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Complimentary Virtual Conference

December 12, 2023 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Complimentary Webinar

Cannabis Supply Chain
Virtual Conference

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Cannabis Supply Chain Virtual Conference

Welcome to the Cannabis Supply Chain Virtual Conference! This collection of webinars will explore a variety of topics throughout the cannabis product supply chain. We will take a deep dive into automation, education, compliance, vaping technology, extraction, infusion, market categories, industry trends and much more. 

Attendees registering for this complimentary series of webinars will get access to veterans of the cannabis packaging market, who are all available for Q&A after each presentation. In addition to getting the opportunity to chat with these subject matter experts on December 12, a recording of the presentations will be made available to all who register. Practical and educational information from experts in the cannabis packaging field, all on the same day and all from the comfort of your home or office. Want real inside knowledge on cannabis packaging? Sign up today!

Who Should Attend:

  • Cultivators, Extractors, Processors
  • Edibles Manufacturers, Dispensary Owners and Managers
  • Distributors and those seeking to learn more about cannabis packaging and supply chain issues


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

12:05 PM - The Infused Pre-Roll Revolution: How to Ride the Wave and Boost Your Brand
Jonathan McFarlane, VP of Sales & Marketing, RollPros

  • Infused pre-rolls are one of the hottest topics in cannabis right now. Why? Because they provide  a new opportunity to create truly differentiated, value-added products. Sales of this pre-roll subcategory are growing rapidly. There’s still room and still time to grab market share, but don’t wait too long or you’ll be playing catch up! In this presentation, RollPros VP of Sales & Marketing Johnathan McFarlane will break down how to take advantage of this new product trend, provide data to back it up, and give simple DO’s and DON’Ts to help you stay away from common mistakes. 

12:55 PM - Tech-Driven Continuous Improvement: Bridging the Gap between Cannabis Training, Operations and Compliance - Rootwurks Sponsored TechTalk 
Chase Eastman,  Founder & CEO, Rootwuks

  • In this 15-minute presentation, we will delve into the transformative role of technology in fostering continuous improvement within the cannabis industry. Specifically, we will explore how Rootwurks utilizes cutting-edge technology to bridge gaps in training, streamline operations, and enhance overall compliance. Discover how our tech-driven approach ensures a dynamic and ever-improving landscape for cannabis training, operational efficiency, and regulatory adherence.

1:10 PM - AOAC: Efficiency Unleashed: How Scalable Automation Provides Solutions for Vaporizer Cartridge Production
Chris Gardella, Chief Technology Officer,Thompson Duke Industrial
Jacob Haugen, Value Stream Manager, Thompson Duke Industrial

  • In this educational presentation on driving automation within the cannabis extracts and vaping markets, attendees can expect to gain insights into the fundamental driving factors behind automation adoption in small and large-scale extraction facilities, specifically those with concentrate/extract filling operations. We will explore how operational philosophies around automation can enable businesses to effectively respond to increasing demand while maintaining quality and consistency. Core examples will explore how to adapt to rapid changes in end user technology without impacting production (vaporizer device standards and form factors are very dynamic); matching production with demand for new or emergent product types specific to a market (infused products, consumables, medical products, etc.); and how to work with OEMs of automation equipment in the cannabis industry to appropriately identify and select equipment specific to your SOPs. Key concepts will highlight the advantages of automation in enhancing repeatability and accuracy of finished products. Furthermore, we will discuss how automation not only benefits production processes but also safeguards human employees from repetitive, labor-intensive tasks, empowering them to focus on complex problem-solving and emergent demands within the production system. 

2:00 pm -  Sponsored Tech Talk

2:15 PM - Making the Cannabis Industry SAFER for America
Melissa Kuipers Blake, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Osiris Morel, Policy Analyst, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

The presentation will address the industry’s ongoing concerns with legalization and access to traditional banking and financial services. Kuipers Blake and Morel will also provide insight on the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement Regulation (SAFER) Banking Act and discuss President Biden’s cannabis reform, in addition to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommendation to reclassify cannabis as a Schedule III substance on the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).

3:00 PM - Wrap up


Johnathan McFarlane

Johnathan McFarlane
VP, Sales & Marketing

Johnathan McFarlane is the VP of Sales & Marketing at RollPros, the leader in pre-roll automation. He previously served as head of strategy at Hybrid Marketing Co, one of the cannabis industry’s premier agencies, and Director of Marketing at Mobius, the post-harvest automation experts. Prior to his entry into the cannabis world, Johnathan built his marketing chops in fitness, working with big brands and superstar athletes like NFL star Rob Gronkowski and UFC legend George St. Pierre. At RollPros, Johnathan has recently joined the team in their mission to bring quality joints to all, and to elevate the pre-roll category from its current position as the "hot dogs" of the cannabis world.


Chris Gardella

Chris Gardella
Chief Technology Officer
Thompson Duke Industrial

Chris is the Chief Technology Officer at Thompson Duke Industrial, a leading original-equipment manufacturer supplying filling and capping equipment for cannabis-oil vaporizer devices. Chris oversees the Engineering, Production, and Supply Chain departments as well as develops complex PLC and HMI programs for our for Thompson Duke Industrial’s line of patented filling and capping machinery. 


Jacob Haugen

Jacob Haugen
Value Stream Manager
Thompson Duke Industrial

Jacob is the Value Stream Manager at Thompson Duke Industrial, a leading original-equipment manufacturer supplying filling and capping equipment for cannabis-oil vaporizer devices. Jacob is responsible for increasing efficiencies and eliminating waste to help customers succeed with Thompson Duke Industrial’s line of patented filling and capping machinery. 
Chase Eastman

Chase Eastman
Founder & CEO

Chase Eastman, Rootwurks Founder & CEO, leverages 15+ years in food manufacturing EdTech to tackle industry challenges. Motivated by personal cannabis experience, he developed a platform enhancing compliance and safety for both the cannabis and food sectors. Rootwurks is dedicated to helping companies thrive while creating safer products, workplaces, and communities.

Melissa Blake

Melissa Kuipers Blake
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Melissa Kuipers Blake, shareholder and co-chair of Brownstein’s Cannabis and Industrial Hemp practice, leads negotiations for her clients with policymakers in Washington, D.C., and state capitols nationwide. With more than 20 years of experience, Kuipers Blake brings a dynamic combination of deep relationships with an unmatched talent for deal-making and is instrumental in the growth of the federal and state cannabis industry.  
Osiris Morel

Osiris Morel
Policy Analyst
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Osiris Morel began her political career in Brownstein’s Washington, D.C. office, focusing on cannabis and hemp. With states addressing legalization and decriminalization faster than the federal government, she transitioned her political focus to the states. Now, Morel spearheads advocacy efforts and balances a federal and state practice while serving as a lead Hispanic lobbyist.

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