Thank You To All Our Loyal Readers, Subscribers, Members And Sponsors!

As we enter December and our 5th anniversary, the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members, sponsors, subscribers and followers for your contribution in helping us to firmly establish ourselves as one of the leading b2b organizations in legal cannabis.  It’s been an amazing first five years, and we enter 2018 poised to take the association and the network to a truly national level.

Thank You 2017 MJBA National Sponsors

Thank You 2017 MJBA National Sponsors

Established to provide business intelligence, professional networking and new business opportunity, MJBA hosts regular industry networking meetups, professional boot camps and educational seminars in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and New York, with MJBA Massachusetts and MJBA Nevada communities scheduled to activate Q1 2018.

NWMJLaw's Anne Van Leynseele leads the 502 Accounting Panel at MJBA Seattle

NWMJLaw’s Anne Van Leynseele leads the 502 Accounting Panel at MJBA Seattle

DOPE Magazine Founder David Tran, MJBA Founder David Rheins and Curved Papers Founder Michael O'Malley at MJBizCon

DOPE Magazine Founder David Tran, MJBA Founder David Rheins and Curved Papers Founder Michael O’Malley at MJBizCon

AK Ventures' Kerri Accardi and MJBA's Stu Zakim

AK Ventures’ Kerri Accardi and MJBA’s Stu Zakim

To date, we have run over 200 meetups, hosted 3 job fairs, 4 Vendor Fairs, and participated as sponsor, exhibitor, speaker and moderator at many of the top industry trade events, including CannaCon (Tacoma, Seattle, Denver, Anchorage, Santa Rosa and Boston), National Cannabis Summit (Denver), Cannabis Creative Conference (Portland), CWCBExpo (New York, LA), Seattle Hempfest, Oregon Hemp Convention, New England Cannabis Convention (Boston) and King Cannabis (Spokane).

f you have anything to do with the legal cannabis industry in Washington or Oregon, you will want to attend both CCC in Portland and CannaCon in Seattle this month. When you do, please stop by the MJBA and MJBA Women’s Alliance booths and say ‘Hi.”

David Rheins leads a panel discussion at Canna Con

Crystal Oliver, Washington's Finest Cannabis, was a featured presenter at MJBA Spokane's February meetup.

Crystal Oliver, Washington’s Finest Cannabis, was a featured presenter at MJBA Spokane.

MJBA publishes the authoritative MJNewsNetwork.com web site, MJ Headline News and MJ Business Week e-newsletters, and Marijuana Channel One on YouTube, and boasts a massive social media network with more than 300,000 followers and subscribers.

 

MJ News Network: The Voice of Legal Cannabis

MJ News Network: The Voice of Legal Cannabis

 

MJBA Publishing LLC provides a host of marketing and professional services, including public and media relations, advertising, sponsorship and business development.  For more information, please contact us at: info@mjba.net.

 

This Week: 4/20 At CannaCon in Santa Rosa

Reposted From Cashinbis

The question is simple: Where will you be on 4/20 this year? The possibilities are endless. After all, it is the BIGGEST holiday for the cannabis community. However, if you’re a cannabis professional or more specifically, a producer or processor, your answer will most definitely be, “Santa Rosa, CA for CannaCon’s 3-day expo + seminar series”. Being that it’s their debut event in the state, founder Bob Smart and his dedicated team have secured a value-packed lineup of speakers and topics for their upcoming seminar series and 200+ exhibitors showcasing in their expo hall.

Top 3 Must-Do’s at Santa Rosa CannaCon:

1.    Attend at Least 1 of 6 Cannabis Infused Cooking Demos

Start your morning learning the basics of infusions with a cup of cannabis-infused coffee in hand. Take a seat with Chef Jeremy Cooper and indulge in a handful of infused truffle popcorn while learning dosage scaling, flavoring, and masking.

Take it easy and learn about crafting a product line of CBD-infused products for consumers looking for non-psychoactive infusions.

2.    Grab a Seat for Kevin Jodrey’s Seminar on Genetic Testing, The Future of the Cannabis Supply Chain

Genetic testing is the future of the cannabis supply chain. Strains are more often than not misnamed or renamed, meaning that buyers and consumers never know what they’re getting. How can we resolve this problem? Learn how new testing technology can reintroduce trust and certainty into your products.

