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Complimentary Virtual Conference

February 15, 2022
12:00 Noon - 4:30 PM ET

Complimentary Webinar

Infused Products Virtual Conference

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Infused Products Virtual Conference

This complimentary virtual conference consists of 4 back-to-back webinars, all on the same day. We will delve into topics such as GMPs, nano emulsion, culinary science, food safety for edibles and more.

In a number of states across the country, edibles, topicals, beverages and other infused products are taking up a larger percentage of the market share. They come in all shapes and sizes- from granola bars to lotions, lubricant and scented candles; manufacturers are infusing a wide variety of products with cannabis, creating a market that meets a larger consumer demographic.

Different states have different rules when it comes to product safety. Some states require ServSafe training and local health inspections, while others have more stringent lab testing rules, require documented GMPs and even a form of certification demonstrating proper food safety protocols.

State regulations shouldn’t be the reason why infused products manufacturers have robust safety and quality standards, consumer safety is. Getting ahead of regulations with proactive safety and quality planning can improve a business’s bottom line tremendously. There are a number of tools and tricks cannabis companies can learn from the food industry to streamline their businesses and gain a bigger chunk of the market share.

Who Should Attend:

  • Infused products and edibles manufacturers-owners
  • Managers, Directors of Operations, Compliance and Quality
  • Investors or stakeholders of infused products companies
  • Dispensary owners, managers and staff
  • Extractors, processors and distributors


12:00 PM - Welcome & Introductions
Aaron Biros, Editor, CannabisIndustryJournal.com - Host and Moderator

12:05 PM - cGMP Certification: What it is, Can you get it, and What does it take
Kim Stuck, Founder & CEO, Allay Consulting

Kim Stuck, a former cannabis regulator for Denver Department of Public Health and Environment now turned compliance consultant for the cannabis industry will be sharing her experiences and discussing quality assurance in cannabis when it comes to cGMP Certification. She will be explaining what cGMP is and:

  • How it fits in the cannabis industry
  • What the steps are to gaining cGMP Certification
  • Tips on how to be successful in the certification process.

If you are thinking about implementing your own quality assurance system, or are just curious, this is the right session for you.

12:55 PM -  Testing Tips for Emerging Markets - TechTalk  Sponsored By Columbia Labs
Kelly O'Connor, Sales Director, Columbia Labs

1:10 PM - From Idea to Product: How to Launch an Edible 
Katherine Knowlton, Founder, Happy Chance
Kalon Baird, Founder & COO, Splash Nano

  • MVP Baby! Finding a niche
  • Quality and supply chain
  • The retail ecosystem

2:00 PM - Sponsored Tech Talk

2:15 PM - Food Safety for Infused Edibles
Steven Gendel, Ph.D., Gendel Food Safety

  • Why to think about food safety for infused edibles
  • How to use GMPs and other controls to protect edibles
  • The importance of the ingredient supply chain

3:05 PM - Sponsored Tech Talk

3:20 PM - Why Are Infuser Licenses Tricky?
Sumer Thomas, Director of Regulatory Operations, Canna Advisors
Brian Harris, Project Manager, Canna Advisors

  • Learn how being in the middle of the supply chain complicates everything
  • What is different about capital requirements
  • How team member requirements are make-or-break for your success

4:10 pm - Wrap up


Kim Stuck

Kim Stuck
Founder & CEO
 Allay Consulting

Kim Stuck is the founder and CEO of Allay Consulting, a compliance strategy and services provider serving the hemp, cannabis, and psychedelic industries nationwide. She brings a regulator’s keen eye and wide-reaching knowledge on evolving compliance and safety mandates to support businesses in tightly regulated industries. Previously, Ms. Stuck held a pioneering role as the nation’s first cannabis and hemp specialist for a major metropolitan public health authority. During her tenure with the City of Denver, home to hundreds of cannabis businesses, she worked as an investigator covering cultivation, manufacturing and retail. Her duties included facility inspections; conducting investigations into improper pesticide use and worker safety; creating regulations; instituting recalls; and public outreach. Ms. Stuck holds numerous accreditations, such as certified quality auditor (CQA) and certified professional of food safety (CP-FS), among others. In addition to serving on several industry advisory boards, she has been a member of ASTM International’s cannabis standards committee since its 2017 inception. 

