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A Family of Pioneers In Cannabinoid Medicine Host Their First Seminar In Portland, OR

OREGON: An Introduction to Endocannabinology is the first seminar presented by Doctors Knox, a family of physicians pioneering the fields of endocannabinology and cannabinoid medicine.

Through their seminar series, the Knox doctors seek to share their expertise in the endocannabinoid system and the use of cannabis as medicine with other key cannabis industry stakeholders to ensure mutual success across the industry.

At this inaugural seminar, attendees will receive a world-class orientation to the endocannabinoid system and cannabis as medicine from this family of subject matter experts. Additionally, the event offers 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for healthcare professionals in the fields of pharmacy, nursing and medicine.

At the completion of An Introduction to Endocannabinology, attendees will be better prepared to engage meaningfully with the cannabis industry, whether discussing endocannabinoid health with colleagues, answering patients’ questions about cannabis use, assessing cannabis product quality, or advocating for sensible cannabis policy. 

The seminar takes place on Saturday, August 3rd from 9 am – 12 pm at Jupiter NEXT Hotel, located at 900 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214. The event will also be live streamed for remote viewers.

What’s on the agenda?

8:30-9:00 Registration + Coffee Bar

9:00-9:15 Welcome + Gratitude

9:15-10:15 An Introduction to Endocannabinology: Past, Present, and Future

10:15-10:30 Q&A

10:30-10:45 Break + Sponsor Marketplace

10:45-11:45 The Doctors’ Roundtable

11:45-12:00 pm Q&A + Conclusion

12:00-12:30 Sponsor Marketplace

Interested parties can register to attend in-person or via live stream at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-doctors-knox-event-an-introduction-to-endocannabinology-tickets-63452161122

Indo Expo Returns To Portland August 3–4 As Hemp’s Potential Is Being Embraced—Again

Country’s Premier Cannabis Trade Show Cultivating Community, Growing Industry

OREGON: Indo Expo, the country’s leading business-to-business forum for the cannabis industry, announced its return to the Portland Expo Center on August 3 and 4 as the industry both matures and continues to rapidly evolve. Nowhere else can producers, processors and retailers have access to such a wide array of products and services for the cannabis and hemp industry under one roof. In addition to access to hundreds of exhibitors, attendees will be able to learn from some of the industry’s most renowned experts at seminars and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

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“Cannabis growers who attend this year’s Indo Expo will be very pleasantly surprised to see the continued expansion of opportunities to grow with the cannabis industry. Not only will they have access to hundreds of exhibitors and a wealth of information shared through the seminars, but almost as importantly, they will have the ability to interact and network with all those industry leaders who have been at the forefront of turning the legalized cannabis trade into a multibillion-dollar enterprise,” said Chris Olson, Executive Director of Indo Expo.

Indo Expo guests this year will also find an expanded presence on how to capitalize on the rapidly expanding hemp market. With the passage of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 as part of the U.S. Farm Bill, exhibitors will be displaying ways to turn hemp into everything from food and beverage items to an array of apparel and accessories, beauty products, pet supplies and virtually everything that touches consumers’ everyday lives.

“What I am particularly excited to see is that after decades of hearing about unlocking the potential of hemp, that day has come. Hemp is back in a big way. Hemp flower can now be legally sold in all 50 states and will overlap with dozens of other industries to be turned into food, fuel, fiber, medicine and more. The opportunities are endless and attendees should leave Indo Expo emboldened that after decades of starts and stops, hemp is here to stay and change the way we live.”

Seminars and panel discussions feature some of the industry’s most knowledgeable experts on legal and political issues, extraction and processing, cultivation, genetics, and other important issues that both confront and open doors to attendees who seek to maximize their cannabis and hemp businesses.

Indo Expo shows in Denver, San Francisco and Portland are the only places where attendees have the opportunity to interact with such a large cross section of cannabis industry leaders who have the experience and knowledge to share with those interested in capitalizing on the business.

The Portland show on Saturday, August 3, is for industry professionals and trade only. Sunday, August 4, is for both trade and the general public.