3.    Bring Your Questions to CannaCon’s Legislative Update Q&A

Confused by current regulations or laws pertaining to your business? Join the

panel discussion on California’s legislative landscape and get all your questions answered by vetted experts and professionals.

No plans for the night of 4/20? Celebrate with like-minded cannabis consumers at CannaCon’s Official Mixer Party!

Haven’t Bought Your Ticket Yet? The Details:

When: April 20 -22, 2017

Where: Santa Rosa, CA | Sonoma County Events Center

Tickets: ($40 – $420) Online Pre-registration *Open* Limited-Time Only | Buy Tickets

Cashing In On Cannabis: CannaCon’s Banking Panel

By Sahar Ayinehsazian

Since Washington state legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, recreational cannabis sales have totaled over $1 billion, translating to more than $250 million collected in new taxes. Such substantial sales, however, have also brought problems for licensees in the form of cash.

Because of marijuana’s federal status as a Schedule I substance, financial institutions continue to deny banking services to state licensed marijuana businesses. Consequently, these businesses have been forced to deal in cash and suffer the sometimes lethal consequences.

There are, however, licensed marijuana businesses who have broken free from cash with the help of third party platforms like PayQwick. Licensed marijuana businesses can now easily access regular businesses bank accounts, cash management and bill pay services and the ability to send and receive electronic payments. These businesses also enjoy the added benefit of compliance services, which keep them operating in line with all of the state’s regulations.

To learn how to break free from cash, marijuana business owners and those considering the marijuana industry can attend CannaCon’s banking panel, Cashing In On Cannabis – Compliance, Banking and Cash Management” on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:30 am in seminar room two. Moderated by MJBA CEO and Co-Founder David Rheins, the panel features industry experts Kenneth Berke, Christine Masse, John Vardaman and Myles Khan.

Ken Berke is the Co-Founder and CEO of PayQwick, a compliance, cash management and electronic payment processing platform that has facilitated regular business bank accounts for over 200 licensed marijuana businesses throughout Washington. He is also an attorney with 29 years of experience and has advocated for the legal marijuana industry before regulators throughout the U.S.

Christine Masse is a partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, where she leads the government and regulatory affairs practice group and specializes in representing businesses in highly regulated industries with their transactional, regulatory, and public policy needs. She also leads the firm’s tribal team, providing counsel to various Northwest Native American tribes and organizations on matters such as marijuana.

Myles Harlow Kahn is a legal officer at Foundry Law. His practice focuses on corporate, entertainment, intellectual property, business development, cannabis and regulatory matters. He is also the owner of Buddy’s in Renton, one of Washington’s most prominent marijuana retailers.

John Vardaman is Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Hypur, makers of technology enabling financial institutions to service cash-intensive businesses in accordance with legal compliance requirements. He helped author the Cole Memorandum, the DOJ document outlining how financial institutions can bank marijuana businesses in states where cannabis has been legalized.

The Wink In Weed: Woodstock Nation Goes to Pot

By David Rheins

It’s early for a Saturday in Seattle, but I’m German and so I am the first to arrive. Entering the swanky lobby of the downtown boutique hotel, the vibe is New York City chic, appropriate enough for my introduction to New Yorker Michael Lang – the once and still cherubic face behind Woodstock.

Michael is making the rounds of the cannabis business community, looking for partners for Woodstock-branded weed, and a mutual friend has arranged for us to have coffee.  It is our first meeting, and I’m happy to speak with a generational icon.  What I notice first is his smile – still boyish despite 72 years as a celebrity rock promoter – followed quickly by his still impressive head of hair.  I am reminded of the famous photos, Lang on stage, or riding his BSA Victor motorcycle.

Michael on his BSA

While I’m too young to have partied in the mud at Max Yasgur’s farm in upstate New York, the album, the Warner Brothers concert film, and the iconic photographs of the event were deeply influential to me growing up, and I tell him so.  There is no brand that resonates more solidly with baby boomers than Woodstock.

Unlike the appeal of Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson and Tommy Chong – the Holy Trinity of stoner celebrity cannabis brands –Woodstock’s cache transcends mere pot celebrity. Not just an historical festival featuring all the hippie heavyweights, Woodstock was the first gathering of the rainbow nation. An “Aquarian Exposition,” a happening, and a coming-out party for America’s disenfranchised long hairs, who came together from all corners of the country to let their freak flags fly during 3 days of peace, music & pot smoke.

