Indo Expo Returns To Portland August 3–4 As Hemp’s Potential Is Being Embraced—Again

Country’s Premier Cannabis Trade Show Cultivating Community, Growing Industry

OREGON: Indo Expo, the country’s leading business-to-business forum for the cannabis industry, announced its return to the Portland Expo Center on August 3 and 4 as the industry both matures and continues to rapidly evolve. Nowhere else can producers, processors and retailers have access to such a wide array of products and services for the cannabis and hemp industry under one roof. In addition to access to hundreds of exhibitors, attendees will be able to learn from some of the industry’s most renowned experts at seminars and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Indo Expo

“Cannabis growers who attend this year’s Indo Expo will be very pleasantly surprised to see the continued expansion of opportunities to grow with the cannabis industry. Not only will they have access to hundreds of exhibitors and a wealth of information shared through the seminars, but almost as importantly, they will have the ability to interact and network with all those industry leaders who have been at the forefront of turning the legalized cannabis trade into a multibillion-dollar enterprise,” said Chris Olson, Executive Director of Indo Expo.

Indo Expo guests this year will also find an expanded presence on how to capitalize on the rapidly expanding hemp market. With the passage of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 as part of the U.S. Farm Bill, exhibitors will be displaying ways to turn hemp into everything from food and beverage items to an array of apparel and accessories, beauty products, pet supplies and virtually everything that touches consumers’ everyday lives.

“What I am particularly excited to see is that after decades of hearing about unlocking the potential of hemp, that day has come. Hemp is back in a big way. Hemp flower can now be legally sold in all 50 states and will overlap with dozens of other industries to be turned into food, fuel, fiber, medicine and more. The opportunities are endless and attendees should leave Indo Expo emboldened that after decades of starts and stops, hemp is here to stay and change the way we live.”

Seminars and panel discussions feature some of the industry’s most knowledgeable experts on legal and political issues, extraction and processing, cultivation, genetics, and other important issues that both confront and open doors to attendees who seek to maximize their cannabis and hemp businesses.

Indo Expo shows in Denver, San Francisco and Portland are the only places where attendees have the opportunity to interact with such a large cross section of cannabis industry leaders who have the experience and knowledge to share with those interested in capitalizing on the business.

The Portland show on Saturday, August 3, is for industry professionals and trade only. Sunday, August 4, is for both trade and the general public.

420MEDIA Trailblazers In Cannabis: CSC Events CEO Joshua Crossney

Trailblazers In Cannabis

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.

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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.

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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.

2019 Cannabis Science Conference East Hype Reel

 

Cura Cannabis Solutions Announces Company-Wide Minimum Wage Increase

New Company Standard Reflects Cura’s Push to Elevate the Still Young Cannabis Industry

OREGON– Cura Cannabis Solutions, one of the largest cannabis companies in the world, announces today it is raising the company-wide minimum wage to $14 per hour, effective November 1. This new company-wide standard will benefit the company’s employees in Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona and will immediately make a positive impact on the wages of 65 employees.

This new minimum wage is almost twice the federal minimum wage and 30 percent higher than the minimum wage in our home state of Oregon. The decision is reflective of Cura’s goals to raise standards within the cannabis industry, especially when it comes to ethical and elevated employment practices. With around 90 job opportunities currently open at the company, Cura is focused on creating an environment that allows employees at every level to grow. The company prides itself on providing its team with unique career development opportunities that they may never have in other industries, or at other companies.

“Cura is uniquely positioned to lead the charge on raising the standards around what it means to work in the cannabis industry,” said Cura President and Chief Executive Officer Cameron Forni. “Just a few years ago we were a team of 15, and now with more than 500 team members in the Cura family, we continue to be laser focused on providing opportunities for growth for each and every person. We were proud to be the first cannabis company to provide comprehensive health coverage to all our employees and now I’m thrilled to raise the minimum wage across the entire company.”

Makers of the Select Oil and Select CBD brands, Cura was established in Portland, Oregon in 2015. In 2018, the company was named as one of the Top 100 Companies to Work For in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine, placing no. 12 in the Large Companies category.

Cura staff will continue to receive the industry-leading benefits that Cura has always provided to all of its now more than 500 employees, including:

  • Comprehensive healthcare, including medical, dental, and vision coverage – with the company covering 90 percent of the cost
  • Employee Assistance Program, which is free to employees and offers valuable resources to help with anything from financial advice to mental health counseling
  • Flexible and generous vacation policy with many company holidays

OLCC Commission Approves Rules on Revoking Marijuana Worker Permits and Harvest Notification

OREGON: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission today approved a rule permitting the agency to revoke the Marijuana Worker Permit of any permittee determined to be deliberately selling marijuana to a minor. The action adds to a series of steps taken by the Commission to prevent the sale of marijuana items to minors.

