Schedule

2018 Grow Up Conference Schedule

Note: Schedule line-up, times, topics, panelist and moderators are subject to change without notice. Please refer to this page for current information.

DAY 1:
Fri. Sept. 7th, 2018
8:15 AM9:45 AM
Friday September 7th
Networking Breakfast *Conference Add On - $75  https://growupconference.com/conference/register/* Building Your Portfolio In An Evolving Market: Speculators were following the money even before Canada’s recreational cannabis business began to take root. But now that major players have had time to flex their market muscles, analysts are already noticing strong trends. This session will track developments in the cannabis business in the U.S. and Canada, the most recent estimates of market size and growth, and the relationship between the large and small enterprises. Will the biggest companies seek to consolidate to restrict a rush of new competitors? What are the most promising areas of new investment? And what will it all mean to market suppliers? Moderator: Jay Rosenthal, Business of Cannabis Breakfast followed by BONUS: Meet n’ Greet with Dragon's Den, Kevin O'Leary (Breakfast 8:15 am - 9:15 am) (Meet n’ Greet 9:15 am - 9:45 am) PHOTOS
Breakfast

Meet n’ Greet with Dragon's Den, Kevin O'Leary
9:30 AM10:00 AM
Friday September 7th
10:00 AM11:00 AM
Friday September 7th
Opening Keynote Address Kevin O'Leary will present a dynamic evaluation of the Cannabis industry from the prospective of the entrepreneurs who are developing it and the domestic and global investors who are interested in investing in it.  
11:10 AM12:00 PM
Friday September 7th

Keynote  Presentation

Tony Chapman believes we are squandering first-mover advantage with cannabis, the most significant consumer product launch in our history,  and at a time when Canada's economy is starving for growth.  Instead of unleashing free enterprise to cultivate, invest in science, file patents and create brands we handcuff them and turn a blind eye to the black market which generates more cannabis revenue in North America than McDonalds and Starbucks combined.

In this keynote, Chapman shares what he would do to set Canada up for sustained success in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

 
12:00 PM1:00 PM
Friday September 7th
12:00 PM1:00 PM
Friday September 7th
Private Event We are bringing the best in cannabis growing minds together for a networking, idea-sharing, meeting of the minds luncheon. The idea of the inaugural and annual Grower's Luncheon is to foster conviviality amongst growers. A panel of diverse growers will share their thoughts on some of their biggest challenges growing in a regulated system, share some of their trials and tribulations as they immersed themselves in their position, as well as share some their wishes on what Health Canada can do to better the growing experience and the quality of cannabis. The overall goal is to bring together a nationwide informal network of growers with a yet to be determined purpose - be it social, technical, or advocacy. Sponsored by: Medz Cannabis Inc. and Grow Opportunity Moderator: Randy Flemming, Flemming & Singh Cannabis Inc. RSVP  
1:00 PM1:25 PM
Friday September 7th
Keynote - Upcoming Canadian legalization - Transition into the recreational market - Canada as global leader for forming recreational and medical markets Brought to you by Aurora  
1:00 PM1:25 PM
Friday September 7th
Presentation Nowadays the production of medicinal cannabis is switching from indoor facilities to greenhouses. The advantages of using natural sources such as light are large and drastically reduces energy consumption. There are also challenges, controlling the climate in a greenhouse requires different techniques and growth strategy.   The presentation will be focusing on climate control and plant behaviour, we will talk about growing strategies. We will discuss subjects as: Humidity control and temperature, Light, screens, irrigation/water management. We will mainly focus on the climate and how that increases production and keeping plants more healthy. Brought to you by AAB Int  
1:30 PM2:20 PM
Friday September 7th
Panel Discussion

An industry is born, and it just got real. “Compassion growers” who started with a few lights are suddenly in the commercial game with thousands of them. A plant that seemed easy to grow when you were dealing with a dozen, requires high-tech lighting, irrigation and systems engineering when you’re working out of a full warehouse. There are a handful of go-to companies with top-to-bottom facility expertise in facility creation and management. They’ve seen major successes and brutal mistakes, and, in this panel, they’ll share insights that could set you up from the ground up.

