Reverend Al Sharpton To Keynote CWCBExpo In LA & Boston

NEW JERSEY:  Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo) is pleased to announce that civil rights leader and founder of the National Action Network, Rev. Al Sharpton will be continuing his Keynote Address series at the upcoming 4th Annual Los Angeles event, September 13-15, at the LA Convention Center and at the premiere of the CWCBExpo Boston, October 4-6, at the Hynes Convention Center.   CWCBExpo events are the leading trade shows and conferences for the legalized cannabis, medical marijuana and industrial Hemp industries.

DECODE Cannabis, the New Civil Rights Movement for Cannabis Legalization and Inclusion Continues National Coast-to-Coast Roll-Out

In June at the CWCBExpo NY, Rev. Sharpton spoke publicly for the first time in a powerful Keynote Address about the disproportionate number of marijuana arrests of people of color in this country, including the unintended or intended consequences of national marijuana laws, as well as the need for greater inclusion of underrepresented communities in the fast-growing cannabis industry, which is expected to exceed $20 billion in 2020.

Also as part of Rev. Sharpton’s Keynote at CWCBExpo NY, was the launch of DECODE Cannabis Education Fund (DECODE) a national mobilization campaign to educate Americans on the social benefits of a federal mandate removing cannabis from the Schedule I.

The CWCBExpo LA event will also host the inaugural DECODE Cannabis Education Fund Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 13 and a stakeholders breakfast on Thursday, September 14, before Rev. Sharpton’s Keynote Address.  Both events will be attended by politicians, celebrities, and cannabis influencers supportive of federal legalization, decriminalization, and expanding inclusionary opportunities for all.

Rev. Sharpton founded the National Action Network (NAN) in 1991 and is President of the not-for-profit civil rights organization with over 100 chapters nationwide, including a Washington, DC Bureau and regional offices across the US.

As one of the nation’s most-renowned civil rights leaders, Rev Sharpton has been praised by President Barack Obama as “the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden.”  Rev. Al Sharpton also hosts a daily radio show as well as a national cable news television show, and he is an established author.

“CWCBExpo remains committed to DECODE and looks forward to Rev. Sharpton continuing to share his powerful voice and insight on this at our Los Angeles and Boston events.  We are fully supportive of DECODE’s mission and its efforts to ensure equality and inclusion for all,” said Christine Ianuzzi, Managing Partner, CWCBExpo.


The Shark Tank of Cannabis is Searching for the Industry’s Next Marijuana Millionaires

NEW YORK: The Marijuana Show, Amazon’s TV Series, dubbed the “Shark Tank” of cannabis, has partnered with the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCB Expo). Aspiring cannabusiness’ have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to the show’s producers on stage, “Shark Tank” style this Thursday and Friday at the Javits Center. Hopeful Ganjapreneurs will vie for a chance to be on The Marijuana Show’s third season, to garner top-notch industry mentors and potentially receive a piece of the $20 million available for investment. The TV series has previously funded numerous cannabusiness’ offering out $18 million across seasons 1&2. The show currently reaches millions through Amazon Prime.

“We are very excited to partner with the CWCB Expo in order to find the next potential marijuana millionaires. Their event brings together highly motivated cannabusiness’ and that’s exactly who we are searching for,” said The Marijuana Show’s Producer and Director, Wendy Robbins. Attendees may also be able to pitch the producers more informally at booth 445.

Taking place under one roof in the financial and media capital of the world, the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo brings together suppliers, new businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, medical professionals, dispensary owners, retailers and professional service providers. With more than 70 sessions and over 100 expert speakers covering everything from seed to sale including cultivation, processing/extraction, sales, the event is packed with potential.

“With a projected revenue of $30 Billion by 2021 (Forbes), we are proud to assist Ganjapreneurs. The market is on fire and investors are eager to find the next Apple of weed. We are grateful to have the first-to-market Cannabis business incubator and accelerator Television show that partners with our contestants to take their ideas from seed to sale. Plus, leveraging our hit television show and our streaming education program, Bud Camp featuring experts in Law, marketing, compliance, branding, investment and more, we provide all the tools any entrepreneur or investor would need to make an informed and educated decision,” states Karen Paull.

