Simon Event Management

Saturday & Sunday
March 30 - 31

Monroeville, PA

The First Major Patient-Focused Expo In Pennsylvania

Saturday  10 am - 5 pm
Sunday  10 am - 5 pm
Admission:  $10 Day / $15 Weekend Pass
Includes The Exhibit Hall And All Of The Presentations*

*Except The Max Montrose Interpening Level 1 Course And Certification

Tickets Available In Advance Or At The Door
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  ~ Hundreds Of Products On Sale
~ Healing & Holistic Services On Site
~ Patient Education & Certification
~ 25 Presentations – Ask The Experts!
~ Cannabis & CBD Authors, Books And Book Signings
~ CLE Credits & Physician’s Topics
~ Wine Pavilion & Chef Mark’s Palate

Thinking About Getting A Medical Marijuana Card?


~ Autism ~ Cancer ~ Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy

    Crohn’s Disease ~ Dyskinetic and Spastic Movement Disorders

    Intractable Spasticity (caused by damage to the spinal cord)

    Epilepsy/Seizures ~ Glaucoma ~ HIV/AIDS ~ Huntington’s Disease

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (including Colitis and Crohn’s)

    Intractable Seizures ~ Multiple Sclerosis ~ Neurodegenerative Diseases

    Neuropathies ~ Opioid-Use Disorder ~ Parkinson’s Disease

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    Severe Chronic/Intractable Pain ~ Sickle Cell Anemia ~ Terminal Illness ~ Ulcerative Colitis

The following four doctors will be available both days of the Expo to perform certifications. 
EXPO SPECIALS $99 Certification / $75 Recertification
*Does not include the $50 fee for the Pennsylvania Department of Health

You must make an appointment with one of these doctors to guarantee this special Expo pricing.

Dr. Monika Juszczyk   

After “Dr Monika” earned a medical degree in her native Poland, she practiced internal medicine for 15 years. She went on to complete a Preventative Cardiology Fellowship in Connecticut, and did her own research on aging in the Blue Zones around the globe. Dr. Monika now has a deep understanding of the functions of the body and powerful tools that bring untapped energy into our world in practical ways. She believes that healing starts when we take more responsibility for the state of our wellness. She says,” healing starts with understanding and actions we take towards healing. Process creates progress, and progress leads to desired results.”

Dr. Mary Davis

Appointment times are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Make your appointment today with Dr. Monika or Dr. Davis! 
Call 888-372-0325 or email


Dr. Vera Sherman

Dr. Sherman, M.D., practices Internal Medicine at Greenleaf Compassion in Homestead near the Waterfront. She has been providing quality medical care for over 20 years including evaluation of eligible conditions for medical marijuana and suggested uses for hemp-based cannabinoid products. Dr. Sherman is a graduate of the Dartmouth Medical School and completed residency at UPMC

Appointment times are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Call 412-462-6001 to make your appointment today with Dr. Sherman! 

Dr. Roxanne Rick / Cannabis Care Centers

Appointment times are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Call Dr. Rick at 412-229-7848 to schedule your appointment.

Participating Exhibitors
Check Back Often For Updates!

Americans For Safe Access

Animal Healing Now



Barry Helm

Bay Lake Sea Salts

Beyond The Beauty

Cannabis Care Centers

Cannabis Libris

Compassionate Clinics of America - SILVER SPONSOR

Dispense Magazine - PLATINUM SPONSOR


Estate Planning Centers

Glass Gone Wow

Greenbridge Society

Greenleaf Compassion - SILVER SPONSOR

Green Leaf Medical

Hemp Radio

Kine Hearts Magazine

Live Labs

Maitri Medicinals

M.A.R.S. (Medical Ancillary Research Solutions)

Medical Marijuana Specialists

Mindful Seedlings

Pennsylvania Nature's Best CBD

Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania - SILVER SPONSOR


Psychic Solutions

Pure Natural Health

Pure Penn

Pure Therapeutics

Relax Saunas

Releaf App

Solevo Wellness - PLATINUM SPONSOR

Starr Hill Winery - GOLD SPONSOR

Tastefully Simple - GOLD SPONSOR

Tetra Growth Systems

The Healing Center - GOLD SPONSOR

The Human MRI

Turning Point Energy

Urban Raw Food

Vapor Galleria

Veterans Ending The Stigma


Your CBD Store Gibsonia


Interested In Being An Exhibitor?


