Washington State is an exciting place right now in the area of public policy. After the historic election of 2012, and the passing of I-502, there are a lot of details to work out. I came across the following message on Washington NORML's Facebook page:
"Open casting call for panelists to participate in NORML conferences in October and December in Spokane and Seattle, respectively, regarding recreational implications for the implementation of I-502. Industry sponsorship available. Business Attorneys and Industry leaders are encouraged to apply. Time and travel may be compensated. Please private message Washington N.O.R.M.L. or email Director@wanorml.org."
If you are reading this message on TWB, and you fit the description above, I encourage you to apply. I have been to many conferences over the years, and having the right speakers at the event is definitely vital to the success of the event. I'd love to see someone representing the medical marijuana dispensary industry in Washington to explain the concerns of their community, as well as be a voice for any questions about how I-502's implementation could affect the medical side of things.
The best marijuana business event I have attended was in Denver, Colorado the day after the 2012 Election. It was hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association, and had members from all niches of the marijuana industry present. Not all of them were panelists, but at least they were all under one roof. I'd love to see Washington have a similar field of experts, with the addition of an online marketing/media expert.
There definitely needs to be accountants, insurance reps, security reps, attorneys, etc. But I think that there is a growing need for an expert in marijuana media, as the biggest hole currently facing the industry is getting people's ideas and products in as front of as many consumer eyeballs as possible. There are so many great ideas out there that are market ready, they just have yet to get to the market for one reason or another. If you are a marijuana industry expert, you should contact Washington NORML!