Woodstock branded weed is a no brainer – it is hard to imagine a brand with a more canna-friendly image, and initial consumer demand is likely to be high, particularly with the hoopla surrounding the planned 50th anniversary concert in 2019.

I was part of the 1994 Woodstock II celebration.  Spin magazine, where I served as associate publisher, was media sponsor, and we rented a large house next to the festival grounds.  We used our sponsorship as an occasion to demonstrate to our advertising partners the power of music and youth culture.  Woodstock was nostalgic even in 1994, and its mystique had less to do with the music of Jimi Hendrix and Country Joe than it did with the power of community. That experience transcends generations.  The masses of Generation X celebrants, covered in mud, crowd surfing and smoking pot to Metallica we felt the same spirit of tribal communion as the 1969 crowd did, and the photographs of both are almost indistinguishable.

woodstock1994

The Woodstock Nation is now in its 70s, and the quaint marijuana of the 1960s has grown up into a sophisticated consumer marketplace. Today’s cannabis comes in all shapes and sizes, flavors and forms.  Competing with a super market full of canna brands for shelf space and consumer mind share won’t be easy – even for an iconic brand.

Woodstock will likely feature old school strains, and Lang is leaning toward classic 60s strains like Panama Red and Acapulco Gold.  His task now is to find local farmers in each market whose product can live up to expectations for such a legendary brand. To succeed he must create consistent experience worthy of such a pedigreed name, a challenge made more difficult as each state will have its own growers, who’ll operate under unique rules and standards.

Uneven production can quickly diminish the value of an entire franchise.  Other licensees have seen that when you rely on third party producers, product quality and potency can be inconsistent from crop to crop, batch to batch, and certainly state to state.

Now more than ever, the key to success for cannabis producers and processors lies in brand differentiation, a topic I’ll be discussing at CannaCon on Friday, February 17th at 10am. We’ll be examining Marijuana Marketing, and how pot culture is quickly becoming pop culture.

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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Wink-In-Weed: Cannabis Class Is In Session

By David Rheins 

Class is in session for participants in Washington’s legal cannabis trade.  Coming off of the collegial CCC show in Portland, Team MJBA is back in Western Washington this week continuing our quest to provide professional education and promote best business practices for our nascent industry.

Collaboration was the theme of CCC 2016

Collaboration was the theme of CCC 2016

On Tuesday, February 13th,  6-8:30 at the Factory Luxe  in Seattle, MJBA and NWMJ Law will present,“Managing Your 502 Business,” a 2-hour bootcamp designed to review essential business basics, tools and best practices that every I-502 licensed business should follow.  Attorney Anne Van Leynseele, NWMJ Law, will lead the this 2-hour interactive bootcamp, aided by a VIP Panel of cannabis business experts, including Norm Ives, Mosaic Insurance, CPA Dani Espinda, and business consultant Debbie Whitlock.

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Seating is limited, so reserve your place today!

Thursday, February 18 is the start of CannaCon,  a 3-day celebration of all things canna-business at Pier 91 on Seattle’s waterfront.  This year marks MJBA’s fourth CannaCon.   It has been truly amazing to witness as the show and the industry develop together. CannaCon founder Bob Smart was one of MJBA’s first business members, joining us back in the fall of 2013!

In preparation for the show, Bob, Dave Mesford and I paid a visit to KLAY 1180 AM last week, appearing on “The 411 on 420” talk show, hosted by Amy Ansel and Darrel Bowman.

The 411 on 420, hosted by Amy Ansel and Darrel Bowman

The 411 on 420, hosted by Amy Ansel and Darrel Bowman

Billed as “the world’s largest cannabis marketplace for products, services and ideas” the 2015 Seattle event claimed more than 11,000 attendees, over 200 exhibitors and 50 educational sessions, with over $6 million in business conducted on the floor.”  This year’s CannaCon promises to be even bigger, with a complete sell out of exhibitor booths, and an all-star lineup of speakers.  The event seminar schedule features three separate tracks: Cultivation, Technology and Business Development, and includes some of the industry’s top voices, including Ed RosenthalAh Warner, Megan Schwarting, Farmer Tom Lauerman, Aaron Pelley, Don Wirtshafter and Kyle Kushman

Canna Con 2016

I will have the honor of playing moderator for much of the Business Track sessions on Thursday and Friday.  We’ll cover a host of important topics. I’m particularly excited about our “Town Hall” session Thursday at 1PM with Washington’s top cannabis regulators: WSLCB Director Rick Garza, Washington Department of Agriculture’s Steve Fuller, and the Washington Department of Health’s Kristi Weeks.

