February Event Builds Upon Successful Portland, Oregon, Conference and Will Provide Crucial Information and Networking Opportunities For Businesses and Entrepreneurs Looking to Succeed in the Emerging Cannabis Market
Marijuana wasn’t legalized in Oregon last September, but that didn’t stop entrepreneurs from planning for the business opportunities that would result from the passing of Measure 91 in November. The International Cannabis Business Conference is looking to bring savvy businesspeople to San Francisco to educate attendees on current California business opportunities while keeping an eye on the possible expansion of opportunities as California is certainly on the shortlist of states looking to legalize cannabis in 2016.
This February 15th & 16th, the second International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) comes to San Francisco, California’s Hyatt Regency for a business-networking event featuring presentations from industry leaders, experts and politicians. Alex Rogers, CEO of Northwest Alternative Health, says he got the idea for the San Francisco event after examining the political and business landscape following the 2014 elections that saw Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C all pass marijuana legalization measures. San Francisco was chosen as the next city to host the ICBC because the city is home to so many innovators and the likelihood that California will be voting on legalization in 2016.
For the San Francisco ICBC he’s once again collaborating with Debby Goldsberry, co-founder of the Berkeley Patients Group and Anthony Johnson, Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon’s successful legalization measure that just passed with 56% of the vote.
“After researching the next states likely to legalize cannabis, it became apparent that California is a great prospect. The state’s economic might is already obvious in many industries, including medical cannabis, so California is clearly poised to create another major industry by legalizing marijuana for all adults in 2016.” Rogers says. Colorado and Washington are already generating millions of dollars in new revenue from marijuana sales and a study by economic consulting firm ECONorthwest estimated that retail cannabis sales in Oregon would generate approximately $38.5 million during the first fiscal year, with revenue expected to only increase.
“Colorado and Washington State have already demonstrated the economic benefits of legalizing cannabis and Oregon and Alaska will soon start seeing new jobs created and new revenue brought into the states’ coffers. California, with its economic power, will clearly be the worldwide leader in cannabis commerce if the state passes full legalization in 2016,” Rogers says.
Guest speakers for the two-day event include: Dr. Carl Hart, Ph.D., renowned researcher of drug abuse and drug addiction and the first tenured African American professor of sciences at Columbia University; travel guru Rick Steves, bestselling author and travel TV host; Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance; Dr. Amanda Reiman, Ph.D., manager of Marijuana Law and Policy at the Drug Policy Alliance; Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor at Oaksterdam University and founding board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association; Ben Dronkers, founder of Sensi Seeds; and Dale Gieringer, state director of California NORML
The San Francisco Hyatt Regency is located at 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California, 94111 and the conference currently costs $499 to attend. For more information visit: http://www.internationalcbc.com