Schedule Your Appointment In Advance
To Guarantee A Position With These Gifted Healing Masters

Appointments Will Also Be Available
On Site On A First-Come, First-Served Basis

Barry Helm
Channeled Intuitive Healing Treatment

$50 - 250
Call 513-289-3930

Justin Elledge-The Human MRI
Medical Intuitive Healing

Justin Elledge is a Medical intuitive for which he has been given a
"Second Sight" to see all of the hidden issues affecting the Body, Mind and Spirit.
He shares from his vast knowledge those materials and activities that will 
help alleviate life's challenges with both physical and Spiritual issues.
20 Minute recorded sessions for $40.00 each are available on a 
first come, first serve basis unless a reservation is made in advance. Book early! 
To pre-book sessions for show call: 1-888-774-3667

Paulette Glover / Mindful Seedlings

An ancient Hawaiian approach to reaching the subconscious mind
of your present and past actions through spiritual, mental, and physical Karmic 'cleansing'.
$20 - 20 minutes / $35 - 40 minutes / $50 - 60 minutes
Call 724-787-9366

Rebecca Cecchini / Pure Therapeutics
Reiki On An Amethyst Bio Mat

Energy healing to rid the body of physical and emotional ailments.
$20 - 20 minutes
Call 412-715-2326

Lance Queer / Turning Point Energy
Divine Love Healing

For any emotional, mental and physical conditions that you have in your life.
$20 - $50 / No Charge If Not Succesful

Jess Smiley / ASEA
Access Bars
Access Bars are a set of tools and processes that are designed to facilitate more consciousness to your life. 
A Japanese technique for stress reduction and a form of alternative medicine and energy healing. 
$1 Per Minute - Schedule On Site



Panel Discussion: Recreational vs. Medical: Examining The Laws, Programs And Use Of Cannabis

Rep. Jake Wheatley / PA House and Rep. Ed Gainey / Gisele Barreto Fetterman /
Senator Sharif Street
If medical cannabis is legal, why do we need recreational adult use legalization? This panel will discuss the medical, legal, social and political issues around a new push to legalize all use in PA. With potentially $580 million in tax revenue at stake, the question far-reaching ramifications.

A Channeled Healing Meditation
Barry Helm
Barry Helm, Intuitive, Channel, Bodyworker, Healer assisting those present in their transformational process.  Visit or visti Barry at booth 505 for individual treatment.

Physicians And Medical Cannabis - Making Data-Backed Treatment Recommendations
Tyler Dautrich / Releaf

With limited clinical research and the lack of cannabis education in medical schools, doctors, caregivers and healthcare professionals are left without proper resources when making treatment recommendations. Most recommending doctors rely on verbal feedback from their patients, which can be difficult and relies on a sharp patient memory, or general strain reviews found online. Learn how leveraging anonymous patient reported, and digitally recorded, treatment outcomes can empower you to make data-backed treatment recommendations, analyze aggregate trends, and improve your relationship with your patients.

Cannabis Complexities and Misconceptions
Max Montrose / Trichome Institute
If the plants aren't Indica and Sativa, what are they? Why is THC not an equation for potency? How are edibles chemically a different drug? What does standard lab testing assess if it's not qualitative? Learn from a lifetime industry expert why cannabis and its products are complex yet highly beneficial.

Legal Professionals:   1 CLE credit offered / $10 Fee For CLE / Public Welcome, No Fee

The State of Cannabis: What you need to know about the law and cannabis.
Emily Seelman, Esq.- Founder, Tetra Growth Systems, LLC

This will be a one hour interactive discussion regarding the current status of federal and state law surrounding cannabis- including firearms rights, touching on employment issues, driving with marijuana, and projections going forward.

