The Cannabis Industry Stars Align At Zodiac VIP Party In Las Vegas


It’s been two years since the cannabis industry made its annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for what has become known as “Cannabis Week,” and all indications are that despite renewed COVID-19 concerns the legal cannabis industry is ready return to the Mojave en masse.

With new safety protocols in place from organizers at MJBizCon 2021, including mandatory masks for all convention attendees and larger booths and more generous spacing for exhibitors, and a number of targeted industry events, most notably MJ Unpacked at the Mandalay the third week in October will see Las Vegas as the center of the cannabis universe.

There are ten thousand stories at the Las Vegas Convention Center, no two alike: eager startups looking for money, savvy investors looking for opportunity, newbies looking to pick brains, and biz dev folks looking for deals. One thing they all share is a desire to see and be seen. Networking is the name of the game during Cannabis Week, and everyone knows that the real action takes place outside the gated walls of MJBizCon.

“It’s all about the community,” Farechild Events co-founder Dave Tran explained in a recent interview on Marijuana Channel One. “You have only a certain amount of time when you’re down there and that includes [time for] meetings, it includes taking a walk on the [convention] floor, but ultimately at the end of the day it’s about doing business. Giving people the opportunity to attend one of these networking events — to be able to break bread [with potential partners], this is really where you find out if you are compatible with. each other.”

MJBizCon is the tent pole event of the year for the cannabis industry explained James Zachodni, Tran’s longtime partner and co-founder in Farechild Events, the event production company known for throwing cannabis’ hottest best parties and networking forums.  “We always want to put our best foot forward because it’s such a milestone for everyone to be in the same place at the same time.”

The duo responsible for the DOPE Industry Awards, DOPE Cup and their many notorious ‘Golden Ticket’ parties was challenged to top their spectacular event two years ago at MJBizCon.  “After the last event we did in 2019 at this great venue called The Industrial we asked ourselves ‘how do we top that next time? I had this idea of a zodiac theme and when I brought it to Dave, he was just like ‘oh yeah that’s it man.’”

The Zodiac VIP Party is an invite-only fully immersive experience designed for the elite of cannabis: top executives, business leaders, personalities, social influencers, investors and celebrities. The Zodiac Party theme includes plays on numerology and astrology and will include an “easter egg” treasure hunt.

“As an event producer it’s fun because [we get to create] everything from the marketing to the invitations… all the stuff you can do with horoscopes to the actual production of the event; how we can take those moments and turn them into an activation or a real life experience for people,” Zachodni said.

Why horoscope? What’s the connection between cannabis and astrology?  “We wanted to bring that was on trend,” Zachodni said. “Right now [interest in] spirituality is at all-time high — in pop culture and also something that makes sense with cannabis. There’s a lot of spirituality within cannabis.

Held once again at The Industrial, 330 South Industrial Road in Las Vegas, with Sensi taking the lead sponsorship honors. Participating sponsors include CannaTrac Technology, Inc,  SafeReach, Infusent, My Cannabis Accountant, New Leaf Enterprises, Blunt Bowls and Cultiva Law

For the first time, this year’s event will include live music performances. Featured artists include DJ Kelly J (@djkellyj) from 91.5 KUNV Las Vegas, synth/pop duo New Constellations (@newconstellationmusic) and Lil Debbie (@debbiecakes420).

What’s your sign?  To make it easy for stargazers to connect with compatible astrological signs, guests will receive lapel pins based on their zodiac sun sign. The Zodiac party will be both indoor and outdoor with the primary activities taking place in a giant outdoor circular calendar where each zodiac sign will be represented by a different event sponsor.





OREGON: OLCC Rules Advisory Committee Meeting

Rules Advisory Committee Meeting

Delta-8-THC and Other Artificially-Derived Cannabinoids Package

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Location: Virtual


This past spring the Commission initiated rule-making to address new and unregulated products. The proposed changes to the administrative rules will address Delta-8-THC and other cannabinoids in the OLCC marketplace that are manufactured from hemp or marijuana by chemical reactions including isomerization.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we are holding Rules Advisory Committee meetings virtually. Please note that invited committee members and OLCC are the only persons allowed to participate in the discussion. Please be respectful and mute your phone.

To listen to the meeting, dial: 1 (571) 317-3122; Access Code: 932-098-717


For more information, contact:
Madeline Kane, 503-872-5081

Cannabis Industry Ambassador-At-Large: Jake The Professor’s Weekend Unlimited

By Jake The Professor

I am so privileged to be able to attend some of the cannabis industry’s top events.  As a rule, Cannabis Industry professionals are eager to support of our industry, our peers,  and even our competitors to some measure. We attend events honoring outstanding individuals, and enjoy participating with our industry associations, like the MJBA and Cannabis Alliance. These grassroots events more often than not turn into a big party. We see the best events as happenings — reunions of industry leaders and professionals coming together to learn, celebrate and plan our next battle. 

As I mentioned in my last Cannabis Industry Ambassador-At-Large column, the Seattle 4/20 Celebrations were the most spectacular ever. It was a weekend unlimited in its grandeur to be sure. 

