After the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in San Francisco was completed, conference organizers immediately started gearing up for the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference (OMMBC). We were honored that the great folks here at The Weed Blog named our 2014 Portland ICBC the "Marijuana Event of the Year" and set out to top the Portland event in San Francisco. Personally, I would say "mission accomplished" as not only did the San Francisco ICBC provide valuable information and networking opportunities, but it also helped set the table for California's 2016 legalization push by keeping political activism at the forefront.
The OMMBC will also provide a great mix of activism and business as I recently posted at Marijuana Politics:
The OMMBC, like the ICBC, will provide great networking opportunities and information that will benefit any business in any sector of the cannabis industry while maintaining focus on the fact that we still have work to do to ensure safe access for all patients and that legalizing marijuana is truly about ending the arrests, prosecutions and imprisonments levied against the nonviolent cannabis community. The OMMBC is keynoted by former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and Steve DeAngelo while Oregon lawyers, politicians, advocates entrepreneurs will be on hand to discuss current and future Oregon marijuana law. In addition to the information and networking opportunities, the OMMBC provides great entertainment exclusive to attendees with hip-hop legend Del the Funky Homosapien and cannabis comic extraordinaire Ngaio Bealum.
The Oregon cannabis community has always been a generous group, looking out for the most vulnerable among us and willing to ultimately put justice above profits. I'm very proud that the marijuana movement in Oregon has been very charitable towards sick and disabled patients battling poverty and unwilling to sell out key principles in the name of making more money. The Oregon community can be proud of passing the Measure 91 by the greatest margin of any state legalization measure while allowing home cultivation, maintaining current DUII laws instead of implementing an arbitrary per se THC blood limit and keeping the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. Prohibitionists and opponents of Measure 91 are already trying to override the will of Oregon voters. The OMMBC is a great place for the Oregon marijuana movement to unite around good business practices, good political activism and the will of the voters. Hope to see you there.
This Eugene OMMBC on March 15 & 16 is shaping up to be our biggest Oregon conference yet and the timing is great. Personal possession and cultivation is legal across the state on July 1st and the Oregon Legislature and Oregon Liquor Control Commission are working to develop rules and regulations for the adult use market while Oregon already has more than 200 dispensaries serving the state's approximately 70,000 patients. The cannabis industry will only continue to grow in Oregon and across the country, so now is the time to learn more about the ins and outs of the marijuana industry and the importance of keeping politically engaged. Hop on over to www.ommbc.com and get your tickets before they sell out.