Treating Childhood Illness with Medical Marijuana 
Richard Greer, Pharmacy Director, Solevo Wellness

Annie Corbin, Pediatrics Director, Solevo Wellness

Erin Rodger, Patient Services Director, Solevo Wellness
Do you or does someone you know care for a child with a serious medical condition? Do you have questions about how medical marijuana is being used in Pennsylvania to treat children with serious medical conditions? A panel from the Pediatric Team at Solevo Wellness in Pittsburgh will discuss this topic and answer all of your questions.

A Woman's Guide to Cannabis

Nikki Furrer

Dosing And Titrating Medical Cannabis
Dr. Gregory Smith, MD, MPH
This presentation discusses the complexity of dosing cannabinoid medications, including the fact that they are fat soluble medication with wide variability in bioavailability and tolerance. In addition, it discusses the important concepts of titrating to the right dose, by using the concepts of "start low and go slow", "the sweet spot", "less is more", and "if you are getting high, your dose is too high,"  that relate to the unique characteristics of having therapeutic impacts on CB1 or CB2 receptors in the brain and body.

Harmonize the Body With Essential Oils
Chris Sypien / doTERRA

What is an essential oil?  Why quality matters, how to use essential oils, finding the right oils for your body and DIY recipes!

A Look At Enhancing The Use Of CBD Oil For Health And Healing
M.Justin Elledge / "The Human MRI", Medical Intuitive, Radio Host, Nutrition Advocate

This will include ways CBD oil to make it even more effective! In addition, he will discuss other amazing healing materials like Double Helix Water and Apex water to accelerate recovery and improve health. As Buddhist Esoteric Healer and energy healer, he will also demonstrate sacred practice to all in attendance.

Combatting the Opioid Epidemic: How Cannabis is Becoming the Exit Drug 
Michael Butler / The Healing Center

Every state the legalized medical cannabis sees a decrease in opiate use and abuse. Learn the pharmacology of cannabis in treating opiate withdrawal symptoms and how it differs from conventional replacement therapy. Learn how resetting the brain's reward system can lead to long-term success.

Healing With Cannabis: Dialing in Your Ideal CBD:THC Ratio.
Uwe Blesching
Not all drugs are the same. Not all cannabis is the same. Knowing the difference is paramount if you want to produce and sustain the precise therapeutic effects that you want or need. In this presentation you will learn a step-by-step process that will allow you to not just determine what kind of cannabis experience you wish to have, but also help you in making more informed decisions about what kind of cannabis or cannabis-containing product may be optimal for you.

Cannabis Solventless Extraction - A better way to make concentrates.
Erik Asher

Learn the history of Cannabis Extraction from hashish to BHO to CO2 and now Solventless or (rosin), as well as the reasons why solventless concentrates are superior to chemically extracted concentrates. Watch a live demo of Solventless Cannabis Extraction using Act 16 approved Flower.

Employment Issues For MMJ Patients

Jean E. Novak / Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

Learn the basics of protections for Pennsylvania employees who are MMJ patients, get updates on the current standards for employees, and find out how other states have dealt with employment issues for MMJ patients.


Supplement Your Pain Management with Cannabis: Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction
Uwe Blesching

States with medical cannabis laws have a 25% lower opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws. In addition, medical cannabis saves Medicare about $165 million annually in prescription costs alone. This presentation is solution focused and examines and compares the actual evidence behind opioid and cannabis use for different types of pains.

Tracking Outcomes: Improving Medical Cannabis For Patients
Tyler Dautrich / Releaf

Historically, the effectiveness of cannabis as a medicine has largely been passed on by word of mouth and through direct experiences. Today there is a new way to track and share this information far beyond what word of mouth can accomplish. Research is slowly starting to validate patient stories, but that information is not yet comprehensive or widely available. This leaves medical professionals and dispensary staff with limited to no resources to make accurate treatment recommendations to patients. By tracking your treatment outcomes, you can avoid a long trial and error process while also contributing to patients like you finding relief more quickly. Join Releaf App for a discussion on why tracking your outcomes with medical cannabis is beneficial to your wellness, wallet, and other patients like you.

