Chicago (April 30)


The Cannabis Society (TCS) flew down to the American Midwest and brought our Investor Conference to the Windy City, Chicago.

TCS, in partnership with Zuber Lawler, was proud to host a unique deal making session where attendees had a chance to hear from industry experts, entrepreneurs, investors and service providers on what is to come in this emerging industry.

The conference launched with opening remarks by The Cannabis Society CEO, Bill Hennessey, which was then shortly followed by an informative keynote given by Tom Zuber, Managing Partner at Zuber Lawler.

Tom Zuber has advised some of the most iconic companies in the world on their patent and trademark portfolios. He is at the cutting edge of cannabis patent and trademark law. Tom holds a law degree from Columbia Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Government School, and a biomedical engineering degree from Rutgers University, where he graduated with highest honors.

The first panel of the conference discussed Investing in Cannabis and was moderated by Lori Ferrara, Co-Founder of Treehouse Global Ventures. Lori was joined by speakers Tim Sutton (CPP, CHPA Senior Security Consultant at Guidepost Solutions LLC) and Kris Krane (President And Co-Founder of 4Front Ventures).

The trio explored topics and answered questions from attendees such as whether investment opportunities differ substantially on a regional basis, what US cannabis companies learn from Canada, and unique challenges when evaluating the scalability and potential pitfalls of a business in Cannabis from an investment mindset.

Tim Sutton has more than 30 years of security experience. His expertise includes operational security management and program development, loss prevention, physical security and risk assessments, and technical security systems design and implementation. He has worked with clients in diverse sectors including medicinal and adult-use cannabis, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing, and multi- use properties.

Kris Krane founded 4Front in 2011 and now serves as president of 4Front. Prior to forming 4Front, Krane served as director of client services for CannBe, a pioneer in developing best practices within the medical cannabis industry. Krane has dedicated his career to reforming the nation’s misguided drug policies, having served as associate director of NORML from 2000 to 2005 and executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves on the National Cannabis Industry Association board of directors.

The next panel focused on the impact of Hemp Legalization. Moderated by title sponsor Zuber, he was joined on the panel by Lawrence D. Mishkin (Hoban Law Group Counsel) and Thomas E. Howard (Attorney at Hall, Rustom & Fritz LLC)

Prominent topics of conversation between the speakers included interstate shipment of hemp & the Farm Bill, THC as defined under the Farm Bill, testing methods to determine THC levels, licenses and registrations for hemp cultivation and processing in Illinois, FDA issues relating to hemp and the future of food products infused with CBD.

Lawrence D. Mishkin is counsel to the Hoban Law Group based in Denver, Colorado and has his own civil practice, Mishkin Law, LLC, in Northbrook, Illinois which represents entrepreneurs and small to mid-size businesses. A lawyer for over 30 years, beginning in 2013, Larry expanded his practice to include representing groups seeking marijuana dispensary and cultivation licenses in Illinois as well as business interests ancillary to the medical and marijuana market.

Thomas E. Howard is an attorney at Hall, Rustom & Fritz LLC, where he concentrates his practice in commercial banking, bankruptcy, and business litigation, loan workouts, cannabis and real estate litigation. He is admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the United States District Courts for all Illinois Districts, the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Once again moderated by Zuber, the third and final panel of the evening discussed the Global Market of the cannabis industry, and included the likes of Stevan Bratic (Managing Director/Sole Proprietor and Owner of Bratic Enterprises, LLC), Thomas E. Howard, and Kris Krane.

Topics and questions analyzed included what countries are currently driving global cannabis markets, what is Canada’s role in the global cannabis marketplace being the only fully legal G7 country, what are the most exciting emerging legalized cannabis markets in the world and where the most momentum currently exists with regard to legalization.

If you’re interested in being a speaker, sponsor, or attendee at The Cannabis Society’s upcoming conferences, please reach out to General Manager, Jessica Domingo at

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