Science & Technology Conference Schedule
Science & Technology Conference Schedule
7-8 September 2023
Thursday, 7 September 2023
19:00 – 21:00
Friday, 8 Septemeber 2023
Alex Rogers, Executive Producer of the International Cannabis Business Conference, welcomes conference attendees and provides an overview of the conference schedule, including the panels and speakers that will be providing presentations and interviews. Ngaio Bealum will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Conference Greetings from the Office of the Prime Minister of Slovenia
Dr. Metka Paragi welcomes ICBC Slovenia conference attendees
Leading international microbiologist Dr. Metka Paragi welcomes attendees of the first-ever International Cannabis Business Conference held in Slovenia. Dr. Paragi currently serves as the Secretary for Health in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and will provide a brief overview of current usage rates in Slovenia, as well as discuss the level of support for policy modernization efforts in the region. Dr. Paragi will also provide an update on the current state of cannabis policy and research in Slovenia.
Dr. Metka Paragi
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Lumir Ondrej Hanuš
Endocannabinoids and secrets of hibernation: Unlocking the cannabis plant’s full potential to help the world
The cannabis plant is arguably the most versatile plant on the entire planet. It possesses the power to feed, to clothe, and in some cases, to heal. Dr. Lumir Ondrej Hanuš will discuss the importance of medical cannabis research and why it is vital for the medical and scientific communities to embrace cannabis for the sake of humanity.
Dr. Lumír Hanuš
Understanding the unique traits of cannabis
Prof Dr. Tamara Lah Turnšek
Prof. Dr. David Neubauer
Dr. Ilya Reznik
Prof. Dr. Borut Štrukelj
From a scientific standpoint, the cannabis plant is both complex and fascinating. Unlike many other industries, a direct knowledge of the science behind the crop is extremely important for entrepreneurs and investors alike, and the same is true for policymakers and regulators. A team of panelists will examine the science of the cannabis plant, and provide insight into what scientific trends people should have on their radars.
Research and Industry
Harnessing research to move the industry forward
Roman Štukelj, Ph.D.
Ascoc. Prof. Andreja Čerenak, PhD
Bence Mátyás, PhD
Klemen Zupančič, PhD
Cannabis involves far more than just tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The cannabis plant contains dozens of cannabinoids, with THC being just one example. Researchers are working around the globe to better understand cannabinoids and how they interact with the human body, and with it, how to develop the best cannabis-derived products for medical and adult-use. Panelists will discuss the latest cannabis research, and how it is being used to create the next generation of cannabis products.
12:20 – 13:30
Keynote: Modernizing Germany’s Cannabis Policies
What does Germany’s new law actually entail?
Lawmakers in Germany are currently considering a multi-faceted measure that will overhaul the nation’s policies and regulations. The first phase of the proposal involves removing criminal penalties for personal possession, consumption, and cultivation, as well as permitting non-commercial clubs. The second phase of the measure is focused on the launch of regional adult-use commerce pilot programs. Attorney Peter Homberg, partner at leading international business law firm Dentons, will provide in-depth details about both phases of Germany’s current legalization strategy, as well as provide insight regarding what may happen after the two-phase measure is implemented.
Policy Reform and Industry
Anticipating policy changes to maximize industry opportunities
Momentum for significant cannabis policy changes at the continental and global level is greater than ever, and the same is true for domestic reform efforts in the Balkan region. However, before the entire region becomes home to legal adult-use sales, entrepreneurs and investors need to know what the political and regulatory processes will likely involve. Panelists will discuss what major policy and regulatory changes are likely to occur in the near future, and how Slovenia and the Balkan region can be strategically positioned to benefit.
Emerging Cannabis Opportunities for Slovenia
How can Slovenia benefit from the emerging cannabis industry?
Slovenia is already a major international research hub and a regional leader for CBD-focused product development. As the legal cannabis industry continues to spread across the globe, Slovenia is uniquely positioned to gain a significant share of multiple sectors, particularly research and development. A team of experts will provide a status update for Slovenia’s current legal cannabis industry, as well as discuss how Slovenia’s industry will evolve in the coming years.
Emerging International Markets
What can Slovenia learn from other countries’ modernization efforts?
Jean Claude Scicluna
What can Slovenia learn from other countries' modernization efforts? Several countries around the globe are in the process of modernizing their outdated cannabis policies after years of wasting limited public resources enforcing failed prohibition. Nations such as Uruguay, Canada, Malta, Luxembourg, Thailand, New Zealand, and Switzerland have passed national reform measures to permit varying levels of cannabis activity in their jurisdictions, with no two jurisdictions having exactly the same medical and/or adult-use cannabis policies. Panelists will discuss the various approaches that governments around the world are incorporating into their cannabis policy modernization efforts, and what lessons Slovenia can learn from those nations' experiences.
After Party at Bled Castle