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 September 3, 2014

international cannabis business conferenceThe International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) is bringing in cannabis and hemp experts from around the glob to create an educational and networking opportunity unlike any other conference of its kind. The ICBC experience includes entertaining networking social events to go along with important information for any burgeoning cannabis business. Activists and elected officials, including Congressman Earl Blumenauer, will provide guidance to those wondering where cannabis laws are headed and how you can best implement successful cannabis law reform in your community.

Whether you are a grower, processor, dispensary owner, involved in a cannabis-related endeavor or just curious about entering the cannabis industry, you will find the ICBC engaging and entertaining and leave with valuable business and legal knowledge. In fact, the legal knowledge provided by the ICBC has been approved for 6 continuing legal education credits for Oregon attorneys. With an outside-the-box keynote speaker in Andrew Sullivan, who is a trailblazer in new media, to accomplished lawyers with extensive experience with the cannabis industry and business in general, the ICBC will help any cannabis entrepreneur, ancillary business owner and even any business person, succeed in their respective field.

The ICBC provides something for everybody. Andrew Sullivan, a bestselling author and world-renowned blogger can dish on any important subject of the day and he has become one of the most important cannabis law reform advocates today, helping bring the cannabis community into the mainstream. The Guru of Ganja, Ed Rosenthal, has forgotten more things about the cultivation of cannabis than most people even know. Troy Dayton, of the ArcView Group, has as much knowledge about opportunities in and around the cannabis industry as anyone.

As an Oregonian, I am very excited about the Oregon-centric panels with the head of the state’s medical marijuana dispensary program sharing a panel with the chief petitioner of Measure 91, our great opportunity to legalize marijuana this year. Senator Floyd Prozanski and Representative Peter Buckley will help explain the lay of the land politically in Oregon and will also provide insight into how cannabis activists can cultivate quality relationships with local legislators, regardless of the state. Congressman Earl Blumenauer is a hero to the cannabis community, not only in Oregon, but across the country and he will discuss the exciting developments occurring at the federal level. I can’t believe that I can even be writing about good things coming out of this Congress, but Rep. Blumenauer is instrumental in the passage of several recent good bills that have made it through a conservative, Republican-led Congress.

The ICBC is even bringing in some of the top activists and entrepreneurs from Colorado, Washington and Colorado. Advocates from Uruguay and Canada round out the international flair and describe the exciting political progress we are seeing in those respective countries. Bestselling author, and hilarious guy, Doug Fine will be presenting on hemp, following his recent book, Hemp Bound, was called “a blueprint of the America of the future” by the one and only Willie Nelson. Throw in the fact that there are social events and the conference will be MC’d by hilarious cannabis comedian Ngaio Bealum (an long-time activist in his own right), the ICBC will not disappoint. Hope to see you there in beautiful Portland, Oregon, at the Oregon Convention Center on September 13th & 14th. Get your tickets now, before they sell out!

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