The Cannabis Business Summit and Expo hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association was selected by The Cannabist as the best cannabis business event of 2016. This year’s event, which is the fourth annual, takes place next week in Oakland and is sure to be even better than ever. I number of my friends and heroes will be in attendance. The exhibitor floor has been sold out for weeks, and is going to feature over 250 of the top companies in the cannabis space.
In addition to a fantastic exhibitor floor, the event is going to feature the tops speakers in the cannabis world today. The event will also be keynoted by former Mexican President Vicente Fox. As I said before, this is as high profile of a speaker at a cannabis event as I have ever seen. Vicente Fox has been a longtime supporter of cannabis reform, having expressed support for cannabis reform in Mexico as far back as 2009.
I can’t wait to hear what President Fox has to say. He has recently come out with some very strong words against Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, which is being touted as a way to support the harmful War on Drugs. Mexico has made some big changes to its cannabis policy in recent years, with a Supreme Court ruling in favor of medical cannabis as well as pending legislation that would officially legalize medical cannabis in Mexico.
Another thing that I am very excited to see at the event is a book signing session by some of the top authors in the cannabis world. Below is who will be participating:
John Hudak, Author of Marijuana: A Short History
Uwe Blesching, Author of The Cannabis Health Index
Chris Conrad, Author of The Newbies Guide to Cannabis and the Industry
Donna Shields, MS, RDN, Contributor to Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook
Steve DeAngelo, Author of The Cannabis Manifesto
Jorge Cervantes, Author of numerous titles including: Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible
The Summit is going to have industry tours, world class panels, and unparalleled networking opportunities. It is taking place June 12-14. The event is sure to sell out, but I am told that a limited number of tickets are still available. Get your tickets while you still can!