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September 24th, 2022
Margaritaville Resort & Casino • Shreveport, Louisiana
CAJUN CANNABIS CONFERENCE – Get your tickets to see this event and keep the cannabis conversation going! Use Promo Code “GRATEFUL” for a special discount!
Amanda Tucker, Panelist
Amanda Tucker is a paralegal with over 25 years of experience in criminal law, family law, personal injury, and civil litigation. After finding her dream job in the legal field at only 21 years old, she made it her life‘s mission to help others in need. After many years of being behind the desk and at keyboard all day, she developed carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia and neuropathy. After years of taking countless prescription medications for her condition and getting no relief, she read an article about medical marijuana helping with chronic pain. She is now pain free and an advocate for medical marijuana.
Cultivation Manager, Ilera Holistic
Brandon Deboer attended college at Delaware Valley University and graduated with a horticulture degree. He worked in the hydroponic greenhouse growing lettuce, tomatoes, strawberry’s and, eventually, hemp. He also worked on orchid tissue culture for a research project and presented research at a convention in Washington DC for ASHS.After graduating, he worked for Ilera healthcare in Pennsylvania as a cultivation tech working on IPM (integrated pest management), irrigation management, and created the tissue culture department. He started as cultivation manager and was promoted to cultivation director. Brandon is responsible for everything from growing and future cultivation projects.
Founder, Tree One Eight
Bravo, Hemp & Opportunities
The founder, of Tree One Eight, widely known as Bravo, sees cannabis as a space where the possibility exists to create new and exciting opportunities as well as begin to undo the socioeconomic damage done by the war on drugs.
TREE ONE EIGHT™ is the first Black-Owned cannabis lifestyle company based in Shreveport, LA. They are a media and marketing group whose aim is to connect consumers, cultivators, cultural enthusiasts, connoisseurs, the curious, and other cannabis businesses and services throughout the cannabis community. They focus solely on the promotion of cannabis products and services using media and marketing.
Bravo’s experiences as a community and political organizer along with a direct connection to cannabis, allowed the perfect combination to create an independent and relatable approach to marketing cannabis products and services. Tree One Eight hosts all of its media, news, and resources on its website www.TreeOneEight.com. There, visitors can shop for their favorite brands and accessories. Creators can sign-up for influencer marketing assignments. Companies can also schedule a discovery consultation to find out how Tree One Eight can help promote their services.
Owner, Okhish Mound Farm
Brian Bolyer was born in the small community of Coushatta, Louisiana. Brian took over the family business in 2006 and is a third generation automotive technician. While running a successful automotive business in Coushatta, Brian and his family lost their son Jakob from seizures in 2009.
Now a single father raising two children, Brian started reading articles about how cannabis was “curing” seizures in children, which was a breath of life. This led to research on the benefits of the cannabis plant.
After much research, Brian wanted to help others so he furthered his efforts by creating Okhish Mound Farm.
Created in 2020, Okhish Mound works with LSUS in it’s “Careers in Cannabis” continuing education course and is amongst the first members of the National Hemp Growers Co-op (NHGC).
Okhish Mound is the seed coordinator for the NHGC assisting ULM, LSU, and farmers on both sides of the Mississippi Delta.
Brian Bolyer and Okhish Mound are at the forefront and driving the new Hemp industry in the South.
LA State Representative, Dist. 4
Cedric Bradford Glover, born August 9, 1965, is a Democrat and a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 4.He was earlier the two-term mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, the first African-American to hold that position.
Rep. Glover was sworn in as the 47th and first African-American mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, on November 28, 2006. In November 2010, Shreveport citizens returned him to office with an overwhelming 65 percent of the vote. The wave of popularity, credibility and public support he rode during his first term continued during his second term.
He first made local history in 1990, when he became the youngest person elected to the Shreveport City Council. In 1995, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives, where he served on the Executive Committee of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus and was later named Legislator of the Year and Legislator of the Month for instituting the first computer-automated crime victim notification system in the state of Louisiana.Rep. Glover is a supporter of the medical marijuana program in Louisiana and has introduced numerous bills to the legislature including:Act 499 (House Bill 775) legalizes equipment or devices used for the inhalation of marijuana for state-registered medical marijuana patients.HB 774 – Provides relative to expungements for certain amounts of possession of marijuanaHB793 – Provides relative to nurse practitioners and medical marijuana prescriptions
Chad Nettles, Panelist
Chad Nettles was born March 11, 1988, in Memphis, Tennessee.
At a young age, he excelled in mechanical technology and automotive repair. His stepfather, Brian Brasher, owned an auto repair shop and Chad was often there watching over his shoulders and learning everything he could. By the fifth grade, he had already built his first pneumatic engine out of recycled aluminum cans. To this day, automotive technology and performance is one of his favorite hobbies.