The History, Science and Benefits of Medical Marijuana
Dr. John Metcalf / Medical Marijuana Specialists
Learn about the history of marijuana, how it works in conjunction with our endocannabinoid system to provide homeostasis and the benefits of using medical marijuana for chronic pain and other medical conditions.

The Art And Science Of The Cannabis Sommelier: Evaluating Flower For Total Quality Control, Psychotropic Effects, And Variety Type Designation.

Max Montrose / Trichome Institute

Level 1:  The Level 1 Interpening course consists of an in-depth five hour lecture discussing the topics below and more, followed by an online exam for certification.
- Interpening: Wine sommeliers, our similarities and differences.
- Cannabis appellations, terroir, typicity, tasting.
- Evaluating the physical and aromatic characteristics of cannabis for unacceptable and perfect quality.
- Understanding and identifying cannabis flaws of insects, molds, ripeness, and many other growth factors to ensure safe consumption.
- Cannabis Origins, Evolution, and ethnobotany.
- The Strain Name Dilemma, Taxonomy, Speciation, the Indica/Sativa Controversy explained in depth.
- Cannabinoids & Terpenes
- The science and theory of predicting the psychotropic effects of cannabis with 3 cranial nerves, Interpening methodology.

Weathering the Storm: Modern Estate Planning for the Unexpected
Colin May, Esquire / The Estate Planning Centers

Let's make sure that your careful plans for health and wellness are not derailed by the unanticipated - but all too common - medical emergency. In this discussion, we address the importance of maintaining bodily autonomy, preserving financial assets, and establishing an ongoing care plan for you and your loved ones. We will also discuss tools and strategies to ensure that you and your family maintain control, resources, and dignity through life's unforeseen twists and turns. 

Choosing The Appropriate Medical Cannabis Product For Seniors
Richard Greer and Erin Rogers / Solevo Wellness
This discussion, targeted towards an older population, is designed to ease any concerns that patients may have regarding the introduction of medical marijuana into their treatment. Topics that will be covered include general healthcare considerations for an elderly population, what to expect when visiting a marijuana dispensary in PA, setting expectations for relief and any potential side effects, and reviewing medication options available in Pennsylvania. Practitioners and potential patients both can benefit from attending!

CBD – Make it Work for YOU!
Andrew Serafini / Chief Executive Officer / Pro Brands LLC

CBD has emerged as a health giant potentially providing an array of health benefits for numerous conditions.  CBD’s efficacy depends on several factors including nutrition, metabolic function, western medicines, exercise and more.  Unlike traditional pharmaceuticals, CBD allows for a systemic approach to better health and wellness, whereas pharma is reactionary in nature allowing for symptomatic treatment mainly.  How do we get the most benefit from CBD’s interaction within our internal system, the Endocannabinoid System?  This presentation will walk through factors to consider while developing a preventative mindset to improved health and wellness.  

The Entourage Effect
Dr. Stephen Dahmer / Vireo Health

We find many examples in life of the axiom: a whole is greater than the sum of its parts – a bouquet, an orchestra, consciousness, or even a joke.  Synergy is broadly defined as the combined effects of two or more organisms to produce a greater result than each would achieve individually.  Dr. Dahmer will explore the medicinal botanic concept of entourage related to cannabis: that the many components within a whole plant when administered together may potentiate the therapeutic effect while mitigating side effects.

Top 10 Things All New Medical Cannabis Patients Should Know
Debbie Churgai, Deputy Director / Americans for Safe Access

Although there are medical cannabis programs of some kind in 47 states, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, medical cannabis still remains a mystery to the vast majority of Americans today. Using medical cannabis is an approach that is supported by research and medical professionals, and has demonstrated positive public health outcomes. While it may feel like an overwhelming experience for many new patients, it does not have to be, to help new patients feel comfortable entering the world of medical cannabis, this presentation will cover the top 10 things patients should know when considering adding medical cannabis as part of their health care regime.

