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June 9, 2022

New cannabis conference launches this month

A conference about all-things cannabis, with a strong focus on medical use and its benefits, is happening at The Omni Hotel, located at 155 Temple St., New Haven on June 25. 

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Northeast Cannabis Nursing Conference is being hosted by CannaHealth, the state’s first and only African-American owned cannabis business. 

Owner and CEO Kebra Smith-Bolden, a registered nurse and cannabis health care professional, said the event will feature healthcare advocates and businesses and community organizers in the cannabis industry. It is open to medical professionals and anybody interested in learning more about cannabis and its health applications. 

The inaugural conference also aims to highlight communities that have been impacted by the ‘War on Drugs,’ among other anti-cannabis legislation, Smith-Bolden said.

“This conference is for everyone who would like to learn more about the cannabis industry,” Smith-Bolden said. “Whether you are a patient, a healthcare provider, an entrepreneur or a person who is just canna curious, we will have something for you. We will have panels for both clinical providers and entrepreneurs, demonstrations and presentations, a pitch competition with a cash prize and luncheon featuring industry experts and leaders.”

According to Smith-Bolden, the panelists come from various cannabis-related industries including healthcare/medicinal, economic and social justice. Speakers are expected to share how cannabis is used in hospitals and clinics and how to create and run a cannabis business.

“Our expo is the first of its kind,” Smith-Bolden added. “We are rolling the social justice, medical and business sides of cannabis into one unforgettable event. We also focus on the people at the center of it all: advocates, business people and – most importantly – patients.”

The conference will also feature a “Cannabiz Pitch Contest,” where entrepreneurs can present ideas for a cannabis business. Trulieve, a social advocacy group and one of the event’s sponsors, will award the winner $1,000, and $500 to the runner-up. 

Other event sponsors include Massage at Work USA, a wellness business who’ll be giving free massages, along with Weedmaps, a patient empowerment business who’ll help patients receive free medical marijuana card certification through a collaboration with CannaHealth. 

A list of the panelists joining the event can be viewed HERE

Admission to the conference is $150. To register, visit or email

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