FRIDAY – 02:00 – 05:00
NC NORML Activation
Details to come

SATURDAY – 10:00 – 11:30
CBD and the Many Dimensions of Medical Cannabis
From relieving aches and pains to actually curing cancer, the medical benefits of cannabis continue to astonish medical researchers, practitioners and patients. As modern medical science unravels the heretofore unrecognized functions of the human endocannabinoid system and discovers the many curative effects of cannabis, anti-inflammation chief among them, mainstream culture has finally recognized that our long-vilified plant ally is indeed “medicine” after all.

Tanner Johnson
True Shenandoa

Mary Lynn Mathre
Executive Director, Patients Out of Time

Christina DeGiovanni (moderator)
Founder, Emerald Magazine

SATURDAY – 1:00 – 2:00
Steve DeAngelo Q&A
Join cannabis advocate and industry pioneer Steve DeAngleo in a one-hour exchange on the present and future of cannabis and henp movements.

Will Grinnell (moderator)
Deep Green Genetics

Tim Blake
Master grower, Emerald Cup founder

Ed Rosenthal*
The Guru of Ganja

Jake Johnson
Co-founder & Cultivation Director, Pure Shenandoah

SATURDAY – 2:00 – 3:30
Breeders Roundtable
It starts with a seed. With the right soil, water, light – and cultivation techniques informed by both science and intuition – cannabis/hemp farming yields one of humankind’s most valuable, sustainable and useful agricultural resources. This lively, information-packed exchange with cannabis cultivation pioneers and heritage breeders will provide an overview of hemp and cannabis farming, and go deep on genetics and breeding techniques applied to a wide range of growing possibilities and environments.

SATURDAY – 3:30 – 5:00
National and Southern Atlantic Legal Landscape
Legal frameworks for hemp and cannabis cultivation and products across multiple categories continue to evolve state-by-state in the U.S. Medical and adult use laws vary widely, and businesses must deal with a morphing landscape of (over?) regulation and taxation. At some point things will also change on the federal level. This discussion will explore both national and regional trends for cannabis and industrial hemp laws.

Dale Sky Jones *
Chancellor Oaksterdam University

Caroline Phillips (moderator)
Founder National Cannabis Festival; National Cannabis Industries Association

Lennice Werth
Virginians Against Drug Violence

Jon Gettman
Cannabis rights activist, Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis

SUNDAY – 11:30 – 1:00
Industrial Hemp – Ready to Rock?
Hemp is one of the most promising renewable natural resources. This panel will survey the many opportunities a restored hemp agriculture industry promises for food, clothing, shelter, paper, plastics, fuel, and other consumer goods. Questions to be answered: How will the U.S. hemp industry (industries more accurately) compare with those in Canada, Europe, and China? Will North Carolina, Kentucky and other Southern states lead the U.S. in hemp farming and production?

Linda Royal (moderator)
Filmmaker, Bringing It Home, US Hemp Building Association

Guy Carpenter
CEO, Bear Fiber

Jacob Waddell
Director, US Hemp Building Association

Greg Wilson
Founder and CEO Hempwood

David Krantz
Epigenetic Wellness Coach

Don Gauvreau
Conscious Mind Clinics

Tim Blake
The Emerald Cup

Jasmine Virdi*

Michael Gosney (moderator)
SAHAE, Synergetic Press, Earthdance

SUNDAY – 1:00 – 2:30
Psychedelic Therapy and the Cognitive Liberty Movement
Throughout the 50s and 60s psychedelic research was a young but flourishing field that saw exciting breakthroughs in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and a variety of mental health conditions. Unfortunately, that promise quickly led to hysteria when LSD found its way out of the hands of doctors and into the hands of a small group of “outlaws” determined to turn on the world. Many believe that psychedelics have always played a key role in human evolution. There is no question that psychedelic therapy offers tremendous benefits for treating PTSD and other psychological issues, as well as providing spiritual insights and preparation for the death transition. A remarkable renaissance is underway with advanced research and soon-to-be-legal therapeutic applications. The legacy psychedelic research community is facing, as did the cannabis community, the current rapid commercialization of these plant medicines. This deeply insightful panel will clarify why now is the time for the liberation of all forms of healthy, consciousness-expanding plants, entheogens, and psychedelics.

SUNDAY – 2:30 – 4:00
Activism for Humane Drug Laws – Now More Than Ever
The War on Drugs is the longest running, most expensive war in U.S. history, perpetuated by Republicans and Democrats alike. Declared by President Nixon in 1971, the War on Drugs was considered a way to control and target hippies, the antiwar Left, and black Americans. President Reagan gave it teeth with his zero tolerance policies and the Anti- Crime and Drug Abuse Acts of 1984, 1986 and 1988 that created mandatory minimums, conspiracy laws, and civil asset forfeiture. President Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill, intensified it, giving more money to police and prisons. The result has been decades of mass incarceration and destroyed lives and communities – that we still see today, even with the majority of U.S. states having decriminalized the plant. The vital panel will cover the many aspects of cannabis activism, historically, currently, and going forward.

G. E. Jarrell (moderator)
North Carolina NORML

Steve DeAngelo
The Last Prisoner Project; Harborside Health Center

Jon Gettman
Cannabis rights activist, Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis

Randy Lanier
Drug War POW; Freedom Grow Forever

Chris Conrad *
Activist, Expert Witness, Publisher The Leaf Online

*Asterix indicates virtual participation