Think less “lecture hall” and more “late night” – this year’s Cultivation Classic main stage is going to keep it real and go deep with journalists asking subject matter experts tough questions (and incorporating YOUR questions – submit one here) about relevant, sometimes controversial topics. Live innovation is guaranteed to happen. And once the speaker sessions wrap up, we’ll take a quick dinner break, but come right back because the Awards Ceremony is where the data is dropped and the anticipation is real – winners in these categories announced, celebration to follow.

All main stage speaking and awards will feature Closed Captioning, provided in partnership with Hi5 Access. Seating is ADA accessible.



CO-HOST Amanda Chicago Lewis | Journalist, Rolling Stone

Amanda Chicago Lewis writes about marijuana and the war on drugs, with an emphasis on public safety, the influence of special interests, and the ways in which the documented racial disparities of drug law enforcement are being cemented into the details of legalization. For the past two years, she’s written a column for Rolling Stone. Her work has also appeared in GQ, WIRED, BuzzFeed News, and the Wall Street Journal.


CO-HOST Shango Los | Journalist, Shaping Fire Podcast

Shango Los is founder of Shaping Fire and host of the Shaping Fire podcast. His YouTube channel features exclusive cannabis how-to videos and expert interviews and serves a half-million minutes a month. Shango is also founder of VIMEA, the medical cannabis trade group on Vashon Island where he lives that has now evolved into a patient outreach and education organization hosting some of the top cannabis speakers in the world.


Adie Rae, PhD | CEO, Smart Cannabis™

Dr. Rae (formerly Wilson-Poe) is an NIH-funded neuroscientist who has been studying cannabis, opioids, and their interaction for her entire career. She has a strong publication record in chronic pain, addiction, and cannabis pharmacology. Dr. Rae holds joint appointments at Washington State University (Associate Professor) and Legacy Research Institute (Assistant Scientist). Adie feels passionately about deploying her skills and knowledge of the scientific literature to improve consumers’ experiences with cannabis.


Ethan Russo, MD | Director of Research and Development, International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI)

Ethan Russo, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and Director of Research and Development for ICCI. He was Medical Director of PHYTECS, 2015-2017, and from 2003-2014, he was Senior Medical Advisor, medical monitor/study physician to GW Pharmaceuticals for numerous Phase I-III clinical trials of Sativex® and Epidiolex®. He was a clinical neurologist in Missoula, Montana for 20 years, and is author/editor of seven books on cannabis and medicinal herbs. Dr. Russo has also published numerous book chapters, and over fifty articles in neurology, pain management, cannabis, and ethnobotany.


Jeremy Plumb | Director of Production Science, Pruf Cultivar

Jeremy Plumb is the Director of Production Science at Prūf Cultivar, one of the most technologically advanced cannabis cultivation facilities in North America. At Prūf, Jeremy combines decades of cannabis horticulture experience with cutting-edge technology to deliver previously unattainable consistency in both product quality and consumer effect. Prior to Prūf, Jeremy was a co-founder of Farma, recently acclaimed by Rolling Stone as one of Oregon’s top dispensaries. Jeremy has served as a cannabis consultant to Israel medical cannabis researchers and as a cannabis policy advisor for US members of Congress. He also serves on the OLCC’s rule-making advisory committee. In 2015, Jeremy co-founded Cultivation Classic, Oregon’s leading craft cannabis competition. He also serves on the technical advisory committee of the Resource Innovation Institute, and is a co-founder of Open Cannabis Project.


Dr. Alison Justice | Outco

Dr. Allison Justice obtained her Ph.D. in Plant and Environmental Science at Clemsen, where her dissertation involved investigating the effects of a beneficial mycorrhizal type organism (Piriformospora india). She learned that organic, sustainable growing can be easy, cost-effective, and produce aesthetically pleasing plants when done properly. Dr. Justice is the VP of Cultivation for OutCo, a vertically integrated cannabis producer in San Diego. She and OutCo partnered to create a hemp CBD extraction facility in her home state of South Carolina. Here, Justice’s family owns and operates a 40-acre hemp farm. Dr. Justice has been a member of the California Industrial Hemp Advisory Board, and in 2017 was named one of the top “40 Under 40 in Cannabis” by Marijuana Venture Magazine and one of Dope Magazine’s Four Dope Women. In 2018, City Beat’s named Justice one of “San Diego’s Most Important People.”  

