The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference is coming to Portland, Oregon next month. There's two main reasons why attending this event will be different then past events I have attended. The first is that this event will be right before recreational marijuana sales start in Oregon on October 1st. This event is very timely in that regard, as there is a lot to learn, both about the rules surrounding recreational marijuana, and to learn what plans people have for the new era of the marijuana industry in Oregon.
The other thing that makes this different is that it's being held on the weekend. So many events are during the week, making it nearly impossible for working people like me to attend. This event is being held on a Saturday and Sunday, making it easy for people inside, and more importantly outside, of the industry to attend. That's something that I have been pushing for and I'm glad that someone finally did it! Below is more information about early bird tickets, via Marijuana Politics:
Oregon's marijuana laws and regulations are undergoing rapid change, making it hard to keep up, even for the most astute, attentive observer. It is part of my job to stay up-to-date on the latest developments, so I know first-hand how difficult it is. I also know that I'm not alone as I discuss changes and potential changes virtually daily with activist and industry colleagues. These important, rapid changes are just a few of the reasons why you should purchase your early-bird tickets for the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference (OMMBC) by this Friday, before prices go up. You have until 11:59:59 pm this Friday to pay $299 for the conference, before tickets go up $100.
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) went through several important changes this past legislative session, some good, some bad, while the Oregon cannabis industry welcomed the huge news that the state had released the rules and regulations regarding the early start of cannabis sales to non-patient adults on October 1st. Rules have changed or will change for medical growers, patients, processors and dispensaries. I haven't even gotten to the recreational marijuana regulations being developed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) through the agency's main Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) and subcommittees following Oregon's historic Measure 91 legalization campaign.
The OMMBC features experts in the field of marijuana law, from the local level to the Halls of Congress. Attorneys Leland Berger and Paul Loney have a vast amount of experience representing the Oregon cannabis community and industry. Attendees will get the latest information on local control issues as some cities and counties have implemented reasonable time, place and manner regulations while others have banned marijuana businesses outright.
I, as an OLCC RAC member, will provide the latest information regarding OLCC recreational rules, as will others with expertise in various fields. Senator Floyd Prozanski and Representative Ann Lininger will provide an update on state legislation and provide a peak into where the Oregon Legislature will be headed. Renowned tax attorney and IRS 280e expert, Henry Wykowski, will be on hand to provide great information on what is deductible on your federal tax returns. And the one and only Congressman Earl Blumenauer will have the latest on federal law and let us know where he sees Congress taking cannabis law in the upcoming years.
In addition to the great information provided by attorneys, politicians and experts, the OMMBC gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from each other and network in fun, engaging settings. Great music and comedy have been staples of the OMMBC and this year won't be any different. The downtown Portland Hilton provides a great venue for this event and I am confident that everyone will have a fun, informative time. I know that the economy is tough, but $299 is really a bargain to be able to pick the brain and network with some of the best minds in the cannabis industry and marijuana politics. Get your tickets by Friday and save yourself some bucks! Hope to see you there!