The Commission also approved a rule requiring marijuana producers to provide the OLCC advance notice when harvesting their cannabis crop.

In late 2017 the Commission began minor decoy operations to determine if retailers were selling marijuana products to minors. In early 2018, because of poor compliance among retailers, the Commission stiffened the penalties for retail licensees selling marijuana items to minors. After the increased fines were put in place compliance rates improved, but the Commission is increasingly seeing cases with repeated violations.

“Today’s action holds individuals with Marijuana Worker Permits as responsible as our licensees because it puts in jeopardy their right to work in the legal cannabis industry,” said Paul Rosenbaum, OLCC Commission Chair. “However it’s a privilege—not a right—to hold a license. We want to be in a position to take stronger action against those who don’t take the privilege of their license seriously, and will be addressing strengthening our sanctions in an upcoming session.”

The harvest notification rule is designed to reduce opportunities for legally produced cannabis to be diverted to the illegal market. The rule requires licensed producers to notify the OLCC by 9 AM any morning the producer decides to harvest their crop.

“We’ve designed this rule to be seamless because we want producers to make this a part of their normal business operations,” said Steven Marks, OLCC Executive Director. “At the same time it serves a very important function to preserve the integrity of our regulated market to keep what’s produced by the regulated market in the regulated market. That is exactly why we have worked hard with industry, law enforcement and public officials to make this a rule that can bring a sense of transparent accountability to the harvest.”

In other action the Commissioners of the OLCC approved the following fines and/or marijuana license suspensions based on stipulated settlements:

Lunchbox Alchemy, will pay a fine of $1,485 or serve a nine-day recreational marijuana processor license suspension for one violation.

The violation is for the licensee or its employees, agents, or representatives failed to record in METRC Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) within 10 days of licensure, information regarding the usable marijuana, cannabinoid concentrates, extracts or products that the Commission permitted to be transferred in from Licensee’s medical marijuana processing site inventory.

Licensee is CHC Laboratories, LLC; Cameron Yee, Managing Member.

Sensible Cannabis Company in Medfordwill pay a fine of $6,105 or serve a 37-day recreational marijuana retailer license suspension for two violations.

The first violation is for the licensee failing to keep surveillance recordings for a minimum of 90 calendar days.

The second violation is for the licensee or the licensee’s employees, agents, servants or representatives failing to store marijuana items in such a manner that the items were only accessible to authorized representatives until such time as the final sale to a consumer was completed when an edible item and jars of usable marijuana flower were left unsecured on the retail counter.

Licensee is FJ Ventures LLC.; Steven Fields, Managing Member; SR Ventures Inc., Member.

Pendleton Cannabis Company in Pendletonwill pay a fine of $2,970 or serve an 18-day recreational marijuana retailer license suspension for two violations.

The first violation is for the licensee failing to ensure that all marijuana items on the retail premises were kept in a safe or vault.

The second violation is for the licensee or the licensee’s employees, agents, servants or representatives failing to enter data into the Metrc Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) that fully and transparently accounted for all inventory tracking activities when Shawn Pace was listed as the CTS user, package adjustments were listed as “in house quality control,” and items reported to be “package adjustments” were found to still be on the premises.

Licensee is Pendleton Cannabis LLC.; Shawn Pace, Member; Roalynn Pace, Member.

Magic Castle in Medfordwill pay a fine of $6,105 or serve a 37-day recreational marijuana retailer license suspension for two violations.

The first violation is for the licensee failing to keep surveillance recordings for a minimum of 90 calendar days.

The second violation is for the licensee or the licensee’s employees, agents, servants or representatives failing to ensure that all marijuana items on the licensed retailer’s premises were kept in a safe or vault during all hours when Licensee was not operating.

Licensee is Magic Castle Inc.; Suren Vardanyan, President/Secretary/Stockholder; SR Ventures Inc., Member.

99 North; will pay a fine of $8,580 or serve a 52-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for six violations.

The first violation is for the licensee’s employees, agents or representatives failing to enter data into the Metrc Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) that fully and transparently accounted for all inventory tracking activities.

The second violation is for the licensee maintaining cultivation batches at the premises that included more than 100 immature marijuana plants less than eight inches tall. Licensee created multiple cultivation batches that included more than 100 immature plants less than eight inches tall.

