Hosted by CannabizMD (CBMD), Cannabis + Innovation was held in Baltimore on May 9, 2019. In attendance were cannabis entrepreneurs, innovators, influencers as well as the cannabis industry curious.
Networking among panel members and guests kicked off the evening. A lively discussion between panel members followed: CBMD Founder/CEO Jacquie Cohen Roth; LeafTrade Founder James Yi; Genre-X Founder CEO Xena Ugrinsky and Brytemap Founder/CEO Bryan Lopez – and guests ensued. The discussion was moderated by Jonathan Havens, co-founder and co-chair of the Cannabis Law Practice at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP.
Each panel member has developed and is delivering products in the cannabis industry with cutting-edge innovation and high-level science. They shared their individual and collective challenges and experiences in the industry – one of the most regulated in the world. Data scientist Xena spoke about the critical need to collect data, analyze it and use it in a predictive for sustainable company growth and success.
The lively evening continued into another room for the launch of Tea Pad – a professional level networking group for the cannabis industry and the cannabis industry curious. Tea Pad is challenging the industry to walk the talk of diversity and inclusion. Proceeds of all Tea Pad events fund the Tea Pad Scholarship for Black Entrepreneurship at Morgan State University (MSU).
“The CannabizMD networking event was extremely informative on the industry from many different perspectives. Not only did I learn a lot about industry operations, the distinction between medicinal and adult use, hemp and cannabis but I met great people who are leading the charge. With recent breakthroughs in genomics, metabolomics, and the microbiome it will be fascinating to see how CannabizMD will help link the emerging cannabis market with breakthrough technologies.” – Jonathan Levine Ph.D., Metabolon, Inc.
“The CannabizMD panel discussion was informative and thought-provoking, and I was fortunate to be able to speak at length with (CannabizMD Advisory Board Member) Kate Mallary. Wow — her story is tragic but also truly inspiring. Everyone I met was super-nice so thanks again for hosting! I also think the work you are doing with the Tea Pad Scholarship for Black Entrepreneurship at Morgan State is awesome.” – Keith E. Armington, Principal, Supply Chain OpEx Consulting
“I met some nice people and got some good tips. The panel discussion was great! Since I’m new to learning about the industry, there were a few times where I didn’t understand what people were talking about but it was good exposure to the challenges people in the industry are facing.” – Healthcare Communications Professional
“I was honored to be a panelist at CannabizMD Cannabis + Innovation forum. With so much happening in the world of cannabis, it was a great opportunity to meet and discuss topics relevant to our industry. Both the CannabizMD and Tea Pad events that evening brought together many leaders who are active in the cannabis space, but also future leaders and influencers. It truly brought home the importance of stressing inclusion and diversity in this rapidly growing industry.” – Bryan Lopez, Founder/CEO at Brytemap