A Look At Enhancing The Use Of CBD Oil For Health And Healing
M.Justin Elledge / "The Human MRI", Medical Intuitive, Radio Host, Nutrition Advocate

This will include ways CBD oil to make it even more effective! In addition, he will discuss other amazing healing materials like Double Helix Water and Apex water to accelerate recovery and improve health. As Buddhist Esoteric Healer and energy healer, he will also demonstrate sacred practice to all in attendance.

THCV – The Next Big Thing For Weight Loss (for patients and caregivers)
Dr. Gregory Smith

This presentation discusses how THCV is different, and similar to other cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC. It discusses the novel effects of THCV in suppressing appetite, resulting in weight loss change in our body's energy metabolism, which results in positive therapeutic effects such as weight loss control of blood sugar blood and lipids and fatty liver.


Eric Asher
is a Disabled Army Veteran, Cannabis legalization warrior, Educator, PA Act 16 patient, and entrepreneur. Just gave the first legal Cannabis Extraction class in PA history last month.

Uwe Blesching
is a medical writer and regular contributor in the fields of the cannabinoid health sciences, mind-body medicine, phytopharmacology, as well as evidence-based illness prevention and treatment protocols. In addition to his life-long passion for Integrative Medicine, his writings are informed by Blesching’s rigorous in depth research and twenty years’ experience in emergency medicine as a Paramedic for the City of San Francisco. He holds a BA in Humanities from the New College of California; an MA in Psychology and a PhD in Higher Education and Social Change from the Western Institute for Social Research.

   Breaking The Cycle Of Opioid Addiction: Supplement Your Pain Management With Cannabis (2018)

   The Cannabis Health Index: Combining The Science Of Medical Marijuana With Mindfulness Techniques To Heal 100 Chronic Symptoms And Diseases (2015)
   Healing With Cannabis: Dialing In Your Ideal CBD:THC Ratio (To Be Released Approx. May, 2019)

Dr. Michael S. Butler
began his pharmacy career in 2008 after graduating from Duquesne University’s inaugural class of the newly formed weekend Pharm-D program. He has worked in West Virginia specializing in Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction, and is now  Pharmacist Director at The Healing Center in Washington and Moroeville PA. Dr. Butler has studied cannabis and it’s molecular chemistry extensively. Today he educates both laypersons and clinicians about medical marijuana, and counsels new patients about how to begin using this medication including appropriate forms and dosages depending on the patient’s individual experience and disease state parameters.

Debbie Chargai
is the Deputy Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical cannabis patient advocacy non-profit, and works in all aspects of the organization including education, policy, research, and consumer safety. She helps manage ASA’s Cannabis Care Certification (CCC) patient education program and the Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program, a training and 3 rd party business certification program for the medical cannabis industry. She has served as a writer, editor, and reviewer on many ASA publications including the Cannabis and Cannabis Resin Critical Review Document, the State of the States Report, and the Medical Cannabis Access for Pain Treatment report. Her previous work experience was in the Behavioral and Public Health fields working on projects in tobacco regulation and substance abuse prevention and treatment. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology.

Annie Corbin
is the Pediatrics Director at Solevo Wellness and is the primary source of expertise for all topics relating to medical marijuana for children. Annie, a Pittsburgh native, has worked hands-on with both plants and patients in Colorado as both a grower and patient consultant. She has deep personal knowledge of how medical marijuana can be used as part of a comprehensive pediatric care program.  nie suffers from epilepsy. She also assists her daughter, who has a rare brain condition and epilepsy, to help her have the best quality of life through the administration of this medication.

Dr. Stephen M. Dahmer
is the Chief Medical Officer at Vireo Health and a board-certified family doctor, his passion for health and healing has taking him around the globe. A fellow of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, for over a decade he has studied the relationship between plants and people, working closely with diverse cultures to study the effects of plant medicine.”

