CBD, THC, and Cannabis 101: How the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act will change Events


February 11, 2020
5:45 PM - 9:00 PM
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Exchange 312
1714 W. Division
Chicago, IL 60622
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Please join us for a panel on the biggest change to the Illinois events industry: the passing of the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.  The panel will include Donna More, Ryan Crane, KC Downer and moderator Tom Kokinakos. How will your business embrace the use of CDB, THC and Cannabis in Food, Beverages and Transportation? Hear from some of the experts! 

The panel will include Ryan Crane, Donna More and moderator Tom Kokinakos.

Ryan Crane: Founder and CEO of TEMPO 

Ryan Crane is an entrepreneur and advocate for cannabis, with particular expertise in CPG startups and institutional finance. He is the Founder and CEO of Tempo, a mindful and modern brand that elevates consumers to achieve more during the day through its line of better-for-you functional beverages. Ryan has spoken widely on cannabis, CBD, and trends in food and beverage at events and conferences throughout the US. In 2019. Ryan delivered a TED talk focusing on the therapeutic side of cannabis, titled "Re-Thinking Cannabis: the Therapeutic Potential of CBD”, at TEDxChicago.

Donna More: Partner at Fox Rothschild Attorneys at Law

Donna More from Fox Rothschild LLP helps clients comply with Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. This includes working with clients to secure cultivation licenses from the Illinois Department of Agriculture and dispensary licenses from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. In addition to helping them comply with regulations, Donna assists growers and dispensaries with general business matters, shareholder agreements and operational plans. For banking clients, she provides counsel regarding U.S. Department of Treasury issues related to medical cannabis.

KC Downer: Cannabis Facility Construction

KC Downer, of Cannabis Facility Construction, is a commercial construction project manager that specializes in design build of cannabis dispensaries and cultivation/processing facilities. He has managed Cannabis construction projects in 10 states and understands the complexity within this new industry, especially as states switch from a medicinal to a recreational model. KC has a passion for the right to information, cannabis wellness, and building responsibly within communities.

Tom Kokinakos: Managing partner for Inspired Catering and Events.

During Tom's 15 years with Inspired Catering and Events (formerly Phil Stefani Signature Events) he has produced such major events as Green Tie Ball, Old Town Art Fair, and endless events for the City of Chicago. Tom has been a NACE Member for 3 1/2 years and is our current Chapter Vice President. 

Registration: 5:45pm
Appetizers:5:45pm to 6:30pm
Panel: 6:30pm
7:30pm-9:00pm: Buffet Opens and Networking

Thanks to Venue, Catering and Foral sponors! 

Exchange 312 is a bespoke luxury event venue in the heart of Wicker Park, created by indusrty experts Matt Woodburn and Sarah Neukom. Skilled in planning and logistics, the team at Exchange 312 anticipates needs beofre they arise, for an effortless and tailored ecperience. 

Exchange 312 is created for intimate gatherings from private dinners to cocktail parties, wedding receptions to corporate events.      

*Street parking availble

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$50.00 Member Ticket

$65.00 Non-Member

$25.00 Student Member