The third violation is for the licensee repeatedly failing to, within 45 days of harvesting a harvest lot, physically segregate individual harvest lots in a receptacle or multiple receptacles, and assign a UID tag to each receptacle that is linked to each plant that was harvested.

The fourth violation is for the licensee, its employees, agents, or representatives failing to ensure that cameras were placed in limited access areas on the premises in such a manner that they could capture clear and certain images of any individual and activity occurring in the limited access area.

The fifth violation is for the licensee failing to use UID tags issued by a Commission approved vendor, properly tag all inventory with a UID tag no later than when each plant reached a height of 24 inches or when the individual plants were identified as female, whichever was sooner, properly tag all other inventory with a UID tag pursuant to the requirements of CTS, and/or place tags in a position that can be clearly read by an individual standing next to the items, when inspectors located multiple untagged marijuana plants and items at the premises.

The sixth violation is for the licensee permitting a person, Julie Larsen, to use another person’s unique CTS log-on and password, when the Licensee Yu acknowledged that Julie Larsen used both her own unique log-on and password and Licensee Yu’s log-on and password to make entries related to the licensed premises.

Licensee is 99 North, LLC; Kimberly Yu, President/Secretary/Stockholder.

Hunter Neubauer; permittee will serve a 23-day suspension for one violation.

The Permittee made false statement(s) or representation(s) to the Commission in order to induce or prevent action or investigation by the Commission, when Permittee told Inspector Larry Brown that Licensee Oregrown has not had hemp on the premises since before they received their OLCC license and that “Mary’s Remedy Concentrated CBD Oil” label listing “hemp flower oil” as an ingredient was a mistake, probably from when they did process hemp items.

Oregrown; will serve a 76-day license suspension OR pay a fine of $4,950 and serve a 46-day recreational marijuana processor license suspension for three violations.

The first violation is for the licensee, a marijuana processor, and/or its employees, servants, agents, or representatives, permitted industrial hemp or a product derived from industrial hemp that contains cannabinoids to be present on the licensed premises.

The second violation is for the licensee’s employee, servant, agent or representative Aviv Hadar making a false statement or representation to the Commission in order to induce or prevent action or investigation by the Commission, when he told OLCC Recreational Marijuana Packaging and Labeling Specialist Jamie Dickinson that the “Mary’s Remedy Concentrated CBD Oil” label listing “hemp flower oil” as an ingredient was a typo/mistake from the Mary’s design team.

The third violation is for the Licensee’s employee, agent, or representative Managing Partner Hunter Neubauer, making false statement(s) or representation(s) to the Commission in order to induce or prevent action or investigation by the Commission, when Permittee told Inspector Larry Brown that Licensee Oregrown has not had hemp on the premises since before they received their OLCC license and that “Mary’s Remedy Concentrated CBD Oil” label listing “hemp flower oil” as an ingredient was a mistake, probably from when they did process hemp items.

Licensee is Pacific Enterprise Holdings, LLC; Oregrown Inc., Managing Member. Hunter Neubauer, President/Director/Stockholder; Kevin Hogan, Secretary, Director/Stockholder; Tsiona Bitton, Director/Stockholder; Justin Crawn, Director/Stockholder;

Rogue Coast Growers; will pay a fine of $9,750 or serve a 58-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for five violations.

The first violation is for the licensee, or the licensee’s employees, agents, servants or representatives failing to keep surveillance recordings for a minimum of 90 calendar days.

The second violation is for the licensee, or the licensee’s employees, agents, servants, or representatives intentionally making physical changes to the licensed premises or the usage of the licensed premises that materially or substantially altered the licensed premises or the usage of the licensed premises from the plans originally approved by the Commission, without the Commission’s prior written approval when, during a premise inspection, it was discovered that an unapproved greenhouse structure and a hoop house structure were being used to grow marijuana plants.

The third violation is for the is for the licensee, or the licensee’s employees, agents, servants, or representatives failing to ensure that commercial grade, non-residential door locks were installed on every external door and gate of the licensed premises where marijuana items were present, specifically, on the door of the greenhouse and hoop house gate.

The fourth violation is for the licensee, its employees, agents, servants, or representatives failing to have a security alarm system able to detect unauthorized activity within any limited access area where mature marijuana plants, usable marijuana, cannabinoid concentrates, extracts, or products are in place.

The fifth violation is for the licensee, its employees, agents, or representatives failing to ensure that cameras were placed in a manner that captures clear and certain images of any individual and activity occurring within 15 feet both inside and outside of all points of ingress and egress to and from the licensed premises in and around the greenhouse structure and the hoop house structure.