Tyler Dautrich
, Director of Business Development, studied Entrepreneurship at Temple University while co-founding a consulting group within the Entrepreneurial Student Association for Fox Business School students who wanted to raise money for their student business via crowdfunding websites like  During, and immediately after, graduating from Temple, Tyler became an intern for CoFund360, where he was in charge of blogging, social media management, data mining, and community management for portfolio companies.  After 4 months of interning with CoFund360, Tyler co-founded Greenhouse Ventures through a strategic partnership with CoFund360. Initial roles and responsibilities involved portfolio management, portfolio recruitment, brand development, market knowledge, and social/digital media manager. After completing a 12-month management trainee program within Greenhouse Ventures, Tyler was promoted to Operations Manager, where he was in charge of events, portfolio management, sales, and marketing. During this time Tyler was working one-on-one with portfolio companies to develop go-to-market strategies, business development, marketing, sales, and core business process documentation.  In June 2018, Tyler became the Director of Business Development for Releaf App, one of GHV’s portfolio companies. At Releaf, Tyler’s responsibilities consist of, but are not limited to, physician, dispensary, and research partnerships.

Since October 1985 when Justin Elledge had his first major physical challenge, has searched for a cure to his own health mysteries. He investigated many alternative and traditional therapies such as: reflexology, nutrition, heavy metal detox, mercury filling removal, the use of herbs, energy medicine, Hyperbaric Oxygen, Bach Flower remedies, homeopathy, energetic frequencies, and most of all the power of prayer. Along the way he also became a nurse and spent 5 years working in a VA hospital setting, with 3 years specializing in drug rehab and counseling.
  A Deeper Spiritual Awakening 2005:  For Justin, a true miracle occurred. After years of meditative practice, his third eye opened, and Justin could literally “see” the true cause of health manifesting inside of others. Soon as word got out, people began to contact him locally and from around the world to find solutions to their own health challenges and needs.  Justin Elledge brings a lifetime of experience to his individual sessions as Medical Intuitive and nutrition counselor

Gisele Barreto Fetterman
is an access and equity advocate, a hugger and the Second Lady of Pennyslvania.  She is the founder of Freestore 15104, where surplus and donated goods are received and redistributed to neighbors in need.  The Freestore aims to eradicate food and clothing insecurity, and currently serves close to 1,600 clients a month. The Freestore has inspired 9 spin off locations and the birth of 412 Food Rescue.  Gisele is the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, a community wide effort to end hunger and reduce food waste.  412 Food Rescue works with food retailers, wholesalers and other food providers to rescue un-sellable but perfectly good food to feed the food insecure. 412FR has rescued over 4 million pounds of food. She is co-founder of For Good PGH, a non-profit that works to advocate inclusion and inspire kindness.  Its first initiative, Hello Hijab, has received both national and international praise.   Gisele was born in Brazil and emigrated as a child to the US, living as an undocumented immigrant for over a decade. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, TODAY Show, CNN, NPR and more.  Gisele is a Forty under 40 honoree, a Tedx Speaker a Jefferson Awards recipient and a mother of three.

Rep. Ed Gainey
has represented the 24th Legislative District in the PA House since 2013.

Richard Greer,
a licensed Pharmacist at Solevo Wellness, completed his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at Duquesne University. While in pharmacy school, Richard served as class president for 4 years, sat on numerous student advisory committees, and was a member of the prestigious Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. He also received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Duquesne University, where he graduated on the Dean's List. He is licensed through the Pennsylvania Department of State to practice pharmacy and is a certified medical marijuana practitioner through the PA Department of Health.     

Dr. John Metcalf - BIO COMING SOON!         