Moderator: Megan Henderson, TheGrowthOp.com  
1:30 PM2:20 PM
Friday September 7th
Panel Discussion

You knew the end of prohibition wouldn’t come without fine print. Indeed, “legalized” cannabis may arguably be more regulated than ever. Cultivating companies will need to provide background checks from top to bottom. Outdoor growing has a code of security requirements that some say make it prohibitively expensive. Potency has yet to be properly addressed. Will some genetics still be illegal? And what the heck is a “micro-cultivation license” anyway? The grey areas are endless. But the expertise on this panel can help lead you safely through the maze.

Moderator: Jamie Shaw, Industry and Policy Expert  
2:25 PM2:50 PM
Friday September 7th
Presentation Environmental permitting of greenhouse operations can be a significant task, and one that producers considering this market should have an appreciation for. This presentation will discuss the regulatory framework around Water, Sewage, and Air permitting for Greenhouse facilities, who the approval agencies are, what they are looking for, and what timelines can be associated with getting permits in place.  
2:25 PM2:50 PM
Friday September 7th
Panel Discussion Moderator: Jay Rosenthal, Business of Cannabis  
2:50 PM3:20 PM
Friday September 7th
3:20 PM4:15 PM
Friday September 7th
Presentation On the eve of cannabis legalization, a lot is set to change in the way regulated cannabis facilities must approach the issue (and challenge) of “SECURITY”. In this fast-paced and thought-provoking session, Canada’s top cannabis security expert will tell you the key things you need to know to manage security risks and navigate the new business realities as a cultivator, processor, retailer or license applicant.  
3:20 PM3:45 PM
Friday September 7th
Presentation An organism’s choice to reproduce with or without sex has long puzzled evolutionary biologists. Apomixis, a natural form of reproduction in plants whereby seeds are produced asexually to make genetic clones of the mother plant, has evolved repeatedly from sexual ancestors in many species. Apomixis is of interest on a number of levels, ranging from population genetics to evolution, but also from an applied perspective, as it represents a disruptive technology which could significantly change agricultural practices (e.g. fixing hybrid vigour in crops). The goal of my presentation will be to describe how we go from understanding the evolution of naturally-occurring asexual plants, to identifying the genes responsible for asexuality, to applying these genes to crop plants.  
3:50 PM4:15 PM
Friday September 7th
Presentation

Industrial Hemp has been used for thousands of years and for hundreds of purposes.  Though it has made somewhat of a comeback since the implementation of the Industrial Hemp program in1997, changes in the Canadian regulations under the new Cannabis Act now make it possible to extract the medicine from Hemp crops and will potentially permit outdoor cultivation of high THC Cannabis.   For farmers, the possibility of gaining an additional revenue stream or growing a higher value crop is very attractive.  Furthermore, the funding now being directed toward hemp production will allow us to solve many of the issues surrounding cultivation, harvesting, processing and marketing this crop.  There are several methods used for farming hemp and different cultivars are being created for a variety of purposes and climates.  Dr. Hudson will cover some of the recent advances in the Hemp breeding and farming techniques as well as highlight the future of outdoor cultivation.

 
4:20 PM4:45 PM
Friday September 7th
Presentation

Staying on top of your environment is one of the biggest concerns for any cannabis cultivation operation. In this session, you will learn how to increase product consistency and quality from Jon Kozlowski of Surna Inc.  Jon will be answering industry questions including:

            Why is the mechanical system such an important decision for a cultivation business?

            What are the considerations for mechanical design as it relates to product consistency and compliance?

            Why is data collection important and what are some best practices?

            How are environmental variables connected to one another?

 
4:20 PM5:15 PM
Friday September 7th
Panel Discussion

As it stands with Health Canada, marketing cannabis may be more like advertising pharma than marketing beer (you know the ads, that don’t identify what a drug does, but list dire side effects). “Glamour, recreation, risk, excitement…” are among prohibited ad themes. Packaging is to be plain and uncolourful. But savvy marketers are already stickhandling the restrictions with imaginative ways to get their message across. Creative use of social media, event sponsorship, ancillary non-THC products like “hemp-inspired” beer – these and other approaches will be discussed in this panel of forward-thinkers.

