Senator Diane Savino to Lead “New York State of Cannabis” Panel at CWCBExpo NY

NEW JERSEY:  New York State’s recently announced study of legalizing marijuana will be discussed in a high level panel, “New York State of Cannabis,” at the 5th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, May 30 – June 2, at the Javits Center in New York. The panel will feature New York State Senator Diane Savino, widely recognized as one of the country’s most influential marijuana lawmakers and is a vocal supporter of a state’s right to mandate medical marijuana programs without federal interference.

Joining Senator Savino on the “New York State of Cannabis,” panel taking place Friday, June 1st, will be Kate M. Bell, Legislative Counsel, State Policies Department, Marijuana Policy Project (MPP); Rosalind McCarthy, Founder, Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc.; and Dr. Kenneth Weinberg, Chief Medical Officer, Cannabis Doctors of New York. These experts will help attendees navigate the rapid changes and new opportunities being presented in New York and surrounding tri-state region as well as provide the tools needed for businesses to prosper in this dynamic region.

“I’m excited to partner with the CWCBExpo, which is one of the cannabis industries most trusted brands. The “New York State of Cannabis” panel will undoubtedly be exciting, informative and go a long way in continuing to educate people about the business of cannabis here in New York State and beyond,” said Diane Savino. New York State Senator.

CWCBExpo is May 30-June 2

CWCBExpo is May 30-June 2

CWCBExpo NY educational highlights include:

  • Keynote Addresses by Bruce Linton, CEO, Canopy Growth and Montel Williams, medical cannabis advocate and media personality
  • Industry Update by investment expert, Sumit Mehta of Mazakali
  • Add-on Workshops providing in-depth information and actionable insight including: the popular “Open A Cannabis Business;” “NJ Cannabis Symposium;” “ and “Advanced Cannabis Investment Workshop – Beyond the Basics;” on Wednesday, May 30th. Two Saturday, June 1, Add-on Workshops include: “The Secret Sauce: Developing IP and Production Best Practices with the incredibles Kitchen & Extraction Laboratory;” and “Teaming with Microbes, Nutrients, and the Future!”
  • “Branding Strategies for Cannabis” led by a top CMO from one of the USA’s oldest and most iconic brands.

CWCBExpo NY will include an expanded exhibit floor (May 31-June 2) with suppliers in the industry showcasing cutting-edge products and services. Featured exhibitors include: Advanced Nutrients, Folium Biosciences, Isodiol, and Elixinol.

Cannabis, Wellness, And The Professional Athlete Workshop Presented At CWCBExpo Boston

NEW JERSEY: The newly formed 501c3 non-profit Athletes For Care and C3 Global Biosciences are hosting an educational workshop focused on the active lifestyle cannabis user at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) in Boston on October 4th at the John B. Hynes Convention Center.  CWCBExpo Boston, Oct. 4-6, is the leading business trade show and conference for the medical marijuana, legalized recreational marijuana and industrial hemp industries.

The workshop, Cannabis, Wellness and the Professional Athlete, will expand upon the notion of cannabis as a medicine or therapy to explore cannabis as a general health and wellness supplement for the active lifestyle.  Representing Athletes For Care at the event will be Cliff Robinson of the NBA, UFC-legend Frank Shamrock, NHL tough guys Darren McCarty and Riley Cote, and former NFL players Eben Britton and Nate Jackson.

This all-day workshop will offer attendees the exclusive opportunity to get up close and personal with several of the pro athletes who are leading the cannabis-in-sports movement.  This jam-packed day will include two educational panels featuring the representatives from Athletes For Care along with industry experts and medical professionals.

The first panel discussion will examine “Performance Training Concepts Incorporating Cannabis,” with the second panel focusing on “Leveraging the Power of Influencer Marketing.”  The day’s activities will also include a Q&A with the audience following each panel discussion, as well as revealing “One-on-One” conversations with former pro athletes discussing the role of cannabis in their sport, their career, and their life.

“We are excited to be part of CWCBExpo Boston and to share with attendees the therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plants.  This workshop will take a deep dive into how all active lifestyles and performance athletes can benefit from cannabis as well as create a successful business that caters to this growing demographic,” said Ryan Kingsbury from Athletes for Care.

CWCBExpo Boston will also present its largest conference program to date (Oct. 5-6) made up of curated panel presentations, lectures, and interactive discussions, covering the main sectors of the cannabis industry: Science & Research, Cultivation, Processing, Sales, Taxes & Finances, Investments, Advocacy, and Law & Regulations. The CWCBExpo Boston will also offer headlining Keynote speaker Reverend Al Sharpton, additional add-on workshops on Oct. 4th, and an exhibit floor featuring the latest cannabis innovations and services.

