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Cannabis Conference - Webcast


Aug. 5
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CPE Credits
1-Tax; 6-Other



PICPA Member: $259 | Nonmember: $409

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This conference is hosted by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA). You will receive an email from NJCPA with the log-in information the day before the event.


Gain a full-spectrum awareness of the status of cannabis legalization and issues your clients may face whether they are in the early/start-up stages or multistate operators.


8:00-9:15 a.m.
Pennsylvania Cannabis Update
Howard M. Silverstone, MBE, CPA, CFF, FCA, CFE - Forensic Resolutions, Inc.

9:30-10:45 a.m.
Business Operation Challenges
Peter Su, CTP, CCBP, CCCE - Dime Banking
Ashley Elsner, COO - Artery Pay
Melanie Tighe - Prime Pay
Hear firsthand from industry experts about the effect of the federal and state law disparity and how to navigate the uncertain waters in the current environment.

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Navigating the 280E Tax Burden
Nick Richards, Partner - Greenspoon Marder LLP
Hear from a former IRS trial agent [replace if different speaker] about the IRS techniques to enforce 280E and the internal revenue code, case law to be aware of and how to maximize the minimal legislative grace granted to cannabis businesses.

12:15-12:45 p.m.

12:45-2:00 p.m.
Legal Hot Topics
Jonathan Havens, Partner - Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Lisa Gora, Shareholder - Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, PA
Donald Clarke, Esq. - Genova Burns
Michael McQueeny, Counsel - Foley Hoag
Tackle some of the legal hot-button issues that accountants should be aware of when advising their clients.

2:15-3:55 p.m.
Cryptocurrency Solutions for Compliance, Banking and Payment Processing
Dr. Sean Stein Smith, DBA, CMA, CPA, CGMA, CFE, Assistant Professor - Lehman College
Melissa Dardani, CPA, MAcc, Founder - MD Advisory
Ashley Elsner, COO - Artery Pay
Wrap up the day with a Q&A to discuss how crypto can help cannabis businesses overcome the challenges associated with banking, payment processing, reporting and tracking.


Howard  Silverstone has a BA (with  Honors) in accounting from  London  Metropolitan University  (formerly  known  as  City  of  London  Polytechnic),  London,  England.    He  is  a licensed  certified  public  accountant  in  Pennsylvania  as  well  as  a  chartered  accountant (UK) and a certified fraud examiner.  He also holds the AICPA’s Certified in Financial Forensics  designation.    He  has  presented  manyprograms  to  the  legal,  accounting  and insurance industries on fraud, the calculation of damages infinancial disputes and other financial matters.

Howard  has  concentrated  his  practice  in  the  field  of  forensic  accounting  since  1985.  Howard  is  a  Director  of  Forensic  Resolutions,  Inc.,  which  he  co-founded  in  2004.    He was  previously  with  Kroll  from  1993  until  2004,  including  Kroll Lindquist  Avey,  an international forensic accounting firm.  Prior to forming the Philadelphia office of Kroll in 1993, he was a director in a forensic accounting firm and worked for five years at an international accounting firm as both a financial investigator and auditor.  He began his career at a public accounting firm in the United Kingdom.

Howard has testified in many different jurisdictions and has also provided testimony at Grand  Jury  hearings  and  overseas. Howard  has  been  quoted  in  many  national  and international publications and has appeared in the media both in the United States and the  United  Kingdom.    He  has  also  co-authored  three  books  on  fraud  and  forensic accounting andhas authored many articles on fraud and related subjects for a variety of publications.

Howard  is  a pastmember of the AICPA’s National Forensic  and  LitigationServices Committee andis a current member of the AICPA’s Fraud Task Force (he isa past Chair of  the Task  Force)andhas twice served  as  the  president  of  the  British-American Business  Council  for  the  Philadelphia  region  and  still  sits  on  the  board  and  has  held other board positions with organizations in the Philadelphia area.

In  June  2018,  Her  Majesty  Queen  Elizabeth  II  appointed  Howard  as  a  Member  of  the Most  ExcellentOrder  of  the  British  Empire  (MBE)  in  the  United  Kingdom’s  2018 Queen’s  Birthday  Honors.    This  was  in  recognition  of  Howard’sservice  to  British business in the USA.

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