Moderator: Jennifer McKenzie, Bereskin & Parr LLP  
4:50 PM5:15 PM
Friday September 7th
Presentation

Advanced all-in-one, humidity and temperature control systems are changing the economics of our industry. The pay back from precisely controlled temperature and humidity control with intelligent energy recycling can be enormous, yet much of the cannabis industry is still being poorly served with over-priced, low tech, underperforming HVAC systems.

In this session, Geoff Brown will review the science and math behind smart HVAC decisions and explain the best way to make well-informed decisions about your facility’s requirements. There’s a lot of mis-information and out-dated thinking even amongst consultants and engineers, so be sure you know the right questions to ask so you’ll be certain to achieve maximum return on your investment.

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5:00 PM6:00 PM
Friday September 7th

Competition

The Hackathon will foster creative ideas and innovation to bring new solutions to the fast-growing cannabis industry.

Competing coders, designers, and engineers will explore ideas for tracking, purchasing, reporting, strain identification, verification, integration with the entertainment industry, and much more.

After a 24 hour overnight hacking session at Brainsights in Toronto, the finalist teams will be brought to Niagara Falls via TourBuds — the first luxury cannabis tour bus, with activation by Hotbox — for the awards presentation and ceremony.

Facilitator: Travis Laurendine, Outlier  
5:20 PM6:00 PM
Friday September 7th
Panel Discussion

All Health Canada cultivators and processors have to obtain a "Cannabis License" from the CRA before legalization date on October 17. 2018, in addition to the Health Canada license. Also, processors and packagers will need to register for the Excise Tax Stamp regime and purchase stamps. If you don't obtain a license by October 17, 2018, you risk facing federal offences if you continue to undertake cannabis activities. The panel will outline how to fill out the "Cannabis License" application and how the excise tax is calculated and who pays it, as well as some challenges it poses to LPs who want to automate the process.

Moderator: Harrison Jordan, MNP  
5:20 PM5:45 PM
Friday September 7th
Presentation Cannabis microbiome sequencing has revealed interesting insights into microbial testing regulations. Cannabis endophytes and endofungal bacteria present serious challenges to culture based assessments of microbial risks and more accurate DNA based methods are required to limit clinical liability. To get a complete picture of the cannabis microbiome, we also constructed the most comprehensive Cannabis genome assembly. A blockchain based cannabis genetic registry for more immutable and transparent cannabis safety data tracking will be discussed.
5:50 PM6:00 PM
Friday September 7th
Presentation How an internationally recognized standard can help cannabis growing operations mitigate energy consumption and costs.  
8:00 PM10:00 PM
Friday September 7th
Join us as we party steps away from the brink of the Horseshow Falls. You will have a breath taking view of the falls to enjoy while networking and mingling with the best in the cannabis industry. This exclusive networking event is open to speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, conference delegates and VIP Growers. SHUTTLES WILL BE AVAILABLE OUTSIDE OF THE CONVENTION CENTRE. No admittance without your delegate badge. Cash Bar.  
    DAY 2:
    Sat. Sept. 8th, 2018
    8:45 AM9:45 AM
    Saturday September 8th
    Networking Breakfast A rare opportunity to meet the top leadership from four Licensed Producers on one stage. Learn from their experience as well as what industry changes to expect. Also take away practical cannabis start-up advice from industry insiders. *Conference Add On - $75  https://growupconference.com/conference/register/*   Moderator: Samantha Roman, Credible Cannabis Consulting  
    10:00 AM10:45 AM
    Saturday September 8th
    Panel Discussion As the industry expands rapidly what other business issues and developments should licensed producers be considering? Get an update from a cross-section of seasoned advisors on trending advancements required to remain competitive. Moderator: Samantha Roman, Credible Cannabis Consulting
    10:00 AM10:45 AM
    Saturday September 8th
    Panel Discussion Given Canada is a Federation we will have 13 different cannabis distribution regimes spread across the provinces and territories. There will be a mix of private and public offerings and if you want to understand how this will work and role out on October 17, come listen to a panel made of up of political insiders and industry representatives. This panel with provide you with the latest developments and offer insight towards how the future will look a year from legalization. Moderator: Ivan Ross Vrana, HK Strategies  
    10:50 AM11:15 AM
    Saturday September 8th
    Presentation

    From clone to customer. Learn the processes to ensure customer satisfaction with the products they purchase. Focuses on post production quality control measures.

