana businesses and properties in California. Herzberg is also a strategist, corporate lawyer, cannabis policy expert, and entrepreneur, specializing in California’s nascent legal cannabis industry.  Recognized for his influence, Herzberg has been interviewed by reporters including Forbes, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times for his insight into the emerging cannabis industry.  Herzberg’s expertise has allowed him to successfully raised over million in investment capital for his projects at CalCann since January of 2016. These projects include two licensed dispensaries in Santa Ana, CA known as “OC3”and “Bud and Bloom” as well as a 50,000 square foot soon to be municipally licensed cultivation and processing facility in Lynwood California. Herzberg’s experience and knowledge of the cannabis industry resulted in his serving on the City of Long Beach’s Medical Marijuana Task Force and being a founding member of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association. In 2015, Herzberg was selected as a Super Lawyer, a distinction that is limited to the top five percent of lawyers nationwide.  Furthermore, he is a recipient of an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Ophelia ChongFounder, Stock Pot ImagesTopic: TBDOphelia Chong is the creative genius behind Stock Pot Images and Asian Americans for Cannabis Education (AACE). She is driven to help shape the new conversation of Cannabis and is guided by one mission: to advocate for the legalization of cannabis and offer truthful reflections of the faces and communities that embrace cannabis. As well as StockPot Images, Ophelia is the Creative Consultant at PUSH Magazine the target audience is millennial women in cannabis. She is also the Community Outreach liaison for THC Design, one of the top premium cannabis growers in CA, she is responsible for LGBT, Veterans, Minorities and Disabled outreach. Her career path has been formed by her 2 decades in photography, as a creative director in publishing, entertainment and as an adjunct professor in education; her path is non-ending because she believes that we all have at least five careers in our lifetimes. + more Hosted by: Sam Zartoshty, Co-Founder @ Paragon + LA Publisher @ Sensi Magazine GET A CHANCE TO WIN SOME COOL SWAG FROM: Giggle Therapeutics is an organic, vegan & gluten-free edibles and activist lifestyle brand serving California's medical patients since 2015. We give 3% for Humanity. PEOPLE. POLICY. PLANET. Giggle Therapeutics Ambassador Program: We are in search of cannabis enthusiasts who reflect the Giggle Culture to spread the giggles in your community. Community minded individuals who have an interest in uplifting the spirit through music, art, and activism please apply. AirVape: The AirVape Xs from Apollo Vaporizers is the definition of a thin, compact, and lightweight portable vape that still packs powerful vapor production.Heavy Hitters is the original Los Angeles concentrate company, serving premium extracts to California medical patients through premium cartridges and dabs.Milo Confections: "Milo makes products for patients that want a better edibles experience. Our mission is to bring the benefits of cannabis to any lifestyle." Feel Good: "The most comprehensive and efficient sales solution for cannabis brands" Eureka: "Quality is our recipe"Dro-tein is a CBD powder drink mix that relieves the aches and pains of working out and everyday life. Each lab-tested scoop packs in 20mg of hemp-derived CBD and only 5g of protein.CANNDESCENT: Canndescent's branded flowers pair exceptional product quality, state-of-the art cannabis science, and informative product names— Calm, Cruise, Create, Connect, and Charge–so consumers can easily navigate to their desired outcome or mood state.  Pura Vida Health is a holistic cannabis brand focused on creating organic plant-based edibles and pesticide-free prerolls for today's health conscious cannabis consumer. MoonMan's Mistress, is an artisanal paleo edible company committed to taste-worthy products healthy for the body with a focus on healing, performance and recovery. Our hand-crafted baked goods are: Paleo Gluten-free (We process out a certified gluten-free facility.) Soy-free Dairy-Free Low-glycemic Vegan* and Nut-free* on select products. + many more!!! SPECIAL THANKS TO: GrassPass: The ClassPass of Grass. GrassPass is world’s first cannabis membership app for any budget or lifestyle. Once you're a member, simply choose a dispensary in the app, make a reservation for free cannabis, and go. Expert DOJO is a one stop shop for startups to receive Investment, advice, and specialist help in all areas of your business growth.  Their 12 step accelerator is unlike any other program available and gives you direct access to specialists in branding, design, business planning, product fit, strategic planning, web development, growth hacking and so much more.  Join their platform for free business advice, referrals and workshops – https://expertdojo.com   For details on all startup options email brian@expertdojo.com Paragon helps talented individuals find their place in the cannabis industry. If you're a business that needs to hire, a professional looking for a new career, or have any questions at all, email team@joinparagon.usCANNDESCENT believes in personal excellence and helping individuals achieve their best self.  The company cultivates ultra-premium cannabis flowers that average 22%-33% THC content in fully licensed, indoor facilities. CANNDESCENT’s branded flowers pair exceptional product quality, state-of-the art cannabis science, and informative product names— Calm, Cruise, Create, Connect, and Charge–so consumers can easily navigate to their desired outcome or mood state.  Consumers purchase CANNDESCENT’s products through California dispensaries and delivery services that value CANNDESCENT’s professional management, reliability, purity, and product quality.

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