Rev. Al Sharpton To Keynote The Cannabis World Congress Conference

NEW YORK: ‪On Friday, June 16, civil rights leader and founder of the National Action Network Rev. Al Sharpton will be the keynote speaker at CWCBExpo, the leading trade show and conference for the legalized cannabis, medical marijuana and industrial hemp industries at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

As a minister and the head of one of the country’s leading civil rights organizations, Rev. Sharpton has been concerned for some time about the disproportionate number of marijuana arrests of black people in this country, including the unintended or intended consequences of national marijuana laws.

Rev. Al Sharpton said, “Just because I don’t use marijuana as a minister, does not mean I have the right to impose my moral values on others. However, I will challenge the cannabis industry and its distributors in states where it is legal to support civil rights movements and ensure that we are not disproportionately excluded from business opportunities.”

As a guest of Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo), Rev. Al Sharpton will discuss the need for greater inclusion of underrepresented communities in the fast-growing cannabis industry, which is expected to exceed $20 billion in 2020.

Rev. Sharpton’s keynote at CWCBExpo NY will be the first time that he has spoken publicly about decriminalization of marijuana use, civil rights, and diversity in the cannabis industry, as well as the need to lay the groundwork now for a national movement to provide education and assure fair opportunity and involvement for people of color.

Event Wrapup: CWCBExpo LA

CALIFORNIA:  According to organizers, the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, attracted more than 4,000 attendees to the September 7-9, event at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Deemed the most professionally run event in the industry, CWCBExpo delivered on-point education, business connections, and helped build mainstream awareness for this burgeoning market.

The CWCBExpo LA featured a Keynote Address by media personality and medical marijuana advocate Montel Williams entitled, “We Can’t Forget ‘Medical’ Cannabis as Legalization Becomes a Reality.”  During his address he announced the launch of his new company, LenitivLabs.

“I’m really grateful to have spoken at the CWCBExpo.  It’s critically important that those of us on the activism and industry sides of the cannabis movement come together frequently and ask ourselves tough questions about where we’ve been and where we’re going.  We have to always remember that patients like me depend on each of us to be at our best, and in coming together, we have a chance to learn from each other and move forward as one. Given that, CWCBExpo was the perfect place to announce my new venture, LenitivLabs, which will make sure patients are not forgotten as the tide of legalization continues to rise,” said Montel Williams.

 Ted Chung, serial entrepreneur, partner with and business manager of Snoop Dogg, also delivered a Keynote Address at CWCBExpo LA.  In an engaging speech, Chung talked about the effects of commercialization on the cannabis industry with his talk entitled:  “The Revolution Will Be Televised: MERRY JANE and The Art of Cannabis.”

Other top panels included “CTE, Concussion and CBD,” moderated by Academy award-winning singer and songwriter, Melissa Etheridge and featuring former pro-athletes Jake Plummer, Lorenzo Neal, Nate Jackson, and Riley Cote.  “Failure is Not Option,” about current policy and impending legislation, brought together speakers from the ACLU, DPA, NORML, Oaksterdam University, and the California Cannabis Industry Association.

The CWCBExpo conference program provided important information on this multi-faceted industry and the many stages involved in building a successful cannabis business as well as the medical benefits of the cannabis plant.  Popular sessions included “The Road to State Licensing;”  “Edibles & Infusions;”  “How to Build a World Class Cannabis Brand;”  “Racial and Gender Diversity in the LA Cannabis Industry,” and “Can CBD Relieve PSTD;” to name a few.

“CWCBExpo LA had great quality speakers providing pertinent information and knowledge to help bring the cannabis industry to the next level,” said Peter Maguire, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions.

The busy expo floor with a wide breadth of innovative products and services on display featured sponsors Xanders, CW Hemp, Elixinol, SIVA, Advanced Nutrients, and GreenSpoonMarder.   Other exhibitors included Socal Safe, SprayZone.net, Plus CBD Oil, PR0HBTD, GreenBroz, Integra, Oaksterdam University, MJBA, MJHeadline News,  and BioBloom Organics. CWCBExpo LA also had Realm of Caring and Coalition for Access Now as its Advocacy Partners joined with NORML, and Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).

“The CWCBExpo enabled us to educate brands through our marketing panel and develop exciting new business opportunities. It’s the single best event investment of the year,” said Drake Sutton-Shearer, Co-Founder, PRØHBTD Media.

