OEN PubTalk: Hemp & CBD, Oregon’s Next Big Market

***Registration is closed. We will take walk-in registration at the door. Come join us!***


It’s no secret that hemp and CBD are part of an emerging cannabis market. However, starting a successful business in this space can feel like decoding an ancient language. Join OEN for the November PubTalk to learn how to break into the hemp and CBD market. Our panelists feature a variety of related backgrounds, from farming to supply chain to regulatory policy. They’ll discuss how you can get involved in the cannabis community and the pros and cons of working in this emerging market.

You’ll learn:

  • The ins and outs of the hemp and CBD market
  • How to get more involved in this industry
  • What it’s like to work in this evolving market space
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11/13/2019 05:15 PM
11/13/2019 07:00 PM
OEN PubTalk: Hemp & CBD, Oregon’s Next Big Market
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Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby


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Miranda Weigler

CMO, Verdant Leaf Farms

Miranda Weigler combines operational expertise and corporate strategic thinking. After a professional career in international academia and global corporate consulting, she returned to her roots to help build the legal cannabis industry. She loves talking about edible branding, growth strategies, and emerging markets. Miranda studied Political Sociology and International Relations in the UK and then spent a decade coaching international debate around the world. She loves complicated problems, advocacy, and whiteboards. She is excited to help you work through your challenges, whiteboard it out, and define manageable next steps.




Sunny Summer

Cannabis Policy Coordinator & Special Projects, Oregon Dept. of Agriculture

Sunny has a Bioresource Research degree from Oregon State University. She worked in pesticide regulation and enforcement for 12 years before making the leap to all things cannabis. She has been in her current position in the Director’s Office for nearly 4 years. Sunny has a strong commitment to Oregon and Oregon agriculture. When not scratching her head over state and federal regulations, she can be found napping in the woods, kayaking the Willamette, or chasing one of the Bruiser Bros around the Sassy Sunflower Haus.


Mason Walker

Co-Owner & CEO, East Fork Cultivars

Mason Walker is Co-Owner and CEO of East Fork Cultivars, an Oregon craft cannabis and hemp company. He also serves as Treasurer for the Craft Cannabis Alliance. Prior to joining the cannabis industry, Mason worked as a journalist for the Portland Business Journal where he co-founded and served as Interim Editor of Sustainable Business Oregon. He also served as Vice President of Oregon Environmental Council’s Emerging Leaders Board, working to engage young people on policy and advocacy work at the state level. A native New Yorker (the state, not the city), Mason holds a degree in supply chain & logistics from Portland State University. He enjoys making dry cider, playing basketball, and backpacking the wild corners of the Pacific Northwest.


Beth van Elswyk

Co-Founder, Wiesow Management 

Beth van Elswyk is co-founder/partner of Wiesow Management, an Industrial Hemp Services and Supply company. Beth began in Cannabis/Hemp in business development creating profitable dispensaries despite banking and compliance challenges. Now as Head of Emerging Market Possibilities, Beth has helped guide the expansion of Wiesow from its beginning focus on Genetics/Seeds to infrastructure solutions for B2B sales across all spectrums of the Hemp Industry. Beth thrives in the chaos of growth and change, with a focus on customer service & training campaigns to create ROI. While at Panasonic, one such campaign yielded a 300% increase in sales for a PNW regional retailer during the recession. She currently serves on the Hemp Task Force for ASTA, a supportive member of Tokeativity, and OFB.



The OEN PubTalk™ is our flagship monthly happy hour — a perfect starting point for new community members and a great place for established members to make new connections. As always, the program will be preceded by time for casual networking and will include free appetizers and pizza. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

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Cost: $15 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. We take walk-ins if space allows, but prices will be $20 for OEN members and $35 for non-members at the door. *Sorry, no refunds.* 

Not yet an OEN member? Join today and you can get a free pass to our October PubTalk!



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November 13, 2019 5:15 PM
November 13, 2019 7:00 PM
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Lucky Lab
1945 NW Quimby
Julie Brown
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