Max Montrose
is an authoritative voice for the cannabis industry with over 8 years of industry experience. Max is an educational adviser to government, business, and public sectors, specializing in cannabis safety, education, and awareness. Max is the author of the National Cannabis Industry Textbook which has been reviewed and approved by industry-leading lawyers, doctors, and scientists. He educates everyone about the truths and complexities of cannabis culture and its industry. He is a founder of the Trichome Institute, a cannabis educational content provider for the cannabis industry, public, and more. The Trichome Institute provides standardized cannabis trainings for employees and produces educational tools and learning manuals for all types of cannabis consumers. Max also developed the cannabis sommelier program dissecting cannabis variety types and their psychoactivity, called Interpening. Max also created the first standard for cannabis quality certification called TAG.

Jean Novak
is a director at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky and is co-chair of the Employer-Employee Relations practice. She focuses her practice in the areas of employer representation, business services, public and non-profit organizations.

Erin Rodgers
is a Solevo Wellness Patient Care Consultant who works with patients to achieve optimal therapeutic benefits. Erin is a strong proponent of the efficacy of medical marijuana for alleviating a wide array of symptoms associated with numerous conditions. Experience as a caregiver for critically ill family members sparked Erin’s interest in nutrition and health, and became the impetus for returning to school with the goal of helping to improve the quality of patients’ lives. Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Health Studies from Chatham University, and has successfully completed the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Training Course.

Emily Seelman
is the founder of Tetra Growth Systems, LLC, a nationwide cannabis consulting company helping people establish their place and find success in the industry.  Founded in an effort to guide people with a higher quality product and costs far lower than competitors, her company has grown to a national scale. Her team guides cannabis, hemp, and cbd clients in licensing and application writing, operational build out and expansion, and investment strategies.
  Prior to founding Tetra Growth Systems, Emily was an attorney with Leech Tishman law firm, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a member of the firm’s Civil Litigation, Employment, and Cannabis Law practice groups.  Outside of cannabis, Emily is on the board of advisors for Steel City Hero Hunts, a nonprofit charity dedicated to providing fully funded therapeutic hunting, fishing, and camping trips to local Pittsburgh veterans and is the co-founder of Networking4Moms, a nonprofit charity dedicated to providing career building conferences to bridge the gap between stay-at-home moms and businesses.  She obtained her law degree from Duquesne University School of Law and her Business and Marketing degree from Grove City College.  You can find her online at; Instagram: Emily.and.Allison; as well as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Andrew “Drew” Serafini
has been in the Global Healthcare, Public Policy & Economic Development Industry for the past 15 years. He graduated from the University of Maryland in Fire Science, Health and Business Administration and honorably served our country in the US Airforce as a structural and airport firefighter.  He originally started his public policy work at Riverside County Economic Development Agency.  He then joined TMG Communications, working closely with Loma Linda University, to host the Inaugural American Health Care Congress in Southern California that brought dignitaries to the stage such as Dr David Blumenthal, former Executive Director for the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT in the US Dept of Health & Human Services under the leadership of former President George W Bush. The unprecedented success of this forum led to an acquisition by the World Health Care Congress that to date, back in 2009, only had an event’s footprint East of the Mississippi.  He was shortly thereafter recruited to a promotional job opportunity to join the team at Innovation Economy Konnect. He was tasked with bringing Global Innovators, Entrepreneur’s, Investors, Service Providers, Educators and Policy Makers to drive US economic development globally and cross-industry.  He went on to be a pioneer in the fastest growing global vertical industry, namely; Cannabis. He was a key part of launching EVR Premium Hemp Oil, and further Co-Founded C3 Global Biosciences, Inc.  He sold his company C3GBS within only 9 months of its inception to be acquired as a wholly owned subsidiary by one of the largest publicly traded Global Cannabis companies on the Canadian stock exchange.  He is an active advisory board member on the World Medical Cannabis Advisory Board serving with many of the industry’s luminaries and thought leaders from around the globe.   Mr. Serafini recently co-founded Pro Brands which is dedicated to training, educating and servicing healthcare practitioners and other licensed professionals with safe, high-quality medical CBD products.  He has since contracted to work with Mike Lesner, Global Executive Producer, American Health Journal, on a 2-part series with viewership of 117M viewers on the topic of CBD and the Endocannabinoid system. He has a personal passion for serving his Corporate Mission, Church, family and his beautiful wife who Co-Founded C3GBS. He currently resides in San Diego, CA with his wife, their children and two rescue dogs.

