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.

 

Green Bits Conquers Washington Cannabis Compliance Market

WASHINGTON: In episode 25 of the Investing in Cannabis Podcast, Brandon David interviews Ben Curren of Green Bits, discussing the company’s point-of-sale service designed specifically for cannabis companies. Founded on March 24, 2014, Green Bits has been growing steadily and building out its service to help canna-businesses grow and stay legal. Green Bits was also named the first runner-up at TechCrunch Disrupt, the first time in history that a cannabis technology company had been invited to participate.

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Green Bits Named TechCrunch Disrupt First Runner Up

CALIFORNIA: Cannabis technology company Green Bits today announced it has been named the first runner-up at San Francisco’s prestigious TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield competition. The event marks the first time a cannabis technology company has been accepted into TechCrunch Disrupt, a highly regarded technology event known for identifying and producing young companies that are changing technology applications across sectors.

Green Bits, which provides point-of-sale software services for the emerging legal recreational cannabis market,  was not only accepted to the competition, but advanced to the final round of just six participants and was then named first runner-up. “I am deeply honored to have made it to the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield finals,” said  company co-founder Ben Curren, who presented at the grueling multi-day event alongside co-founder Trae Robrock. “There’s not a lot of competition providing this sort of software with our pedigree within the marijuana market. This is Silicon Valley-quality software, custom-tailored for this new business model, and I am thrilled my peers in technology have recognized that.” 

Founded in 2014 by and bootstrapped with proceeds from selling his Outright accounting software company to GoDaddy, the one-year-old point-of-sale system already serves nearly half of the retail recreational marijuana market in Washington, despite the software still being in the beta stage. 

See Green Bits’ TechCrunch Disrupt presentation here.

Curren and his co-founders, former Outright colleagues Trae Robrock and Andrew Katz, developed the software working alongside recreational marijuana retailers as their stores opened. While other POS companies have shoehorned, revamped, and retrofitted their software to fit this unique segment, Green Bits seamlessly meets the needs of marijuana retail. An easy-to-use iPad-based register and web-based inventory solution work together and automatically sync to each state’s system. 

“We wanted our software to work like that in a marijuana store: You ring the customer up, and it’s simple; but our software also ensures that you’re in compliance with state and federal laws governing the sale of marijuana,” says Curren.

Because of individualized state reporting requirements, Green Bits customizes for each state. Having achieved 45 percent market share in Washington state while still in the beta stage of product development, Green Bits is now moving into Oregon and Colorado.

Washington Legal Pot Prices Fall To Under $10 In July

WASHINGTON: The price of legal marijuana at Washington’s legal recreational pot shops has fallen to an historic low of under $10 per gram of flower. Industry insiders place the cause squarely on the state’s newly rejiggered marijuana laws. Consumers and retailers are happy with the new low price points; while many producer/processors are struggling to differentiate.

“The impact of HB 2136 was dramatic on the price of marijuana in the WA retail shops,” said Brian Yauger, CEO of Front Runner, formerly TetraTrak, a leading provider of business intelligence for the legal cannabis industry.  “The average cost of a gram of flower dropped almost 25% a gram to under $10.  That now puts i502 recreational prices on par with medical.”

HB2136, signed into law on June 30th by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, consolidates cannabis excise tax, and allows local jurisdictions to share marijuana tax revenues to encourage more cities and counties to allow for legal pot shops.  It went into effect on July 1st, and the result was an immediate drop in retail sales prices. 

In response, Front Runner and Marijuana Business Association have teamed up to present the 2015 Washington Marijuana Retailer Seminar on October 5th at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue, WA.    The MJBA Professional Seminar will feature presentations from Yauger and TetraTrak CDO Joe Armes, who will provide a comprehensive look at the WSLCB wholesale and retail sales data to date, with an eye toward giving 502 retailers actionable business intelligence.

“I want every retailer who attends this seminar to feel that they’ve gotten the value of the ticket price back in the first 15 minutes of the event,” Yauger told MJNN.

Leading Retailer Uncle Ike’s founder Ian Eisenberg will be a featured speaker and panelist. He’ll be joined by an impressive lineup of top retailers including Evergreen Market, Satori and The Joint.  Top cannabis brands Zoots, Mirth Provisions, Evergreen Herbal, Buddy Boy Farm and Monkey Grass Farms will participate as featured panelists.  Event sponsors include Green Bits, PayQwick, Visual Options, CannaVentures and Sky High Gardens.   

The 2015 Washington Marijuana Retail Seminar: Becoming A Front Runner, October 5th in Bellevue, WA

WASHINGTON:  Front Runner (formerly TetraTrak.com), a leading business intelligence resource for Washington’s licensed cannabis industry has teamed up with The Marijuana Business Association, to present: “The 2015 Washington Marijuana Retail Seminar: Becoming A Front Runner” on Monday, October 5th at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue, 1-5PM, with a VIP Reception to follow at the hotel bar.

The MJBA Professional Seminar will feature presentations from Front Runner’s  Brian Yauger and Joe Armes, who will provide a comprehensive look at the WSLCB wholesale and retail sales data to date, with an eye toward giving 502 retailers actionable business intelligence to help them build sustainable profitable businesses.

“I want every retailer who attends this seminar to feel that they’ve gotten the value of the ticket price back in the first 15 minutes of the event,” Yauger told MJNN.

Leading Retailer Uncle Ike’s founder Ian Eisenberg will be a featured speaker and panelist. He’ll be joined by an impressive lineup of top retailers including Evergreen Market and The Joint.

PayQwick CEO Kenneth Berke and Green Bits Business Solutions Director Matt Beckley will join Brian Yauger and Joe Armes for a roundtable discussion on retail trends.

Listen to the keys to Romancing the Brand with top executives from Washington’s leading CannaBrands: Zoots, Mirth, Evergreen Herbal, Monkey Grass Farms, Buddy Boy Farm and Sky High Gardens.

Event sponsors include: TetraTrak, Green Bits, Visual Options, PayQwick, CannaVentures and Sky High Gardens.

Reserve your Front Runner spot today. 

Brian Yauger on stage at MJBA Meetup in Seattle.

Brian Yauger on stage at MJBA Meetup in Seattle.