Licensee is Rogue Coast Growers, LLC.; John Weinert, Managing Member; Gold Beach Ventures, LLC, Member.

 

 

The RAD Expo Returns To Portland October 10-11

OREGON: Following the RAD Expo’s huge success in January, Marijuana Venture will be producing the next RAD (Retail and Dispensary) Expo this October 10-11 in Portland, Oregon. The B2B event is 100% focused on marijuana retail and dispensary businesses.

Because the RAD Expo is free for marijuana retail and dispensary owners, buyers and employees, the quality of attendees was a difference-maker for many exhibitors. “The RAD Expo is the only conference where we know almost everyone we talk to will be a potential client or partner because its focus on retail and brands,” said Jeff LaPenna, CEO of The Peak Beyond, a technology company aimed at retailers.

Exhibitors will be companies who supply goods and services to existing and future retailers in the legal marijuana space, offering everything from flooring and point-of-sale systems to snacks and drinks, insurance, glassware, CBD products, marketing services and rolling papers. At the RAD Expo, cannabis retailers can find everything they need to open and operate their business in one place.

About The RAD Expo:

Dates: Oct. 10-11, 2018

Location: Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon

Admission: Free for qualified future and current retail store/dispensary owners, buyers and employees

Exhibitors: Booths and a variety of sponsorship packages are available  — use discount code EARLYBIRD25 for 25% off your booth. Offer ends June 1, 2018.

More Information: www.theRADexpo.com

Phone: (425) 656-3621

Email: theradexpo@gmail.com

The Wink In Weed: Why You Should Join Me At CCC PDX

By David Rheins

2018 will be a crucial year for the legal cannabis industry.  Five years after the first adult-use marijuana marketplaces opened in Colorado and Washington, our industry has grown large and gone mainstream.  Big and getting bigger, with the opening of the California and Nevada markets, Oregon is now part of a contiguous legal West Coast spanning from Canada to Mexico. CannaFest Destiny has never seemed more apparent, and competition never more fierce.

Legal cannabis production has never been higher, while wholesale prices have never been lower.  The harsh reality for an industry that is hyper-competitive, overtaxed and over-regulated, is that for most licensees profit margins have never been tighter.  Many mom and pops have already sold out, and many more are on that fence.  Add to this the recent saber rattling of drug-warrior-turned-Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, and it is easy to see that for many in the industry, 2018 has begun as a time of great uncertainty and anxiety.

CCCPDX issues an industry call to action

CCCPDX issues an industry call to action

As I wrote in my “Open Letter to Jeff Sessions,”  now is the time for industry leaders, businesses and supporters to stand united.  We must show that not only has our legal industry become a vital engine of reform and economic activity —  generating hundreds of millions in new tax revenues — but we have reinvigorated communities across the country by creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

The industry has arrived at a critical juncture in its evolution, and Oregon is on the front lines of the fight for an independent legal industry.  As the Cannabis Collaborative Conference’s Mary Lou Burton puts it, “The CCC has grown up with the industry in Oregon.  Now three years into full legalization, we no longer need to offer cannabis 101 education.  Now we are focused on education geared towards successfully and profitably operating in the current environment. ”

Differentiate: The commercialization and mainstreaming of the legal cannabis industry has put enormous pressure on licensees , who must focus on building brand equity and establishing effective marketing practices that will allow them to stand out from the competition.  I’m delighted to be moderating the marketing panel discussion at CCC this year, where along with canna-brand experts Stephen Gold, The Daily Leaf; Sean Lucas, NUG Digital Marketing; and Ryan Michael, KindTyme, we will discuss the top branding and marketing trends  that every canna-marketer must know. 

Activate: Congressman Earl Blumenauer will once again deliver a keynote speech at the conference. “This is a call to action.” he said in response to the Sessions announcement. “It’s time for anyone who cares about cannabis to mobilize to defend state marijuana laws.”

Burton added, “come together with fellow law abiding and tax paying professionals in the Cannabis Industry and unite!  CCC 4.0 provides the perfect opportunity to ban together and show the media and the world that we will not back down.”

