Cannabis law reform and the emerging cannabis industry are definitely hot topics for the media these days.The New York Times' landmark editorial, "Repeal Prohibition, Again", certainly brought the debate regarding our nation's marijuana laws to the forefront of the nation's mainstream political discourse and the media outlets across the country are examining the ins and outs of all things cannabis. The Portland Business Journal recently launched an extensive look at the burgeoning cannabis industry in Portland, Oregon, featuring a local medical cannabis dispensary, garden supply store, a law firm that specializes in the cannabis industry, as well as the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC).
From the Portland Business Journal (subscription required to read the entire article):
Tickets to the January cannabis business conference in Ashland cost $300. Alex Rogers, who operates medical marijuana clinics in Ashland and Eugene, worried that the price of the new conference he was organizing would be too steep.
Then it sold out, attracting 200 people. A second conference in March, this time in Eugene, attracted twice as many.
Now he's expecting more than 1,000 marijuana-curious entrepreneurs to convene in September at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for the first-ever International Cannabis Business Conference.
Anyone that has organized a major conference will tell you that a ton of work and investment is involved. The logistics of bringing in speakers from various parts of a state, let alone country, not to mention around the globe can be a time-consuming task in and of itself. Throw on top of that, managing everything that goes into setting up the proper venue to catering the food to overseeing the various topics and panels and the list really goes on and on. The work never truly gets finished until weeks after the event as you settle up invoices, compile and database folks suggestions and comments and even ensure that items get returned that made it to the lost and found box.
Ultimately, all of the work comes together to provide and educational and engaging experience that provides attendees with important knowledge and networking opportunities that will help them achieve their cannabis industry goals. If the attendees don't receive valuable information and make connections that benefit their business, then the next conference won't succeed and the goal of moving the cannabis industry further mainstream hasn't been accomplished. That is why the International Cannabis Business Conference strives to bring in speakers with valuable insight and create networking events that help entrepreneurs take their business to the next level.
Building upon the sold-out and successful Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conferences, the ICBC is bringing in speakers from states with booming industries as well as cannabis industry experts from across the globe. Blogger and author Andrew Sullivan brings his outside-the-box business experience while Steve DeAngelo and Ed Rosenthal provide insight that is both old-school, yet has managed to evolve with the times. And we haven't forgotten our Oregon roots, including panels that are Oregon-centric as the state is developing regulated medical commerce and poised to join Colorado in Washington in regulating cannabis commerce for all adults over 21.
A sincere thanks to the Portland Business Journal for profiling the ICBC and other cannabis industry participants, helping demonstrate that the industry has moved into the mainstream and out of the shadows. We hope to see many familiar and new faces at our conference on September 13th & 14th at the Oregon Convention Center in beautiful downtown Portland. Please check out our website at www.internationalcbc.com to learn more. If you are interested in attending, sponsoring or vending, please act fast as tickets will sell out and vendor and sponsor booths are almost out.