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The Other Green Rush: A Public Forum on Industrial Hemp – Connecticut

May 31, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hidden Acres Farm, Inc. is please to co-host this public forum on industrial hemp and processing with Connecticut United for Forum and Equity (CURE).

***A light dinner is included in the cost of admission. Please report any food sensitivities and/or allergies to Michelle at [email protected]***

Invited Speakers:

State Representative Pat Wilson Pheanious, 53rd District (Ashford, Willington and Tolland) – Confirmed*

Lou Pino, CEO/Creative Director of Terps and Trics – Comfirmed*

Evert McKee III, UCONN Student – Confirmed*

Program Agenda:


Opening Statements

Reintroduction to Industrial Hemp as Agricultural Commodity

Business Opportunities in Hemp

Panel Q & A

Convening Close-Out


State Representative Pat Wilson Pheanios

A native of The Quiet Corner, State Representative Pat Wilson Pheanious was born in Willimantic and moved to Ashford when she was 5. Following graduation from E. O. Smith in 1968, Representative Wilson Pheanious earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Connecticut (UConn). Representative Wilson Pheanious attended two graduate schools at UConn at the same time earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) and Juris Doctor (JD) in 1981. With the completion of her law degree, Representative Wilson Pheanious was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in Windham County that same year.

State Representative Pat Wilson Pheanious would then go on to found and direct the Center for Child Welfare Studies and taught at the University of Saint Joseph (then Saint Joseph’s College) for 7 years. She was tenured at the rank of Associate Professor of Social Work. For an additional 10 years, Representative Wilson Pheanious served as a trustee at the university. Throughout the representative’s career, she has continued to teach adjunct classes at University of Saint Joseph, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Southern Connecticut State University in addition to summer programs at UConn.

Lou Pino

Lou Pino, CEO/Creative Director of Terps and Trics; a branding firm that services the East Coast/New England geared to the cannabis industry on both the medical and recreational side. For the past 6 years Terps and Trics have offered everything from website design; to logo design; messaging; public relations; events management and full 10 to 15-year branding packages. While also offering agency market research and development. He is also Director of Industry Relations at Connecticut United for Reform and Equity (CURE) a non-profit advocacy group. Lou Pino is An Army Veteran, with eight years served. Formerly the Promotions Director for Bomba, playing an essential role in the startup of the Latin radio station in Hartford, CT for its first four years. He is also the founder of Gene traders, the only genetics event in the country, Co-founder of Farming Hemp Expo and co-host of The Joint Committee Sessions podcast. Lou Pino brings an array of business and cannabis expertise to the fast-rising legal cannabis industry.

Evert McKee III

Evert McKee III is a first-semester senior majoring in Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems at University of Connecticut at Stores. In 2017, Evert assisted with the growing of a 2 acre hemp plot summer at UCONN’s research farm. He completed a six-credit internship in summer 2018 at an organically-run marijuana farm in California. He also completed independent study research on cannabis under the tutelege of UCONN Professor Gerry Berkowitz over two semesters. This past fall, Evert successfully competed for grant funding from our Office of Undergraduate Research to set up a project evaluating lactic acid bacteria (a probiotic soil application) on cannabis flower secondary metabolites.

Special Guest Organizations:

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Invited Organizations/Businesses:

Confirmed as of 4/20/19*

Connecticut United for Reform and Equity (CURE)*

New England Craft Cannabis Alliance

Native Coffee Traders*

National Hemp Association

Minority Cannabis Business Association*

Supernova Women

International Women’s Cannabis Coalition, Rhode Island Chapter

Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Connecticut Farm Bureau

Hemp Tea Kettle*

Intertribal Hemp Association

Hempatead Project Heart

Hemp Logic

Hemp Farmers Association

American Grown Hemp

Hemp Partners


Hardcore Sweet Bakery

Hemp Industries Association

Farm Credit East

Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance

Connecticut NORML

Cannabis Cultural Association

Go Go Joe’s Coffee*

Cannabis Control Commission

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