CWCBExpo & The Marijuana Show Offer Aspiring Ganjaprenuers Chance At $20 Million “High-Finance” Fund

NEW JERSEY: Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo) have officially partnered with The Marijuana Show, an Amazon TV Series, dubbed the “Shark Tank” of cannabis, with over 250 million reach, to offer innovative canna-businesses the opportunity to pitch their new ideas. Pitching opportunities to The Marijuana Show judges will now be available at the CWCBExpo coast-to-coast market leading events in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. The CWCBExpos provide the latest information, education, and products for medical and recreational marijuana, CBD, industrial hemp and more.

“By partnering with The Marijuana Show, exhibitors of CWCBExpo will gain access to funding for new and expanding businesses. This gives CWCBExpo another prime opportunity to help move the industry forward and provide a springboard to success for innovators and entrepreneurs who are seeking mentorships and capital,” said Scott Giannotti, Managing Director, CWCBExpo.

The first set of auditions will take place at CWCBExpo NY on June 15th at the Javits Center. Select ganjaprenuers will have 2 to 10 minutes to pitch their ideas to the show’s judges in the Exhibitor Showcase Theater sponsored by Folium Biosciences. Those pitching will vie for a chance to be on The Marijuana Show, garner top notch industry mentors and a piece of the $20 million “High-Finance” fund in addition to legal and marketing guidance.

“We are very excited to partner with the CWCBExpo in order to find the next big marijuana millionaires.  Their events bring together highly motivated canna-businesses and that’s exactly who we are searching for,” said The Marijuana Show’s Producer and Director, Wendy Robbins. “With so much to gain in this industry, we are proud to assist hopeful canna-business owners to take their ideas to the next level though our TV show and our on-demand live streaming education program, Bud Camp,” added Robbins.

The CWCBExpo NY, June 14-16, taking place under one roof in the financial and media capital of the world, will also host an expanded exhibit floor (June 15-16) with suppliers in the industry showcasing cutting-edge products and services to those in the business, entrepreneurs looking to enter the market, medical professionals, dispensary owners, retailers, investors, and providers of professional services.   The educational programming includes Add-on Workshops (June 14 and June 17) presenting information on becoming medical marijuana provider, opening a business, investing in cannabis, making hemp great again, and the art of the cannabis sommelier.  The CWCBExpo conference program will include more than 70 sessions and over 100 expert speakers covering everything from seed to sale including cultivation, processing/extraction, sales, ancillary business, advocacy legislation and more. To register for CWCBExpo NY, go to

4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition In New York City Opens Registration

NEW JERSEY: Registration is now open for the only trade show and conference in New York focused on the business of cannabis, the 4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) will take place June 14-16, 2017 at the Javits Convention Center in New York, NY.  Serving the East Coast, CWCBExpo NY will create a dynamic marketplace filled with the best education, products, and resources.  Aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals, investors, equity partners, ancillary businesses, and agricultural opportunists that can profit from this nascent industry, as well as those already in the business can register now for early bird rates here.

“This June, no other show in the Northeast will offer the depth and breadth of information and products for these industries expected to top $20 billion in the next three years,” said Scott Giannotti, Managing Director of the CWCBExpo events. “Our platform will continue to provide valuable education about all aspects of the cannabis plant, as we’ve done for the last four years, but this year we’ve taken a more comprehensive approach to learning that will take our attendees from A-to-Z as well as added a strong emphasis on industrial hemp due to Governor Cuomo’s commitment to making hemp a $1 billion industry in our state. It’s a very exciting time for New York.”

Led by industry experts in cultivation, business-building, science, policy, medicine, law, and investment, the CWCBExpo NY conference program (June 15-16) made up of curated panel presentations, lectures, and interactive discussions, will cover the five main sectors of the cannabis industry: Cultivation, Processing, Sales, Ancillary Businesses, and Advocacy and Legislation. The CWCBExpo NY conference program will also offer headlining Keynote speakers and thought-leadership panels. Some of our thought-leadership panels will include: Real Estate in the Cannabis Industry, Women and Technology, Professional Athletes and Cannabis, and Teaching Cannabis in Mainstream Education.