Katherine Knowlton

Katherine Knowlton
Happy Chance

Katherine Knowlton is the founder of Happy Chance, providing health-conscious consumers a better-for-you, better-for-the-planet line of chef-crafted edibles, founded on ingredient integrity and sustainability. Happy Chance offers a healthy alternative to the modern-day gummy with a low dose fruit bite made with whole foods and solventless rosin. Katherine is a career chef and sustainable food advocate, classically trained at San Francisco Cooking School. Before entering the cannabis space, Katherine worked in the food industry for 15 years as a team builder, recipe designer, and culture creator. She is passionate about food as the key to optimal health and well-being. 

Kalon Baird

Kalon Baird
Founder & COO

Splash Nano

Kalon Baird began his journey in the Cannabis industry in early 2011 focusing on indoor cultivation in California where he is born and raised. He spent the next 7 years developing specialized genetics and consulted for smaller caregivers to produce specialty genetics. He decided to take his passion to the legal market in 2018 and started Green Rush Alliances LLC with Co-founder Diana Starr Langley. Kalon developed his own technology and processes within the field known as “nano emulsification” to make cannabis-infused drinks a reality and became a niche expert. Throughout the course of working on nano emulsification technology, Green Rush Alliances LLC started contract manufacturing for other licensed brands incorporating their fast-acting technology into their co-packed products and developed a licensing model for their fast-acting technology which could be licensed across multiple states and territories. Kalon routinely consults brands and companies on how to formulate for success within the parameters of the highly regulated cannabis and hemp space. His knowledge of the infusion process and the intersection of analytical chemistry has allowed companies to prepare and go to market with their products quickly. Eventually, Kalon incubated a product of his own, trademarked as “SplashNano™” a flavorless, concentrated, liquid drink additive originally meant to be a proof of concept for his technology. SplashNano™ now has a life of its own and is subcategorized in the edible and drinkables market.

Dr. Steven Gendel

Steven Gendel, Ph.D.
Independent Expert

Gendel Food Safety

Steven M. Gendel is an independent expert working with everyone in the food system to prepare for the rapidly evolving future, discover emerging opportunities, mitigate risk, protect food integrity, and effectively use new technology. He has been working to protect the food supply for over 30 years, including more than two decades as a policy expert in the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. He has experience in understanding and meeting US and international regulations and standards. He is a creative, independent thinker committed to technically sound and practical strategies that help everyone along the food supply chain.

Sumer Thomas

Sumer Thomas
Director, Regulatory Operations
Canna Advisors

As a licensed attorney, Sumer Thomas offers a unique perspective on the legal landscape of the cannabis industry as well as a critical eye towards new laws. Sumer’s main focus is supporting the needs of our clients while delivering superior content and consulting services. Sumer manages complex processes across a full spectrum of client needs that range from license applications to operations readiness to exit strategy.Sumer's interest in the evolution of cannabis is bolstered by her law degree from the University of Florida. Her legal background in tax, business, and administrative law brings a broad perspective for solving clients’ complex problems. Sumer has an in-depth understanding of mature and developing state cannabis markets, along with a global perspective gained while living abroad.

Kelly O'Connor

Kelly O'Connor
Sales Director
Columbia Labs

Columbia Laboratories has 40 years of testing expertise, serving several industries; Cannabis & Hemp, Food & Feed, Environmental, and Consumer Goods.Columbia Labs was the first lab in Oregon certified to test cannabis in 2015, the first to obtain ISO accreditation and continues to lead the industry with method development and crossover services. Kelly works both federally and locally to encourage reasonable testing regulations for Hemp & Cannabis with associations such as the OHA, APHA, AWHP and more.

Brian Hart

Brian Hart
Project Manager
Canna Advisors

Brian brings the combination of practical consulting experience, hands-on cannabis experience, and an academic background to his role as project manager. In addition to cannabis consulting and cannabis cultivation experience, Brian has a background in financial software consulting and he wrote his Master’s thesis on the Colorado cannabis industry. At Canna Advisors, Brian assists clients with their business plans and cannabis license applications and also helps prepare clients for operations. In Brian’s extensive world travels, he has seen the benefits of cannabis on health and well-being in people from every background he has met around the globe. Brian is a graduate of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and has a Master’s degree from Hochschule Villingen-Schwenningen, a German university.

Aaron Biros

Aaron Biros
Cannabis Industry Journal

Aaron Biros is the Editor-in-Chief of Cannabis Industry Journal.com (CIJ), an online business-to-business trade journal focused on the legal cannabis industry. Biros started CIJ in 2015 when he officially joined Innovative Publishing full time. Through editorial coverage of the cannabis markets, Biros has developed a familiarity with regulatory compliance, quality and safety issues as they relate to the burgeoning cannabis industry. Biros covers science and technology updates, breaking news, regulations and emerging markets from his office based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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