Jul 292014
 July 29, 2014
Excited To See Earl Blumenauer At The International Cannabis Business Conference

With The New York Times now on board and polling showing that legalization is likely in my home state of Oregon (but it isn’t a done deal, so please donate to the cause), 2014 is turning out to be a monumental, landmark year for the cannabis law reform movement. The electoral victories in Washington State and Colorado in 2012 certainly set the stage for 2014, but the New Approach Oregon measure, along with legalization on the ballot in Alaska and Washington, D.C. (most likely), 2014 is proving to be a worthy successor. After landmark events, I often think [...]

Jul 222014
 July 22, 2014
Bring The High Times Cannabis Cup To Portland, Oregon

One of the first events I ever attended on behalf of TWB was the 2012 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles. Jay Smoker and I were provided passes to the event by High Times, and VIP passes by WeedMaps. On the drive down to Los Angeles from Oregon we were like school children on Christmas Eve. We had never been to a High Times event before, and didn’t know what to expect, but we were pretty sure it was going to be fantastic. We were not disappointed. We [...]

Jul 182014
 July 18, 2014
Andrew Sullivan Keynoting The ICBC Is A Pretty Big Deal

As it has been reported widely over the interwebs, blogger and author Andrew Sullivan will be delivering the keynote address at the first International Cannabis Business Conference this September in Portland, Oregon. The conference features several true heavyweights and heroes of the cannabis community including Steve DeAngelo of Harborside, renowned grower Ed Rosenthal and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, one of our best champions in Washington, D.C. However, the addition of Andrew Sullivan to a cannabis conference is truly noteworthy. Sullivan is much better known as a libertarian conservative political commentator than he is for [...]

Jul 162014
 July 16, 2014
Andrew Sullivan And Earl Blumenauer Headline International Cannabis Business Conference

Conservative blogger and frequent television pundit Andrew Sullivan will be joining liberal congressman and frequent bike rider Rep. Earl Blumenauer as speakers at the first annual International Cannabis Business Conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. The two-day event takes place September 13 & 14 and also features bestselling author of “Too High to Fail”, Doug Fine; pioneering California dispensary owner of Harborside Health Center, Steve DeAngelo; and marijuanacultivation expert and author, Ed Rosenthal. With an initiative likely to be on the ballot this November, Oregon’s foray into marijuana legalization is also highlighted at the conference by two [...]

Jul 152014
 July 15, 2014
Canna-Business Set To Bloom In The Sunshine State

As the Sunshine State prepares to vote on Amendment 2 in November, business analysts are evaluating the potential of the largest market for state-regulated medical marijuana east of the Mississippi. Building on its history of launching canna-businesses in Colorado—the United States’ first legal recreational market—the MMJ Business Academy will host a weekend slate of programs for entrepreneurs that are preparing to enter the market as soon as it comes online. The Summit and Solutions program will be held at the Intercontinental at Doral Miami on July 19-20. “Florida has the [...]

Jul 092014
 July 9, 2014
National Cannabis Industry Association's Portland Event A Success

By Lindsey Rinehart The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) held an intimate, members only event in Portland, OR last Tuesday that was very fun and informative. It definitely gives hope that someone is doing something on a federal level! The evening started slowly as people trickled in on Portland’s hottest calendar day of the year, at almost 100 degrees. A party room was reserved for the event at the hip Paragon Restaurant and Bar in downtown Portland that had an open end that allowed for overflow onto a private patio. [...]

Jul 052014
 July 5, 2014
Detroit Event Offers Fun For Medical Marijuana Supporters

Sander’s Confections. Kresge Department Stores. These are the names of Michigan’s pioneer retail outlets, and Michiganders can relive those early times by visiting the Detroit Historical Museum’s “Streets of Old Detroit” exhibit during a fundraiser for the National Patients Rights Association. The event is called a Summer Gala and is being hosted by the Detroit Medical Cannabis Guild. Members of the Guild and the Association are inviting the patients, caregivers and supporters that form the backbone of their organizations to the Summer Gala to show support for the NPRA’s lobbying efforts in Lansing [...]

Jul 032014
 July 3, 2014
An Industry Emerges: The NCIA Cannabis Business Summit In Denver

By Phillip Smith The exhibition hall in the Denver Convention Center last week was a wonder to behold. Automated, high-capacity marijuana trimming machines. Industrial strength cannabis oil extraction devices. Marijuana real estate specialists. Marijuana accountants. Marijuana attorneys — real estate, intellectual property, contracts. Marijuana consultants. Marijuana investment advisers. Point-of-sale marijuana sales tracking systems. Chemical testing companies. Vaporizer sellers. Odor-proof bag producers. Automated rolling machine makers. Anything and everything to do with the business of legal marijuana. All in a high-gloss trade show environment. It was the National Cannabis Industry Association’s (NCIA) Cannabis [...]

Jun 282014
 June 28, 2014
The Leaf Online Features The International Cannabis Business Conference

The Leaf Online’s Jeremy Daw recently featured the International Cannabis Business Conference in a piece that included quotes by several of our scheduled speakers. A snippet of his very interesting article, “A Fork in the Road to Legalization“: “Any industry I cover, if I’m to support it, must reflect Twenty-First Century sustainability awareness,” says Doug Fine, author of the eco-manifesto Farewell, My Subaru and, most recently, Hemp Bound, an investigation into the potential of industrial hemp to replace fossil fuels. “Economic and environmental considerations can, in fact must, be in sync as the [...]

Jun 212014
 June 21, 2014
Sponsor Students For Sensible Drug Policy's 2014 Conference

I have always said that Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is one of my favorite organizations. One of the best weekends of my life was in March 2012 when I attended an SSDP Conference in Denver. I made so many friends at the event, and learned more in that weekend than probably any other weekend in my 33 years on this planet. I got to see first hand how passionate and talented SSDP members were for drug policy reform. SSDP is holding another conference this Fall, and are combining [...]