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Guy Rocourt | Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer, Papa & Barkley

Guy is the Co-founder, and Chief Product Officer for Egg Rock holdings which owns Papa & Barkley, a cannabis wellness line and Papa’s Select, a concentrate line. Guy is an experienced cannabis entrepreneur and an expert indoor grower, extractor and product development practitioner. He is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Navy veteran. He has designed and built manufactured infused products facilities (MIPs) in California, Nevada and Colorado. Guy was a long-time caregiver for Montel Williams and has also helped other patients with issues including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, cancer and epilepsy. His understanding of the lifecycle of the plant and its ability to produce rich ratios of cannabinoids and terpenes has led him to craft wellness products (such as CBD/THC tinctures) with the goal of helping those suffering from chronic pain.

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Lasse Schulze | Director of R&D and Horticulture, Cronos Group (Canada)

Dr. Lasse Schulze is the Director of Research and Horticulture at Cronos Group, where he works towards innovative solutions for scientific, technical and operational functions in order to optimize growing cannabis at scale. Dr. Schulze’s work has been published extensively in peer-reviewed journals on nutrient acquisition, and ionic and metabolic profiling of tissues. Dr. Schulze’s 15+ years experience includes project management and consulting in the agricultural and horticultural sectors for major national and international clients at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as a Director at APMI Associates Inc. Dr. Schulze graduated from the Humboldt University of Berlin with a Bachelor of Science in Horticultural Sciences and obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Plant Physiology (Toxicology) from the University of Toronto.


Raeven Duckett | Co-Founder, Community Gardens Delivery & Distribution & Board Member, Supernova Women

Raeven Duckett is a cannabis equity activist, and the co-founder of Community Gardens, an Oakland-based cannabis delivery service which was granted the first equity license from the State of California for adult use sales of cannabis. Community Gardens Distribution is focused on providing a path to retail for cannabis cultivation and manufacturing companies owned by underrepresented minorities. She is also a board member of Supernova Women, an organization focused on getting more black and brown women involved in the cannabis industry. Previously she worked with Green Huddle – a free, five-series workshop about local equity laws and application processes for a cannabis license. Duckett works with Oakland Citizens for Equity and Prosperity (O.C.E.P.), to ensure that Oakland’s local communities benefit from the growth of the cannabis industry. Prior to her entrance into the cannabis industry, Duckett spent 7+ years in the public relations and digital marketing space with Mazda, Adobe, and Pandora.


Shanel Lindsay | Founder & President, Ardent

Shanel is the Founder and President of Ardent, creator of the Nova Lift and Sleeve – the first device for both decarboxylation and infusion of cannabis. Shortly after Massachusetts decriminalized cannabis possession, Shanel saw first-hand that decriminalization didn’t grant people the protections they were supposed to be afforded, when instead of receiving a $100 ticket, she was arrested for carrying less than an ounce. One of Shanel’s missions is to see the new cannabis economy reverse disproportionate and racially-biased trauma stemming from the War on Drugs. She co-drafted the Massachusetts’ adult use cannabis law, and in 2017, was appointed by the State Treasurer to the Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board. Shanel is also co-founder of Equal Opportunities Now, which successfully fought to preserve the equity provisions in the new Massachusetts cannabis law and craft equitable marijuana legislation.


