Burns & Levinson’s Fourth Annual State of the Cannabis Industry Conference

Thursday, October 29, 2020 9:00am - 2:00pm


The State of the Cannabis Industry Conference convenes national experts and industry professionals to share their unique strategic legal and financial perspectives on the state of the industry and capital markets, M&A and investments, secured lending, workouts and restructurings, and developments in the hemp and CBD market. For 2020, we have redesigned the event to be an interactive virtual experience, enabling you to make connections, develop partnerships, and learn from industry leaders.


Welcoming Remarks
9:00am – 9:10am

Fireside Chat with Steve Hoffman, Chairman, Cannabis Control Commissioner
9:10am – 10:00am

Break I
10:00am – 10:10am

Panel I: Roadmap to Restructuring and Workouts in the Cannabis Industry (Moderator, Scott Moskol)
10:10am – 11:00am

Cannabis businesses face unique challenges when confronted with economic difficulties and financial challenges in an industry suffering from a lack of institutionalized capital. While cannabis remains federally illegal, bankruptcy court protection is denied to plant-touching and, in some circumstances, ancillary companies. Our panel will discuss the judicial and non-judicial options for operators, secured creditors, investors, and other stakeholders including a look at the new proposed receivership process for cannabis operators to be implemented in Massachusetts.

Charles Alovisetti / Vicente Sederberg, LLP
John Brecker / Altitude Investment Management 
Cynthia Romano / CohnReznick, LLP
Patrick Ryder / HUB International
Jacques Santucci / Nucleus One Consulting

Break II
11:00am – 11:10am

Panel II: Demystifying Hemp & CBD (Moderator, Katrina Skinner)
11:10am – 12:00pm

As the cannabis industry continues to boom, the demand for hemp and CBD has skyrocketed in recreational, industrial, and retail spaces. Our panelists will discuss the current status of the market, legal developments, challenges entrants face, and paths to new opportunities.

Bruce Bernstein / UBIX Processing
Darrin Coffin / Pinsunke, LLC
Shawn Hauser / Vicente Sederberg, LLP
Julie Lerner / PanXchange
David Neundorfer / Open Book Extracts

Break III
12:00pm – 12:10pm

Keynote with Mitchell Kahn, CEO, Grassroots and Joseph Lusardi, CEO, Curaleaf
12:10pm – 1:00pm

Panel III: Smoking Hot Topics: M&A, Investing, and Capital Raising (Moderator, Frank A. Segall)
1:00pm – 1:50pm

What is the state of the cannabis capital markets? What should investors be mindful of when making deals in the rapidly-evolving cannabis industry, how has COVID-19 impacted finance in the cannabis arena, and what is coming next? Our panelists will discuss and share insights into these pressing issues confronting the cannabis industry.

Joyce Cenali / Big Rock
Gregory Chin / CohnReznick, LLP
Jeffrey Finkle / ArcView Ventures
Jeffrey Howard / Salveo Capital
Emily Paxhia / Poseidon Asset Management
Paul Penney / KreditForce
Codie Sanchez / Entourage Effect Capital
Jon Trauben / Altitude Investment Management

Closing Remarks
1:50pm – 2:00pm

Sponsored by:


HUB International

Douglas Washing and Sanitizing Systems 

GFA Federal Credit Union

Green Check Verified

Nucleus One

ELEVATE Northeast 

Paragon Payroll

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