Scott Durrah, First African-American Licensed Dispensary Owner, To Run For Denver City Council.

COLORADO: Scott Durrah, owner of Simply Pure Dispensary and longtime Denver resident, has announced his candidacy for NW Denver, District 1 City Council.  With the rise of politically diverse voices emerging across the country, Durrah, a Marine veteran, long-time entrepreneur and activist who has campaigned for many officials from President Obama to Colorado’s recently-elected and newly dubbed “Pot Governor” Jared Polis, believes now is the time to join the race and represent his community.
Scott Durrah For Denver City Council“I’m running to take a principled stand for residents of this district on a wide range of issues including an emphasis on community focused development and addressing the ongoing concerns with our infrastructure at a time of hyper growth,” says Durrah.Over the last decade, Northwest Denver has seen significant changes, especially in the relationship between residents and development. The growing population and rise in rental costs and property values have pushed out many long-time locals and small business owners. Durrah, who has solid relationships with old and new community members says, “there must be a bridge that connects real solutions to our growing community issues.”

Durrah and wife Wanda James have owned and operated five businesses employing over 100 people in their 13 years as homeowners and residents of NW Denver.  The couple is known in Colorado politics as fundraisers for President Obama’s National Finance Committee and are nationally known for their work in social justice and advancing the legalization of cannabis. Scott’s television appearances include The Daily Show, CBS This Morning’s “Eat, Drink & Be Merry” and VICE as a professional chef and as an advocate for medical marijuana education.

As the first African-American in the United State to receive a legal vertical cannabis distribution, cultivation and production license, Durrah is also among a growing number of voices speaking to the political power of cannabis.  Across the country, from 2020 presidential hopefuls to local elections, candidates are throwing their support behind cannabis legalization and its potential to generate tax revenue for community reinvestment, as well as beginning to address long-standing  social justice issues.

Durrah says, “I value the people in my community and I know I can make a difference. My diverse professional background has prepared me to take on this responsibility. I am the bridge that connects residents and small businesses to local government. As the City Council member representing District 1, I will be the eyes, ears and voice for our community and speak for the responsible community-driven growth we want for all neighborhoods.”

Women of Cannabis Conference Comes To Las Vegas November 13, 2018

Includes A Full Day of Networking, Collaboration and Empowerment While Addressing Issues and Progress

NEVADA: While women have a higher representation in executive positions in the marijuana industry than in corporations in general in the country, their numbers are being reduced as more state legalize recreational pot.  In an effort to empower more women entrepreneurs, Women of Cannabis will be hosting Women of Cannabis Conference, a full-day conference taking place on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the Enclave in Vegas.

13+ Speakers, 400+ Attendee’s, 10+ Exhibitors, and 1 Life Changing Event.

WHAT:                      Women of Cannabis Conference

WHEN:                     November 13, 2018 — 9am. -5pm.

WHERE:        The Enclave in Vegas, Venue is the Enclave in Vegas.  –  

5810 S. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, 89119

702-747-9900

WEBSITE:     www.womenofcannabisconference.com

According to conference organizer, Stacy Thompson, “It is time to rise up and lift each other in this industry!  Together we are limitless! Our goal is to focus on networking and close collaboration with female driven organizations and entrepreneurs, while addressing women’s empowerment and progress in the cannabis industry.”  The full-day event is open to all women and men and tickets are still available.

womenThe Speaker roster for the 2018 Women in Cannabis conference include:

Wanda James 

Founder of Simple Pure Dispensary

Navy Veteran

Industry Thought Leader

Managing partner at the Cannabis Global Initiative (CGI)

 

Dr. Dina

Co-Founder  

AHHS Dispensary

Lessons from a Business Pioneer

Co-Founder OGG Collective

Consultant on Netflix’s Disjointed

 

Larisa Bolivar

Co-Founder  

TCMS Global

Recognized Colorado Cannabis Pioneer

Executive Director of the Cannabis Consumers Coalition

 