During Chad’s middle school years, the death of his little brother caused him to struggle emotionally and in his academic studies. He endured other events in his life that added to this struggle. Quite by chance, a friend suggested marijuana to ease his mind and he was astonished at how much it helped. Later, he discovered that marijuana also helped a rare, genetic eye condition he had been diagnosed with, in addition to other conditions he had been struggling unsuccessfully to overcome.
Chad explains, “Cannabis is the reason I’m alive today and I believe it can help in ways that no one could imagine. To this day, I consume medical marijuana every day to help with a variety of conditions. With prayer and my healing medicine of medical marijuana I know I can get through it and I believe it can help others too. Trust me, if it can help with the stress and the health problems I have in my life I have the utmost faith it can help you too.”
Chad will be speaking on the “Medicine, Research, Results” panel at CajunCannabisConference.
Belle Terre Law Firm owner
Chareese “Queen” Haile, Esq. , also known as “the veiled lawyer”, is a licensed Louisiana attorney. She is an alumna of the Cannabis Compliance, Law, and Policy Institute of Southern University Law Center. She is also the owner of Belle Terre Law Firm. Her practice areas are Business, Cannabis, and Intellectual Property Law.Recently, she was appointed as the Louisiana state chapter director for Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc., a non-profit organization. In her leisure time, she enjoys hula hooping, feather dancing, cooking home cooked meals, traveling, and learning new languages.
CEO, Ilera Holistic Healthcare
Dr. Chanda Macias, MBA, is the CEO of Ilera Holistic Healthcare, the medical marijuana cultivator and processor for the state of Louisiana; CEO of National Holistic™ Healing Center (NHHC), the leading medical marijuana dispensary in Washington DC; and Chairwoman of the Board of Managers and CEO for Women Grow, the global leader in connecting, educating, inspiring, and empowering the next generation of women leaders in the cannabis and hemp industry.Dr. Macias serves as co-Vice Chair of the National Cannabis Roundtable (NCR) Board, dedicated to promoting common sense federal legislation, tax equity, and financial services reform, as well as reigning Queen Zulu Select for Mardi Gras 2020 and 2021.
Dr. Edgar Feinberg, a native of Bogalusa Louisiana, is a practicing Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon who has seen patients benefit from healthy lifestyle habits that include diet, exercise, and stress reduction. Consequently, indexing with patients who have CV disease he would often see lifestyle choices and stress as significant contributors to CV problems.
Natural remedies have often been overlooked in favor of more lucrative pharmacological approaches.
Dr. Feinberg began seeing patients with decreased stress and anxiety as a result of cannabinoids and was compelled to begin researching cannabis. As a result of his research, he has co-developed a software tracking program that allows patients and providers to gather information regarding the interaction of cannabinoids and their impact on a healthy lifestyle.
Owner, Delta Medmar LLC
Greg Morrison is the owner of Delta Medmar dispensary with business partner William Windham.Delta Medmar LLC dispensary is located at 111 McMillan Rd in West Monroe.
Vice President of Consulting Services at Bridge West Consulting LLC
Jacob Irving J.D. will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Panel Sessions. Jacob is a Louisiana licensed and experienced medical cannabis compliance lawyer and dedicated patient advocate driven by his personal experience with cerebral palsy.He graduated Order of Barristers from the 2018 class of the Paul M. Hebert LSU Law Center and worked as the Compliance Officer, Lobbyist, Director of Compliance and Governmental Affairs, and Chief Operating Officer for Ilera Holistic Healthcare; one of two medical cannabis production and processing companies in Louisiana.Currently, Jacob works as the Vice President of Consulting Services at Bridge West Consulting LLC where he assists clients in finding legal ways into the cannabis business and guides clients toward operating a successful cannabis businesses.
Pharmacist, HOPE Dispensary Shreveport
Jennifer Boudreaux, R. PH.
Jennifer is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University, and has special training in Nutritional Symposium, Functional Endocrinology, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Compounding Instruction.
Jennifer is co-owner with Doug Boudreaux of HOPE Dispensary, located in Shreveport, Louisiana.
President, Good Day Farm
JOHN B. DAVIS is President of Good Day Farm, formerly Wellcana, the entity that is responsible for the cultivation, extraction, processing, and production of therapeutic cannabis for qualifying patients in Louisiana under an Agreement for Services with the LSU AgCenter.
