Digital marketing agency 420MEDIA and the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) have joined forces to create a series highlighting entrepreneurs trailblazing the cannabis scene. Each week, we’ll profile a noteworthy business pioneer, and ask each 5 questions. This week’s featured trailblazer is Joshua Crossney, CEO of CSC Events, the host for the Cannabis Science Conference.
Tell us about your Company
CSC Events, LLC, hosts the Cannabis Science Conference- the world’s largest and most technical scientific and medical cannabis event. Our conference pulls together cannabis industry experts, instrument manufacturers, testing labs, research scientists, medical practitioners, patients, policy makers and interested novices. Our semi-annual event is aimed at improving cannabis science.
We hosted our first conference in Portland, OR, in 2016 and have returned to Portland every Fall since. At our third annual event in August of 2018, we hosted over 3,000 attendees from 27 countries and featured more than 150 vendors in our 60,000 sq. ft. exhibition hall.
Why did you choose the cannabis/hemp business?
I chose the cannabis industry because I have always been interested in the medicinal properties and science behind the cannabis plant. When I started to look a little closer into the national industry, I realized early on that quality control testing was not regulated and standardized and at the time in 2015, some states didn’t even require QC/QA testing for their medical cannabis programs. I also saw that there was a lack of information sharing when it came to research and medical advances that were being looked at.
I created the Cannabis Science Conference platform as a way to bridge the gaps between the cannabis industry and traditional science/medicine, as well as bridge the gaps between medical professionals and patients/consumers. When we started the conference, there were mostly only general business conferences and trade shows on the market. We sought out to create a space for the world’s leading researchers, analytical chemists, medical professionals and cultivators to share their data and research.
What change will your firm address in the industry? Does it address an unmet need?
As we work to bridge the gaps between science, medicine and cannabis, we are constantly innovating. At our 2017 Cannabis Science Conference, we added our Medical Cannabis track that focuses on topics, like pediatric and geriatric care, routes of administration, advocacy and patient rights. We expanded our educational content again in 2018 with the addition of our Cultivation Science track. This track focuses on the science behind the cultivation of cannabis. Jacklyn Green, PhD and Roger Kern, PhD (formerly with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory) along with Autumn Karcey of Cultivo, Inc., worked with us to curate the content for this track that featured leaders from academia and industry alike. We also created the Canna Boot Camp in 2016, our full-day, hands on workshop that covers cultivation, extraction, sample prep and analytical testing. This event is a great way for participants to experience hands on learning in multiple aspects of the cannabis industry and walk away with usable industry knowledge.
We have created an event that highlights advances in cannabis science, medicine and cultivation. As I mentioned before, prior to the inception of the Cannabis Science Conference, there were little to no outlets for research and advancements in science to be shared. Our conferences have filled that void and we’re doing great work to bridge the gaps in education. We are proud to provide a platform for the world’s leading key opinion leaders to gather and share their research and insights on cannabis.
What has been the reaction to your product/service/technology?
The reaction to the Cannabis Science Conference has been overwhelmingly positive! I get emails and calls regularly from past attendees telling us how amazing they think the conference is. The positive feedback we have received from our attendees, vendors and speakers really means a lot to us, as without them, you have no show. Our conference has continued to rapidly grow since inception in 2016. The launch of our first east coast conference was in response to the increasing interest from the community to bring our platform to this market. We’re excited that we have continued to accomplish our goal to advance cannabis science and we’re honored that so many individuals and companies have chosen to support our mission.
Are there any upcoming milestones for your company?
The Cannabis Science Conference team is excited to be expanding our brands portfolio to also include an east coast, spring conference. The first of which will take place April 8th -10th, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets are now available for the 2019 Cannabis Science Conference East. We’re thrilled to have celebrity keynote speakers, Ricki Lake and Montel Williams both joining us for this event. We will also be hosting a special screening of Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein’s latest documentary, Weed the People, a ground-breaking, award-winning film that follows five pediatric cancer patients and their family’s journey in using cannabis as a treatment. Directly following the screening, there will also be a special filmmaker’s Q&A with Ricki Lake, Abby Epstein and participants of the film, including Tracy Ryan, CEO & Founder of CannaKids & SavingSophie.org and Dr. Bonni Goldstein, a CA based pediatric cannabis specialist with Canna-Centers.
We will be back in Portland, OR for our flagship Cannabis Science Conference this September 4th-6th, 2019. This will be our biggest event yet, as we are expected to have 180 vendors and at least 4,000 attendees. More details on this event will be coming soon, including the announcement of our celebrity guest speakers.
Where can readers learn more?
Readers can learn more about Cannabis Science Conference at www.CannabisScienceConference.com.
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