I had the great opportunity last month to go to the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) last month a press partner and I got a great glimpse into the future of the cannabis industry. From the latest and greatest products, to some of the brightest minds, and most innovative services. This was definitely an amazing business conference and one that was a great networking experience. My time was cut short due to an injury I sustained that has kept me off of my feet somewhat but I did go the first day and got to smoke with Montel Williams during the after party thrown by the good folks at Blaze Now.
Here is the press release from the organizers about how the event went. Really looking forward to catching the 2017 versions in NYC and in LA!
CWCBExpo LA – The Destination for Cannabis Business
The leading business to business trade show and educational conference for a growing industry, the legalized cannabis and medical marijuana markets, Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo), 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, SprayZone.net, Plus CBD Oil, PR0HBTD, GreenBroz, Integra, Oaksterdam University 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).
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.
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