SCHEDULE

 

Tuesday, November 1

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Welcome Reception
Oasis Pool Area
 

Wednesday, November 2

7:30 am – 9:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:30 am – 9:30 am
A Year In Transition: The State of the Industry
Consultants charged with felonies. Plants seized on tribal land. The past year has illuminated the progress and pitfalls for this controversial new vertical in Indian Country. This panel will look at the current status, issues, and legalities of cannabis as a tribal business and set the stage for the conference agenda.
Moderator: Victor Rocha, President, Victor-Strategies
Speakers: Brian Cladoosby, Chairman, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community 
Jeff Doctor, Executive Director, National Indian Cannabis Coalition
Glen Gobin, Council Member, Tulalip Tribes Business Committee
Gene Johnson, Executive Vice President, Victor-Strategies

9:30 am – 10:30 am
Sovereign Soil: Legal Challenges of Cannabis Development on Tribal Land
Tribes are beginning to explore the viability of Cannabis, including marijuana and hemp, as a commodity for development on tribal lands.  As more states legalize medical marijuana, recreational marijuana and industrial hemp, tribes within those states must take action to legalize, decriminalize and/or regulate cannabis on their land.  This panel of eminent experts will provide the legal background, evaluate the impact of recent court and DEA decisions and discuss potential strategic steps for successful tribal cannabis opportunities.
Moderator: Lael Echo-Hawk, Of Counsel, Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker 
Speakers: Rion Ramirez, General Counsel, Port Madison Enterprises
Blake Trueblood, Founding Partner, Trueblood Law Group, P.A.

10:30 am – 10:45 am
Networking Break

10:45 am – 11:45 pm
Regulatory & MICS: It’s All About Control
As marijuana legalization gathers momentum and increasingly comes under consideration for tribal production, regulation becomes a paramount concern. Much like casino gaming, tribal hemp production must be carefully monitored and controlled by reputable regulatory agencies. Hear gaming and marijuana regulators explain how it is done in this informative panel discussion.
Moderator: Chris Stearns, Chairman, Washington State Gambling Commission
Speakers: Kent Robinson, Legal Counsel, Warm Springs Cannabis Commission
Nathan Schreiner, Attorney, Squaxin Island Legal Department

11:45 pm – 1:00 pm
Keynote Luncheon 
Tim Purdon and Brendan Johnson will provide an inside view on how the Department of Justice shaped its policies toward cannabis in Indian Country and how those policies are being implemented today. They will also discuss recent legal developments involving some of their clients, including Alex White Plume, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and the Seneca Commission for Economic Development.   
Keynote Speakers: Brendan V. Johnson  & Timothy Q. Purdon
Partners, Robins Kaplan LLP

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
V-S Cannabis Bootcamp Part I
Cannabiz: Finance, Production & Distribution For A New Industry

Back in the old days you planted a seed and watched it grow. Not anymore. Moving your product from farm or factory to retail facility has rarely been as complicated as when the merchandise is newly legal marijuana. Learn how to jump start a tribal cannabis and hemp production operation and assure that this business will be legal, profitable, responsible and sustainable.
Moderator: Kevin Clock, Cascade Strategic Investments, Inc.
Speakers:  Dennis Grayson, Klamath Tribal Member – Outdoor Cultivation, Iguana Network
Matt Olson, President, Robertson & Olson Construction
Don Sampson, CEO, Warm Springs Ventures

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm    
Medical Cannabis: Panacea or Myth
Medical marijuana demands many different approaches and skill sets than those needed for recreational retail production. Learn to navigate these waters with the guidance of this group of expert pilots.
Moderator: Allyson Doctor, Co-Chair, National Indian Cannabis Coalition
Duke Rodriguez, CEO, Ultra Health 
Other speakers to be announced     

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Networking Break

3:15 pm  - 4:15 pm
V-S Cannabis Bootcamp Part II:  Retail
This is not your father’s head shop. Legal marijuana retailing is a sophisticated operation requiring careful planning, preparation and execution. This instructive final session of the boot camp brings it all together in strategizing the successful setup for retail marijuana sales. 
Moderator: Cetan Wanbli Williams, CEO, The Buffalo Grass Company
Speakers: Ramsay Hamide, Owner, Main Street Marijuana
Travis Nabahe, CEO, Island Enterprises

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Casinos & Cannabis: Diversification Opportunity or Regulatory Nightmare?
As gaming tribes look for other business opportunities for economic diversification, the cannabis industry is starting to look more attractive. Are gaming and marijuana mutually exclusive. How will tribal marijuana production impact gaming operations? Will gaming compacts be impacted?
Moderator: Brendan V. Johnson, Partner and Co-Chair, American Indian Law and Policy Group, Robins Kaplan
Speakers: Timothy Q. Purdon, Partner and Co-Chair, American Indian Law and Policy Group, Robins Kaplan
Mark Van Norman, Owner, VN Consulting 

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Closing Reception
 

 


Symposium Concludes