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See below for last year's Education Pavilion schedule. Stay tuned for the 2018 schedule coming February 1, 2018.

2017 Weedmaps Education Pavilion Schedule


CannaFlow: Vinyasa Yoga with instructor Ebony Wheeler*

Open your day at NCF by participating in a community Vinyasa practice. Vinyasa is a flowing, dynamic yoga practice that cultivates presence by connecting movement with breath. This practice is a good choice for beginners. Level 1 is a slower-paced flow class geared towards those new to yoga or preferring a slightly gentler class. Time is spent breaking down sun salutations and other poses fundamental to a Vinyasa practice.


* We recommend bringing a picnic blanket or towel to place under you during your practice. Yoga mats are welcome too!


Is There a New War on Cannabis?

“Marijuana is only slightly less awful than heroin.” That statement wasn’t made 50 years ago by a stranger on the street; it was said just one month ago by the person who holds the highest law enforcement position in the United States, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. How are cannabis activists changing tactics with cannabis policy under new scrutiny? How can we combat alt-canna-facts? Is the threat of a crack-down real? What are the most urgent priorities for cannabis activists and advocates? Join our panel of experts for a discussion on the current and future state of cannabis in America.


Moderator: Terrence Nelson, Producer, TV One & EIC,
Queen Adesuyi, Policy Associate, Drug Policy Alliance
Robert Capecchi, Director of Federal Policies, Marijuana Policy Project
Adam Eidinger, Co-Founder, DCMJ
Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML
Rachelle Yeung, Public Policy Counsel, ACLU of Maryland


CannaTank Entrepreneur Contest: Final Round

Join the National Cannabis Industry Association and the National Cannabis Festival to help decide the winner of the CannaTank Entrepreneur Contest Finals. On March 15th, Round One judges started reviewing CannaTank applications. On April 20th, we announce the 4 finalists who will compete on April 22nd, to win $1,000 in start-up assistance, a strategy meeting with industry leader Kayvan Khalatbari of Denver Relief Consulting and a “Brand Therapy” session with communications expert Jennifer Culpepper of Brand Joint.

Finals Judges:
Corey Barnette, Owner, District Growers
Jennifer Culpepper, Owner, Brand Joint 
Kayvan Khalatbari, Co-founder, Denver Relief Consulting
Shaleen Title, Co-founder, THC Staffing Group
David Grosso, D.C. Councilmember (At-Large, Independent)


Growing the Cannabis Industry: From Trees to Tech

“There’s an app for that,” is a constant refrain in our tech-savvy world. With most major mobile apps already established, the tech community is turning to cannabis as the next big space for growth. From online cultivation calculators and testing kits to home smart-grow systems and dispensary management software, the cannabis industry is getting a tech boost. Join Weed Maps and our panel of experts to learn about the next great cannabis frontier, “trees to tech.” 

Moderator: Jared Leighty, Weedmaps
Sam Adetunji, Co-Founder, OnePath Medical
Harrison Baum, Founder & CEO, Daily High Club
Giadha De Carcer, Founder & CEO, New Frontier Data
Rose Donna, Co-Founder & COO,
Phillip Stripling, Co-Founder, Steep Hill MD/DC/PABusiness Development


The Next Generation of Leaders in Cannabis Industry and Advocacy

From beatniks and hippies in the 50’s and 60’s to today’s canna-activists and business leaders pioneering paths in a new industry through activism and entrepreneurship, the cannabis community thrives on youthful vigor. Today, millennials are leading marches, inventing technologies, and creating start-ups, all in the name of marijuana. With the cannabis industry becoming mainstream and big money interests entering the domain, what are the priorities for young leaders in cannabis? Join us for a substantive discussion with some of the brightest minds in cannabis industry and advocacy.

Moderator: Shanita Penny, CEO, Budding Solutions
Kevin Cranford, Co-Founder, Splimm – A Pot & Parenting Newsletter
Nelson Guerrero, Co-Founder, Cannabis Cultural Association
Davis Clayton Kiyo, Founder & CEO, Myster High End Accessories
Sunshine Lencho, Co-Founder,  Supernova Women
Sabria Still, Product Specialist, Metropolitan Wellness Center
Shaleen Title, Partner, THC Staffing Group & Board Member, Minority Cannabis Business Association 


Law Enforcement Action Partnership: Regulation Works

Hear from Matthew Fogg, a career criminal justice professional as he discusses the strengths and weaknesses of marijuana regulations in the states where it’s legal and examines policies and implications for states with pending medical access, decriminalization, and adult-use legalization efforts.

Chief Deputy Matthew Fogg (Ret.) U.S. Marshall’s Service, Law Enforcement Action Partnership 


Maryland Medical Cannabis Dispensary Expo & Education Session with CannX

The Maryland medical cannabis program opens later this year! Join CannX for the Maryland Medical Cannabis Expo & Education Session and meet owners from Maryland dispensaries, cultivation centers, and processing centers. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn what is required to participate in the Maryland Medical Cannabis Program. First 100 people will receive a gift bag!

Meet the Dispensaries:

For more info about all dispensaries, contact CannX at

Howard County Dispensary – Greenhouse Wellness

Baltimore County Dispensary – Charm City Medicus

Baltimore City Dispensary – Chesapeake Integrated Health Institute, LLC

Prince George’s County Dispensary- Mary and Maine

Montgomery County Dispensary, HerbaFi Wellness

Ocean City Dispensary – Positive Energyy

MD Cultivator – Greenleaf

DC Dispensary – National Holistic Healing Center

DC Cultivator – Alternative Solutions