Southern Illinois Hemp/Cannabis Symposium

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Southern Illinois Hemp and Cannabis Symposium

March 26, 2022

This 2nd annual symposium will be held in person at SIU Carbondale, with a virtual* option for the convenience of non-local attendees. The symposium will be geared towards those in the Cannabis industry with medical and recreational hemp/Cannabis interests.

Sessions include information on laws, regulations, and the establishments of standards in the Cannabis industry. Experts will discuss the status of delta-8 THC and research on the use of cannabinoids in treatment of COVID-19 and cancer. Vendors will be onsite to demonstrate advances in production technologies, as well as end products for the consumer.

The symposium is scheduled from 8am - 1pm with a continental breakfast and lunch included.  Stay tuned for updates including the presenter schedule and the happenings afterwards!

*Virtual attendance is streaming of the speaker sessions only. 


Symposium Presenters and Sessions

Dr. Gary Kinsel
Vice Chancellor of Research, SIU Carbondale
Welcome to SIU

Dr. Marsha Rosner
Charles B. Huggins Professor, University of Chicago Cancer Center
Presenting: Cannabidiol Inhibits SARS-CoV-2 Replication and Promotes the Host Innate Immune Response

Mark Peysakovitch
Managing Partner, MBM Advantage LLC
Presenting: 2022 Update on Illinois Hemp/Cannabis Legislation and Regulation

Lezli Engelking
Founder and President of the Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (FOCUS)
Presenting: Cannabis Standards to Protect Public Health, Consumer Safety, and the Environment

John Murray
President of Sustainable Innovations Inc.,
Presenting: The societal status of delta-8 THC in modern day

Dr. Mary Kinsel
Director of Mass Spectrometry Facility at SIU Carbondale
Presenting: Determination of Content Versus Label Claim of Cannabidiol-Containing Consumer Products Using HPLC with UV-Vis Detection

Dr. Buck Hales
Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Science, SIU School of Medicine
Presenting: Research update/overview of Cannabis medicine