For Immediate Release: Kickoff of monthly series of "Canna-Day" events at the Monterey Incubator

The Monterey Incubator would like to announce the kickoff of the first of a monthly series of “Canna-Day” events to be held in the American Tin Cannery Building at:

The Monterey Incubator
125 Ocean View Blvd
Suite #203
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

The kickoff event will be held from 6-8 pm at the Incubator, and all industry interested participants are welcome to participate and learn from our panel of experts in the field. The event will be moderated by Richard De Andrade, the incubator’s co-founder.

It is also a pleasure to announce that the Incubator has executed agreements with the following Cannabis Industry companies and professionals for Canna Day:

The Monterey Incubator was created as a membership organization specifically to help provide access to resources and support for early stage and accelerating companies desiring a path to growth. The incubator while having global reach, is located on the Monterey Peninsula on California’s Central Coast in close proximity to Silicon Valley.

The Incubator founders, Richard De Andrade and Fred Cohen, are entrepreneurs, angel investors, advisors, and helpful members of the community, doing well by doing good. They work with local and regional businesses to help them get started, grow, prosper, and ultimately exit successfully. The Incubator’s ecosystem has global reach through Keiretsu Forum, Angel to Exit, Management Analytics, Solare Holding, Solare Capital, Solare Inc., Can Do Funds, and many other partners and participants.

The list of panelists and topics to be covered are as follows:

Matt Best - Director of Client Services
Medicine Man Technologies (OTCQB: MDCL)

The California Cannabis Industry as a Market: 

Navigating the California market, our experience in the transition from medical to adult use markets, navigating state applications, and best practices to consider for incorporation, funding, real estate, and operations for individuals and companies interested in entering the regulated marketplace.  

A native of Salinas, Matt Best graduated from SUNY Geneseo in Upstate New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Integrated Marketing Communications. Matt joined Medicine Man Technologies as its first full-time employee in 2015 and has worked extensively with the company's client base across the US and internationally. As Director of Client Services for Medicine Man Technologies, he is responsible for business development in emerging markets, managing new and existing client relationships, and marketing and event management for the company. He has a strong background in organizational and interpersonal communication, project management, as well as media planning and buying, marketing and advertising. 

Kaitlin Chichester – Facility Design Specialist
Medicine Man Technologies (OTCQB: MDCL)

Kaitlin Chichester graduated from Kansas State University in 2015, where she gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design with a concentration in Evidence-Based Design. Kansas State University's interior design program ranks in the top 5% among all undergraduate interior design programs in the United States. After studying interior design abroad in Italy, Kaitlin worked for commercial architecture firms in Houston, Texas and Kansas City, Missouri, where she specialized in healthcare design with other projects in the education, corporate and performing arts market sectors. In her professional experience, she has gained skills in schematic design development, construction drawing and detailing, contract administration and design-build services. At Medicine Man Technologies, she enjoys adapting her foundation of knowledge to our proprietary methodologies to deliver tailored cultivation and dispensary designs for our clientele in the US and internationally. 

Mimi Brown – CEO
The Brown Group

Security in Cannabis: 

  • Security issues and best practices in the Cannabis industry.
  • A quick start list for security planning,
  • Low-cost tools to harden your security,
  • Goals and Community Standards,
  • Resources available for Cannabis companies on security and compliance.

Mimi’s best asset is active listening; “You need to understand an issue before you can propose a better outcome.” She is an expert at translating interviews, technical designs, compliance requirements and field information into written materials (manuals, policies & procedures, SOP requirements etc.). For the past 14 years, she has specialized in security, specifically cannabis, critical infrastructure (healthcare and utilities) and higher-education.

Mimi’s Experience in infrastructure and facility protection includes:

  • Technology sales including SaaS, perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS), physical identity access management (PIAM), access control, visitor management, ID badging systems, Campus Card solutions
  • Enterprise storage & servers, access control systems, ID badge solutions, Campus Card solutions and network monitoring
  • Developing new business partnerships, greenfield territories and designing integrated solutions
  • Senior technical writing; specializing in change management, policy & procedures
  • Consultative technology solution selling

Mimi has a certification from the Infrastructure Protection Certification, was trained by Wilson Learning in Consultative Selling, and has a BA from The University of California, Riverside.

Anne Kelson – Attorney-At-Law

Employment Law Implications of the State's Emergency Cannabis Regulations:

Current employment law issues for cannabis operators and how your business can effectuate compliance. If the state's three sets of emergency cannabis regulations remain in effect, it will have lasting implications for cannabis operators' ability to comply with the State's pre-existing employment laws. Ensuring that your business is following the State's wage and hour, anti-discrimination, and related employment requirements are not impossible. However, it may take some work to ensure that the emergency regulations work congruently with employers' pre-existing obligations.

Anne Kelson is an advocate and former educator who has focused on employment law, constitutional law, intellectual property and social justice.  While studying law at U.C. Davis, Anne interned at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the A.C.L.U. of Northern California where she worked on a variety of issues including online speech, intellectual property and cutting-edge questions of civil liberty in the digital age. She also served as a research assistant to Professor Keith Aoki and provided key research on plants and the patent regime for the book “Seed Wars”. 

Prior to her transition into cannabis law, Anne worked as a litigator in several boutique firms in the Los Angeles area, where she litigated high profile disputes involving single plaintiff and class action employment cases. Anne has also litigated several cases involving constitutional challenges to state legislation.  Anne has represented employees as well as employers in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, and arbitration.  Anne has also routinely provided advice and counsel on a variety of employment-related matters, including pre-employment screening, state and federal leave requirements, wage and hour compliance, employee handbooks and recent state and federal legislation. In addition to counseling cannabis businesses regarding employment policies and practices, Anne assists cannabis operators in navigating regulatory compliance matters, including state and local licensing. Anne also advises cannabis operators regarding various intellectual property matters, including trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets.

Before her legal career, Anne was an inner-city public-school teacher in Brooklyn where she completed her Master’s in Education in conjunction with participating in the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. Since that time, Anne has engaged in several courses of study, including herbal medicine, holistic healing and indigenous wisdom traditions.

Anne received a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College and master's degree in Education from Brooklyn College. She is a graduate of U.C. Davis School of Law.

Pete Noto - Secretary
Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association

Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association:

Pete will give a background of the MCCIA, and as a BOD member, what things he and MCCIA on behalf of its members would like to see the greater Canna-Business community do to make the Cannabis industry prosper on the central coast.

Pete brings to the MCCIA Board of Directors over 22 years of entrepreneurial and executive management experience. Specializing in early-stage ventures, Pete has founded, co-founded and managed enterprises in the consumer goods, technologies, hospitality and international trade segments.  He moved to Carmel with his family two years ago and has established himself in the community through involvement in service, recreational, and academic organizations.

Pete spent the past seven years in the alcoholic beverage industry developing several innovative products and brands across the beer, wine and spirits segments.  His work in intellectual property development and licensing, entity structuring, multijurisdictional compliance, three-tier distribution network development, multi-agency relationship management, production and product branding lends an experienced perspective to our local cannabis industry.

Prior to his work in alcohol, Pete co-founded a software firm in San Francisco which grew to over 150 employees before being acquired, developed a restaurant concept in Texas which now has over 50 locations, imported construction materials into Dubai, co-founded a digital video surveillance equipment firm, and built and operated multiple online retail concepts.  Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.