Cannabis Industry Unites to Help Homeless in LA

CALIFORNIA: A one-of-a-kind charity called Holiday Heroes — originally started in Bulgaria – headed by the CEO of Advanced Nutrients, opened its latest chapter in Los Angeles, California just in time to bring hope and happiness to the homeless this Christmas season.

Over 40 volunteers met at the Hollywood mansion of Advanced Nutrients founder and CEO Michael “BigMike” Straumietis to assemble 1,100 backpacks for adults and 500 backpacks for children packed full of the essential hygiene supplies, living necessities and non-perishable food items to help the homeless.

After assembly, they hit the streets in small teams to deliver the backpacks. In addition, “BigMike” teamed up with the Volunteers of America who helped deliver the backpacks to the Los Angeles homeless community.

While this is the first time Holiday Heroes helped the disadvantaged in America, the charity was started 4 years ago when BigMike moved to Bulgaria to build research facilities and was shocked to see the hardships of the poverty-stricken people there. Instead of standing by and doing nothing, he started Holiday Heroes shortly before Christmas 2012.

That first Christmas movement fed over 1,000 families and they continued to grow and expand every year, eventually running Easter campaigns too. Last year, during Easter 2015 they fed 5,149 families and during Christmas 2015 they fed 5,183 families. This year, Holiday Heroes has fed over 30,000 people.

Straumietis, or “BigMike” as he’s affectionately known in the industry, has been helping shape and grow the medicinal marijuana scene for the last 30 years. His company, Advanced Nutrients, is the largest privately owned hydroponics nutrients company in the world.

What sets Holiday Heroes apart is that there are no other fully transparent charities in Bulgaria where 100% of all donations go directly to feeding needy families. This is only made possible because Advanced Nutrients funds and handles all the administrative and marketing costs involved with this charity.

Holiday Heroes maintains an active, carefully managed and 100% transparent online presence via social media networks across the internet. Straumietis is now bringing the same level of transparency and direct-to-the-needy operations to America starting with this first campaign to help the LA homeless during Christmas 2016.

CannaCon Goes North to Alaska Sept 9 & 10th

65 Exhibitors, 25 Speakers and Hundreds of Industry Pioneers Fire Up Alaska’s Legal Cannabis Industry

WASHINGTON: CannaCon, the world’s largest cannabis trade show, announced its list of featured speakers for CannaCon Anchorage. An all-star lineup of cannabis industry business leaders will kick off the launch of Alaska’s recreational marijuana market as CannaCon comes to Anchorage, Sept. 9-10, 2016. The sold-out expo will fill the entire floor of the Dena’ina Center in downtown Anchorage.

Alaska is no stranger to marijuana. The nation’s 49th state has allowed limited home grow and private personal possession since the 1970s, and became the nation’s 4 th state to fully legalize the adult use of marijuana in November, 2014, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and the District of Columbia.

CannaCon Anchorage will showcase the wares of more than 65 exhibitors, and featured two dozen leading cannabis industry speakers, who will entertain and educate attendees on a wide range of topics, including the latest in breeding techniques, grow room technology, extraction methodology, “interpening,” and marketing.

CannaCon Anchorage is Sept 9 & 10th

CannaCon Anchorage is Sept 9 & 10th

Featured Speakers and Seminars

Adam Dunn partner and lead genetics consultant with MedCanna Consulting LLC, is the show’s Keynote Speaker. Dunn, founding partner of HempWorks CV (Netherlands), parent to.H.Seeds®, (Cannabis genetics), as well as HempWorks International Ltd. (Hong Kong) will also be moderating the panel: “Breeding with the Best.”

Other notable featured speakers include:

  • Auto flower expert, MTF Jeff
  • The Trichome Institute’s Max Montrose
  • Top cannabis attorneys Aaron Pelley, NWMJ Law
  • Cannabis Industry CPA, Dani Espinda
  • MJBA founder/executive director David Rheins
  • Civilized founder Derek Riedle.

A panel discussion on the role of Women in Cannabis will include:

  • Activist Cat Jeter,
  • Julie Martin, Owner of Southside Garden Supply,
  • Theresa Collins CEO/Founder Pot Luck Events and
  • Jana Weltzin, Counsel to Hoban & Feola

Denver-based Trichome Institute will be hosting training sessions for would-be workers in weed. Attendees looking for employment in the fast growing cannabis industry will be able to obtain their budtender license or marijuana handler permit by attending and passing special training sessions at the two-day event.

Top Sponsors

A wide range of top industry marketers have signed up as Gold Sponsors of CannaCon Anchorage, including Green Bits, AK Leaf, Anchorage Press, Lyon Pride Music, Southside Garden Supply (E-Blunt), Advanced Nutrients, General Hydroponics, Solis-Tek, the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), Alaska Media, and 4-Seasons Grow.

About CannaCon

CannaCon is dedicated to creating and strengthening lifelong partnerships within the emerging cannabis industry. It is our mission to provide a global venue for Cannabis businesses, investors, and community partners to showcase industry products, people and innovations; to cultivate business values within the cannabis industry through education and responsible community involvement.