The CWCBExpo signature workshops on June 14th will take deep dives into medical cannabis, investing into the cannabis industry, industrial hemp, and a sophisticated recreational use workshop:

  • Comprehensive Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoid Training,” led by Healthway Education Systems (CME accredited)
  • “Following the Money in Cannabis: Where and How to Invest in the Cannabis Industry and Raise Capital for Your Cannabis Business,” presented by Viridian Capital Advisors
  • Make America Hemp Again” presented by Hoban Law Group / CPS Education

For the first time, CWCBExpo NY will offer a post-event workshop on Saturday, June 17th covering: “The Art of the Cannabis Sommelier: Interpening,” presented by Trichrome Institute.

CWCBExpo NY, taking place under one roof, in the financial and media capitol of the world, will also host an expanded exhibit floor (June 15-16) with suppliers in the industry showcasing cutting-edge products and services to those in the business, entrepreneurs looking to enter the market, medical professionals, dispensary owners, retailers, investors, and providers of professional services.  Featured exhibitors participating in the CWCBExpo NY include: Elixinol (Gold & Press Room Sponsor), Greenspoon Marder (Lanyard Sponsor), Airganics, Amercanex, CBD for Life, CannaKorp, HempMeds, Labscape, MJ Freeway, and TrueLeaf Pets, to name a few.  The CWCBExpo is also partnering with leading industry associations including  the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), Cannabis and Hemp Association, National Indian Cannabis Coalition, and Women Grow.

Steep early bird registration discounts are in effect until February 13th.

Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition Coming To Boston Oct 4-6

NEW JERSEY: Massachusetts and Maine are the first states on the East Coast to legalize recreational marijuana creating a growing market for cultivation, manufacturing and retail.  Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition is expanding its footprint t in the Northeast with CWCBExpo Boston, October 4-6, 2017, at the Hynes Convention Center. The show will be produced by Leading Edge Expositions, LLC, who already produce the Los Angeles and New York events.

“The Massachusetts recreational and medical cannabis market alone is estimated to exceed $1.1 billion in 2020. Now is the time to demystify the legalities, regulations, and business challenges surrounding the industry and provide people in the Northeast with direct access to experts, information, products and resources to prosper in this new commercialized cannabis industry,” said Scott Giannotti, Managing Director, CWCBExpo.  “The Boston event is well-positioned to become the must attend trade show and conference for any business and government entity seeking to enter, support or expand in the densely populated Northeast.”

CWCBExpo Boston will open with a full day of deep educational programming with workshops that cover “How to Open and Operate a Cannabis Business,” “Investment Opportunities and Strategies,” “Navigating the Cannabis Control Commission Rules for the Sale, Packaging and Labeling of Recreational Pot,” and accredited sessions for healthcare professionals. The conference and exhibits at CWCBExpo Boston will take place on October 5th and 6th.

The CWCBExpo Boston conference program will feature more than 100 experts and thought-leaders in a mixed format of lectures and panels conducive to audience participation and intense learning. The exposition hall will feature innovative companies in the cannabis, marijuana and hemp industries including extraction equipment, cultivation systems, grow lights, fertilizers, CBD, edibles and infused products, and ancillary services including supply chain management, business software, legal and real estate advisors, banking solutions, accountants, security firms, lab testing and branding, marketing and retail experts.

Melissa Etheridge To Moderate Sports Panel On CTE, Concussion And CBD At CWCBExpo LA

NEW JERSEY: The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) is pleased to announce that Melissa Etheridge, Grammy and Academy Award Winning singer-songwriter, will return to the event as Moderator for its thought-leadership panel, “CTE, Concussion and CBD.”  Taking place on Thursday, Sept. 8th, former pro athletes, leading medical researchers and advocates for alternative medicines, will discuss how the use of cannabinoids may help treat and prevent the onset of symptoms associated with CTE and traumatic brain injury. CWCBExpo, September 7-9, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA, is the leading event for the medical marijuana and legalized cannabis industries.

“As someone who is passionate about educating people about the real medicinal value of the cannabis plant, I am excited to return to CWCBExpo and moderate this important panel. To have a candid conversation with former NFL and NHL players and to share our experiences and to discuss the research is another positive step forward in removing the negative stigma of cannabis,” said Melissa Etheridge.

Joining Etheridge on the “CTE, Concussion and CBD” panel are Nate Jackson, former Denver Bronco and writer; Jake Plummer, Medical Marijuana Advocate and former pro-bowl quarterback; Lorenzo Neal, Co-Host, Morning with Chad, Joe & Lo, 95.7 The Game and former all star fullback; Heather Jackson, Realm of Caring; Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; and Riley Cote, Hemp Heals Foundation and former NHL player.  This high-profile panel takes place Thursday, September 8th at 2:30 pm PST.

