Tentative schedule subject to change


Saturday, January 21


Delta Hotels Richmond Downtown, Rocketts Landing Room

9:00AM - 5:00PM Conference registration & badge pick up

10:00AM - 5:00PM Patient consultations for certification by registered practitioners. Conference registration not required.


Delta Hotels Richmond Downtown, Kanahwa Ballroom

9:00AM - 6:00PM Exhibitor Hall


Delta Hotels Richmond Downtown, Capitol Room

9:00AM Virginia Cannabis Conference Networking Breakfast

12:00PM Lunch

2:45PM Afternoon break


Delta Hotels Richmond Downtown, James River Ballroom

10:00AM Opening Remarks
JM Pedini, NORML Development Director, Virginia NORML Executive Director

10:05AM Keynote
Jeremy Preiss, Acting Head, Chief Officer - Regulatory, Policy, & External Affairs, Virginia Cannabis Control Authority

10:30AM Federal Policy Update
Morgan Fox, NORML Political Director

11:00AM Consumer Safety Considerations for Cannabis and Cannabinoids
Dr. Michelle Peace, M.F.S., Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Director of Laboratory for Forensic Toxicology Research

1:00PM Genetics, Cannabis Tissue Culture & Advanced Cultivation
Justin Esquivel, President & Geneticist Green Luster Phenos, LLC
Take a deep dive into why stable genetics are so important and how you can implement tissue culture into any size cultivation canopy. This will educate & teach the grower how to achieve frosty and flavorful buds time after time! Learn about how to keep your crop bacteria & pest free from start to finish! Become aware of the greatest and most advanced tricks that can be implemented in home or commercial cultivation to achieve exotic premium buds. Understand what to look for when choosing the genetics that you will be cultivating under your BRAND. Once it’s out there, you can’t take it back! The cream always rises to the top!

2:00PM What to Know When Starting an Ancillary Cannabis Business
Sarah Kiah Morton, Owner, LOCKGREEN
Charlene Morring, Principal Owner, Morring Law PLLC
Erica Shackelton, Founder, Blue Ridge Sparkway
Mark Tavares, Founder, Commonwealth Canna

3:00PM Veterans and Cannabis: Health, Healing & Opportunities
Anthony Mijares, Owner, Old Manchester Hemp
Cherissa Jackson, CEO/Founder, We Decode

4:00PM Cruel Consequences: Tell Us Your Story
Tamara Netzel, Founder, Cruel Consequences: Portraits of Misguided Law
Long after court requirements are satisfied from a marijuana charge, many Americans are denied basic rights like employment, voting, housing, property, child custody, and college loans that keep them from Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Have you been impacted? Join our community healing session and share your story.

4:45PM Closing Remarks
JM Pedini, NORML Development Director, Virginia NORML Executive Director


Delta Hotels Richmond Downtown, James River Ballroom

7:00 - 10:00PM Commonwealth Green Gala 

2023 Vanguard Award: Delegate Dawn Adams
In Recognition of Courageous Public Leadership in Advancing Cannabis Law Reform

2023 Virginia Activist of the Year: Ben Sale
In Recognition of the Important Role of Our Volunteers In the Fight to Legalize Marijuana

2023 Virginia Organizer of the Year: Paul McLean
In Recognition of Exceptional Community Organization Dedicated to Repealing Marijuana Prohibition

2023 Virginia Public Service Award: Dr. Michelle Peace M.F.S., Ph.D.
In Recognition of Outstanding Public Leadership in the Field of Cannabis Law Reform