John has over 25 years of experience working directly with C-Suite executives in a variety of highly regulated industries and has developed a reputation for providing creative legal, regulatory, and legislative solutions to challenging problems. Since 2018, John has used his background and skills at Wellcana to implement the corporate vision, make sound business decisions, and ensure legal compliance.Prior to entering the highly regulated cannabis/biopharmaceutical industry, John was a Shareholder and registered lobbyist at the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, one of the nation’s largest law firms representing clients both nationality and internationally. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law (1994) and a bachelor’s degree from LSU (1989).
Chief Innovation Officer, ULM
John W. Sutherlin, PhD is the Chief Innovation & Research Officer at the University of Louisiana Monroe. As such, he is responsible for the research and development of all intellectual property at ULM. He is a patented inventor, author and has produced and directed documentary films for PBS. Dr. Sutherlin sat on the Board of Directors for an environmental company based in the UK. His expertise in environmental regulations, technology, and management has allowed him to travel around the world. Dr. Sutherlin has advised governments, nonprofit groups, and corporations in South and Central America, Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Sutherlin was instrumental in changing Louisiana state law regarding industrial hemp and research.
Southeast Legislative Manager
Marijuana Policy Project
Kevin Caldwell joined Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) in December 2021. As the Southeast Legislative Manager, Kevin leads MPP’s lobbying efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Kentucky, and Kansas.
Kevin founded CommonSenseNOLA, a grassroots cannabis reform organization, in 2012 and was the President until 2021. He served as a board member of Sensible Marijuana Policy for Louisiana from 2014-2020.
Kevin has advocated and lobbied on the municipal and statewide levels for medical cannabis, removing criminal penalties for cannabis possession, and tax and regulate bills, in addition to other criminal justice reforms. Kevin worked at the City of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and was a board member/Vice President of the Broadmoor Improvement Association from 2006-2012.
Kevin has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of New Orleans. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia but has made New Orleans home since 1992.
Louisiana State University (LSU)
Health Sciences Center
Dr. Kevin Murnane is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience and the Department of Psychiatry at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. He also serves as the Director of Basic Sciences Research for the Louisiana Addiction Research Center. His research group is focused on the etiology and treatment of disorders of the central nervous system. Areas of special emphasis include substance use disorders, comorbid mood changes and neurocognitive impairments, as well as neurodegenerative decline following exposure to abused substances. Recent studies have focused on the relationships between natural products, neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, and brain monoamine systems that are associated with mood, motivation, and cognition, with specific research lines investigating cannabinoids, serotonergics, omega-3 fatty acids, and neuropeptides.
Kym Corbett is a native of Richland Parish and grew up in the cotton fields and cow pastures in Northeast Louisiana.
“I am diabetic and medical marijuana helps me keep my sugar levels in check with no other diabetic prescription medications. It’s liberating to be LEGAL AND HEALTHY!” says Kym. Watch for Kym on the Physician/Panelists panel at Cajun Cannabis Conference.
Melinda Cooksey, Ilera Holistic
Melinda Cooksey has been with Ilera since August of 2021 and has held positions in sales and marketing. Melinda’s focus is to educate physicians and the community about medical marijuana products from Ilera and to help with suppling product to the nine dispensaries.
Cannabis Media Collective
Michael Lawson, Jr. is a mental health professional, entrepreneur and cannabis advocate who’s vision is to educate, empower, and change the cannabis narrative in the U.S. and abroad. Michael is a Los Angeles native who witnessed the evolution of the cannabis industry with the passage of California Proposition 215 which permitted the use of medical cannabis. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. While studying clinical mental health counseling Michael discovered the Endocannabinoid System and developed a deeper understanding of the therapeutic value of the cannabis plant. Michael soon realized the majority of medical professionals, consumers, and cannabis manufacturers were not familiar with contemporary science behind medical cannabis. The mission of the Cannabis Media Collective is to educate consumers and practitioners, empower producers and manufacturers, and ultimately change the cannabis narrative in mainstream media. CMC aims to accomplish this by creating innovative and groundbreaking content partnering with medical professionals, industry leaders, brands and manufacturers.
Pharmacist, Owner The Medicine Cabinet
Michelle D. Williams, R.Ph is the owner of The Medicine Cabinet, one of the designated medical marijuana pharmacies for Louisiana.
Michelle was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and knew at a young age that she wanted to be a pharmacist. She graduated from ULM (formerly NLU) and worked as a retail pharmacist for over 19 years with K&B/Rite Aid in Alexandria, LA.
In 2007, her dream of becoming a pharmacy owner was fulfilled when she and her husband, Joe, opened an independent retail pharmacy. For over 13 years, they owned and operated three locations of The Pill Box Pharmacy in the Alexandria area.
In April 2018, they were awarded one of the nine Therapeutic Marijuana permits by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and opened their doors to The Medicine Cabinet Pharmacy a little more than a year later.
