Cannabis Science Conference East Preview: Return to Baltimore, Keynote Speakers, and Key Topics

Cannabis Science and Technology, July/August 2021, Volume 4, Issue 6
Pages: 40-41
Columns | <b>Cannabis Crossroads</b>

Say goodbye to “Zoom” and hello to the room in this special preview of the Cannabis Science Conference East where cannabis science experts will offer three full days of informative presentations, posters, panel discussions, and networking sessions.

Cannabis Science Conference, the world’s largest and fastest growing cannabis science event, returns to the Baltimore Convention Center on September 14th and 15th with an expanded pre-show, full-day, hands-on Canna Boot Camp scheduled for September 13th.

For more than a year we have all been forced to communicate and meet in unique ways. Zoom fatigue is a term used to describe the burnout, tiredness, and anxiety associated with overusing virtual communication platforms. CSC Events, LLC, is proud and excited to begin a return to live events, with the announcement of an exceptional line-up of analytical, medical, cultivation, and hemp speakers. Join us in Baltimore, say goodbye to “Zoom” and hello to the room as we bring together cannabis science experts and novices for three full days of informative presentations, posters, panel discussions, and networking sessions.

“We are overjoyed to reconvene in Baltimore in September and deliver amazing technical content and valuable networking opportunities that will help us move cannabis science forward as well as reconnect as human beings,” said Andrea Peraza, CSC Events COO. “Our team has pulled together the most educational sessions to date, combined with an exciting exhibit floor that will help our exhibitors re-establish their brands and grow their bottom lines.”

A glimpse at this year’s keynote speakers below highlights what an amazing event this will be. For additional information about CSC East speakers, topics, exhibitors, and sponsors, visit

 Cannabis: From Subculture to Science,” Stormy Simon  Lunch with Stormy Podcast, Former President of, Former CEO of High Times

• “Saving Sophie: One Mom’s Journey to Find a Cure Using Cannabis and Cell Therapy,”
Tracy Ryan  NKore Biotherapeutics

 “Cannabis in Integrative Medicine, Health Promotion, and Disease Prevention,”
Dr. Dustin Sulak  Healer,

• “Cannabinoids and the Brain-Heart-Gut Axis: Informing Science from an Epidemiological Lens,” Dr. Denise Vidot - University of Miami

• “Clean Cannabis,” Drs. Jacklyn Green and Roger Kern  Agate Biosciences

 “Cannabis Cultivation Science Keynote,” Amazon John Easterling  Happy Tree Microbes & Laughing Dog Farms

• “Navigating the Evolving Needs of a Global Cannabis Company as In-House Counsel," Scheril Murray Powell, Esq.  SMP Law

• “Cannabis Contamination and Why a Kill-Step is Necessary,” Jill Ellsworth – Willow Industries

There are many critical cannabis science topics covered in the Analytical Science track this year—from the chemistry of vaping and heavy metals to reference material development, extractions, intellectual property, regulations, and accreditation. Two very special presentations from Ben Euhus (The Technion) and Nadav Eyal (Eybna) will educate attendees on cutting-edge analytical science advances. Other analytical science highlights include local presenters from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, in addition to presentations from Northern Michigan University, Portland State University, the University of Texas at Arlington, A2LA, MCR Labs, and NIST.

Title sponsor Shimadzu Scientific Instruments returns with technical presentations on heavy metals and cannabinoid analysis, along with analytical science presentations from SPEX
CertiPrep, Agilent, CC Biotech LLC, CEM Corporation, Glass Expansion, Inc., LGC Standards, Culta LLC, CloudLIMS, Aura IP Law, Planet 13, BeGreen Supply, and Scientific Solutions. We’ll also feature a special welcome from Lori Dodson (Deputy Director) and William Tilburg (Executive Director) from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

Highlights on Tuesday, September 14th include a special “Cannabis Academic Programs” session with the two informative talks below:

• “Turning Over a New Leaf: Developing Graduate Education in Medical Cannabis,” Dr. Leah Sera - University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

• “Incorporating Cannabis Content in Undergraduate Education,” Dr. Mark Paulsen - Northern Michigan University 

This year’s Medical Science track looks to be the strongest yet, with four great panel discussions—a veterans panel, the ever-popular pediatric cannabis parents panel, a crowd-pleasing Cannabis Nurses Network panel as well as a newly added clinical director’s panel. Medical cannabis presentations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Miami will cover topics ranging from “Medicinal Cannabis Use for Epilepsy and Seizure Conditions,” to “Cannabinoids and the Brain-Heart-Gut Axis.” A special pediatric cannabis change-makers session featuring presentations by the ever-inspiring Rylie Maedler (Rylie’s Sunshine) and Connor Sheffield (Connor’s Courage) is an event that you won’t want to miss!