Karuna Chourey | Director of Plant Microbial Interaction Group / Growcentia & Mammoth Microbes

Dr. Karuna Chourey holds an MSc in Plant Physiology (1992) from the University of Mumbai and PhD in Molecular Biology (2002) from University of Mumbai (Bhabha Atomic Research Center). Prior to joining Growcentia, Dr. Chourey worked as a research scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) for 15 years (2002-2017), investigating molecular mechanisms underlying stress and adaptation in microbes and plants. Dr. Chourey was also part of an international, ORNL-led Plant Microbial Interfaces (PMI) project, investigating metabolic pathways influencing beneficial interactions between native Populus roots and the microbial consortia inhabiting its rhizosphere and endosphere. Dr. Chourey has authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications.


Joshua Steensland | Living Soil Cultivator

Joshua is the owner of Steensland Consulting LLC, which provides consulting and contract cultivation services that focus on living soil and regenerative systems. Freshwater Farms, an OLCC licensed producer in Portland, Oregon, is the largest and most prominent client. Joshua has served in the Marine Corps, owned a hydroponics store, and created a robust YouTube and social media following to spread his deep living soil and regenerative farming principals, including the movement to utilize polyculture techniques indoors to reduce cost of goods and improve output.


Jeff Lowenfels | Author of Teaming Series

Jeff Lowenfels is one of the most humorous and entertaining lecturers on the organic gardening circuit. He is a reformed lawyer and author of Timber Press’ award winning and best selling books, Teaming With Microbes,Teaming With Nutrients and Teaming With Fungi Guide to The Soil Food Web and Teaming With Nutrients: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition. His talks have converted tens of thousands of gardeners at venues throughout North and South America. Teaming was reviewed as “the most important new gardening book in 25 years and maybe even ever,” and has been translated into 11 languages. His works have become bibles for organic growers everywhere.


Seth Crawford | Co-Founder, Oregon CBD

Seth Crawford is the co-founder of Oregon CBD, a leading developer of phytocannabinoid-rich industrial hemp varieties designed for large-scale production. Seth earned advanced degrees from Oregon State University (MPP, public policy) and the University of Oregon (MS, Ph.D., sociology) and enjoyed a decade-long teaching career at OSU. His published work on the political economy of cannabis provided the first structural analysis of Oregon’s decentralized, pre-legalization production and distribution networks. He “deinstitutionalized” in 2015 and transitioned from hobby-level breeding to industrial-scale field trials for developing novel, non-psychoactive cannabis. Early adoption of disruptive testing technology has helped Oregon CBD develop of a large library of novel chemovars (including pure CBG lines), and lead the nation in feminized seed production.


Trista Okel Founder & CEO of Empower® BodyCare

After watching her mother struggle with multiple forms of debilitating arthritis and seeing minimal results with prescriptions, our founder, Trista Okel, decided to take matters into her own hands. After the very first batch of what would become Empower Oil, Trista’s mother experienced significant relief. In 2013, Trista launched Empower BodyCare and continues to develop award-winning products using the highest quality and thoughtfully sourced ingredients to provide relief with plant-based solutions. Because of this dedication to quality and integrity, Empower BodyCare has become the most trusted brand in topical products in Oregon.


Katie Stem CEO, Peak Extracts

A medical cannabis patient since 2004, Katie’s battle with Crohn’s disease led her to explore alternatives to dangerous biologic and immunosuppressive drugs. A graduate from Carleton College in 2002, majoring in pre-med and literature, Katie has extensive business and management experience, as well as more than 10 years of laboratory science background. While working for Washington State University and Oregon Health & Science University, she experimented in the fields of physiology, pharmacology and neurology using natural products and pharmaceutical interventions for human diseases. In 2010, she completed her degree in traditional Chinese medicine and became a nationally-certified licensed herbalist and acupuncturist.

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Jeremy Sackett | Founder, Cascadia Labs

Jeremy has leveraged a dynamic skill set, developed in the contract research and manufacturing sector of the pharmaceutical industry, to lead Cascadia Labs’ growth over the last five years. Cascadia Labs now operates a multi-facility laboratory network providing industry-leading analytical testing and research services in the regulated Oregon and California cannabis industries. As a member of multiple rules advisory and technical standardization committees, at the state and national level, Jeremy advises on: supply chain traceability, sampling design, product formulations, quality control specifications, analytical testing, and packaging/labeling requirements.