Registration for CWCBExpo Boston is now open at: To view the complete schedule for the workshop, please visit



CWCBExpo Bows To Industry Pressure, Replaces Roger Stone As Keynote in LA & Boston

NEW JERSEY: After weeks of intense pressure from speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors, many who pulled out of the LA & Boston exhibitions in protest of his racist and reactionary views, political dirty trickster Roger Stone has been removed as keynote speaker for bot the LA and Boston trade shows.

In a tersely worded press release, the company reiterated its commitment “promoting diverse business and economic opportunities in the cannabis industry.

“Following collaborative discussions with numerous partners, participants, and interested parties who support the legalization of cannabis in an inclusive manner, Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions, (CWCBExpo), is announcing that Roger Stone will no longer be featured as a keynote speaker at the upcoming CWCBExpo events in Los Angeles and Boston. The forums created by CWCBExpo are crucial to the growth and legalization of the cannabis industry and they supersede the distractions that have surrounded the events.”

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.

Jesse Ventura To Keynote At CWCBExpo In New York

Former Governor and Author Of “Marijuana Manifesto” to Share Insight on this Natural Resource and its Legalization

NEW YORK:  For the first time, Jesse Ventura will deliver a keynote address at a cannabis trade show and conference.  Speaking on June 15th at the 4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) at the Javits Center in New York, Ventura will share his candid philosophy on cannabis, why he’s always been in favor of legalization, and what the United States will gain if cannabis were completely legalized.

The 4th Annual CWCBExpo New York, taking place June 14-16, is the leading business event for medical and recreational marijuana, CBD, and industrial hemp.   Attendees are cannabis business owners, entrepreneurs looking to enter the market, medical professionals, dispensary owners, retailers, investors, media, and providers of professional services.

“I am looking forward to speaking at CWCBExpo NY. I want to see cannabis legalized in all 50 states within my lifetime, and I will do all I can to help destigmatize it,” said Ventura. “Aside from being an invaluable medical resource for many Americans, cannabis is about job creation. Never before has marijuana had the potential to become a legitimate, multibillion-dollar industry in the U.S.—one that can rejuvenate our economy and make us healthier simultaneously.”

Ventura was the 38th Governor of Minnesota and a former US Navy frogman. After being honorably discharged from the navy, he became a professional wrestler and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.  He is a movie actor and visiting fellow at Harvard.  In addition to being the author of Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto, Ventura is the New York Times bestselling author of seven other books, including American Conspiracies, 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read, and Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me.  He was the host and executive producer of truTV’s Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura and the host of the political talk show Off The Grid, which aired on RT America and online at He is currently the host of the political talk show The World According To Jesse, airing on RT America this summer.

“We are honored to have Jesse Ventura be one of our star Keynotes.  As a strong advocate of the benefits of the cannabis plant and its safe and legal access nationwide, his message will be inspiring and thought-provoking,” said Scott Giannotti, Managing Director, CWCBExpo events.  “Ventura’s Keynote at CWCBExpo NY should not be missed!”

After his Keynote Address, the former Governor will be signing autographs of his book Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto along with co-author Jen Hobbs in their exhibit booth, hosted by independent bookstore retailers Bookends of Ridgewood, NJ.

The CWCBExpo NY, taking place under one roof at the Javits Center June 14-16 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.  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 at advance rates, 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.

Scott Giannotti New Managing Director Of CWCBExpo

NEW JERSEY: Scott Giannotti has been named Managing Director for the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo) produced by Leading Edge Expositions, LLC.  In this new position, Giannotti will lead business development and oversee the international sales strategy. Giannotti’s primary focus will be on establishing new partnerships and nurturing exhibitor relationships for the leading trade events for the legalized cannabis and hemp industries.  The 4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions will take place June 14-16, 2017 in New York, NY and September 13-15, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA.

“We are thrilled to have Scott join Leading Edge Expositions and spearhead the growth of the CWCBExpo events.  Scott’s experience and deep knowledge of the cannabis and hemp industries as well as his entrepreneurial background, will serve us well and help the CWCBExpo conferences and expositions continue to be effective business-building forums for the industry,” said Christine Ianuzzi, Partner, Leading Edge Expositions, LLC.