     
    10:50 AM11:15 AM
    Saturday September 8th
    Presentation

    -          History of cannabis & hemp farming and where the future is heading.

    -          Overview of farming Cannabis outdoors, the costs and economics of managing a Cannabis Farms business.

    -          Cannabis farming bottlenecks, challenges and barriers to entry.

    -          Industrial hemps endless opportunities with fiber supply, stock materials, fabrication, innovations and technology uses.

    -          Starting a Cannabis Farms business, with an overview of licensing, financing and building a road map to success.

     
    11:20 AM11:45 AM
    Saturday September 8th
    Presentation

    The impending legalization of cannabis will increase the market value substantially. As a result, it is increasingly important that companies producing cannabis, cannabis products and devices seek to protect their Intellectual Property (IP) in Canada in order to increase their market share.

    This session will focus on the protection of cannabis and related products through patents and Plant Breeders’ Rights(PBRs). A patent is a very important asset as it provides a monopoly to the owner to exclude others from making, using or selling the invention during the term of the patent, which is 20 years from the filing date. The session will discuss the types of cannabis related products that can be protected by patents. Plant Breeders’ Rights are also important as they give the cannabis breeder the exclusive rights to the propagating material of their novel cannabis variety for a period of 20 years including the right to sell, produce and reproduce, import and export propagating material of the variety as well as the right to authorize others to do the same.  Both patents and PBRs have very specific timing requirements and missing critical deadlines can put your rights up in smoke.

       
    11:20 AM11:45 AM
    Saturday September 8th
    Presentation

    A crucial and often underestimated aspect of the cannabis industry is the necessity for a clean, efficient supply chain. In industries such as food production and drug development, Quality Assurance systems are used to ensure established standards are met throughout the supply chain. GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), ISO (International Organization for Standards), and HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) are all QA systems that have been developed to maintain quality, mitigate risk at potential failure points, and improve consumer safety. With the exploding demand for CBD, THC, and other cannabinoid-based products, there is a significant need for QA systems throughout the cannabis supply chain.

    The challenge with implementing a QA system starts at the very beginning of the supply chain. The potential for disease to wipe out a harvest, or for plant material to be deemed unsuitable for human consumption due to pesticide use, can significantly set back growers, processors, and manufacturers throughout the supply chain. Tissue culture is one of several tools used to support a reliable QA system for early stage plants at the beginning of a cannabinoid-based product lifecycle. Tissue culture is used to propagate plants in a sterile environment, remove pathogens, and maintain the highest quality nursery standards with certified disease-free, pesticide-free, genetically consistent plants. This process ensures that plants do not carry on diseases and hereditary defects, creating a strong foundation for large scale production of uniform product.

     
    11:50 AM12:15 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Presentation

    A rapid rise in cannabis literacy has increased consumer attention to the importance of a robust cannabinoid and terpene profile.  Whether using soil or a soilless mix, growers are benefiting from the inclusion of various soil microbes and "foods" to heighten the plant response in the production of secondary metabolites like cannabinoids and terpenes.  Join Dr. Av Singh on best practices of matching the microorganism to what your plant needs and what your grower wants.

     
    11:50 AM12:15 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Presentation

    The cannabis industry continues to be one of Canada’s fastest-growing sectors and with new players entering the market at a rapid pace, it’s more important than ever for companies to engage in meaningful corporate social responsibility initiatives inspired by the socially-conscious roots of cannabis. In this talk, Hilary Black, Director of Patient Education & Advocacy at Canopy Growth will share her story as the founder of the BC Compassion Club Society and how her work along with the efforts of many other early advocates for patient access to cannabis fueled a movement that has now turned into a massive industry. Hilary will also provide further insight into the ways that Canopy Growth is committed to investing in and being the leader in creating solutions to cannabis-related issues such as safe driving, youth cannabis use, clinical guidelines for physicians, and the recently announced partnership with UBC to research the potential utility of cannabis in addressing the opioid overdose crisis.