REGISTER TODAY and receive $50 off (promo code: CCC50)

Post Sessions: CCC PDX Calls For Industry Mobilization

Congressman Blumenauer said in response to the Sessions announcement that this is a call to action. It’s time for anyone who cares about cannabis to mobilize to defend state marijuana laws
 
So…what can we do now?
Come together with fellow law abiding and tax paying professionals in the Cannabis Industry and unite!  CCC 4.0 provides the perfect opportunity to ban together and show the media and the world that we will not back down.
REGISTER TODAY and receive $50 off (promo code: CCC50)
 
WHY TO ATTEND?  It’s time to be profitable!
The CCC has grown up with the industry in Oregon.  Now three years into full legalization, we no longer need to offer cannabis 101 education.  Now we are focused on education geared towards successfully and profitably operating in the current environment.  
 
 
There’s something for everyone at the CCC 4.0.  Session topics include:
  • Growers meet Buyers – wholesale, retail, processors
  • Ask the budtender – find out what’s hot & what’s not
  • State of the Industry; Congressman Blumenauer
  • OLCC Updates, Seed to Sale training, Q&A
  • Cameron Forni and Matt Morgan- “The Journey of a Cannabis Business”
  • Energy Pavilion – Energy reduction costs & rebates
  • Banking Panel with Maps & Salal Credit Unions and OR Dept of Treasury
  • Cannabis Connex & Investor Lounge buying? selling? meet with cannabis valuation experts & investors
  • Moving across state lines – Expansion, licensing
  • Processing overview and post-extraction experts
  • Science utilization; DNA mapping, terpenes, scent control
  • Running the business more efficiently
  • Collaborate with 120 industry vendors
  • Product will be on display
  • Investor Forum: accessing capital, securities law, trademarks, attracting investors, California update, Investor due diligence & partnerships

MJBA’s Rheins Leads All-Star Panel On Canna-Marketing At CCC in PDX

In today’s hyper-competitive legal cannabis industry, excellent branding and marketing is essential.  It’s “Differentiate Or Die” says MJBA executive director David Rheins.  “It used to be that farmers could rely upon the quality of their crops and their reputation in the local community.  With commercialization, the quality and desirability of the product, must be communicated through meaninful branding, appealing packaging, and solid marketing.”

Rheins will be moderating a panel of leading cannabis industry marketeers at the 4th Annual Cannabis Collaborative Conference in Portland, January 24th.  The marketing panel will feature a number of top canna-brand experts including Stephen Gold, The Daily Leaf; Sean Lucas, NUG Digital Marketing; and Ryan Michael, KindTyme, as we discuss the top branding and marketing trends every canna-marketer must know.

  • Differentiate or Die!  Marketing Panel
  • 12:00 – 12:45pm, January 24
  • Room D204 (Seats 50)
  • Speakers: Dave Rheins, Sean Lucas, Ryan Michael and Stephen Gold

    Moderating the ancillary businesses panel at CCC

    David Rheins Moderating the marketing panel at CCC

Retail Is The Focus Of Marijuana Venture’s RAD Expo Jan 17-18 In Portland

WASHINGTON: The RAD Expo, a national b2b trade show exclusively focused on the marijuana retail and dispensary business, is coming to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on Jan. 17-18.

Marijuana Venture, the national cannabis business publication producing the event, is offering free tickets to all current and future owners, buyers and employees of marijuana retail stores and dispensaries, if they register in advance. Admittance for qualified attendees is $25 on the day of the show. The general public will not be allowed admittance.

Exhibitors are expected to include companies and individuals who supply goods and services to existing and future retailers in the legal marijuana space.

“We looked around and saw that the retail side of the business was not being well addressed,” said Marijuana Venture Publisher Greg James. “There are dozens of trade shows that focus on growing and cultivation, but no national trade shows for the people who actually sell marijuana.  We anticipate that exhibitors will include retail design firms, fixture manufacturers, lighting experts, packaging companies, growers and snack food companies. The list of possible vendors is endless in retail. In addition, we plan on allowing qualified buyers and retail employees free admittance if they pre-register. We’re following the same model as major traditional shows like CES and BookExpo in which buyers are always allowed in free. This promotes a lot of foot traffic and qualified buyers.”

Marijuana ‘Gifts’ Legal As Maine Works Out Licensing Rules

By The Associated Press 

MAINE:  A Biddeford business owner hoping to start selling pot next year is giving his products away for free for now.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Jack Sargent of the Biddeford-based Cannabis Shack is accepting donations for shipping and handling while waiting for the state to issue retail licenses.  It’s legal to accept free gifts of pot and some say the limbo before the opening of retail stores is pushing otherwise law-abiding citizens into an underground market.

Some states have cracked down on such practices. The voter-approved law legalizing marijuana took effect in January.  Adults can legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow their own plants.  But no one can legally sell pot as Maine works through the extensive process of regulating the sale of marijuana.