The RAD Expo Returns To Portland October 10-11

OREGON: Following the RAD Expo’s huge success in January, Marijuana Venture will be producing the next RAD (Retail and Dispensary) Expo this October 10-11 in Portland, Oregon. The B2B event is 100% focused on marijuana retail and dispensary businesses.

Because the RAD Expo is free for marijuana retail and dispensary owners, buyers and employees, the quality of attendees was a difference-maker for many exhibitors. “The RAD Expo is the only conference where we know almost everyone we talk to will be a potential client or partner because its focus on retail and brands,” said Jeff LaPenna, CEO of The Peak Beyond, a technology company aimed at retailers.

Exhibitors will be companies who supply goods and services to existing and future retailers in the legal marijuana space, offering everything from flooring and point-of-sale systems to snacks and drinks, insurance, glassware, CBD products, marketing services and rolling papers. At the RAD Expo, cannabis retailers can find everything they need to open and operate their business in one place.

About The RAD Expo:

Dates: Oct. 10-11, 2018

Location: Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon

Admission: Free for qualified future and current retail store/dispensary owners, buyers and employees

Exhibitors: Booths and a variety of sponsorship packages are available  — use discount code EARLYBIRD25 for 25% off your booth. Offer ends June 1, 2018.

More Information: www.theRADexpo.com

Phone: (425) 656-3621

Email: theradexpo@gmail.com

Retail Is The Focus Of Marijuana Venture’s RAD Expo Jan 17-18 In Portland

WASHINGTON: The RAD Expo, a national b2b trade show exclusively focused on the marijuana retail and dispensary business, is coming to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on Jan. 17-18.

Marijuana Venture, the national cannabis business publication producing the event, is offering free tickets to all current and future owners, buyers and employees of marijuana retail stores and dispensaries, if they register in advance. Admittance for qualified attendees is $25 on the day of the show. The general public will not be allowed admittance.

Exhibitors are expected to include companies and individuals who supply goods and services to existing and future retailers in the legal marijuana space.

“We looked around and saw that the retail side of the business was not being well addressed,” said Marijuana Venture Publisher Greg James. “There are dozens of trade shows that focus on growing and cultivation, but no national trade shows for the people who actually sell marijuana.  We anticipate that exhibitors will include retail design firms, fixture manufacturers, lighting experts, packaging companies, growers and snack food companies. The list of possible vendors is endless in retail. In addition, we plan on allowing qualified buyers and retail employees free admittance if they pre-register. We’re following the same model as major traditional shows like CES and BookExpo in which buyers are always allowed in free. This promotes a lot of foot traffic and qualified buyers.”

May 11 In Portland: “Don’t Go Up in Smoke” —Workplace Law for Canna-Businesses

OREGON:  As the cannabis industry expands, so do the number of workers in weed.  Managing a rapidly expanding organization can present a myriad of challenges for any new business, and business operators in the heavily-regulated licensed marijuana industry face additional complexities.  Employment law and the legal cannabis industry is the topic of  “Don’t Go Up In Smoke,” a half-day seminar exploring employment-related legal issues, including personnel management, pay practices, avoiding government investigations, and protecting your trade secrets and other confidential information.  The event, a production of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and sponsored by Fisher Phillips, takes place on May 11th, 11AM-4PM at The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 1025 SW Stark St., Portland.

Fisher Phillips attorneys from California, Oregon, and Washington, and a number of leading industry experts will explore these issues in-depth and provide practical tips for compliance:

Panelists

Alex Wheatley

Alex Wheatley

Attorney, Fisher Phillips

Alex is an attorney in the firm’s Portland office, specializing in representing businesses in the cannabis industry. He has worked with a number of growers, processors, and retailers to implement effective workplace policies and has represented businesses in the industry when they have received complaints and lawsuits. Alex gets great satisfaction helping canna-businesses comply with the law and protect themselves from exposure to lawsuits and administrative claims. Having worked with a number of employers in the industry, Alex understands the unique issues faced by such businesses and has experience solving the problems such businesses commonly face.