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    12:15 PM1:15 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    12:15 PM1:15 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Networking Lunch (Panel Discussion) Many indigenous nations have expressed an interest in the cannabis industry a means of economic opportunity and many are already open for business. In Canada there are varying degrees of acceptance and openness to doing business with cannabis companies as well as varying degrees of legislative understanding. This intimate discussion with some of the most respected indigenous business leaders and cannabis executives will guide you through the path forward and cover everything from putting together balanced deals, to navigating cultural sensitivities, band by-laws, and more. (Moderator: Chief Isadore Day) This year, Grow Up will be focusing on cannabis and the First Nations community along with an Indigenous Luncheon on Saturday. These panels will feature well-respected indigenous figures and discuss current topics regarding the First Nations community and cannabis. This luncheon is open to the Indigenous / First Nations  community and companies looking to explore cannabis opportunities within the First Nations community. You must R.S.V.P. or request an invite by September 1st, 2018. INVITE ONLY Sponsored by the Ontario First Nations Economic Developers Association and the 2018 First Nations Economic Advancement Conference https://www.ofneda.com/   DOWNLOAD – Discussion Paper  
    1:15 PM1:40 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Presentation

    Prevention of pests can be the key to managing your crop successfully and yes this can be done using beneficial insects.  The key pests for medical crops are Spider mite, Thrips and Fungus gnats, all of these pests have beneficial insects that can be established on the plants or in the soil to help manage them.  This seminar will explore the use of beneficial insects preventively and the role of monitoring in your crop. Beneficial insects should be considered an insurance policy for your crop!

     
    1:15 PM1:40 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Presentation

    In the Future of Retail, Lori Bailey, Head of Retail at Canopy Growth, will speak to the incredible opportunity for creativity and innovation in cannabis retail. Focused on the upcoming adult use legal cannabis market, Lori will draw on more than twenty years of senior retail experience to highlight the commonalities and differences between traditional and cannabis retail while addressing the future of the sector in Canada. Her presentation will also cover retail essentials such as locations, personnel, experience design and community involvement.

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    1:45 PM2:10 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Presentation
    • Former BC Health Minister and current Vice-President of Corporate and Social Responsibility at HEXO, Dr. Lake will discuss the critical role of legal cannabis for managing the opioid crisis.
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    Based in Quebec, Hydropothecary / HEXO creates and distributes innovative, easy-to-use and easy-to-understand products to serve the Canadian cannabis market. One of the country’s lowest-cost producers, HEXO is rapidly increasing its production capacity in the lead up to the adult-use cannabis market. The Company currently operates with 310,000 sq. ft. of production capacity with construction on another 1,000,000 sq. ft. expansion set to be complete by year end. HEXO will serve the adult-use market under the HEXO brand, while continuing to serve its medical cannabis clients through the well-known Hydropothecary brand.  

     
    1:45 PM2:10 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Presentation Cannabis is a unique plant based medicine in that it’s cultivation, processing, and development in understanding of effects has largely been restricted while other industries have developed innovative technology and techniques to increase efficiency, efficacy, and specificity of an end product. As legalization unfolds in many jurisdictions across the globe restrictions are being lifted on the development of cannabis-based products and with it the science and technological innovations required to serve both medicinal and adult-use markets. For companies to fully realize the potential that cannabis provides for product differentiation, research and innovation on how these novel compounds give rise to the effects desired by medical patients and adult-use consumers will need to expand greatly. In this talk a brief overview of our current theories and understanding on how complex synergies between cannabinoids, terpenes, and the receptor-compound interactions give rise to effects, and how understanding this dynamic will impact formulations of future products.  
    2:15 PM3:00 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Panel Discussion

    In Drug War days, scientists could only do “Reefer Madness” research. Now we’re seeing the first peer-reviewed scientific research into cannabis yields and growth techniques, as colleges and universities train the a generation of legal cultivators. Among these: Laval University, which has partnered with Green Seal to research the ROI between various lighting products. This session will reveal the first round of results of the largest lighting experiment ever conducted (500 plants from eight companies), comparing the ROI between horticulture LEDs, regular LEDs and HPS (High Pressure Sodium lights). It’ll follow up with a discussion of the future of grow-lighting, growth tips and the part natural light could play.

