California is a pioneer when it comes to cannabis policy. It was the first state in the country to legalize cannabis for medical use when California voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996.
The legalization of medical cannabis in California led to the birth of a legal industry not only in California, but it also served as a spark to ignite reform measures and industries in other states as well.
The Golden State fell behind in some ways on cannabis policy as other states legalized cannabis for adult-use before California voters ultimately approved an adult-use cannabis legalization initiative in 2016.
After 20 years of seeing its medical cannabis industry flourish the state of California was faced with implementing a regulated adult-use cannabis industry. California is the 5th largest economy on the planet, dwarfing a laundry list of countries’ economies, so the task of launching a regulated adult-use industry alongside the oldest medical cannabis industry was not an easy task.
California’s cannabis industry and political landscape are very unique. It takes a dynamic individual to oversee California’s cannabis industry and Lori Ajax, the first and only Chief of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, is the perfect person for the position.
Lori Ajax literally has the biggest cannabis regulatory job on the planet. In an industry that is constantly evolving (especially in California), Lori Ajax is right in the middle of it all, obtaining invaluable insight and experience along the way.
She is truly a wealth of knowledge, which is one of many reasons why the International Cannabis Business Conference is proud to announce that Lori Ajax will be a keynote speaker at our upcoming event in Vancouver, British Columbia September 15-16. This is the first time that Chief Lori Ajax will be speaking about cannabis regulations at a conference outside of the U.S. and it is sure to be very informative.
Chief Ajax will also be discussing what she is learning about Canada’s industry and regulations, which will be very useful information for Canadian cannabis industry members to hear about given Ajax’s expertise and experience.
“I’m excited to be able to participate in the upcoming International Cannabis Business Conference. It’s been great to be a part of the California event for the past few years, and I’m really looking forward to learning more about Canada’s legal cannabis market and see if there are lessons to be learned for California’s cannabis industry.” Ajax said.
Canada is the only country pursuing the implementation of a robust, nationwide adult-use cannabis industry. Because of that, it’s hard to find something to compare Canada’s industry against in an attempt to gain insights. The one exception is the state of California.
California has a larger population than Canada, and also has a patchwork of industry regulations that vary by region as Canada does. Canadian cannabis entrepreneurs can learn a great deal by examining what California is doing.
It’s not every day that you get to hear from someone that is at the forefront of cannabis regulation, especially for a market the size of California. If you are a part of Canada’s emerging cannabis industry, or you are looking to get involved, the International Cannabis Business Conference is the place to be September 15-16. You will not want to miss this opportunity!
In addition to Lori Ajax the International Cannabis Business Conference in Vancouver will feature a number of speakers that are true experts in their fields. Additional conference topics will include:
- Canadian cannabis regulations and policy
- Regulatory models for edibles, topicals, and extracts
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Vetting investments with an eye on emerging international markets
- Craft cannabis
- Cannabis exports
- Extraction science and technology
- Strategic partnerships
The International Cannabis Business Conference is known for its networking opportunities and our Vancouver event will be no exception. This year’s Vancouver event will feature a yacht after-party headlined by DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill. You do not want to miss it!