“We are thrilled to have Melissa back at CWCBExpo LA.  Last year as a Keynote Speaker, she captivated our attendees with her authentic and powerful message about the benefits of medicinal marijuana and why we need to make it accessible to anyone who may benefit from its use,” said Christine Ianuzzi, Show Director for CWCBExpo.

Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Melissa Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades.  She began her distinguished musical career in 1988 when she stormed onto the American rock scene with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album.  Her popularity continued to rise with hits such as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won a Grammy in 1992.   Her fourth album, Yes I Am in 1993, featured the massive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” that brought Etheridge her second Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Performance.  In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret, that included hit single, “I Want to Come Over,” and earned her the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.

A cancer survivor, Etheridge has publicly spoken about the medicinal value of cannabis in her recovery and has launched her own line of canna-products including a marijuana-infused wine.

The “CTE, Concussion and CBD,” presented by CW Hemp, is part of a powerful line-up of top speakers and relevant content that encompasses the entire spectrum of the cannabis industry and includes celebrities, sports icons, and experts discussing the  the value of medical marijuana and business opportunities in the legalized industries.

CWCBExpo LA Keynotes include Montel Williams, media celebrity and advocate, and Ted Chung, entertainment and marketing entrepreneur.

CWCBExpo LA will have more than 60 educational sessions covering everything from “How to Build a World Class Cannabis Brand” to “Can CBD Relieve PTSD,” with Col. Phillip Blair, MD.  There will also be another Thought Leadership Panels on “Failure is Not an Option” with policy experts and industry leaders discussing the forthcoming Prop 64 (AUMA) initiative on the California ballot in November and the opportunities it will create are also part of the educational agenda.

All-day Add-On Workshops will take place on September 7th, with the Conference Program and Exhibits, featuring hundreds of cannabis innovations, taking place September 8th and 9th.  An After-Expo Networking Event, open to all badged attendees, will take place on September 8th, with a special screening of the short stoner comedy film: “Recalculating.”  A bonus day has been added on Saturday, September 10th with another Add-On Workshop and California’s largest industry Career Fair, hosted by Vangst Talent.

Pre-registration rates for CWCBExpo LA can be found at

Montel Williams to Keynote Cannabis World Congress Los Angeles

NEW JERSEY: Montel Williams, media celebrity and medical marijuana advocate will deliver a Keynote Address at the 3rd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, in Los Angeles, California.  Taking place Sept. 7-9, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, CWCBExpo is the leading trade show and conference on the West Coast for the medical marijuana and legalized cannabis industries.

Montel Williams Keynote entitled, “We Can’t Forget ‘Medical’ Cannabis as Legalization Becomes a Reality,” will take place, Thursday, Sept. 8th at 2:00 pm.    His important speech will focus on why, with the tide turning on the issue of full legalization, it is critical to not forget patients who have very specific needs with respect to cannabis, including strains that are less profitable in the marketplace.

“It’s clear that the regulatory landscape is beginning to adapt as the number of states that have enacted cannabis reform grows. It’s an exciting time for those involved with the cannabis reform movement, but it is important that we all move forward together and that means not leaving patients behind” said Williams.

Montel Williams earned his media celebrity status as an Emmy Award winning television personality whom Americans invited into their homes for more than 17 years. He is a decorated former naval officer, inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur and advocate for patients worldwide.

Williams has been involved in many major initiatives aimed at helping others. His Living Well campaign and brand encourages and supports people trying to live their best lives with a focus on their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and financial health.

“We are thrilled to have Montel Williams deliver a Keynote at CWCBExpo LA.  This is a pivotal year in legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, and Montel’s personal story of medical marijuana use and advocacy will be inspiring to attendees,” said Christine Ianuzzi, Show Director, of CWCBExpo events.

In addition to Williams’ Keynote, CWCBExpo LA will have more than 60 educational sessions covering everything from “How to Build a World Class Cannabis Brand” to “Endocannabinoid System & Cannabinoid Therapeutics.” Thought Leadership Panels on “CTE, Concussions, and CBD” with top athletes and “Failure is Not an Option” with policy experts and industry leaders discussing the forthcoming Prop 64 (AUMA) initiative on the California ballot in November and the opportunities it will create are also part of the educational agenda.