Renee Gagnon

CEO  

Hollyweed Canada

CEO / Thunderbird Biomedical Inc

Founder/CTO- GTP Financial Services

Founder FroZen Dirt Media Cannabis conference

 

Stacy Thompson

Founder

Canna Closet

CEO Nubo Botanicals

Founder of Women of Cannabis Conference

 

Kalee Hooghkirk

President Illinois

Hemp Association

– Co-Owner of Entourage Clinical Service

– Co-Founder of Midwest Medicinals

 

Medical & Patient Panel

“We have an amazing panel of pioneers in medical cannabis sharing their personal stories and progress through legalization,” promises Thompson. The medical panel moderated by Nichole West, with guest speakers, Dr. Sue Sisley from Patients of out Time,  Heather Sobel, RN Founding Member of the Cannabis Nurse Network, and Juhizie Monteiro, RN from Ask Nurse Juhlizie.  Joining the panel will be special guest speaker Sierra Riddle, a mother who defied medical authorities and fought to give her son, affected by cancer, cannabis oil.

420MEDIA, full service digital marketing agency dedicated to the Cannabis, Hemp, and CBD industry has been named Media sponsor for the event. Event sponsors include, Indiva Advisors LLC, TCMS Global, Entourage Clinical Services, VRXLabs, CannaCloset, Evergreen Organix and NUBO Nubotancials.

420MEDIA Trailblazers In Cannabis: Stacy Thompson, Founder Women of Cannabis Conference

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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 profile a noteworthy business pioneer and ask each 5 questions. This week’s featured trailblazer is Stacy Thompson, Founder of the Women of Cannabis Conference.

1. Tell us about your Company

Women of Cannabis emerged because I saw a need to empower women as the industry continues to grow. With the rise of the female entrepreneurs and women leaders, it is pivotal to the cannabis industry to create and accept an environment where we step it up and stand together. The opportunity is here for women to pioneer this industry and hold higher level positions in companies. According to Marijuana Business Daily, women make up 27% of the industry, which is higher than the average other industries. When creating this event, I reached out to women I respect and admire and asked them to get involved. The most amazing thing is they are, rapidly! Together we can achieve greatness.  As an entrepreneur myself, a large problem that often stands in our way are women getting to know and meet other women in this business. I knew I had to build an open community like this. Women of Cannabis evolved into an amazing conference to start the conversation. I envision leaders building other leaders, lifting us to our fullest potential.  

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2. Why did you choose the cannabis/hemp business?

I realized the opportunity to enter a brand-new market, and as an entrepreneur I found my place in this industry. It all started when I decided to go back to using cannabis after I stopped -while my kids were tweens and went on the doctor prescribed Adderall for my ADD instead of cannabis.  I quit because of the fear of having the “drug” talk with them and me using “pot”.  When they got older, I decided to go back to using cannabis.  Once I uncovered the truth about cannabis, I couldn’t do anything but join forces with others to break the stigma about this plant. The only way we are going to do that is if we all work together. We all want the same outcome, this plant to be free for all to use.

3. What change will your firm address in the industry? Does it address an unmet need?

We are hoping to empower women to take the chance and go for it!  Creating bonds, leadership, and unity as we maneuver through the legalization and laws changing along the way.  Together we can accomplish much more, so providing a space for that is our goal.

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4. What has been the reaction to your product/service/technology?

The reaction to the Women of Cannabis conference has been overwhelming.  I am so excited for the women that have stepped up and have agreed to be a part of the conference.  We have an amazing lineup of speakers, Dr. Dina Browner, Wanda James, Larisa Bolivar, Renee Gagnon, Kalee Hooghkirk, Sierra Riddle, Nurse Juhlzie Monteiro, Nurse Heather Sobel, Carrie McClain and more coming. We are in for a treat to have all of these women trailblazers on one stage!

