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The cannabis industry has had quite a year. From the failure of congress to pass banking reform to the FDA punting regulatory guidance on CBD to Congress, to the absolute mess of NY legalization rollout to the increasing difficulties of operating in California – we have been on one serious bucking bronco of a year. So, what does this mean for us moving forward? We've brought together several experts who will unpack our current situation and help participants navigate through the obstacles and challenges in 2023. This session will examine the industry through four different lenses:

  1. Opportunities and Perils of the regulated THC landscape.
  2. What is the future of CBD and CBD-based businesses?
  3. What is going on with Hemp THC and how is it sending shockwaves through the entire industry?
  4. What is the outlook for those looking to get into the cannabis industry?

Doors open, networking: 5-6pm

Panel discussion: 6-7pm

Networking: 7-8pm


  • Denise DeNardi (Chief Sales Officer at Native Roots Cannabis Co.)

    Denise DeNardi

    Chief Sales Officer at Native Roots Cannabis Co.


    As Chief Sales Officer at Native Roots Cannabis Co., De Nardi develops ongoing strategies and oversees performance for multiple revenue channels with Colorado’s leading independent chain of cannabis dispensaries. Under De Nardi’s leadership, the vertically integrated company increased its top-line revenue to ensure margin protection; developed and implemented an internal sales structure to achieve company objectives; and embraced a company culture that champions continuous experimentation to drive growth, elevate the brand experience and enhance customer engagement. With decades of experience in corporate marketing, sales and retail management, De Nardi has been instrumental in leading Native Roots’ transformational retail growth and continued expansion in Colorado.

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  • Bryant Ison (Managing Director of SRG)

    Bryant Ison

    Managing Director of SRG

    Bryant is a Managing Director heading up the Health and Wellness practice for the Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) - a Boulder, CO based advertising and marketing consulting agency. Prior he was Chief Marketing Officer for Columbia Care, one of the largest multi-state operators of cannabis and CBD. He has over 18 years of brand marketing experience working on some of the world’s most iconic brands such as Pepsi, Band-Aid and Clorox Bleach. Bryant began his career as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps serving in Mali, West Africa.

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  • Bryan Passman (Founder + Head Hunter of Hunter Esquire)

    Bryan Passman

    Founder + Head Hunter of Hunter Esquire


    Bryan is the co-Founder of a leading talent acquisition firm, Hunter + Esquire, serving the cannabis and psychedelics industry's needs for leadership talent and strategic human capital advisement. He is globally renowned in executive search and advisory in the Cannabis, Psychedelics, MedTech/ Pharma/Biotech, and Food & Beverage (FMCG) Consumer Packaged Goods industries. Before co-founding Hunter + Esquire in 2017 with his wife Jessica, Bryan spent 18 years as an SVP Recruitment and Client Leader at two different retained search agencies where he led teams responsible for successfully managing talent searches globally. He has spent his entire career succeeding in retained executive search - with a foundation of classical training by the MRINetwork and Dale Carnegie. Hunter + Esquire’s hiring partners benefit greatly from Bryan’s ability to communicate, train, and execute on the intricacies of the "high-touch" executive search and talent acquisition process as well as from his eye for talent, and "fit". Bryan’s unwavering commitment to hard work, transparency, candid communication, attention to detail, follow-up, passion for what he does & creative problem-solving are some of the cornerstones to Hunter + Esquire’s success.

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  • Patrick Rea (Managing Director of Poseidon Garden Ventures)

    Patrick Rea

    Managing Director of Poseidon Garden Ventures


    Patrick is Managing Director of Poseidon Garden Ventures, a pre-Series A VC fund focused on the legal cannabis industry. Prior to Poseidon, Patrick founded and ran CanopyBoulder, a cannabis technology business accelerator. And before that, Patrick spent 15 years in the natural products industry with Nutrition Business Journal, New Hope, and Health Business Partners.

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  • John Simmons (Co-founder of WELLER)

    John Simmons

    Co-founder of WELLER

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  • Nancy Whiteman (Co-founder & CEO of Wana Brands)

    Nancy Whiteman

    Co-founder & CEO of Wana Brands


    Heralded as “The Queen of Legal Weed” by Inc. and “The Martha Stewart of Edibles” by Entrepreneur, Nancy Whiteman is co-founder and CEO of Wana Brands, a top international cannabis edibles brand already available in more than 3,000 dispensaries across the United States and Canada. In October 2021, Canopy Growth Corp. announced it had purchased the option to acquire Wana Brands and is currently in the process of exercising the option through the creation of Canopy USA, a roll-up of their US assets. With proceeds from the deal, Nancy established The Wana Brands Foundation, an organization working to enhance the world by supporting a wide variety of nonprofits in Wana’s communities. Nancy has been the recipient of numerous industry awards, including Forbes’ Most Influential People in Cannabis (2023 and 2022), Green Market Report’s Women–led Company (2023) and First Ever Women Leadership Award for Leading Brand (April 2022), Benzinga’s “Brett Roper Award” for Lifetime Achievement (Sept. 2022), the Cannadelic Miami Entheo 2023 awards for Social Impact and Cannabis Brand of the Year, High Times 100 (April 2022), and MJBiz’s First Ever Industry Impact Award (2019). She is a member of the US Cannabis Council, Colorado Cannabis Manufacturers Association, National Cannabis Industry Association, Colorado LEADS and Marijuana Policy Project. Prior to Wana, Nancy was a principal with The Whiteman Group, a sales and marketing consultancy, and previously held a range of senior-level marketing and business development positions, including Vice President, Marketing and New Corporate Ventures for the Paul Revere Insurance Group in Massachusetts. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Same Day Registration
Standard Price $29


Sterling Rice Group

1801 13th St
Boulder, Colorado

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