New sessions added include “Addressing the Nation’s Prescription Opioid Addiction Epidemic with Cannabis” featuring one of the nation’s premier pain management specialists, professional athletes, and cannabis advocate for Native Americans. “Impact of Legalization on Your Business,” will feature Leafs by Snoop, Casa Verde Capital, Flower Shop and MERRY JANE.

All-day Add-On Workshops will take place on September 7th, with the Conference Program and Exhibits, featuring hundreds of cannabis innovations, taking place September 8th and 9th.  An After-Expo Networking Event, open to all badged attendees, will take place on September 8th, with a special screening of the short stoner comedy film: “Recalculating.”  A bonus day has been added on Saturday, September 10th with another Add-On Workshop and California’s largest industry Career Fair, hosted by Vangst Talent.

Industrial Hemp To Be Platformed At Cannabis World Congress in New York

NEW YORK: Industrial hemp is a fiber and oil-seed crop with deep roots in American history, being re-introduced in more than 27 states in the US, including New York. The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) will now provide businesses with current information, resources, products and services for the entire cannabis plant with the addition of dedicated education and exhibit area on industrial hemp. Taking place June 15-17, 2016, at the Javits Convention Center in New York.

CWCBExpo will include the Thought-Leadership Panel:  “Industrial Hemp: Made in America,” taking place on Friday, June 17, at 11:00 am. The panelists are expected to discuss the multi-billion dollar economic benefits of this crop and explain why the investment community, federal legislative and consumers need to support sustainable, non-drug industrial hemp as a national industry.

Moderated by Geoff Whaling, Board Member of the National Hemp Association and President of the Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council, “Industrial Hemp: Made in America” panelists include:

  • Michael Bowman, Chairman, National Hemp Association
  • Tim Gordon, COO, CBDRx
  • Andrew Graves, Chairman, Atalo Holdings, Inc.
  • Jonathan Miller, President, Kentucky Industrial Hemp
  • Joel Stanley, CEO, CW Hemp
  • Eric Steenstra, Executive Director, Hemp IndustryAssociation and Vote Hemp

This high-level panel of America’s leaders of this industry will also enlighten attendees on thedevelopments and achievements of the industry for the 2016 growing season, while looking at ways to build a national “Made in America” industry.

In addition to the “Industrial Hemp: Made in America” panel, CWCBExpo NY will also have an Industrial Hemp Pavilion on the exhibit floor, showcasing the latest product innovations as well as leading resources for this vital American crop. The BMW i Series will also be on display in the pavilion. These all-electric vehicles use sustainable crops, including industrial hemp and eucalyptus fibers, in many of the car components including the dash, seats, and instrument and door panels, making the vehicles lighter in weight and extending their range.

“People have cultivated cannabis sativa, an annual herbaceous plant in the cannabis genus, throughout recorded history as a source of industrial fiber, seed oil, food, recreation, clothing and medicine. Today, there are more then 10,000 acres in America in production, which will go a long way to offset the more then $600 million imported into America annually. There are many exciting industrial uses that include building, automotive and composite materials, and at CWCBExpo NY we will educate attendees on how HEMP Means Business,” said Geoff Whaling.

“The cannabis industry is dynamic and CWCBExpo’s mission is to evolve with the industry and be the leading educational and product resource for all things cannabis. On the heels of National Hemp History Week, we are thrilled to host this forward-looking panel on Industrial Hemp and to platform the wide array of industrial hemp applications,” added Christine Ianuzzi, Show Director of CWCBExpo NY.

In addition to the Thought-Leadership panel on Industrial Hemp, a CWCBExpo conference session on Friday, June 17th, will also discuss: “Nutritional Benefits of Industrial Hemp / Industrial Hemp Seed.”  Keynote addresses by Keith Stroup of NORML and Leonard Marshall, Super Bowl Champion will also be part of CWCBExpo NY, along with another thought-leadership panel on “CTE, Concussion and CBD” hundreds of exhibits, over 100 speakers and more than 70 sessions with vetted industry experts and innovators in the CWCBExpo NY conference (June 16-17). Sessions tracks are focused on Creating Your Business, Running Your Business, High Finance, Opportunities, and Trends in High Growth Areas. Add-on Workshops providing in-depth information on starting a business and operations, careers, and capital investment will take place on June 15th & 18th. TheAnswerPage’s “Comprehensive Cannabis Presentation on the Endocannabinoid System and Medical Marijuana” for doctors and other healthcare professionals is also part of the educational programming.

