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Regulation, Legislation & Research

09:00-09:10

Conference Inauguration - Welcome Remarks

Joseph Cuschieri

09:10-09:20

Malta's Journey

What key drivers were behind the introduction of the production of cannabis for medicinal use act?

Hon. Miriam Dalli

09:20-09:30

Research & Development

How has the change in law affected scientific research in Malta?

Hon. Deo Debattista

09:30-10:15

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.

Richard Sharp

10:15-10:30

From Tragedy to Triumph

One Cancer Mom’s Journey to Find a Cure

Tracy Ryan

10:20-10:40

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?

Monty Munford

10:30-11:00

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?

Patrizia Campolongo

Giuseppe Di Giovanni

Liana Fattore

11:00-11:20

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.

Anthony Wolch

11:20-11:40

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? “

Monty Munford

11:40-11:50

THE BUSINESS OF CANNABIS

What steps does a company need to take to operate a successful medical cannabis business?

Yona Levy

11:50-12:00

Intellectual Property and its Challenges

How can pharmaceutical companies develop an effective intellectual property and commercial strategy for synthetic cannabinoids?

12:00-12:20

Synthetic Cannabinoids

what are the benefits and disadvantages of man-made cannabinoids?

Manit Patel

12:20-12:30

Regulation in Malta

What can Malta learn from different regulatory approaches?

Alexander Pombo

Start-up Pitch

Investment Opportunities

14:00-14:10

Case Study

From concept to exit, review of a successful start-up investment.

14:10-14:20

Market Overview

What is the European medicinal cannabis market worth and what are the future projections?

14:30-14:40

Legal Cannabis

From disruption to mass market.

Vladas Snieckus

14:40-15:00

Emerging Markets

How is the Asian market progressing in the medical cannabis industry and what future developments are expected?

Brian Sheng

15:00-15:10

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

15:10-15:30

Fund Restrictions

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?

Mark Hamade

15:30-15:40

Real Estate Investment

Planning the acquisition, design and construction of a medical cannabis facility.

Daniel Sax

15:40-15:50

Pharmaceutical Cannabis Investments

The best of the best.

Steele Clark Smith III

15:50-16:00

Ancilliary Services

What sort of investment is required in ancillary services in order to support the medical cannabis sector?

16:00-16:20

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?

16:30-16:40

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?

16:40-16:50

Mitigating Risk

Investment firms have highlighted several risk factors in investing in the European medical cannabis industry. How are these to be reduced?

16:50-17:10

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?

17:10-17:20

Going Public

IPO’s are happening in Canada. Will the trend move to Europe?

17:20-17:30

Preventing Exploitation

In markets where medical cannabis is legal and recreational cannabis is not, what measures are in place to stop exploitation?

17:30-17:40

Pick and Shovel Play

How are investors using this strategy to mitigate risk in volatile cannabis stocks?

17:40-17:50

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?

Mark Hamade

17:50-18:00

Supply and Demand

Cover supply is a problem affecting certain markets. How can a company accurately forecast demand?

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09:00-09:45

Malta

Andrew Agius

09:45-10:30

United Kingdom

Dani Gordon

10:30-11:15

Thailand

11:15-12:00

Switzerland

Neville Edel

12:00-12:45

Australia

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13:45-14:30

Netherlands

14:30-15:15

Canada

Preet Marwaha

15:15-16:00

LatAM

Alexander Pombo

16:00-16:45

United States

William J. Pascrell, III

Steele Clark Smith III

16:45-17:30

Israel

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Social Impact & Education

09:00-09:10

Public Sector Healthcare

Medical Cannabis in the Maltese Public Sector

Hon. Chris Fearne

09:10-09:30

Patient-led Change

How did Hannah Deacon push for legislative change in the UK and what has been the outcome of her efforts?

Hannah Deacon

Michael Barnes

09:30-09:50

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.

Will Stewart

Basia Zieniewicz

09:50-10:10

Social Impact in North America

What can North American sociological research on the affects of medical cannabis teach European countries?

Maya Elisabeth

Alix Hadley

Mark Braunstein

Anthony Bailey

10:10-10:20

Cannabis Nursing

The progression and impact of cannabis nursing in North America.

Jamie Rollins

10:20-10:40

Educating Medical Professionals

What are the most effective ways of educating the medical community on cannabis?

Andrew Agius

Marcus Ramkissoon

Dani Gordon

10:40-11:00

Homegrown Medical Cannabis

The argument for and against regulation of private medical cannabis cultivation for patients taking it for long-term pain management.

Carly Barton

11:00-11:10

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?

Mauro Maccarrone

11:10-11:30

Marketing and The Last Mile

How consumers get products, touching on regulatory matters in marketing and payments especially around CBD.

Richard Skaife

Rachel Colic

11:30-11:50

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.

Joe Rogoway

11:50-12:00

Investors and Society

As investment firms look for more socially responsible projects to put their money, how is the medical cannabis industry benefiting?

Amber Senter

12:00-12:10

Europe-Wide Legislation

What initiatives are in place for the harmonization of licencing medical cannabis across Europe?’

Gabriel Micallef

12:20-12:30

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.

Halima Al-Hatimy

12:30-12:50

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

14:00-14:20

The Advantages of Blockchain Technology

How will blockchain disrupt this sector and help it to become more lucrative and competitive.

Aviya Arika

Ian Mcafee

14:30-14:40

From Cultivation to Waste Disposal

How is Malta preparing to address the environmental requirements?

Oliver Fenech

14:40-15:10

Technology in the US

Technological innovations in the US cannabis industry.

Jacquie Cohen Roth

Michael Patterson

15:10-15:30

Bridging the Gap

How is innovative software narrowing the gap between doctor, patient and supplier?

15:20-15:30

Solar Energy

How Malta’s medical cannabis industry can benefit from going solar.

15:30-15:40

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?

Adam Shuster

15:40-15:50

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.

Yanor Yazma

15:50-16:00

GOING GLOBAL

The case for Building a Quality Culture and GMP Compliance.

Laleh Bighash

16:00-16:10

Security Concerns

What can Malta learn about security from international growers

Yosi Sherman

16:10-16:30

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?

16:20-16:30

Quality Control

How are ISO and EU standards for vaping technology driving the industry’s quality control measures forward?

Arnaud Dumas de Rauly

16:30-16:40

The Local Corporate Insurance Industry

How is the local insurance industry involved with cannabis cultivation facilties, laboratories and retailers?

16:40-16:50

Effect of Regulation on the Growing Process

The complexity of growing cannabis as a source of active pharmaceutical ingredients for the medicinal drug industry.

Sharan Sidhu

16:50-17:10

Extraction Equipment

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?

17:20-17:40

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.

Srinivasa Reddy

17:40-17:50

Automation

Smart systems are making headway in agricultural and horticultural spheres. How are they changing the game for medical cannabis growers?

17:50-18:00

Nano-Cannabinoid Technology

What are the pros and cons of this new technology?

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09:00-12:30

How is blockchain technology revolutionising the medical cannabis supply chain?

Petar Savic

Graham De Barra

Ian Mcafee

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