Ashley Preece-Sackett

Ashley Preece-Sackett

Executive Director, Ethical Cannabis Alliance (ECA)

ECA is a nonprofit and voluntary certifying body for cannabis/hemp labor and environmental best practices nationwide. Ashley holds a degree of Horticulture Science from Boise State University and is on the brink of two decades of experience in horticulture sciences. She co-founded Cascadia Labs, one of the leading cannabis analytical labs in the nation, as well as helped launch the Portland Chapter Women Grow networking group, which is still the largest-growing cannabis networking platform in the nation.

Clarence Belnavis

Clarence Belnavis

Partner, Fisher Phillips

Clarence Belnavis is a partner in the Portland and Seattle offices. He is a trial attorney with a primary emphasis in employment litigation, including disability, racial and gender discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and wrongful discharge. He also represents employers in wage and hour claims, employment class actions, and traditional labor matters. Clarence routinely provides client trainings and speeches to cannabis industry groups regarding current and developing employment law issues in Washington and Oregon.

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David Rheins

Founder, Marijuana Business Association (MJBA)

The MJBA is the leading business organization in the fastest growing industry in America. The MJBA provides business intelligence, professional networking, and commercial opportunity for participants in the legal cannabis industry. David is a frequent speaker and moderator at Seattle Hempfest, CannaCon Shows, Cannabis Creative Conference, Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo, and a regular columnist for Freedom Leaf Magazine. A proven business leader with 30+ years of experience building and operating best-of-breed media and marketing organizations, David has an impressive track record as a senior executive for Rolling Stone, SPIN, I Village, Corbis, Time Warner and America Online.

Jason Geller

Jason Geller

Regional Managing Partner, Fisher Phillips

Jason Geller is the managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office. Jason represents employers in all facets of employment law matters. Jason has extensive experience defending employers in federal and state courts, as well as in investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the DFEH, United States Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In addition to defending his clients in litigation, Jason frequently counsels employers to assist them in avoiding litigation.

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Kara Bradford

Chief Talent Officer of Viridian Staffing

Kara co-founded Viridian Staffing in 2013, the first bona fide professional, full-service staffing, recruiting and HR consulting firm in the cannabis industry. Kara’s 15-year career has spanned multiple Fortune 100 companies and start-ups in a wide variety of industries where she specialized in Talent Acquisition, Workforce Planning, Employer Branding and Organizational Design. Kara has an MBA in Human Resources & Organizational Behavior and is PRC, CIR, and CSSR Certified.

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Neil Juneja

Founder, Gleam Law

Neil Juneja is the founder of Gleam Law, a cannabis-focused law firm with offices in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon and is a licensed patent attorney. The majority of his practice focuses on trademark protection of cannabis brands in state and federal law. In addition, Neil has written numerous article on cannabis law and intellectual property as well as spoken at many events including in the National Mall in Washington DC and at the Seattle Hempfest. Some of Gleam Law’s notable clients include the first Seattle recreational marijuana retailer, several world-famous musicians branding cannabis products, and many publicly traded companies working in the cannabis industry. Neil has also appeared in Newsweek, Time Magazine, and on several documentaries for his work in the cannabis legal industry.

 

Herbonomics: Looking at Portland, OR Cannabis Licensing Trends

By Beau Whitney

OREGON: In advance of my talk this week at the CCC Show in Portland, I want to share an analysis I put together on the City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement Marijuana Licensing.

I initially reported on this in a press release of a white paper published on 12/12/16. Although there has been some movement on the retail side, not much movement has been made in the other categories.

I tracked the number of additional licenses issued for non-medical licenses since 10/10/16. I also listed the percentage of licenses issued versus applications submitted.

Over the past four months, there have been 3 new producer licenses issued, 4 processing and 5 wholesaler licenses. The change in the ordinance helped retailers with an increase of 47 new licenses since the ordinance change.

Percentage of Total Licenses Issued versus Applications Issued.

