Recently I told readers about the New West Summit event coming to the Bay Area next month. It could potentially be the marijuana event of the year, especially if you are involved in marijuana media or technology. I issued a public challenge to all the companies attending the event, which is being billed as the 'TechCrunch Disrupt event for the marijuana industry.' To read my public challenge, click this link here.
The Weed Blog is not listed as a media partner for this event, but I do want to help promote it for the greater good of marijuana media and technology. Kaliko will be at the event representing The Weed Blog, so make sure to say hello to him if you see him there. If that is your thing, you should check out the press release announcing the event's schedule below:
New West Summit -- the first gathering focused solely on the cannabis industry disruption within technology, investment, entertainment and media, announces its schedule for the November 20th - 21st conference in downtown San Francisco.
Opening the Summit Friday, Nov. 20, Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' pollster Ben Tulchin helps with Forecasting Legalization in 2016. The panel also features former Assistant White House Press Secretary Roger Salazar, President of Alza PR.
The Summit's Finance panel track begins Friday morning with musician Snoop Dogg's investment fund director Evan Eneman (Casa Verde) joining speakers from the Marijuana Investment Company (MJIC), and the industry's most active hedge fund Poseidon.
Friday also presents California State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma discusses creating a California Cannabis Credit Union as part of implementing regulations in the world's oldest, largest medical cannabis economy.
Day two continues with leading angel investor network The ArcView Group holds a 'Shark Tank' with five promising cannabis startups. And Consumer Apps takes center stage with speakers from MassRoots, Smoke Reports, Eaze and HelloMD.
New West Summit's expertly curated, two-day, 20-panel conference and exhibition is set to include over 30 exhibitors, 60 speakers, and 1,000 attendees. Even more surprise guests, keynotes, and parties will be announced in the coming days.
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Summit co-founder Jim McAlpine said, "The cannabis industry is rapidly specializing, and it's exciting to see an event come together that showcases such professionalization."
The legal cannabis space has an estimated $10 billion economic impact in 2015 in the U.S. There is an immediate, unmet need for a marijuana industry conference tightly focused on the most dynamic, and disruptive segments: applications of high technology, deep capital, and professional branding and content.
Technologist Paul Warshaw said: "Technology is rapidly evolving the cannabis industry in all aspects. The demand for mainstream efficiencies and proper transparency has erupted. We're excited to join New West Summit in amplifying the GreenRush."
For more information, and speaker bios and updates, please go to www.newwestsummit.com.
Tickets to the New West Summit will sell out prior to the event, and sponsorships are nearly sold out. For those traveling to the conference, Parc 55 San Francisco is centrally located in Union Square with easily access to/from public transportation for those who are coming in from out of town. www.newwestsummit.com/get-tickets/
Sponsors include: Bloom Farms, Mass Roots, Steep Hill, Headset, Green Rush, SensiChew, Surna, Green Flower Media, MJ Freeway, Adistry, Smoke Reports, VapeXhale, Hello MD, FlowKana, The ArcView Group, Canopy SF/Canopy Boulder, Eaze, MJIC, Grey Zone, MyDX, The 420 Games, and Stokes Confections.
Media partners include: Mantis, Mass Roots, CNET, 7X7, Hearst Media, Smell The Truth on SFGate.com, PROHBTD Media, CULTURE, DOPE Magazine, Cashinbis, MG Magazine, Smoke Reports, and The Hash podcast.