I was lucky enough to attend the first ever National Marijuana Business Conference 2012 in Denver. It was held the two days immediately following the historic 2012 election, and it was absolutely a who's who of the emerging marijuana industry. I have never learned so much at an event, and have never had the networking opportunities that I experienced at that event. There has simply never been that many amazing cannabis industry leaders under one roof that I have witnessed in my life. 2013 is looking to be an even better event, considering how much more popular the topic has become. Below is more info about the event from our friends at MMJ Business Daily:
MMJ Business Daily is now accepting speaker nominations for the National Marijuana Business Conference & Expo 2013, the industry's premier annual gathering for cannabis executives, business owners and professionals. The event will be held in the Seattle area from Nov. 6-8, featuring workshops, panel discussions, case study presentations and tons of networking opportunities.
Organizers are currently setting an agenda and are now looking for experts and business owners knowledgeable about various aspects of the industry, from dispensaries, infused products manufacturing and cultivation to legal and regulatory issues, operations, finance and investing, marketing/advertising and ancillary cannabis issues (testing, paraphernalia, consulting, real estate, human resources, etc).
The conference is 100% focused on cannabis professionals- not advocates, patients or recreational users - so all speakers must address topics that are relevant to businesses and executives.
- Chosen speakers must talk about an agreed-upon subject and cannot use their presentations to pitch their products/services or promote their companies or partners (beyond a simple mention).
- MMJ Business Daily's editors and event organizers will work closely with speakers on their presentations and reserve the right to edit slides and other materials.
- The selection process will be competitive, as interest levels are high. Nomination forms should be thorough and well thought out. MMJ Business Daily is also looking for geographic diversity, so nominations for experts/ancillary business owners in states without medical cannabis laws (as well as those with cannabis legislation) are encouraged.
- Content must be fresh and specifically tailored to this event, meaning speakers should not use the exact same presentations and PowerPoint slides they have used at other gatherings, though there can be some overlap in the material.
- Nominations for professionals who spoke at last year's event will be considered, but most open slots are reserved for new speakers to ensure a diversity of content and opinions.
- Speakers will receive a complimentary ticket to the show (value $599) in addition to the benefits that come with the exposure this event provides.
To nominate a speaker - including yourself - please fill out and submit this form. MMJ Business Daily will review all nominations and make final decisions by early summer. The process might play out in stages, meaning some speakers will be locked in and chosen earlier than others.
Last year's event in Denver attracted nearly 400 professionals and featured 40 speakers, including Steve DeAngelo of Harborside Health Center, Troy Dayton of The ArcView Group, Tripp Keber of Dixie Elixirs & Edibles, Rob Kampia of the Marijuana Policy Project and noted California MMJ attorney Henry Wykowski. It also received sizable local, national and international media attention from newspapers, TV stations and Web sites. MMJ Business Daily expects this year's conference to attract even more attendees, sponsors and exhibitors.