    Moderator: James Eaves, Laval University  
    2:15 PM3:00 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Panel Discussion The government has its standards. But to stake its identity, the industry must self-regulate. And it’s responding on multiple fronts, adding consumer-first issues like quality claims and standards to the government’s priority of safety issues. There’s the CannabisWise certification, a voluntary testing program announced by the National Institute for Cannabis Health and Education. And with an eye on the world market, testers are seeking ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, from the International Organization for Standardization. There’s even an emerging GQA (Growers Quality Assurance) based on the wine industry’s Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA). This panel features key players in quality control and testing, who envision a future where “buyer beware” is not an option. Moderator: Barinder Rasode, Niche Canada  
    3:00 PM3:25 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    3:25 PM3:50 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Presentation

    This session will explore the criminal and immigration ramifications to those working in the cannabis industry, when entering the US or Canada.

    In particular we will discuss:

    What will the impact of the new marijuana legislation on legalization on travel to the United States and Canada?

    • What happens now if you are asked about whether you have used marijuana in the past?

    • What can you do if found criminally inadmissible in Canada or the US because of pot use or DUI?

    • How do the new laws affect those who are associated with the marijuana industry?

         
    3:25 PM3:50 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Presentation

    Cannabis scent control regulations present a unique challenge for entrepreneurs that might be otherwise unfamiliar with the engineering required to meet regulatory standards. Dan Gustafik, President and Founder of Hybrid Tech, will provide an overview of relevant scent control regulations and the techniques and equipment which can help ensure that your facility meets and exceeds requirements

       
    3:55 PM4:45 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Panel Discussion As cannabis reaches new markets around the globe, maintaining public safety and quality assurance standards becomes of utmost importance. Don’t miss the world’s top testing, compliance, and QA experts as they discuss how the industry can address this challenge. Moderator: Jay Rosenthal, Business of Cannabis Brought to you by  
    3:55 PM4:20 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Fireside Chat It was prohibition that sent cannabis production indoors in the first place. Once there, technology took over, applying industrial techniques to warehouse growth. But the anticipated spike in demand post-legalization – and issues of increased energy expense and environmental group pressure – could lure the industry at least partly back into the daylight. This session will look at the benefits of outdoor cultivation, its simpler infrastructure, eco-friendliness, cost-effectiveness and its promise as a measure to boost supply and ward off shortage-driven black marketeering. And it will consider whether greenhouse cultivation is an energy-feasible compromise between indoor and outdoor. Interviewer: Dr. Av Singh, Flemming & Singh Cannabis Inc.  
    4:25 PM4:40 PM
    Saturday September 8th

    Presentation

    The commercialization of medical and edible cannabis are limited by the current delivery and consumption methods. The plant oil extracts are hydrophobic in nature, which limits their application in water-based systems. Furthermore, cannabis oils have a very low oral bioavailability. Nanotechnology is a promising strategy address theses issues. There are two different approaches to produce nano-sized oil droplet in water phase. A mechanical approach in which high shear or high intensity ultrasound waves are used to breakdown oil droplets to 100-500 nm. However, this approach is energy-intensive and the finished products are not stable in long term. Microemulsions are the most advanced approach for creating stable, nano-sized droplets (10-100 nm), water-soluble and bioavailable products. A team of U of T researchers have developed a delivery system made with FDA-approved ingredients that can enhance the absorption of drugs 4 folds. Therefore, 1/4 drug per dose is needed compared to conventional methods and hence it is a cost-saving strategy. The platform can also be used to extract cannabis oil from the plant tissues much more effective than using the traditional solvents.

     

    • Mehdi Nouraei
      University of Toronto Chemical Engineering Department
    4:45 PM5:00 PM
    Saturday September 8th
    Presentation Learn about NanoSphere's patented “smart nanoparticles" of cannabinoids as alternatives to smoking, vaping and edibles. Hear about new products with precision dosaging for therapeutic and recreational cannabis.