Coffee and Cannabis

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Coffee and Cannabis

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Shatter the CBD mystery with a dab of learning about the buzziest trend in coffee, and let your understanding flower.

The first NCA "weedinar" will provide a high level overview of the federal and state laws and regulations governing the manufacture and distribution of CBD (cannabidiol, one of the main, non-psychoactive components of cannabis). It will cover the roles of various agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the relevance of their policies and enforcement tools to various stakeholders in the coffee industry. In addition, it will offer thoughts on where regulators are headed, legislation that might be enacted, and how to keep apprised of developments as the regulatory and legislative environment evolves. 

An additional market research perspective will also provide clarity on the growth possibilities in using cannabis and CBD as a coffee additive.

Webinar Highlights:

  1. The legal cannabis industry is evolving rapidly—understand where it has been and where it is going;
  2. Cannabis is and will continue to impact EVERY consumer industry—stay informed;
  3. Analytics into the direct impact and relationship between legal cannabis and different consumer product industries, with a deep-dive on coffee;
  4. Understand the laws and regulations that govern the manufacture, distribution and sale of CBD, particularly as they relate to its use as an ingredient in coffee;
  5. Know how to best monitor legal and regulatory developments, so that you can efficiently track numerous changes that are likely to happen quickly over the next couple of years;
  6. Have the knowledge necessary to develop a business development strategy that takes into consideration legal risks and the rapidly evolving regulatory environment.



Jessica Lukas, Vice President of Consumer Insights, BDS Analytics

Prior to joining BDS Analytics, Jessica Lukas spent 10 years working with and for top global CPG and Beverage Alcohol companies. After taking a short break to develop and launch an app with a business partner, Jessica returned to data analytics—but this time for cannabis. At BDS Analytics, she is the VP of Consumer Insights. BDS Analytics is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, and is the leader in data, market research, analytics, and consumer insights for the cannabis industry


Todd H. Halpern, Partner, Venable LLP

Todd Halpern focuses on issues related to federal and state regulation of companies in the life sciences industry including manufacturers and marketers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics. Todd has a comprehensive understanding of Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulations. He has significant experience counseling business leaders on the risks associated with regulated activities and defending companies accused of regulatory violations.

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5 Reasons to Attend the NCA Convention

Here are 5 (of the many) great reasons to attend the NCA 2020 Convention:

1. Networking that's worth your time

One conversation with the right person can change everything.

We've designed our programming for 2020 to ensure that you'll have maximum opportunities to connect with the people you want to meet -- including a networking lunch for everyone, coffee breaks, and nightly social events like our industry happy hour and "Welcome to Texas" kickoff party.

2. Education for the real world

Coffee is complicated -- from market price fluctuation to understanding the latest food science and coffee trends. And, like most things, the best way to learn is to dive in headfirst. This year we've packed our program with dozens of speakers, panels, and educational breakout sessions to help you gain the knowledge and insights that are most relevant to you.

3. Professional development

Developing strong industry leadership is critical for the future of coffee.

Whether you're looking to grow your own career or develop talent within your organization, our Convention provides opportunities to strengthen leadership skills and learn more about the business of coffee - from the Next Generation Council to events where you could meet your next business partner.

4. Industry innovation

Ideas are like coffee - fresh is better.

Find new inspiration to bring back to the office, whether it's from a keynote speaker or exhibitor. Maybe you'll discover the next big thing in coffee - or come up with your own.

5. Get involved

Tap into the (well-caffeinated) energy of the NCA coffee community! Convention offers many opportunities to give back to the industry or local community, make new connections, and discover new ways to collaborate.

Consider signing up for the local Coffee Gives Back day of service, contributing a blog post on your experience, or join the conversation at a breakout session.


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