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Emerald Scientific Conference at Coronado

Photo: Jeffrey Stanger + A.C. Braddock + R.W. Navis

By: R.W. Navis, Contributing Writer

The Emerald Scientific Conference is aging like a fine red wine. This 5th edition was surely the best yet and just held this past weekend at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Truly an elegant setting with the best minds in cannabis science. The weather was perfect with troubling skies having just cleared.


After a long day of golf at nearby Coronado Golf Course the conference really got started with a poolside reception on the Marina Terrace. Where else could I introduce the likes of Andrew Hatch of Native Roots to Linda Klumpers of Cannify, Marcus Roggen of Complex Biotech, and Steve Albarran of Confident Cannabis all with 30 minutes. Pay close attention to these names as they will shape the cannabis science and technology industry going forward.

The group was in a celebratory mood and no doubt very stimulated by the interaction with their peers. Heat lamps made the cool air tolerable and fine wine was accompanied by fine lite bites. Most all stayed to the end and some continued into the Lobby Bar always a popular spot at these events.

The second night reception was sponsored by Perkin-Elmer and held just off the Lobby Bar on the Bay Terrace. Cool evening weather made the fire pits popular. Again the intellectual interaction was in rare form and the mood was very congenial.

The Venue

Loews Coronado Bay Resort is a peninsula on San Diego Bay offering panoramic views toward downtown. The exhibit hall was just a few steps from the lobby area and full of vendors. A.C. Braddock and Fritz Chess of Eden Labs are both class acts and people you can really learn from. They make some of the very best CO2 Supercritical extraction equipment.

Lunch was served just a few steps above in the pool area overlooking San Diego Bay. Actually Breakfast as well and this was a great place to meet new attendees. The food and service was excellent.

Emerald Scientific

Photo: Wes Burk President of Emerald Scientific with Mark Collins of CFN

I had the pleasure of spending some time with Wes Burk, President of Emerald Scientific, and his team at their penthouse suite with spectacular view stretching all-across San Diego Bay. He laid out in detail the well thought origins of the company. “See a need and fill it” was the mantra. No company was filling the equipment needs of the cannabis scientific community and this opened the way for Emerald Scientific. Wes has a very successful business background and hails from the San Luis Obispo area where the company is still headquartered.

Revenue at the company has expanded rapidly and they are now an international operation. This year’s conference was attended by more than 800 of the leaders in this field. I actually think that conferences between 500 and 3000 offer the best interaction between vendors and customers with multiple interactions easily available.

Published: March 07, 2019

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