Cannabis is legal in 29 states across the U.S and in Washington D.C., with eight among them offering recreational cannabis. As the industry quickly expands, so do its risks and coverage needs.

Cannabis Cover 2017 comes to Boston on December 7, 2017. Brought to you by the world’s largest insurance magazine, this first-of-its-kind cannabis insurance conference brings together key perspectives on regulations, perilous gaps in coverage, product liability risks and how these forces combine to shape the insurance market.

Over 100 leading insurance influencers will unite in Boston for discussions of the current conditions shaping cannabis coverage and the future market outlook.



  • Uncover best-practices for insurance professionals in the cannabis industry
  • Gain insight from key stakeholders and insurance thought leaders
  • Establish a framework for underwriting complex industry-specific risks
  • Understand the needs of cannabis businesses in order to better protect against specialized risks
  • Network with innovators and like-minded professionals as you discover new opportunities


The-Bostonians-Seasons-BallroomJoin us at The Bostonian’s Seasons Ballroom in downtown Boston

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8 AM – 8:45 AM



9 AM – 9:50 AM

Cannabis cover: current needs and future opportunities

What are the most relevant risks and coverage needs to the burgeoning cannabis industry? Get the inside scoop from a regulator, a broker and an underwriter as they discuss the best-practices for placing comprehensive coverage.

Under discussion:

  • What regulations are in place to establish the framework for underwriting cannabis and placing coverage?
  • What are the most critical emerging commercial risks being created by the shift toward full regulation?
  • How can insurance professionals establish best-practices now to protect clients from unknown perils as the market expands?


Adam Fine – Attorney, Vicente Sederberg


Jaime Lewis – CEO, Mountain Medicine

Patrick McManamon – CEO, Cannasure Insurance Services

Jason Sawin – National Property Broker, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage


10 AM - 10:50 AM

Legality, new regulation and insurance reform

Both insurance professionals and cannabis business owners alike will the feel the impact of legalization at the state level. How will regulatory changes paired with the legal shift surrounding cannabis impact risk mitigation and coverage?

Find out in this essential talk, featuring:

  • What laws exist to protect insurance professionals brokering cannabis insurance?
  • In what ways do conflicting state and Federal cannabis laws influence insurability?
  • How does legalization impact existing commercial policies and create new coverage demands?


Ian Stewart – Partner and cannabis practice co-chair, Wilson Elser

Christopher Flanagan – Regional Managing Partner, Wilson Elser


10:50 AM

Refreshment Break


11:10 AM -12 PM

Understanding cannabis through proxies and parallels

The risks and rates of cannabis industry are manifold – yet we can begin to understand them if we filter the issues through industry proxies and parallels. Supported by actuarial perspectives, this must-attend session will take you through the useful similarities between the cannabis market and other comparable areas.

Among the questions being asked:

  • What role do tobacco and liquor play in destigmatizing adult-use cannabis and the industry surrounding it?
  • How is insuring cannabis similar to other proxies? How is it different?
  • Will cannabis be treated like liquor and regulated and dispensed similarly?


Karen Landrum – Consulting Actuary, Merlinos & Associates


12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Lunch presented by:

Cannabis-Cover-Boston Merlinos-Associates


1:20 PM - 2:10 PM

Coverage case study: Best practices, how to properly cover your insured

In order to properly engage with the minutiae of each sector, it is vital to fully understand the recreational and medicinal cannabis markets is key. Secure a seat at this session for critical consideration of how cannabis businesses operate, the coverages they need and the risks they face now and in the future.

Find out:

  • How does policy language impact the insurability of your client?
  • How does cannabis impact understandings of professional liability?
  • What dynamics and partnerships are most critical to accurately insuring a cannabis client?


Mike Aberle – Senior Vice President, Next Wave Insurance Services


2:20 PM – 3:10 PM

Cash-heavy risk: New regulation on cannabis banking and the implications

Legalization is bringing legitimacy to the world of recreational cannabis – and there are all sorts of financial repercussions to consider. Join our panel of leading experts as they reveal how federal financial regulations will impact transactional security, the storage and transport of funds and business operations … and how to use this insight to create involved insurance needs.

You’ll learn all about:

  • How are risks valued in a complex cash-only industry, and how can brokers transfer those risks?
  • What policy limitations exist on the loss of funds from theft, burglary and product loss?
  • How do insurance services fit into the operations of a cash-only industry like cannabis?


Valerio Romano - Partner, Vicente Sederberg


Hunter Garth – Managing Director, Iron Protection Group

Mike Aberle – Senior Vice President, Next Wave Insurance Services

John Masten – AVP of Risk Management and Compliance Officer, Greylock Federal Credit Union


3:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Networking reception presented by:

Cannabis-Sponsor Netrate



Cannabis Cover New England Jason Sawin

Burns & Wilcox

Jason Sawin


Cannabis Cover New England Patrick McManamon

Cannasure Insurance Services

Patrick McManamon


Cannabis-Cover-New-England John Masten

Greylock Federal Credit Union

John Masten


Cannabis Cover New England Hunter Garth

Iron Protection Group

Hunter Garth


Cannabis Cover New England Karen Landrum

Merlinos & Associates

Karen Landrum


Cannabis Cover New England Jaime Lewis

Mountain Medicine

Jaime Lewis


Cannabis Cover New England Michael-Correia

National Cannabis Industry Association

Michael Correia


Cannabis Cover New England Mike Aberle

Next Wave

Mike Aberle


Cannabis Cover New England Christop Flanagan

Wilson Elser

Christopher Flanagan


Cannabis Cover New England Ian Stewart

Wilson Elser

Ian Stewart


Cannabis Cover New England Adam Fine

Vicente Sederberg

Adam Fine




Cannabis-Cover-Boston Next-Wave


Cannabis-Cover-Boston Merlinos-Associates


Cannabis-Cover-Boston Netrate




Cannabis-Cover-Boston Cannasure


Online Registration

Early Bird Rate


Note: Promo ends November 17, 2017

Please contact Melissa Christopolous at melissa.christopoulos@kmimedia.ca if you have any queries regarding registration.

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