Educational Program

HEMPADELPHIA features two days of educational speakers and demonstrations focused on a wide variety of topics all related to the cannabis industry. 

2020 Speakers


MC/Host: Will Edelstein, Owner of Jewish Sauce Boss

Jewish Sauce Boss (JSB) is a team of individuals who are committed to changing the stigma while normalizing the conversation around cannabis. Our focus is building and maintaining relationships, education, awareness, events, growing brands, and documenting a lifestyle enhanced by cannabis. Our goal is legalization of cannabis in PA. Our three main services include: MMJ Patient Liaison - Educational Events - Cannabis Consulting. 

Visit: www.JewishSauceBoss.com

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Russ Cersosimo, Co-Founder of Keystone Integrated Care, Founder of the Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society, Co-founder of Hemp Synergistics

 Topic: Green Rush 2.0: What To Expect Now That The Pioneers Have Paved The Way for Big Industry
What does the future hold for the cannabis industry? Using historical examples and his deep knowledge of the industry, Russ Cersosimo will peer into the future and disclose his prediction of what comes next. From the medical marijuana business to effective use of data to successful hemp extraction, get the inside scoop on what may be the next generation “Green Rush” from one of Pennsylvania’s most renowned business entrepreneurs.       Visit: www.hempsynergistics.com


Teresa Kearney, Sales Director of Panacea Payroll

Topic: Protecting Your Green: Utilizing Payroll, HR and Timekeeping To Your Advantage
It’s critical to keep your cannabis business running smoothly. Often overlooked are how payroll, human resources and timekeeping can drive your business to success or failure. Learn the essentials from a payroll professional. Discussion will include topics such as 1099 vs. W2, employee handbooks and job descriptions, HR/OSHA compliance and the legal ramifications of not having an electronic timekeeping system. For those knowledgeable in cannabis but not as strong in back office practices, this session is for you.

Visit: www.panaceapayroll.com

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Christina Casile, Owner of Design 710

Topic: Architectural Design In The Cannabis Space
Regulations and legal restrictions surrounding the cannabis industry create many challenges to constructing and designing a functional and inviting business environment. Gain insight into how Design 710 has overcome these many obstacles in creating imaginative and highly functional architectural interior designs for cannabis businesses. Most notably, Design 710 was responsible for the innovative design of the first medical marijuana dispensary in Philadelphia: Restore Integrative Wellness Center in Fishtown. 

Visit: www.design710.com



Brandon Bahr, Co-Founder of Soothe, LLC

Topic: Hemp, Cannabis & Mental Health
How does hemp and Cannabis sativa aid in improving mental health? Discussion will include how specific CBD products can benefit stress and anxiety. How does the use of cannabis products impact oxidation and coritizone levels? What are some best practices in the use of CBD products and how to choose the right one for you? Gain insight into the benefits of cannabis from a local entrepreneur.

Visit: www.soothelife.com

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Matthew Roman, MD, Cannabis Specialist, Physician

Topic: Using Medical Cannabis for Treatment
Cannabis can be an effective tool of medical treatment for ailments ranging from chronic pain and opiate dependency to cancer and PTSD. Using his experience as a full-time medical marijuana practitioner, Dr. Roman will explain in detail the effects of cannabis on the human body and how it can be successfully used to relieve state-sanctioned qualifying medical conditions. His familiarity with its effects, forms, and methods of use provide a practical understanding of cannabis that complements his theoretical understanding of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from scientific literature. Dr. Roman has used his experience to teach the public and train other healthcare providers in the field of cannabis medicine. 

Visit: www.natureswaymedicine.com

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Kourtney Chichilitti, Pharmacist, Professional Pharmacy of Pennsburg

Topic: CBD and The Endocannabinoid System
Learn about the potential benefits of how hemp and CBD can improve health and wellness from a licensed pharmacist. Topics include how CBD works on the body/endocannabinoid system; how to pick a good CBD product; the difference between full spectrum/broad spectrum/isolates; how to dose CBD; potential drug interactions; and how to improve your lifestyle through the use of these products. 

Visit: www.professionalrx.net

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Theresa (Reese) Clark BS, MPH, CEO and Owner of Empress Herbal Products

Topic: Holistic Uses of Cannabis
Unlock the secret of how cannabis works in your body by identifying the different types of chemical components of cannabis and their benefits. Gain insight into how cannabis topicals work through the skin and address underlying conditions from a public health professional. Discussion will focus on how cannabis topicals can be used to improve your lifestyle and personal health and wellness.

Visit: www.empressherbalproducts.com


Claudia Post, Founder and President of MOST – A Cannabis Consulting Group (formerly known as Smokin' Hot Solutions)

Topic: Supply Chain in The Cannabis Industry: Regional, National, Local
If you are running a cannabis business, understanding which transportation service you should choose can be a daunting task. Many people in the industry are not familiar with all of their shipping options. Who do I call to find a reliable customs broker? How much should it cost? What about transit times? How should that work? For samples, who do I get the best price and from who? And then of course there is the issue of trucking. How do you file a claim if your goods are damaged? In what instance would you use a same day courier? Learn important answers to your questions regarding the special challenges related to operational logistics.  Visit: www.smokinhotsolutions.com


Ron Kaufman, M.Ed., Owner of Hemp Headquarters, HEMPADELPHIA Event Coordinator

Topic: Adaptogenic Properties of Cannabis
Adaptogens are substances that help the body combat stressors and achieve balance. Professional literature never includes Cannabis sativa in their list of adaptogenic plants, but maybe they should? What is the universal criterion for declaring something an adaptogen and how does cannabis meet those standards? Learn how phytocannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system benefit the body in adaptogenic ways from the scientific and Ayurvedic perspective.

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