BEYOND / HELLO to Host the Inaugural GO BEYOND Open House & Conference

A-Free-and-Open-to-the-Public Event Promoting Candid Discussions about Medical Marijuana, Pennsylvania’s Program, Resources, Treatments and Culture

Speakers Include: PA House of Representatives Malcolm Kenyatta, Award-Winning Cartoonist & Best-Selling Author Box Brown, Former Philadelphia Flyers Enforcer Riley Cote,  Retired Philadelphia Eagles Todd Herremans, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Wood, Rothman Orthopaedics’ Ari Greis, DO, University of the Sciences’ Andrew Peterson, PharmD, PhD and Cannabis Industry, Community and Healthcare Leaders

BEYOND / HELLO, a leading cannabis dispensary company focused on bringing the best personalized treatments and products to customers, will host the inaugural GO BEYOND Open House & Conference, a free-and-open-to-the-public event dedicated to promoting candid discussions about medical marijuana, the state’s program, community, education and culture on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at BEYOND / HELLO Philadelphia in Center City Philadelphia. The event will bring together professional athletes, award-winning artists, patients, caregivers, Philadelphians and community, healthcare, cannabis and media leaders to discuss a variety of important topics [full conference schedule below].

Medical cards are not required for entry.  Professional certifications for Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Cards will be available onsite via Green Care Medical on a first come, first served basis. Participants must sign up to attend the conference by visiting




  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    • 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cannabis Vendor Fair

    • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Panel Discussions



GO BEYOND Open House & Conference Vendor Fair

Thursday, January 17, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The vendor fair will feature demonstrations, gear, giveaways, medical marijuana patient certifications and information from BEYOND / HELLO Philadelphia, Cresco Yeltrah, Terrapin Pennsylvania, Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania, Moxie by PurePenn, Vireo Health, Ilera Healthcare, Green Care Medical, Diasporic Alliance for Cannabis Opportunities (DACO), University of the Sciences, Athletes for Care and others.

Cannabis Careers in Your Community
Thursday, January 17, 2019
1:00 p.m – 1:45 p.m.

The cannabis industry is bringing new job opportunities to Philadelphia. Hear straight from the experts about how to enter this new industry in the Commonwealth. Panelists include: University of the SciencesAndrew M. Peterson, PharmD, PhD; Medicinally Jointed Operations Director and DACO Opportunity Director Justin Ivey; Community Marketing Concepts, Inc. Senior Research Associate Bernadine Hawes; BEYOND / HELLO President Blythe Huestis; and Philadelphia Community Access Media Instructor and Station Manager/Founder of WPPM 106.5 FM Vanessa Maria Graber (moderator).

The Practitioner and The Patient
Thursday, January 17, 2019
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

With PA’s Medical Marijuana Program nearly two years old, hear from cannabis industry leaders and healthcare experts about: how the medical community is incorporating medical cannabis into their treatment of patients; how interactions with patients have changed; what lessons have been learned; and what can be improved moving forward. Panelists include: Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Lynn Bornfriend, MD; Vireo Health Chief Medical Officer Stephen M. Dahmer, MD; BEYOND / HELLO Sarah Hassinger, PharmD; and the Franklin Group’s Josh Richman (moderator).

Cracking The Cannabinoid Mystery

Thursday, January 17, 2019
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m

Perhaps you’ve heard of incredibly important cannabinoids like THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, but what do they do in your body and why are they important? MERRY JANE journalist Zach Harris,  Temple University Assistant Professor of Pharmacology Sara Jane Ward, PhD, Altus Labs Director of Research Helena Yardley, PhD and Cresco Yeltrah Director of Communications and Outreach Beth Bittner, M. Ed will explore what cannabinoids and terpenes are, how they should be thought of when trying to match products to treat qualifying conditions, what research is out there and how you should consider different products to meet patients’ specific needs.

The Culture and History of Cannabis In America
Thursday, January 17, 2019
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Philadelphia Media Network’s A.D. Amorosi will lead a discussion with PA House of Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, Philadelphia native, The New York Times bestseller, award-winning cartoonist,  comic publisher and author of Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed In America Box Brown and DACO’s Dewey Thomas on America’s complicated history with the cannabis plant and where that relationship is headed.

Could Cannabis Be a Game Changer for Athletes and Pain Management?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

With the opioid crisis spiraling out of control, could cannabis be a game changer for professional athletes and those who are managing chronic pain? The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Wood will discuss with Rothman Orthopaedics’ Ari Greis, DO  and retired professional athletes Philadelphia Flyers Riley Cote and Philadelphia Eagles Todd Herremans the role that medical marijuana may play in the future of chronic pain management.

For more information, visit

BEYOND / HELLO  is a leading dispensary company focused on bringing personalized service and individualized experiences to customers beyond the first visit and beyond the first hello. Led by a team of industry and medical experts, BEYOND / HELLO  brings trusted, personalized cannabis treatments to customers with compassion and professionalism. For more information, please visit

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