11:45 a.m. | Plant Riot! Polyculture for Thriving Gardens

Karuna Chourey, Mammoth Microbes; Joshua Steensland, Cultivator; with Moderator Shango Los

Cannabis monoculture is being replaced with vibrant companion planting that increases plant health and yield for both indoor and outdoor cultivation. We will discuss the science of interplanting other species alongside cannabis and some best practices for optimum results.

12:30 p.m. | Shaping Fire Podcast: LIVE // The Future will AutoFlower: A Revolution for Home, Medical and Commercial Cannabis Gardens

Jeff Lowenfels, Teaming with Microbes Author; Seth Crawford, Oregon CBD, with Moderator Shango Los

Modern autoflowering genetics are remaking growing strategies in nearly every sector of cannabis. During this panel we will review the botany of these new chemovars and discuss how autos are reshaping cannabis production for all.

1:30 p.m. | Production Science: The Road Ahead

Alison Justice, PhD, OutCo; Lasse Schulze, Cronos Group; Guy Rocourt, Papa & Barkley, Jeremy Plumb, Prūf Cultivar

Given our rapidly transforming climate, cannabis production at scale now poses new and often challenging questions. This discussion brings together four producers with vast experience operating facilities at scale to share their points of passion. They will report findings in cutting edge production environments for cannabis crop production, product creation and research and development, as they attempt to shine a light on the road ahead.

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Afternoon Break

3:00 p.m. | Economic Justice: What’s the Hold-up?

Shanel Lindsay, Ardent; Raeven Duckett, Supernova Women, with Moderator Amanda Chicago Lewis

Most people agree in theory that cannabis legalization should consider the people and communities who were harmed by prohibition. But across the country, from NY to LA, from Boston to the Bay Area, the fight over how best to do so has created conflict and gridlock. We’ll examine why that is, with an entrepreneur from the Oakland market and an attorney who helped write the law in Massachusetts.

3:50 p.m. Nurturing Your Endocannabinoid System

Trista Okel, Empower Body Care; Katie Stem, Peak Extracts; Adie Rae, PhD, SmartCannabis™

Our bodies have many systems. And, for most, we know how to care for them. Immune systems need Vitamin C and proper sleep, for example. But rarely does modern health practice integrate a discussion about a health endocannabinoid (eCB) system, or what it takes to maintain one. Three experts team up to discuss the importance of a balanced eCB system, and the link between eCB deficiency and autoimmune disease.

4:40 p.m. | Your Brain on Weed: Concussions and Cannabis

Ethan Russo, MD, International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute; with Amanda Chicago Lewis

Dr. Ethan Russo is the world’s foremost clinician and researcher on cannabis, concussions, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Amanda Chicago Lewis has spent the past year recovering from a traumatic brain injury. The two will sit down to talk as doctor and patient, but also as expert and journalist, discussing healing best practices as well as challenging realities. For additional context and perspective, Dr. Russo will present some of his key findings on cannabis and the injured brain.

5:30 p.m. | Dinner Break

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Tokeativity: Womxn-Run Businesses Speed Networking

Women-owned businesses and those who would like to support them are invited to join this fast-paced speed networking round, hosted by Tokeativity.


7:00 p.m. Cultivation Classic Awards + Data Ceremony

Jeremy Sackett, Cascadia Labs; Adie Rae, PhD, Smart Cannabis

Where the data meets the people. 800-seat packed house awards reveal, with scientists shedding light on why this is the most consumer-relevant cultivation cup on the planet. Awards as follows:

Energy Innovation Award | Presented by Tonkon Torp

Supplemental Light Type 1 (THC) | Presented by Alter Farms

Supplemental Light Type 3 (CBD) | Presented by Willamette Week

Supplemental Light Type 2 (Mixed Ratio) | Presented by GreenForce Staffing

Outstanding Terpenes Awards | Presented by Prrl Labs

Credible Cultivar Award | Presented by Smart Cannabis

Nose Knows Award |

Ladies’ Choice Award |

Regenerative Cannabis Farm Award | Presented by Sana Packaging

Hemp | Presented by PlntLabs.co

Sun Type 1 | Presented by Lightscale Labs

Sun Type 3 | Presented by PlntLabs.co

Sun Type 2 | Presented by PlntLabs.co


Additional speaking opportunities for the 2019 event are closed. To express interest in speaking at Cultivation Classic 2020 in May in Portland, Oregon, please contact Steph Barnhart at steph(at)cultivationclassic.cc.

Slots are limited and highly curated. When reaching out, please include a detailed description about your topic of interest, proven expertise, and if possible, links to your work, including but not limited to audio or video of yourself speaking at a previous event.


Please enjoy these interviews with some of 2018’s speakers, by The Hood Collective.

Download 2018’s Main Stage Audio Clips, post-edited by Will Romey.

Dr. Adie (Wilson-Poe) Rae | habu health
Amanda Rieman, PhD | Flow Kana
Philippe Lucas, PhD (C) | Tilray (Canada)
Pablo Melendez | Daya Foundation (Chile)
Nitzan Solan | IsCann (Israel)
Jeremy Plumb | Farma PDX & Prūf Cultivar PDX
Tiara Darnell | Freelance Multimedia Journalist
Coco Madrid | Event Curator, Plus Model, and Body Positive Advocate
Nicolle Callier | Cannabis Culture & Lifestyle Writer
Amanya Maloba | Women.Weed.Wifi
Karanja (KC) Crews | Green Hop Academy
Nicole Wilkes | Green Hop Academy
Congressman Earl Blumenauer | US House of Representatives
Jesse Sweet | Oregon Liquor Control Commission
Andi Bixel | Drip Sweets
Amy Parscal | Ebb & Flow
Erica Fairchild | Pilot Farm
Jane Fossen | Applegate Jane
Laura Day | Yerba Buena
Jodi Hanes | Alter Farms
Ryan Lee | Chimera Genetic Resource Management & Chemovar Consulting (Canada)
Amy Margolis | Founder, The Initiative
Sara Batterby | Courting Angels
Zoe Sigman | Farma PDX
Beth Schechter | Open Cannabis Project
Lisa Snyder | Tokeativity
Samantha Montenaro | Prism House


Watch 2017’s speaker videos here!

Ethan Russo, MD | Medical Director, PHYTECS
Dr. Adie Poe | Co-Founder, Habu Health
Dr. Dominic Corva | Founder, Co-Executive and Social Science Research Director
Tim Blake | Founder, Emerald Cup
Kevin Jodrey | Owner of Wonderland Nursery and Founder of The Ganjier
Jeremy Plumb | Farma, Open Cannabis Project
Adam Smith | Founder and Director, Craft Cannabis Alliance
Ashley Preece | Executive Director, Ethical Cannabis Alliance
Jodi Haines | Alter Farms
Dee Dussault | Creator and Author, Ganga Yoga
Amy Margolis | Sharholder, Greenspoon Marder
Jesse Sweet | Director, Administrative Policy and Process Oregon Liquor Control Commission
Lauren Terry | Journalist
Winston Ross | Journalist
Alisha Holloway | Phylos Bioscience


Jonathan Page, | Ph.D., CEO and president of Anandia Labs
Robert Clarke | Executive Director of BioAgronomics Group
Shane Young | Natural Enemies
Kelly, Josh and Sky | Dragonfly Earth Medicine
Eric Brandstad |Forever Flowering
Eliza + Nick Mahmood | Green Source Gardens
Jesse Dodd | Biovortex
Courtney Zehring | Tokie Farms
Chris Jagger | Blue Fox Ag Services
Michael Owens | Canna Cruz Gardens Inc. & Wildcrafted Seed Co.
Chris Van Hook | Clean Green Certification
Nick Klase | CEO and Co-Founder, Fluence Bioengineering