Weekend Unlimited is a lifestyle brand. Bridging lifestyle with Cannabis. Weekend Unlimited is about life's highs, anytime and anywhere.

Weekend Unlimited is a lifestyle brand. Bridging lifestyle with Cannabis. Weekend Unlimited is about life’s highs, anytime and anywhere.

Jake The Professor was honored to be a featured presenter at last weekend’s Bongzilla event in Seattle.   Showcasing amazing glass art — including huge Godzilla sized bongs by Jason Harris of Jerome Baker Designs — the gala was sponsored by Weekend Unlimited and Leafly. 

The 420 weekend event included lots of fire

The 4/20 weekend event included lots of fire

The 4/20 weekend event was filled with fire (the kind that melts glass), and some things called Glory Holes and Kilns. There was plenty of open flames, with fire shooting from the torches used to shape and temper the glass.  The thing about Glass Artists is that they all move very quickly in a orchestrated chaos of fire. The nature of the glass artist is to move in a hurry. For one thing, the glass they are working with is extremely hot. From when we were children, we all learned to move fast when fire is involved.  But the main reason is that hot glass cools quickly, and must be shaped hot before it cools and won’t form correctly, or worse breaks. 

Come see Big Green and Jake The Professor at Diego Pellicer Seattle

Come see Big Green and Jake The Professor at Diego Pellicer Seattle

The conductor overseeing the organized chaos of this active working industrial hot glass shop was Jerome Baker Design’s Jason Harris.   Jason invited artists from around the West Coast, who gathered Friday in a rented studio in the shadow of the Space Needle in a collaborative effort to build a 24-foot bong, nicknamed Bongzilla.

“Essentially this is the Freedom Bong,” head glass blower Charles Lowrie told me. Once assembled this larger-than-life Art Glass exhibit will displayed in Las Vegas at the new Cannabis Museum in July. It’s creators believe Bongzilla to be the world’s largest functional bong.

Our good friends from Cannabition were on hand with video cameras to document the scene. Also on hand were the local press, including The Seattle Times, KING 5, Northwest Leaf and DOPE Magazine.

One of the more interesting things I witnessed was a an artist who had lost his daughter when she died giving birth. He incorporated her ashes into a 24 foot memorial bong. It was quite moving for all of us who witnessed this.

Another highlight for me was when Chef Jeremy Cooper arrived with a couple of boxes of his delightful artisan chocolates. These delicately-crafted confections are made with the very best chocolate — and for this occasion were made with CBD and terpenes for a unique and effective product. They were a big hit and fit right in with Weekend Unlimited’s, unlimited weekend event. 

Jeremy Cooper

The Dab Doctor was in the house, and really big impression with all who participated.  Accompanied by Chef Jeremy Cooper, the Dab Doctor showed up with a slab of shatter about the size of a pizza! In fact that’s how it was presented — in a large size pizza box. The Dab Doctor soon set up two electric dab rigs and we were Unlimited Dabbing all the do da day.

Many of the industry professionals I see routinely stopped by to get a gander of real Dale Chihuly style big glass art. There were a dozen glass artist actively working very hard for 12 hours strait four days in a row. If you are thinking about becoming a glass artist, start small. This “Big Glass” is definitely not for the beginner. Many of these professional glass artist work with Dale Chihuly. 

It was great to see so many industry friends turn out for the “Big Bongzilla Event.”  Everyone it turns out likes big bongs.  We even put one of the Giants on display at Diego Pellicer.  I call it “Big Green”. 

Big Green On Display at Diego Pellicer Seattle

Big Green On Display at Diego Pellicer Seattle

Please come  by and check out Big Green at Diego Pellicer, 2215 4th Ave South,  Seattle Washington, and snap an Instagram with Jake The Professor.

MJBA Calendar Of Events August, September & October 2017

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18-19-20: Seattle Hempfest, Seattle, Washington. MJBA is once again a proud sponsor, and exhibitor at Seattle Hempfest, the world’s largest and most important hemp Protestival. MJBA Founder Dave Rheins, Curved Papers CEO Michael OʼMalley, Mosaic Insurance Chief Norm Ives, Buddy’s Myles Kahn and many other MJBA members will be representing MJBA at Booth #319. Please Join Us In Supporting This Important Grassroots Volunteer Organization.

Seattle Hempfest


MJBA Professional Educational Seminars

20: MJBA Denver Meetup, Denver, Colorado. Join Miller Soils’ Sunny Kaercher, Key To Life Gardenʼs Charlie Ciprioni and MJBA Denver for our bi- monthly meetup at Cultivated Synergy. This month, we’ll host a special industry panel discussion on the importance of building and leveraging your strategic business network.


29-30: King Cannabis, Spokane, Washington. MJBA is looking forward to participating in our first King Cannabis Show this year. Weʼre proud to serve as media partner, exhibitor and David Rheins will be a featured speaker at the biggest cannabis convention in Eastern Washington.



NOTE: This listing is NOT complete. Stay Tuned to future updates and exciting news about MJBA Las Vegas, MJBA Boston and a very special announcement coming soon. If you are interested in presenting or sponsoring at an MJBA event, let us know: