From business owners to state regulators, Arkansas cannabis industry leaders are scheduled to speak during a two-day Cannabis and Wellness Expo this week at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, sponsored by Good Day Farm.
The Arkansas Times and the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association are hosting the event Friday and Saturday and medical marijuana patient cards are not required to attend. Tickets are available at centralarkansastickets.com or at the door.
On Friday, the event will run from 1-5 p.m. and focus on those who work in the state’s medical marijuana industry. There will be no admission charge for budtenders on Friday, which is known as “Industry Day.”
The event will kick off at 1 p.m. with a panel discussion on women in cannabis moderated by Erika Gee of Wright Lindsey Jennings law firm. Others on the panel include Amy Dailey of Good Day Farm, Brittany Phillips of Shake Extractions, Erin Gray of Healing Hemp, Annie Iselin of Bold Cultivation and Cindi Brownmiller of AA Analytics.
Other topics on Friday include a discussion with state regulatory officials David Potter and Chip Leibovich and discussions with Breck Speed of High Speed Extracts, Brownmiller of AA Analytics, Ryan Kenaga of River Valley Relief, Dr. Brian Nichol and representatives of other cultivation facilities and cannabis processors.
Event attendees are also invited to a cocktail party at Agasi 7 rooftop bar from 6 to 9 p.m.
The event begins on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Nichol providing a presentation on the entourage effect followed by a presentation on why Arkansans should consider getting a medical cannabis certification. Doctors will be available to provide medical cannabis certifications from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m.
Trevor Swedenberg, vice president of culinary operations at Natural State Medicinals, will perform two cooking demonstrations using CBD in place of THC and will show how to make peach lemonade, cornbread, pimento cheese and bacon jam. The demonstrations will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:20 p.m.
Other panel discussions include an introduction to culinary cannabis cooking with Good Day Farm and a discussion of women’s health and cannabis with Gray and Julie Brents of CBD & Me.
A full list of discussions and events is available at centralarkansastickets.com.
Food trucks will be available in the VIP parking lot from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Attendees can enter a raffle to win two tickets to see Snoop Dogg in concert at Simmons Bank Arena on August 16. Participants must be present to win.
The exhibit hall will include booths by many of the state’s dispensaries, cultivators and other cannabis businesses. Exhibitors include Berner’s by Good Day Farm, Good Day Farm dispensaries, Custom Cannabis Dispensary, Osage Creek Dispensary, Greenlight Dispensary, The Treatment Dispensary, CBD & Me, Interventional Pain Consultants, The Healing Clinic, Buffalo Co, Healing Hemp of Arkansas, Hypnos Medical, Natural State CannaMoms, Natural State CannaShop, Wright Lindsey Jennings, Matchstick Studios, Liberty Defense Group, Vibes Papers, Ouachita Farms, Arkansas Natural Products, Enlightened Dispensaries, Jade Elevations, AA Analytics, Now and Zen Massage Therapy and Chef Pete CannaChef.
The event will conclude at 4:20 p.m. with an afterparty at Four Quarter Bar in North Little Rock.