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Top Headliners Announced For Southern Hemp Expo Conference & Trade Show


Top Headliners at SHE3 In Raleigh, NC, Include Medicinal Cannabis Expert Dr. Uma Dhanabalan Alongside Experts in Hemp Textiles, Hemp Foods, Regenerative Ag and the new Carbon Economy

When: Thursday, Sept. 2—Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021
Where: Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC
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Raleigh, NC (July 15, 2021) – Organizers of the Southern Hemp Expo are pleased to announce a powerhouse line-up of both veteran and new industry leaders, including ground-breaking cannabis medical expert Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, who will speak during the three-day event starting on Thursday Sept. 2, 2021 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC.

Dr. Uma is a Harvard-trained Massachusetts-based physician skilled in family medicine and occupational & environmental medicine. She is a medicinal cannabis advocate, activist and educator and speaks globally about cannabis as a plant medicine. Dr. Uma will present the opening Keynote – Cannabis the Global Solution – on Thursday Sept. 2 and also speak on Friday Sept. 3 during a roundtable discussion on cannabis/marijuana expungement. 

The third-annual Southern Hemp Expo, or SHE3, is the must-attend comprehensive hemp event in the eastern United States, with a gathering of entrepreneurs and experts across the supply chain with exhibitors in the fields of farming and agronomy, equipment, fiber, food, cannabinoids, nutrition, textiles, building materials, bioplastics, health and wellness, technology and more.

Keynote speakers include business leaders in the hemp space; investors, legal and policy experts, and celebrity athletes, including superbowl champion and ESPN football analyst Matt Wilhelm and women’s soccer star Rachel Rapinoe.

The three-day expo will feature a Thursday, Sept. 2 Business Conference where highly qualified investment professionals and business owners will discuss legal updates, banking and payments, hemp trends and the evolving industry landscape, building/marketing and funding your business, and investment opportunities and strategies. Speakers will include Morgan Paxhia of cannabis and hemp investors Poseidon Asset Management. Learn the latest in hemp’s legal and regulatory environment, including Delta 8, with cannabis and hemp attorney Scheril Murray Powell, Esq. and U.S Hemp Authority president Dr. Marielle Weintraub.

Farm Symposium on Friday Sept. 3 will include talks on the current state of hemp farming, future opportunities, regenerative agriculture, coops, government grants and tax credits, the new carbon economy and more. Speakers will include Ben Dobson, CEO of Hudson Hemp, Dr. Arnab Bhowmik, soil scientist from North Carolina A & T University, and New Mexico hemp farmer and bestselling author Doug Fine.

3-Day Industry Pass Sept. 2-4 will allow participants to meet with exhibitors and sponsors on the trade show floor, have access to the Expo Hall Education Stage, and to network and do business with owners, entrepreneurs and leaders in the emerging hemp industry. 

Experience Hemp Day, will be held Saturday, Sept. 4 and is open to the general public who can mingle with vendors, buy and try hemp products, watch speakers and panel discussions on multiple stages, and explore the many uses of industrial hemp in food, supplements, fiber, textiles, building materials, paper, medicine and more. 

Other speakers will include:

  • Ben Williams of Houston-based hemp-infused Highway Vodka, will discuss distilled spirits and hemp. 
  • Hemp textiles and the non-woven fiber industry will be discussed over many sessions and include Barbara Fillipone of EnviroTextiles and Taimour Azhar of The Hempville, Inc.
  • CBD marketer Franny Tacy of Asheville, NC-based Franny’s Farmacy will discuss vertical integration from seed to shelf.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the Southern Hemp Expo, which was held in 2018 and 2019 in the Nashville area, and now relocating to the Raleigh Convention Center, which is a great venue for the type of event we are producing,” said Morris Beegle, co-founder of We Are for Better Alternatives (WAFBA) parent company of the expo. 

“Aside from the wellness benefits of CBD and other non-intoxicating cannabinoids, excitement is building for hemp textiles and nonwovens in the United States,” he added. “And the hemp food-and-grain, biochar and biofuels markets represent new opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs.” 

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