Plans are already underway for the 2017 East and West Coast CWCBExpo events.  CWCBExpo NY will take place June 14-16, 2017 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY and CWCBExpo LA is scheduled for September13-15, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA.   For more information on sponsoring, exhibiting, or attending a CWCBExpo event, www.cwcbexpo.com contact, Christine Ianuzzi, at email: cianuzzi@leexpos.com and phone: 201-881-1602.

Cannabis Industry Talks Diversity This Week At Cannabis World Congress LA

CALIFORNIA:  The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCBExpo LA) picked a great time to convene in California, especially since there’s a measure on November’s ballot to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years and older. The Golden State is already one of 25 states along with D.C. that has legalized cannabis for medical use.  Thousands are expected at the CWCBE on September 8-92016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center to hear speakers address an assortment of issues related to the cannabis industry – like legislation, advocacy,  finance, science and product trends.

CWCBExpo LA tapped three cannabis experts from different industries to talk candidly about a growing concern in the cannabis “green rush” —  that is, diversity. Former NFL Super Bowl winner Marvin Washington; cannapreneur Bonita “Bo” Money, founder of Women Abuv Ground; and legal eagle Ariel Clark of the Cannabis Task Force will address diversity in a panel discussion, titled “Racial and Gender Diversity in the LA Cannabis Industry,” slated for 12 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, September 8 in room 502A of the LA Convention Center. 

Thanks to the de-regulation of marijuana for medical and recreational use, the cannabis business is exploding, with sales estimated to reach $7 billion this year. It’s projected that the cannabis industry will top $35 billion annually by 2020. Still, minorities, namely African Americans and Latinos, may be left behind in the economic opportunities of the legal marijuana industry.

Money said that African Americans and Latinos are poised to miss the “green rush” for several reasons – that is, the lack of information about the legal use of medical marijuana; the cultural stigma associated with marijuana; the expensive start-up and application fees; and most importantly, the racial discrimination tied to drugs. “African American and Latino communities have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs, leading to mass incarceration,” she explained. Because of criminal records, a large percentage of minorities are unable to participate in the business of cannabis due to state laws governing the industry.

“We can only achieve diversity in the medical cannabis market if it’s open to new businesses and entrepreneurs. That means we have to advocate for laws and policies that don’t play favorites,” added Ariel Clark, founder of Clark Neubert, LLC and chair of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force. “Without laws that support an open market, new businesses won’t be able to operate. The time for communities to educate themselves and organize is now.”

NFLer Washington has been a vocal advocate for medical marijuana in the NFL for managing the pain of the brain by football players, namely concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  Still, he stresses the need for inclusion of minorities in the cannabis business. “We want more than diversity, but inclusion,” said Washington.  “We need to stop settling for diversity, and instead, embrace inclusion by having a seat at the table in the cannabis industry to facilitate the decision-making of this burgeoning industry.”

MEET THE PANELISTS:

  • Marvin Washington —   a former NFL player, Washington retired after 11 years, playing with three different teams – that is, the New York Jets, the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers. He was a member of the Denver Broncos 1998 Super Bowl winning team and was voted by Sports Illustrated as the 36th best New York Jet of all-time. A voice for former players in the NFL’s concussion lawsuit, Washington addresses the truth about the outcome as well as the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Now an advocate for all-natural, non-habit forming cannabis, Washington is speaking out on the topic of using cannabinoids as neuroprotectants as well as ways to alleviate the nation’s number one health epidemic – that is, prescription opioid abuse and addiction.  

 

  • Bonita “Bo” Money – A woman in weed, cannapreneur, Money is one of the few women of color in the emerging, billion dollar cannabis business. Born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in Monterey, CA,  she is the co-creator of That Glass Jar ™ , a cannabis-infused topical, and founder of  Women Abuv Ground (WAG), a professional networking organization dedicated to educating and empowering minority women in the emerging cannabis industry. By providing resources and supporting women of color in the cannabis industry, the organization is creating a diversified culture, celebrating the brilliance of women entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. For more information about Women Abuv Ground, visit http://www.womenabuvground.com

 

  • Ariel Clark —  Clark is a founding partner of Clark Neubert, LLP, a leading law firm in the California and national cannabis industry, and the chair of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force. The task force is dedicated to creating a fair and vibrant cannabis industry in the city of Los Angeles by establishing a safe, lawful, and responsible local licensing system that aligns with the business and license categories authorized by California state law. Clark’s clients include licensed dispensaries, growers, and manufacturers in various states, including California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, and Michigan. Clark earned her juris doctor ‘s degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and was awarded a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her professional affiliations include member of the California State Bar and Venice Chamber of Commerce, board member for California NORML, founder of Elevate LA (a Los Angeles cannabis industry based nonprofit), member of and policy advisor to California Growers Association, and member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. For more information about the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, visit http://lacannabistaskforce.org/

  

WANT TO GO?

