Cannabis Science Conference Returns to Baltimore With Goal To Make Pot Science ‘Accessible’

The sixth annual Cannabis Science Conference (CSC) is slated to return to the Baltimore Convention Center on Sept. 14 and 15 to showcase the latest scientific developments and innovation in the world of medical pot.

The event will host more than 120 vendors with the goal of “advancing cannabis science.” Exhibitions will span four sectors of the industry, including analytical science, medical cannabis, cultivation science and hemp/CBD. The full list of vendors can be found here

Josh Crossney, CEO of CSC Events, said in a press release that the conference aims to make cannabis science accessible, and ensure attendees “develop a robust scope of knowledge of the scientific techniques and research being conducted on the plant.” 

This year’s most anticipated keynote speakers include Stormy Simon, the former CEO of High Times magazine, and “Amazon” John Easterling, a rainforest conservationist and expert in plant medicine who is married to “Grease” star Olivia Newton-John.

The conference will also feature speeches from lab experts, research scientists, medical practitioners, policy makers, and weed enthusiasts. Some presentations will explore new topics like vaping, extraction, sustainability, and academic programs on cannabis at the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy and Northern Michigan University. 

The agenda for the event is available on CSC’s website.

But first, on Tuesday, Sept. 13 before the main convention begins, CSC will host an off-site “Canna Boot Camp” with Evermore Cannabis Company, a Maryland licensed cultivation and processing facility. Attendees will be shuttled to Evermore’s cultivation and processing facility in Baltimore to get a first-hand look at how to run a cannabis company, including cultivation, testing, laboratory management, processing and extracting, and more. 

The boot camp will give attendees a “full understanding of many aspects of the cannabis industry and analytical testing & extraction,” according to CSC’s website.

A full-access pass to the two-day exhibition on Sept. 14 and 15 at the convention center costs $299, and doesn’t cover entry to the Canna Bootcamp. Tickets for the Bootcamp cost $499 and don’t include access to the main CSC events. You can buy tickets here

“We’re thrilled to safely reconvene with our cannabis science community and are implementing extra precautions to ensure the safest return possible for our event,” Crossney said. The event was canceled in 2020 amid coronavirus safety concerns.

This year, attendees will be required to wear face masks inside the event at all times. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the space. 

The CSC also holds a conference on the West Coast annually, with this year’s event scheduled from Feb. 2 – 4 in Long Beach, California. 

Currently, one in two Americans live in states where cannabis is legal for adult-use, but Maryland is not one of them yet.

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