Prior to joining Leading Edge Expositions, Giannotti had a 15-year career in telecommunications and over 20 years of participatory action research of cannabis and hemp. Giannotti is best known as the founder of the Cannabis and Hemp Association of New York.  He is also known industry wide as “The Hemp Coach” and has provided life and business development services to individuals and corporations seeking to optimize the benefits of cannabis and hemp in their lives.  A former recipient of a U.S. Small Business Administration loan, Giannotti holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from New York Institute of Technology.

“The annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Expos will continue to be the pre-eminent coast-to-coast forums for the business of cannabis,” said Scott Giannotti.  “I look forward to working with the Leading Edge Exposition team to create the most dynamic trade show experience and educational conference. I am confident that attendees will benefit and participating companies will succeed.”

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,, 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, contact, Christine Ianuzzi, at email: and phone: 201-881-1602.

Short Film “Recalculating” Screening Is Sept 8th At CWCBExpo Los Angeles

CALIFORNIA: The new award-winning stoner comedy,“Recalculating,” starring Zack Pearlman (The Intern), Peter Gilroy (Bath Boys Comedy), Brina Palencia (Borderland) and Academy Award winner, Cloris Leachman, will screen at the upcoming 3rd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCBExpo) in Los Angeles in September.

The short film will play as part of the CWCBExpo Networking Event, Thursday, September 8th, at 6 p.m. at the L.A. Convention Center’s Petree Hall. The event is open to anyone with a CWCBExpo trade show and conference badge. Recalculating, directed by Diane Fredel-Weis, follows two friends (Pearlman and Gilroy) as they hotbox their car en route to a party. The trip takes an unexpected turn when their GPS (voiced by Palencia) goes haywire and takes them on a wild ride encountering an eccentric driver (Leachman) along the way.

Fredel-Weis’ company, Laugh More Entertainment, worked with Revek Entertainment (producer of the Sundance Short winner, Whiplash, and more recently The Tribes of Palos Verdes) to produce “Recalculating.” Fredel-Weis is a former creative marketing executive with The Walt Disney Company and wrote the Showtime film, “Inconceivable.”

Following CWCBExpo, Recalculating will screen at the L.A. Indie Film Festival (Sept. 15-18), and Chicago Comedy Film Fest (November 11-12). For more information, please visit

Historical Cannabis Discussion to Take Place at CWCBExpo in Los Angeles

“Failure Is Not An Option,” to Feature Top Drug Policy Reformists Discussing Upcoming Legalization of Adult Use of Marijuana in California.

CALIFORNIA: California, the most populous state and 6th biggest economy in the world, is poised to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana in the upcoming November elections.  The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, CWCBExpo, September 7 -9, 2016 will have an unprecedented thought-leadership panel, “Failure is Not An Option,” that will focus on the upcoming Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) Prop 64 and how its passage will affect the recreational cannabis market in California and the country at large.

Taking place Friday, September 9th, “Failure is Not an Option will feature for the first time on a panel, NORML, Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), ReformCA, and ACLU.  The panelists include: Paul Armentano, Deputy Director, NORML; Lynne Lyman, California State Director, Drug Policy Alliance; Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, Director of Criminal Justice and Drug Policy, ACLU of California; Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor, Oaksterdam University and Chairwoman, Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform/ReformCA.

Moderated by Steve Bloom, Editor-in-Chief of Freedom Leaf and Publisher of, this high-level panel will also provide an opportunity for attendees to learn and ask questions to some of the driving forces behind this upcoming legislation.  “California is already the biggest medical marijuana market, and the legalization of recreational use will transform the industry and create incredible opportunities for all types of businesses and services,” said Christine Ianuzzi, Show Director & Managing Partner, CWCBExpo LA. “Attendees in LA will walk away with the right knowledge and connections to navigate this thriving new business frontier that has tremendous growth opportunities.”

Other sessions in the Legislation & Advisory track being presented at CWCBExpo LA that delve into this top of mind legalization and its impact will be  “Policy Reform and the Cannabis Industry;” “West Coast Regulatory Update;” and “The End of Prohibition: The Shift to Legalization and Regulatory.”

The Legislation & Advocacy track is part of the comprehensive educational program being offered at CWCBExpo that also includes tracks on: Starting & Running a Cannabis Business; Science & Technology; Legal & Finance; and Industry Trends & Innovations.

CWCBExpo LA will also continue its leadership position on the important discussion of “CTE, Concussions and CBD” and feature former all-star NFL and NHL players.  All-day Add-On Workshops will take place on September 7th, with the Conference Program and Exhibits taking place September 8th and 9th.  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.