  • Retailers:             34.4%
  • Producer:            6.4%
  • Processors:         4.9%
  • Wholesalers       14.0%

Given that only 12 new non retail licenses have been issued in four months, this is an indicator that some additional reform is needed. Although it is in Portland, this can impact the entire Oregon industry.

The data speaks volumes. How is it that only 16 non retail marijuana licenses have been issued in four months. This is creating extreme economic hardship for many businesses.

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CANCELLED DUE TO SNOWSTORM. Creating and Protecting CannaMarks, NWMJLaw/MJBAPortland Bootcamp Jan 11th

TONIGHT’S MJBAPORTLAND BOOTCAMP CANCELLED DUE TO SNOWSTORM.

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WE’LL RESCHEDULE!

OREGON: It’s not enough to grow great weed, or create a better edible, in today’s hyper-competitive cannabis market, it’s all about creating — and protecting — your brand, or “CannaMark.”   Leading industry attorneys NWMJ Law have partnered with the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) to present their first Bootcamp of the year.

The 2 hour bootcamp will take place on Wednesday, January 11th 2017 6:30 – 8:30pm. at the NWMJLaw offices, 220 NW 8th Avenue, Portland, Oregon.   Open to industry pioneers as well as the public with a $10 suggested donation for this networking event. 

Panelists include NWMJ Law’s Margaret Widlund on Protecting your Brand, NWMJ Law’s Aaron Pelley on Intellectual Property Litigation and KindTyme on Advertising and Marketing.Paneled by visionaries and pioneers in the cannabis industry, these experts will focus on Advertising, Marketing, Trademark, and IP Issues.  This 2-hour event is dedicated to 2017 being the year of brand differentiation.

The MJBA, called the Chamber of Commerce of marijuana by NBC News, focuses on ending prohibition, educating consumers, legitimizing the industry, and expanding the market.  Their partner, NWMJ Law is one of the fastest growing cannabis law firms in the Pacific Northwest and together they work tirelessly to change the face of this growing industry.

MJBA and NWMJ Law Rollout “MBA Bootcamps” For Portland Cannabis Professionals

OREGON: Beginning on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 and continuing through January, 2017, leading cannabis industry attorneys NWMJ Law and the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) will present a series of “MBA Bootcamps” designed to improve the core business competencies of Oregon’s new crop of legal cannabis entrepreneurs.

With offices in Portland’s historic Custom House, NWMJ Law has been on the front lines of the legal cannabis industry from the beginning. The Seattle-based company was instrumental in helping to shape Washington’s regulated cannabis marketplace, and is taking hard-learned lessons to the Oregon market.  “We made it through the initial volatile launching of this industry, nurturing companies in the highly regulated environment.” NWMJ Law’s Anne Van Leynseele told MJ News Network, “Through this unique experience, NWMJ Law discovered that business owners have need to understand more clearly how to operate efficiently and effectively. We put together a team of qualified professionals who will teach you the basics on the wide range of topics you need to be well-versed on how to run a successful and profitable business.”

The company is “paying it forward” by making this essential knowledge available to the industry at large in an effort to establish best practices. Each session will be two hours, and include short presentations with supporting materials, real world examples, and audience questions.  A handout with key learnings will be distributed to all attendees.

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You have the will, now get the skill.  Increase your business literacy.

NWMJLaw & MJBA “MBA Bootcamps For Cannabis Professionals”
NWMJ Law, PLLC – Portland Customs House, 220 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

BOOTCAMP SCHEDULE 2016

Managing Your Legal Cannabis Business
Wednesday, August 17 | 4:00-6:00 PM | Event Space 1st Floor

Avoid the Audit and Accounting 101: Understand What You Need to Know
Wednesday, September 14 | 6:00-8:00 PM | Event Space 1st Floor
 
Employee Management and Conflict Resolution
Wednesday, October 12 | 6:00-8:00 PM | Event Space 1st Floor
 
Smart Investing: Choosing a Partner, Profit Sharing, Finding Funding, Developing a Working Business Plan, and Implementing It
Wednesday, November 9 | 6:00-8:00 PM | Event Space 1st Floor

