Annual cannabis conference returns to NMU

Discussions to include business and marketing within the cannabis industry

Abigail Faix

On Tuesday, April 25, the second annual Great Lakes Cannabis Education Conference (GLCEC) will be hosted at Northern Michigan University. The conference will begin at 8 a.m. in the Northern Center with coffee and conversations. The final event, which is the announcement of student awards and an overall conference wrap-up with tours of the Medicinal Plant Chemistry and Indoor Agriculture programs at NMU, will begin at 4:15 p.m.

The event was designed to promote an open exchange of ideas, highlight the teaching and research aspects of cannabis and showcase new trends in the industry. This year, the conference includes topics such as market insights into Michigan’s cannabis industry and how the cannabis industry has an impact on the environment.

Speakers and panelists include faculty, scholars, students, industry professionals and entrepreneurs in agriculture, cultivation, manufacturing, testing and retail. Some of the panelists include Jelili Adebiyi, an assistant professor in the Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences department at NMU, and Carol W. Johnson, the dean of NMU’s College of Business. 

“The conference is looking at the social equity impact, environmental impact and business projections for cannabis,” said Lesley Putman, professor of chemistry at NMU.

The GLCEC debuted last year as the first large-scale gathering of cannabis experts in the region. NMU has been at the cutting edge of cannabis education since the launch of the Medicinal Plant Chemistry degree program.

More information about the GLCEC can be found on the NMU Events page.