This year’s Cultivation Science track begins with a talk entitled, “Innovations in Terpene Development” by David Hodes (Cannabis Science and Technologycolumnist). Another morning highlight is a talk by Dr. Bhodi (Michael) Tims from the Maryland University of Integrative Health entitled, “There’s a Party Going on: How Chemical Ecology Can Improve Cannabis Production.”

In the afternoon, the Cultivation Science track continues with a talk by Professor Yi Li from the University of Connecticut on “Novel biological and physical approaches to deliver DNA and RNA molecules for genetic improvement of hemp/cannabis.” Dr. Jacklyn Green and Dr. Roger Kern deliver the first of three cultivation keynotes, “Clean Cannabis” and also host a cultivation panel discussion on “Advanced Genetics.” One of our 2019 CSC East Plenary speakers, Amazon John Easterling of Happy Tree Microbes, returns to give the second cultivation keynote. Additional talks by James Driskill (Laughing Dog Farms) and Jill Ellsworth (Willow Industries) make this the most educational and informative cultivation track to date.

The Hemp Science track is equally as impressive. The day begins with a presentation entitled, “Quantitative Analysis of 16 Cannabinoids with Complete Baseline Separation of Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC Utilizing the Triple Quad LCMS-8050” by Asra Gilani (Shimadzu Scientific Instruments) and continues with “A New Rapid, Simple, and Efficient Extraction Method for Cannabinoids in Hemp” by Benedict Liu (CEM Corporation). The morning session is rounded out with a talk by Ben Roush (Cannabis Engineering & Compliance) on “Energy Efficiency in Cannabis Extraction & Grow Operations.”

The Hemp Science track afternoon session has a special “Hemp Consumer Products & Branding” focus, with presentations from Carla Boyd (Hemp Way Foods) and Jared Mirsky (Wick & Mortar). The afternoon session also contains a hemp keynote by Scheril Murray Powell, Esq., (SMP Law) entitled, “Navigating the Evolving Needs of a Global Cannabis Company as In House Counsel.” The Hemp Legal IP & Intellectual Property session continues with an I.P. protections talk by Larry Sandell (Mei Mark LLP). Lastly, the Hemp Science track concludes with talks by Dr. Jokubas Ziburkus (MariMed Inc.) titled “CBGA-Mother of All Cannabinoids” and a closing talk by Jay Matos (Jay Matos Consulting).

There are many more excellent talks as well as interactive poster sessions and networking opportunities at this year’s event. Our hands-on Canna Boot Camp will be hosted again at Evermore Cannabis Company on Monday, September 13th with their amazing staff and CSC Founding & Diamond Sponsors covering everything from cultivation and processing to sample prep, laboratory information management systems, and analytical testing. At the time of writing this article only a handful of Canna Boot Camp tickets were available (this event has sold out every year). We are currently looking into expanding this event, so please check to see if tickets are available!

We have all been apart for far too long, and I am excited to see you all again in Baltimore! The CSC Events team is working closely with the Baltimore Convention Center to ensure we exceed CDC guidelines with routine cleaning and disinfecting, and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the conference. If you have any questions or are interested in boosting your brand recognition on our exciting exhibit floor, please visit or do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to a safe and informative show and we hope to see you there!

About the Columnist

Josh Crossney is the columnist and editor of “Cannabis Crossroads”
and a contributing editor to Cannabis Science and Technology magazine.
Crossney is also the president and CEO of Cannabis Science Conference.

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How to Cite this Article

J. Crossney, Cannabis Science and Technology 4(6), 40-41 (2021).