Michelle has a true love for patient care and she says, “Meeting with new patients to discuss their specific needs as it relates to cannabis has been quite fulfilling.” She is encouraged by all of the success stories that so many patients share with her on a daily basis and she is thrilled about the growth that she has seen in this industry in just the first two years.
Marketing & Sales Director, Ilera Holistic Health
Pamela Bordenave Wiltz was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pamela has worked in sales and marketing for the past 15 years. She is employed by Ilera Holistic Healthcare as the Marketing and Sales director. She works directly with the nine license dispensaries and physicians educating on products and the medical marijuana industry.
Prior to Ilera, Pamela worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a Territory Business Manager for Mead Johnson Nutrition. In addition to the pharmaceutical industry, she also worked as a business consultant with BB&B Service Solutions. Under BB&B Service Solutions, she is responsible for researching and analyzing bid opportunities and contracts. The role of a business manager has allowed Pamela to interface with multiple health care, private organizations, government agencies, and school systems in New Orleans and surrounding areas.
Prior to her career with Mead Johnson and BB&B, Pamela was employed as a sales manager with US Foods. She also spent four years with LeTriomphe Property Group and three years in advertising and marketing for Bally’s Casino New Orleans.
Pamela graduated from the University of New Orleans in Business and Marketing and later received a degree in dietetics.
COO, Bridge West Consulting
In 2014, Peter dedicated his career to the cannabis industry after learning about the unique tax and banking regulations surrounding legal marijuana in the U.S. and he formed a consulting firm to serve the industry.
Peter merged his practice with Bridge West CPAs and Advisors in 2018. Peter is responsible for ensuring that the Firm’s clients have the necessary resources and information to make sound business decisions, retain more of the bottom line for business growth, and comply with laws and regulations.
His core professional competencies include regulatory analysis, license procurement, management consulting, corporate governance, accounting information systems, banking regulations, and internal controls. Peter previously held board seats with the Louisiana Cannabis Association and the Pointe Coupee Enrichment Fund and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Upbeat Academy Foundation and the Veterans Alliance for Holistic Alternatives. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Louisiana Association for Therapeutic Alternatives.
Thomas Uhle, Owner, LouisianabisBorn and raised in New Orleans, Thomas Uhle ventured into the cannabis industry around 2011 in Colorado. Louisianabis, his company, is a clean nursery providing vigorous rooted hemp clones, and future breeding.“Growing cannabis in my home state is really a dream come true,” he stated.
Owner, Euphoria Eats Co.
William P. Davis, President of Euphoria Eats and Cannabis Consultant for Southern Greauxers, is from the great state of Texas with Louisiana roots.
Southern Greauxers was created to provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to embark into the Cannabis business. This network of relationships and business partners allow start-ups to gain access to the resources needed to navigate within the industry. Davis felt this company would be essential for others because of the uphill climb it took for Euphoria Eats to get to the main stage. The US Army Veteran used his passion for creating tasty recipes to create an alternative way for others to consume Hemp/CBD through food
Davis obtained his BA from Louisiana Tech and MBA from Grand Canyon University. Davis started out as a caterer and created his own barbeque sauces and receiving applause and awards for his tasty creation.
Euphoria Eats Co provides gourmet Hemp/CBD infused condiments/T.V dinners. Euphoria Eats’ condiments are award- winning in taste, as well as character. The hemp/CBD is lab tested for quality from one of the premiere labs in America. Hemp/CBD is a component in the plant that doesn’t contain ( >.3% ) THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) . “Hemp/CBD is used for a plethora of things and why would a person not like to taste Louisiana in every bite along with hemp/CBD. Our mission is simple- give consumers an alternative way to consume hemp/CBD and enjoy great tasting condiments,” explained Davis.
Euphoria Eats Co has been featured in several publications such as Voyage Dallas, Lab Zero (Japan), numerous blogs, and the USA CBD Expo in Atlanta, GA. The thriving company recently received a 9/10 endorsement on Master P Reviews as the next up and coming company in the CBD market. Mr. Davis was recently name one of the top (entrepreneurs) talents in the Cannabis Industry by Lab Zero and also was selected in the inaugural COHORT sponsored by Parallel and Black Canna Business.
by Cedric Glover, Louisiana State Representative10:00 AM
by Kathryn Thomas, Max Thomas10:15 AM
CCC The Unconference features respected speakers from a variety of industries in the Louisiana Cannabis industry. Expand your knowledge and your perspective.
Margaritaville Resort & Casino is the premier destination for good fun and good business. The Paradise Theater seats up to 1,100 guests in a spacious 7,000 square feet.
Visit a variety of booths from dispensaries to growers and everything in between.
Stay after the speakers panels and vendor displays for DJ and dancing starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 24th.
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