MJBA’s Morgan will be moderating and participating on a Women in Cannabis Panel, along with Crystal Oliver, Danielle Rosellison, Sharon Whitson and Shawn DeNae.

Marijuana Channel One will be capturing all the excitement. Look for our live streaming and tweets, and our exclusive interviews with industry thought leaders here.

Wink-in-Weed: Ladies and Gentleman, It’s Show Time!

By David Rheins

February, the coldest and shortest month, arrives next week and that means the beginning of trade show season for those of us in the cannabis industry.

Here at the Marijuana Business Association, we’ll be kicking off the month at the Cannabis Collaborative Conference (formerly known as the Creative Cannabis Conference) in Portland, Oregon on the 3rd and 4th of February. MJBA and MJBA Women’s Alliance are exhibiting at the show, and Morgan and I will both serve as moderators and panelists.

On Wednesday, February 3, I’ll moderate the 2:15 panel entitled, “Sidekicks are Superheros: Ancillary & Supporting Businesses within the Cannabis Marketplace.” I’ll have the pleasure of discussing the topic with panelists Paul Campbell of Leafly, Holly Alberti of Healthy Headie Lifestyle, Brandon Gallagher of Vuber Technologies, and Scott Lott of Click Simply.

On Thursday, February 4th, MJBA Women’s Alliance founder Morgan will be moderating the 2:15 panel, “Launching a Product or Service: The Process of Creating Powerful Brands. James Zachodni of DOPE Magazine, Randall Huft of Innovation Agency, and Devin Manuel of Click Simply.

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And little later, at 3:15 on Thursday,  Morgan and I will participate as panelist on, “What Happens After CCC?: A Telltale of Five Industry Organizations.” Moderated by Aimee Shuman of 420 Swarm, our fellow panelists will include Bethany Moore of NCIA , Jocelyn Anderson of Women Grow, and Chris Carpenter of OCBC.

Less than two weeks later, Team MJBA will be packing up our tents and setting up camp at CannaCon. Taking place, February 18, 19 and 20 at Pier 91 in Seattle, this is the fourth CannaCon show for MJBA and MJBA Women’s Alliance, and we’ll have a big presence.  Not only are we media sponsors and exhibitors of CannaCon again this year, but both Morgan and I have the honor to serve as moderators and panelists of what has become the most important industry trade show in Washington.

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If you have anything to do with the legal cannabis industry in Washington or Oregon, you will want to attend both CCC in Portland and CannaCon in Seattle this month. When you do, please stop by the MJBA and MJBA Women’s Alliance booths and say ‘Hi.”