5. Are there any upcoming milestones for your company?

We have had such a great response for this conference, that we have been asked to take it on the road, add more breakouts, more speakers, more days… So, we shall see what the future holds for Women of Cannabis, but I do know one thing: we are not going anywhere.

Where can readers learn more?

Please check out our website, www.womenofcannabisconference.com for more information on our speakers that will be joining us, and how you can be a part of ‘herstory’ in Vegas!

Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram: @WofCanna

Education Takes Top Billing At Cannabis World Congress in Los Angeles

NEW JERSEY: Organizers of the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) unveiled its programming lineup for September 7-9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.  More than 100 speakers will provide subject matter expertise on tracks that cover:  Starting & Running a Cannabis Business; Industry Trends & Innovations; Legislation & Advocacy; Science & Technology; and Legal & Finance.

“This year’s Los Angeles conference program was built with the most important and relevant speakers, presenters and topics regarding the cannabis industry today. Much consideration of our program content has been given to the recreational legislation that is coming up for a vote this fall as well as the opportunities for continued explosive growth in the industry,” said Christine Ianuzzi, Managing Partner and Show Director, CWCBExpo.

Leading cannabis and business authorities scheduled to speak at CWCBExpo LA include:  David Dinenberg, Founder and CEO, Kind Financial; Felicia Carbajal, Co-Founder, California Cannabis Advocates; Wanda James, CEO, Simply Pure Dispensary; Kenny Morrison, Founder and CEO, VCC Brands; Saul Kaye, Co-Founder and CEO, iCAN: Israel-Cannabis; Heather Manus, President, Arizona Cannabis Nurses: and Chris Sayegh, The Herbal Chef.

More than 60 sessions will be presented at CWCBExpo LA including on point panel discussions covering: “Cannabis Growing Strategies 101;” “Edibles and Infusions;” “Industrial Hemp: Made in America;” “Weed is Green and Money is Too: Cannabis Accounting;” “Endocannabinoid System and Cannabinoid Therapeutics;” and “CannaTech: How New Technology Will Help Grow the Industry.”

CWCBExpo LA will also have vetted presentations on: “Cannabis for this Generation and the Next;” “How Do I Successfully Raise Money for My Business;”  “Marketing to Multicultural Consumers;” “Medical Cannabis for Pediatrics;” and “International Opportunities for Medical Marijuana.”

“California is at the forefront of cannabis innovation and growth and CWCBExpo LA will be the premier source for the right information, products and partners to drive businesses and move the industry forward,” added Dan Humiston, Managing Partner, CWCBExpo.

            CWCBExpo LA will also feature top Keynote Speakers and its highly successful thought leadership “CTE, Concussions and CBD” panel featuring top NFL and NHL players, with a new panel of all-star female athletes. In addition, a high-level legislative conversation, “Failure is Not an Option,” is planned for CWCBExpo LA and a celebrity panel of entrepreneurs discussing business, access and advocacy.  All-day workshops will take place on September 7, with the Conference Program and Exhibits taking place September 8-9.  A career fair, hosted by Vangst Talent will close out the event on Saturday, September 10.    

            Support of CWCBExpo LA is strong with Xanders and CW Hemp signed on as a Platinum Sponsors, Elixinol as a Gold and Press Office Sponsor, SIVA as a Gold, Show Guide & Directory and Lanyards Sponsor, Advanced Nutrients as a Silver and Show Bag Sponsor along with Socal Safe, SprayZone.net, Plus CBD Oil, and PR0HBTD as Featured Exhibitors. CWCBExpo LA also has Realm of Caring and Coalition for Access Now as its Advocacy Partners joined with Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), NORML, and many other products and services companies exhibiting.

Discounted early bird conference rates are in effect until July 25 for the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in Los Angeles (CWCBExpo LA) and can be found at www.cwcbexpo.com. For more information on sponsoring or exhibiting visit http://www.cwcbexpo.com/2015-information/exhibit-info/ or contact: kgiammatteo@leexpos.com or call 201-580-2054.