Regulation, Legislation & Research
Conference Inauguration - Welcome Remarks
What key drivers were behind the introduction of the production of cannabis for medicinal use act?
Hon. Miriam Dalli
Research & Development
How has the change in law affected scientific research in Malta?
Hon. Deo Debattista
The Future of CBD in Europe
The emergence of CBD has driven a great amount of product innovation as consumers seek out the compound for its wellness benefits. Amidst the explosive growth however, European businesses must pay close attention to shifting market regulations, including the recent addition of cannabis extracts to the EU’s Novel Foods Catalogue. This panel will provide an overview of the current landscape and a look ahead to the proliferation of CBD across the full health products supply-chain.
From Tragedy to Triumph
One Cancer Mom’s Journey to Find a Cure
WHO and its Impact on National Policies
International organisations such as the World Health Organisation are becoming increasingly vocal on the application of medical cannabis. How is this impacting policy makers at state-level across different continents?
MEDICAL RESEARCH ON THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
Emotional Memory Acquisition – Patrizia Campolongo
The role of the endocannabinoid system as an emotional buffer for stressful memories.
Alternative Options – Giuseppe Di Giovanni
The argument for boosting the body’s natural endocannabinoids.
Sex Differences in Cannabinoid-Related Behaviours – Liana Fattore
Can the hormone-driven differentiation of the brain endocannabinoid system represent a biological basis for male-female differences in cannabinoid sensitivity?
Giuseppe Di Giovanni
Pioneering WhiteSpace for Brands
How to utilize data-science to distil irrefutable human insights, highly differentiated brand narrative and brand creation in the rapidly evolving global medical cannabis landscape.
Who and its impact on national policies
International organisations such as the World Health Organisation are becoming increasingly vocal on the application of medical cannabis. How is this impacting policy makers at state-level across different continents? “
THE BUSINESS OF CANNABIS
What steps does a company need to take to operate a successful medical cannabis business?
Intellectual Property and its Challenges
How can pharmaceutical companies develop an effective intellectual property and commercial strategy for synthetic cannabinoids?
what are the benefits and disadvantages of man-made cannabinoids?
Regulation in Malta
What can Malta learn from different regulatory approaches?
From concept to exit, review of a successful start-up investment.
What is the European medicinal cannabis market worth and what are the future projections?
From disruption to mass market.
How is the Asian market progressing in the medical cannabis industry and what future developments are expected?
The US Medical Cannabis Industry
An overview of this growing market, its potential for development and the impact of legislative changes at both the state and federal level.
William J. Pascrell, III
Depending on the type of funds they have access to, some investors cannot put capital into the cultivation of the crop, only technology and services that are not related to the plant itself. How is this restricting start-ups from getting the capital they need?
Real Estate Investment
Planning the acquisition, design and construction of a medical cannabis facility.
Pharmaceutical Cannabis Investments
The best of the best.
Steele Clark Smith III
What sort of investment is required in ancillary services in order to support the medical cannabis sector?
From ICO's to Cannabis
Following the recent pitfall that many investors have experienced with ICO’s worldwide, could cannabis pave the way for more secure investment opportunities?
Funding and Research
Both the public and private sector are investing in scientific research. How can the two work together for both the benefit of patients and future commercial success?
Investment firms have highlighted several risk factors in investing in the European medical cannabis industry. How are these to be reduced?
VC's and PE
Venture capitalists and private equity funds are heavily involved in the North American medical cannabis market. How does this compare to Europe?
IPO’s are happening in Canada. Will the trend move to Europe?
In markets where medical cannabis is legal and recreational cannabis is not, what measures are in place to stop exploitation?
Pick and Shovel Play
How are investors using this strategy to mitigate risk in volatile cannabis stocks?
Traditional Financing Models
How is stigma and uncertainty preventing medical cannabis companies from raising capital from banks and lending institutions and how can this be addressed?
Supply and Demand
Cover supply is a problem affecting certain markets. How can a company accurately forecast demand?