Dr. Gregory Smith
earned his medical degree from Rush Medical School in Chicago, and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University. He completed residency training in Preventive Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Since getting out of the US Army as a Major, Dr. Smith has been in primary care practice in California, Georgia and Florida for the past 30 years. He first trained on use of medical cannabis in California in 2000. He has had extensive experience and education in the field of cannabinoid medications.   Dr. Smith is an avid writer, having published over a dozen peer reviewed medical publications, two medical textbooks, and a novel called "Malpractice.”
  His most recent textbook, is entitled Medical Cannabis: Basic Science and Clinical Applications (Aylesbury Press, 2016 –  It is a scientifically-based textbook directed at educating medical students and medical professionals on the science and applications of cannabinoid medications.   His book for patients and caregivers is called CBD: What You Need to Know  (Kindle Press, 2017). He also just recently published THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) : Weight Loss,  Blood Sugar and Blood Lipid Control (Kindle Press, 2018).   He is the author of a chapter in the prestigious CRC Press textbook, Antioxidant Nutraceuticals – Preventive and Healthcare Applications (CRC Press,2018)   Dr. Smith has been working with medical cannabis-related issues full-time for the past 5 years. He is a prolific writer on the topic of clinical applications of medical cannabis with many publications and video training courses.  He is and Scientific Advisor to MediCann (Denmark), Callitas Therapeutics (US) and Green Mountain Health Alliance (Canada).

Senator Sharif Street
, elected to the Pennsylvania Senate in 2016, represents the Third Senatorial District of Philadelphia. He has been involved improving access to healthcare, reforming marijuana laws and our criminal justice system, and creating quality jobs.

Senator Street recently introduced Senate Bill 350 legalizing the use of cannabis in PA. Key points of the bill include:
A tiered system of licenses for growers with lower barriers to entry.
Automatic expungement of previous criminal convictions of cannabis-related offenses, as well as commutations of sentences.
The majority of tax revenue will be used for public education.
Home delivery of cannabis will be permitted.
Individuals will be permitted to grow up to six plants for personal consumption, but may not sell those plants.

Hi, I’m Chris Sypien, AKA Harmonize the Body, and I would like to share a bit of my life’s journey and explain why I am so passionate about natural medicines and natural living.  In 2009, I received the shock of my life about my health;  I was diagnosed with stage 4 thyroid cancer.  Wow, I did not expect this, but it changed my life for the better.  It was my wake-up call to take better care of myself.  After many treatments, scans and doctor appointments, I was given a clean bill of health; I had kicked cancer’s butt and my cancer warrior journey had become a priority.  I was passionate to find a natural way to heal my body.  So, I began researching diet changes, natural cleaning and personal products to help detox my body and my life.  My health improved with each change that I made.  I was getting healthy with the help of essential oils, supporting supplements and herbs.  Just what God put here on this Earth for us to use.  My new passion continued with my establishing the cancer foundation, Butterfly Bandits, in 2012.  Through fundraisers, I am able to continue my research project on thyroid cancer.  Today I raise money to bring smiles to cancer patients with alternative treatments.  And now in 2019, my goal of helping cancer patients continues, as I have graduated as a Holistic cancer coach.  With my extensive training, I can help educate and empower cancer patients in regaining their health and well-being, give them the tools to support and continue to improve their health and the confidence to help them see that they can do this too!  We can discuss which essential oils will support your personal journey and set achievable goals to help you make the changes that will facilitate your body’s ability to heal itself using these natural solutions.  I am the bridge that allows people to see that natural solutions do work, by providing education and personal experiences.  This is all about knowing that our real value is about what we believe in, what we’re trying to do in the world, and how we make other’s lives better.

Rep. Wheatley
Rep. Wheatley represents the 19th Legislative District in the PA House. On Feb. 4, he introduced HB-50, a comprehensive adult-use cannabis legalization bill.


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