Thursday
10:00:00 AM Keynote: Andrew Schell Keynote: Ben Curren Keynote: Roy Bingham
Designing a Winning Nutrient Regimen What Every Marijuana Retailer Should Know Am I Selling The Products My Customers Really Want?
CULTIVATION TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
11:30:00 AM Advantages of organic soil The Extraction Series: C02 Investing in Cannabis – Where Do I Start?
Tad Hussey Craig Henderson Brett Roper
1:00:00 PM Advanced Indoor Flowering Techniques The Extraction Series: Rosin Tech WA Rules and Regulations
Jaya Palmer Jeff Church Rick Garza-WSLCB
Kristie Weeks-WSDH | Steve Fuller-WSDA
2:30:00 PM Ask Ed & Tom The Extraction Series: Legal Q&A Panel
Ed Rosenthal | Farmer Tom Lauerman Large Scale Production of 99% Pure THC & CBD Aaron Pelley | Chris Crew | Dan Bariault | Don E Wirtshafter
Dr. Jon Thompson
4:00:00 PM Aeroponics & Hydroponic Cultivation Bitcoin Viability Panel Insuring your Cannabis Business Future
Chris Wrenn | Tom O’Dowd
Edgar Ham | Mike Dupree | Robert Stephan
Manny Perez | Caleb Chen | Marshall Hayner
Christopher Walters | Doug Banfelder | Karen Canton
FRIDAY
10:00:00 AM Keynote: Adam Dunn Keynote: Katherine Grimm Keynote: Cheryl Shuman
TBA Kickstarting Your Cannabis Career
From Rags to Riches: How to Succeed in the Cannabis Industry
CULTIVATION TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
11:30:00 AM Panel: Women in Cannabis The Art & Science of Cannabis Topicals Navagating Tax Laws Unique to Cannabis
Crystal Oliver | Morgan Christine
Sharon Whitson | Shawn DeNae
Ah Warner | Megan Schwarting Dani Espinda
1:00:00 PM Harnessing light: A Plant’s Perspective Why is the right packaging important? Panel: Cannabis Policy Reform
Rebecca Knight, PhD Keva Sonderen Cat Jeter | Kristen Flor | TK Ramsey
2:30:00 PM Managing Commercial Cultivation Lighting: Impacting the Grid
How to Build a Cannabis Brand
& Strategic Marketing Plan From the Ground Up!
Shara Ross Shelly Peterson Catherine Zito
4:00:00 PM Optimizing Small Scale Grows Chocolate Loves Cannabis! Panel: Legal Q&A
Jennifer Martin Clair McKenzie Ann van Leynseele | Cindy Flyn | Mitzi Vaughn
SATURDAY
10:00:00 AM Keynote: Don E Wirtshafter Keynote: AC Braddock Keynote: Bruce Barcott
The First Golden Age of Cannabis Medicines The Cannabis Industry: not business as usual Author: Weed The People
Vivian McPeak TECHNOLOGY SETTING INDUSTRY STANDARDS
The Long And Winding Road To Cannabis Liberation
A Comprehensive Budtender Training Course
11:30:00 AM John Davis Commercial Lighting Options Session 1: The Plant
Mission NOT Accomplished Keith Harrington Jerry Whiting
1:00:00 PM Cultivation: Q&A The Benefits of Greenhouse Production Session 2: The Law & Regs
Kyle Kushman Greg Ellis Jerry Whiting
2:30:00 PM Plant Physiology & Nutrient Uptake
Use of Pesticides and Fertilizers
to Produce Marijuana in Washington
Session 3: The Retail Experience
Blair McHenry Erik Johansen WSDA Jerry Whiting
1 continuing education credit
4:00:00 PM Panel: Breeding with the Best
Pesticide Label & Worker Protection
Standard Requirements for Marijuana Growers
Session 4: Resumes & Interviews a Q&A
Adam Dunn | DJ Short | Exotic Genetics
Odie Diesel | Sunycheba
Erik Johansen WSDA Jerry Whiting
1 continuing education credit

 

 

Trade Show Growing Pains And Headaches Continue To Mount

COLORADO:  Earlier this year, I wrote a piece called Trade Show Mania that outlined the relative inefficiency of, as an ancillary business provider, solely relying on event marketing to reach your target buying audience to attain adequate reach and frequency.

After attending 4 of the last 5 major events positioning themselves as business-to-business events, it is really becoming a challenge to select the right cannabis trade show to get maximum bang for your marketing buck.

The four (4) events that I attended included:

  1. Arcview Investor Pitch Forum, Hilton Mark Center, Alexandria, VA (Washington, D.C.);
  2. Marijuana Business Conference & Expo, Chicago Hilton, Chicago IL;
  3. ICACannabis World Congress & Business Expo, Javits Center, New York, NY; and,
  4. NCIA Cannabis Business Expo & Summit, Denver Convention Center, CO.

I didn’t attend CannaCon in Denver (reports I received were not positive from an attendee perspective) and do not plan on attending the Indo Trade Expo and Conference in Denver, which has an entry fee of $30 a person, a good indication that its primary focus is on consumers.

CannaCon, Large Pot Expo, Draws Crowds In Seattle

WASHINGTON: A marijuana-enhanced barbecue sauce is among the products on display at a large cannabis expo in Seattle.

CannaCon is a three-day event that runs through Saturday. The expo features seminars as well as exhibitors offering products for all aspects of the medical and recreational marijuana industry in Washington state.

Comedian Tommy Chong, famous as half of the 1970s duo “Cheech and Chong,” was among those promoting products at the event. Chong posed for photos with fans in between talking to potential business customers.