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCBExpo LA)

“Racial and Gender Diversity in the LA Cannabis Industry” panel discussion

12 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. 

LA Convention Center | Room 502A 

1201 S Figueroa St

Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

Registration is Open for 3rd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition June 15-17, 2016

NEW JERSEY: A majority of US states are poised to transition from cannabis prohibition to some form of regulated legal markets for recreational and medical cannabis this year, making the 3rd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) in New York a must attend event to learn about and see the latest innovations that will move the industry forward.

Taking place June 15-17, 2016, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, CWCBExpo’s ideal Northeast location taps into the country’s’ biggest financial, media, manufacturing, entrepreneurial and healthcare markets. CWCBExpo NY will offer an unparalleled learning agenda with subject matter experts in banking, pain management, healthcare, investing, regulations, law, emerging markets, and product development fields participating.

CWCBExpo NY attendees will gain the knowledge and tools needed to succeed in this hyper growth and dynamic industry including in-depth Add-On Workshops on June 15th that cover:

  • “Open or Purchase a Cannabis Industry,” a six hour certification program offered by Clover Leaf University
  • “Cannabis Growth Capital Conference and Investor Fair,” connecting investors with leaders in the cannabis public markets as well as up and coming private companies.

A bonus Add-On Workshop will take place the day after CWCBExpo NY, Saturday, June 18, with an all-day session on “Grow a Bright Future with a Green Collar Career: Don’t Miss the ‘Green Rush’,” presented by the Cannabis Career Institute.

The Conference Program on June 16-17 includes a headlining keynote speaker, thought-leader panel discussions, regulatory updates, NY dispensary owners, and specially crafted sessions in key business tracks focused on Creating Your Business, Running Your Business, High Finance, Opportunities, and Trends in High Growth Areas, including Industrial Hemp: Made in America and a CTE, Pain Management and Concussions panels.

“There has never been a better time to start a business or grow an existing one in the legalized cannabis market.  This year is a tipping point for the industry and the CWCBExpo in New York will provide you with the best curated education, connections and products to get a competitive start and flourish,” said Dan Humiston, President of International Cannabis Association and Educational Director for CWCBExpo.

In addition to two days of full educational programming and the in-depth Add-On Workshops, CWCBExpo NY will also feature an exhibit floor (June 16-17) with suppliers in the industry showcasing cutting-edge products and services to marijuana cultivators, entrepreneurs looking to enter the market, dispensary owners, medical professionals, investors, and providers of professional services.  An Exhibitor Product Theater on the show floor will spotlight the latest products and services being introduced to the market.

An evening fundraiser, Fashion and Food on High, will offer another opportunity for networking and celebrating the industry. Taking place on Thursday, June 16th, at the Copacabana in Times Square, this special event will spotlight the growing hemp lifestyle and create awareness for advocacy groups promoting the health benefits of industrial hemp and cannabidiol extracts.

Featured exhibitors participating in CWCBExpo NY include Amercanex, Apeks, Cannabis Career Institute, Clover Leaf University, Conviron, Forever Flowering Greenhouses, Gradujuana, Helderpad, HighNY, Hiller, PC, Incredibles, International Cannabis Association, Jane, Medicine Man, MJ Freeway, MJIC, Nexus Corporation, Potbotics, The Cannabis Co Operative, Transcend Lighting, True Leaf, and many others.

CWCBExpo New York is also partnering with leading advocacy groups, associations, and media partners including Coalition for Access Now, Realm of Caring, B2B Wholesaler, Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Enterprise, Cannabis Financial News, Cann Media-mg Magazine, Hail Mary Jane, Marijuana Business Association, Marijuana Policy Project, Marijuana Venture, and Women Grow, to name a few.

Discounted conference rates are now being offered for advance registration.  For more information on the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in New York (CWCBExpo in NY) visit: http://www.cwcbexpo.com/new-york-expo.    For more information on sponsoring or exhibiting contact the CWCBExpo NY sales teams at sreuter@leexpos.comor click here:  http://www.cwcbexpo.com/request-for-exhibit-information/