The industry’s leading businesses, experts, and advocacy groups are participating in CWCBExpo NY including sponsors Brain Unity Trust, Coalition for Access Now, Realm of Caring, CW Botanicals, Tress Capital, Elixinol, and CannaKorp and product and services companies showcasing everything from cultivation to sales including greenhouses, grow lights, extractors, containments, business management software, vapes and more.

To learn more about CWCBExpo NY and to register go to:

NORML Founder Keith Stroup To Keynote Cannabis World Congress In New York

NEW YORK:  Keith Stroup and his National Organization For The Reform Of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has been  leading the fight against the forces of federal prohibition since 197o.   After more than 40 years in the trenches, the outspoken lawyer is in a unique position to offer his perspective on why America has finally grown tired of its failed “War On Drugs.”

The septuagenerian firebrand will deliver a keynote address at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) entitled,  “Why We’re Finally Winning After All These Years.

“With more and more states legalizing the responsible use of marijuana, including two East Coast states expected to adopt full legalization this November, I am excited to speak to the CWCBExpo NY audience about the history of our anti-prohibition efforts and the current groundswell of support for ending prohibition and removing the stigma of marijuana as a Schedule I drug,” said Keith Stroup.

The CWCBExpo  takes place June 15-17, at the Javits Center in New York.  Mr. Stroup’s address will take place on Thursday, June 16th at 1:50 pm.

NFL Super Bowl Champion Leonard Marshall To Keynote CWCBExpo in NYC June 16

NEW JERSEY:  Despite its status as an officially banned substance, the use of medical cannabis as a treatment for professional athletes — particularly NFL Football players — suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is known to be widespread. A number of high-profile NFLers have come out of the cannabis closet of late, and are calling on the league to rethink its pot policy.  Adding his personal perspective as a successful business entrepreneur and former champion NFL player with CTE symptoms, Leonard Marshall will address the topic as a keynote speaker at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, (CWCBExpo) in New York City, June 15-17, 1 2016.

The former defensive lineman will deliver his keynote on Thursday, June 16, 2016 and moderate a panel on “CTE, Concussions and CBD.” Joining Marshall in the all-star panel discussion are Charlie Adams, NFL wide receiver who played for the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans; Eben Britton, a NFL guard and tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears and currently a free agent; Riley D. Cote a former professional ice hockey player (NHL) with the Philadelphia Flyers; Nate Jackson a former NFL wide receiver who played six seasons with the Denver Broncos; and Heather Jackson, CEO of Realm of Caring.

“I am ecstatic to be participating in CWCBExpo and keynoting and moderating the all-star thought leadership panel. With my background and experience in football and with CTE, I’ll be able to bring a first-hand perspective to this important topic.  I look forward to addressing this issue in such a professional and well planned forum along with the other athletes,” said Leonard Marshall.

“Jump!!  Each individual walking the planet daily forms an estimate of him or herself. This estimate shapes into whom he or she shall be.  You can be no more than you believe you are and you can do no more than you believe you can. For it is belief that creates power in man and it is belief, which stimulates success.  Be driven and unafraid to jump at the next opportunity that is presented!” Marshall further commented.

As a NFL defensive lineman for twelve seasons, Marshall played for the New York Giants, New York Jets and Washington Redskins. During his playing career Leonard was on two Super Bowl Championship teams, was selected to appear in three Pro Bowls and was named All NFL twice.   Marshall is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives/Brand Ambassador for the publicly traded Original SoupMan, Inc., and Managing Partner of Playbook Solutions Group Advisors, LLC, a $50 million franchise income fund.

“We are honored to have the charismatic Leonard Marshall as a Keynote Speaker at CWCBExpo NY.  As a champion football player, CTE advocate and successful entrepreneur, his unique insight, tenacity against the odds, and proven business acumen is the perfect fit for our event that elevates the discussion, awareness and advancements of the benefits of medical marijuana and a legalized cannabis industry,” said Christine Ianuzzi, Managing Partner and Show Director of CWCBExpo events.