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.

 

The Cannabis Industry Is Coming To Anchorage Alaska

ALASKA:  Alaska is the next US state that will soon be selling recreational marijuana, and the cannabis industry is watching with keen anticipation.

The Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office issued its first licenses for cannabis producers and testing facilities this month.   Retail licenses are to be given out in September.

In anticipation of the opening of the market, the cannabis industry will assemble at The Last Frontier for CannaCon Alaska — the state’s first major trade show.   Billed as the place  ‘where the cannabis industry does business,’ CannaCon will be a two day event in Anchorage, September 9-10, at the Dena’ina Convention Center.

Bringing producers, processors and retailers together with the businesses that support them,  CannaCon will feature a line up of  experts to share their valuable cannabis industry knowledge with attendees.

For those from legal cannabis states where marijuana retail shops have been operating for a couple of years there is a great deal of interest in seeing how Alaska manages legalization. Back in 2014 when CannaCon had its first show in Tacoma, Washington attendees and exhibitors were filled with hope and anticipation for the future of cannabis. Two years later and those same people are still making their dreams happen but with the realization that legalization comes with a heavy and burdening dose of bureaucracy.

Running a cannabis business in any state has proven to bring very uniques challenges not found in mainstream industries. It is hopeful that Alaska will be able to learn from the mistakes of other states and be able to launch a successful recreational marijuana industry with minimal roadblocks.

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Marijuana Control Board Weighs Business Ownership, Investment Rules

ALASKA:  Should Alaskans be the only ones allowed to invest in marijuana businesses? What distance should be mandated between a school and a marijuana establishment?

In downtown Anchorage Tuesday, the Marijuana Control Board grappled with these questions as it reviewed the second set of draft regulations, working through each article in turn, and often focusing on areas that had spurred the most public comment.

Tuesday’s meeting was more subdued than the day before, when five businesses that had received cease-and-desist orders spoke out against any actions the state may take to shut them down. On Tuesday, markedly fewer people were in attendance, with around 20 audience members sitting through the meeting.

Marijuana Businesses Clash With Law Enforcement Ahead Of Legalization

ALASKA:  Owners of a marijuana delivery company claim that Anchorage police officers are stealing from them, taking their cars and all the cash and pot inside.

Tuesday evening near Lake Otis Parkway and Dowling Road, APD seized another car from Absolutely Chronic Delivery Company.

“I just want them to leave us alone,” said Nicole Meyer-Crites, co-owner of ACDC. According to Meyer-Crites this is the third time such a seizure has occurred.

ACDC is a marijuana delivery company; cannabis is donated, but there is a $10 charge for the delivery service.

 

Alaska Police Raid Former TV Anchor Charlo Greene’s Marijuana Dispensary

ALASKA:  Anchorage police served search warrants at marijuana activist Charlo Greene’s Alaska Cannabis Club after receiving reports of illegal marijuana sales.

The police took marijuana and impounded a Dodge Dakota and a Jeep Liberty on Friday, KTUU reported.

Greene is a former television reporter who gained notoriety when she quit her job on live TV in September with an expletive and announced she’s becoming an advocate to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska.

Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Egbe, told KTVA the club is a medical marijuana dispensary. “We don’t sell any recreational marijuana. We don’t sell any medical marijuana. This is a place for cardholders to come and share their own cannabis,” she said.

 

Despite Legal Issues, Alaska Marijuana Delivery Service Is Open For Business

ALASKA:  At least one marijuana delivery service is openly selling pot in Southcentral Alaska, more than a month before the ballot initiative that legalized recreational marijuana use in the state officially goes into effect.

“Technically we are acting [rogue] … but look forward to being legal soon,” reads the website of Discreet Deliveries, which offers to drop off up to an ounce of marijuana to paying customers in Anchorage and the Matanuska Valley.

Discreet Deliveries owner Rocky Burns, a 37-year-old former real estate agent from Wasilla, seems to be taking the risks in stride.

But state agencies on Monday warned that such a cavalier approach is dangerous.

 

Assembly Kills Proposal To Ban Marijuana Sales In Anchorage, Alaska

ALASKA: An ordinance that would have banned commercial marijuana in Anchorage failed after four hours of public testimony and debate in Assembly chambers Tuesday night.

The Assembly voted 9-2 just after 10 p.m. to kill the measure. Only members Amy Demboski and Paul Honeman supported the measure.  Demboski introduced the proposal last month, hoping the city would take a “wait and see approach” as state lawmakers craft marijuana regulations.

But several Assembly members expressed concern that a ban would disconnect them from conversations regarding marijuana regulations at the state level.  “I’m fearful the message on ‘opt out’ will send key legislators in Anchorage to the sidelines,” said Assemblyman Bill Starr. “That will make my work harder.”

Demboski said her goal in bringing the legislation forward was not to stifle pot in Anchorage, but to begin to move the conversation forward on big topics dealing with the substance, including potential issues at the federal level. She noted it will especially be important to engage with Alaska’s congressional delegation on how to mitigate potential federal impacts.

“It’s bringing the conversation forward,” Demboski said.

Alaska Medical marijuana provider busted again

ALASKA: The owner of a medical marijuana service was busted for a second time this year after visiting the Alaska State Trooper Post in Palmer while free on bail from felony marijuana charges. Troopers say 43-year-old Adrienne L. Schenfele was leaving the parking lot of the Palmer cop shop after attempting to retrieve property. Schenfele was driving a BMW sedan and a trooper stopped her for failing to use a turn signal and driving onto the street without stopping. [Read more…]