Advertising, Marketing, Trademark, and IP Issues
Wednesday, January 11 | 6:00-8:00 PM | Event Space 1st Floor

MJBA Portland Meetups are FREE to paid MJBA Members, $10 to qualified industry professionals. Join the MJBA here:

 

 

MJBA Portland Hosts “Game On: The Business of Sports and Cannabis” Panel 3/2/16

OREGON: At last month’s Cannabis Collaborative Conference in Portland, NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson announced the creation of his cannabis brand, “Uncle Spliffy.”  The announcement garnered a tremendous among of media attention, and served to highlight the many intersections between sports and cannabis.

On Wednesday, March 2nd, 6-8:30PM at On Deck Sports Bar in Portland, Oregon, the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) will host a panel discussion, “Game On: The Business of Sports and Cannabis.”  Sponsored by CannaGuard Security,  the professional education event will explore the many business opportunities that are manifesting around the intersection of sports and cannabis, including celebrity endorsements; cannabis as a performance enhancement; cannabis as part of a natural, healthy lifestyle; and medical marijuana as sports medicine.

NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson will kick off “Game On: The Business of Sports and Cannabis”  by debuting his “Uncle Spliffy” cannabis brand. Then MJBA Founder David Rheins will moderate a VIP Panel discussion featuring Uncle Spliffy’s Linda MillerMatt Enos, Fore Twenty Golf, Marc Belsher, Silverback Advisory Group; and College football coach turned cannabis technologist Brian Yauger, Front Runner as we discuss exciting business opportunities that are manifesting at the intersection of sports and cannabis.

MJBA Professional Education Seminars are well known for bringing together top players in from the cannabis industry, for the sharing of reliable, actionable business intelligence.

 

2016 Cannabis Collaborative Conference Is Feb 3-4 at Portland Expo

OREGON: The 2016 Cannabis Collaborative Conference (CCC), a two-day convention and networking event focused on the business side of the fast-growing cannabis industry, will take place February 3 and 4 at the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center (Portland Expo Center), according to CCC producer Mary Lou Burton.

Featuring more than 80 cannabis industry speakers, including a keynote address from former NBA All-Star/former Portland Trail Blazer and cannabis advocate Cliff Robinson, the CCC is expected to draw more than 2,500 attendees seeking to network and visit interactive workshops and hands-on demonstrations for the purposes of gaining knowledge and insight into one of the fastest-growing agricultural businesses in North America – the cannabis industry.

“Following on the heels of the Cannabis Creative Conference held this past summer, we are calling this a ‘working conference,’” Burton said. “Which illustrates we are growing collectively and are united to create a vibrant, successful industry.”

With more than 90 exhibitors, the CCC will showcase the newest available technology, from security systems to planting processes to retail point-of-sale. Additionally, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) will provide workshops on its new Cannabis Tracking System (CTS), in partnership with CTS vendor Franwell Metrc, and will have small group sessions and hands-on interactive demonstrations both days.

As part of the conference, CCC will host the Marijuana Investor Summit Boot Camp for more than 100 investors and entrepreneurs coming from all parts of North America. Produced in partnership with the Cannabis Collaborative Conference, Marijuana Investor Summit and Signal Bay, this half-day seminar, taught by industry experts and successful marijuana entrepreneurs and investors, will provide prospective investors and entrepreneurs insight on this rapidly growing market.

“This conference provides a recipe for success, essentially guaranteeing significant improvement for a cannabis-based business,” Burton said. “Anyone who’s interested in this industry or wants to become a real player in it will be here.”

The Cannabis Collaborative Conference hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, February 4. Those interested in attending can register here: 

Major sponsors of the Cannabis Collaborative Conference include Chalice Farms, CannaGuard Security, MRX Labs, DOPE Magazine, Cannley, and MJ Freeway Business Solutions.

The Cannabis Collaborative Conference and the Cannabis Creative Conference are produced by Portland-based Bravo! Event, which, for nearly 30 years, has produced large-scale corporate, trade and social events throughout the Pacific Northwest.