Emerging Medical Cannabis Markets
Established Medical Cannabis Markets
William J. Pascrell, III
Steele Clark Smith III
Social Impact & Education
Public Sector Healthcare
Medical Cannabis in the Maltese Public Sector
Hon. Chris Fearne
How did Hannah Deacon push for legislative change in the UK and what has been the outcome of her efforts?
Educating the Public on Medical Cannabis
What sort of public awareness campaigns are needed to destigmatize cannabis and give appropriate information on the options available.
Social Impact in North America
What can North American sociological research on the affects of medical cannabis teach European countries?
The progression and impact of cannabis nursing in North America.
Educating Medical Professionals
What are the most effective ways of educating the medical community on cannabis?
Homegrown Medical Cannabis
The argument for and against regulation of private medical cannabis cultivation for patients taking it for long-term pain management.
The Use of Medical Cannabis for Autism Therapy
How is the endocannabinoid system connected to social reward responsivity, neural development, circadium rhythm and anxiety-related symptoms?
Marketing and The Last Mile
How consumers get products, touching on regulatory matters in marketing and payments especially around CBD.
Battle of the Jurisdictions
In this animated discussion, legal experts from various jurisdictions will go head to head in explaining which state is leading the way with regulatory innovation.
Investors and Society
As investment firms look for more socially responsible projects to put their money, how is the medical cannabis industry benefiting?
What initiatives are in place for the harmonization of licencing medical cannabis across Europe?’
Medical Cannabis Policies to Support Women's Health
The importance of advocating for better medical cannabis policies to support women’s health for example, issues such as recovering from sexual assault/trauma, reproductive health conditions such as endometriosis and sexual health.
Long Term Effects
There’s a lot of debate around the potential negative effects on health of long-term medical cannabis use. How valid is this argument?
Technology & Security
The Advantages of Blockchain Technology
How will blockchain disrupt this sector and help it to become more lucrative and competitive.
From Cultivation to Waste Disposal
How is Malta preparing to address the environmental requirements?
Technology in the US
Technological innovations in the US cannabis industry.
Jacquie Cohen Roth
Bridging the Gap
How is innovative software narrowing the gap between doctor, patient and supplier?
How Malta’s medical cannabis industry can benefit from going solar.
Large Scale Cultivation & Extraction
What are the best practices for the design, build and marketing of cultivation and extraction facilities in Israel, US and Canada?
Greenhouse Climate Management
Managing the climate of a greenhouse, specifically the humidity and how it interplays with temperature, energy consumption, plant growth, disease prevention, and uniformity.
The case for Building a Quality Culture and GMP Compliance.
What can Malta learn about security from international growers
Public and Private Health Cover
How are both the public and private healthcare sectors meeting the insurance requirements of medical cannabis patients. What issues do they face?
How are ISO and EU standards for vaping technology driving the industry’s quality control measures forward?
Arnaud Dumas de Rauly
The Local Corporate Insurance Industry
How is the local insurance industry involved with cannabis cultivation facilties, laboratories and retailers?
Effect of Regulation on the Growing Process
The complexity of growing cannabis as a source of active pharmaceutical ingredients for the medicinal drug industry.
The complex process of extraction requires cutting edge technology and highly-trained professionals. What are the financial and recruitment implications of setting up an extraction facility?
Importance of Transpositions Stability for Consistency and Best Expression of Cannabinoids
Transposons are jumping genes, which are sensitive to the environmental changes. Different genes are arranged to express secondary metabolites to sustain in the micro-macro environmental stress. Hence it is important to understand the genetics for medicinal use of cannabis.
Smart systems are making headway in agricultural and horticultural spheres. How are they changing the game for medical cannabis growers?
What are the pros and cons of this new technology?
Seed-to-patient Tracking with Blockchain Technology
How is blockchain technology revolutionising the medical cannabis supply chain?
Graham De Barra
Start-Up Business Workshop with BDO
Facilitating Taxation & Transparency with Blockchain Technology