Cannabis Industry Events Across Coasts

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One of the surest ways to become more connected in the cannabis industry is to attend marijuana trade shows. You’ll be presented with countless networking opportunities as you meet growers, glass blowers, dispensary gurus and edible engineers. On top of that, you also get to enjoy listening to valuable lectures by leading industry experts.

If you want to break into the cannabis industry, and you live on the West Coast, you will want to give the International Cannabis Business Conference a look. It is scheduled to take place in Portland, Oregon on September 9, 2014.

The conference will feature some of the pre-eminent voices in the cannabis industry, such as United States Congressman Earl Blumenauer and legendary cannabis cultivator Ed Rosenthal. Event organizers hope to provide a networking platform for those in the cannabis industry, as well as lend important insight to marijuana laws in Oregon, Washington, California and Colorado.

Speakers will discuss a wide variety of topics, ranging from dispensary operations to cannabis investment opportunities. The International Cannabis Business Conference will be at the spacious Oregon Convention Center in the Portland Ballroom. Cannabis industry members on the West Coast should definitely attend this convention.

If you are on the East Coast, don’t worry; you haven’t been left out.  On September 9, 2014 in Thontosassa, Florida, the National Cannabis Industry Association will be hosting an event called Florida: Medical Marijuana Fundraiser at Mision Lago.

While not strictly a cannabis trade show, this event is perfect for novice and intermediate cannabis industry members to network with industry leaders like Aaron Smith, NCIA’s executive director, and Steven DeAngelo, co-founder and executive director of Harbor Side Health Center.

The event will provide information for the medical marijuana legalization effort in Florida; and all funds raised at this event will go towards cannabis advocacy groups Students For Sensible Drug Policy and United for Care.

The future of Florida’s cannabis industry will be determined within the next two months; if you want to get in on the ground floor, this is where you need to be. You will not find a better collection of experts, entrepreneurs and people just like you looking for their own slice of Florida’s cannabis market.

If you want to get into the future of Florida’s cannabis market and you can’t make the September 9  deadline, don’t worry because there is an alternative event on September 20. The organization Florida Medical Marijuana Business Seminars, in collaboration with HighDrive Digital Group, will be hosting a seminar on the future of the Florida medical marijuana. There you will hear lectures given on the economics of dispensaries, licensing procedures, and marijuana law.

If you live on the North East and don’t feel like making the 30 hour drive to Florida, the International Cannabis Association will be hosting their 2014 East Coast Cannabis Business Expo & Regulatory Summit on October 11-13, 2014.

If you’re located in the middle of the country, don’t worry there are a couple marijuana conference for you. The organization Marijuana Investment Conferences will be hosting a conference on September 8, 2014, in Houston, Texas; the conference is intended for marijuana investors and entrepreneurs alike.

Ten days later, in Chicago, the ArcView Group will hold an event for accredited investors on September 18. This event will have a “Shark Tank” component to it, but with cannabis. You will hear pitches and business plans from dozens of herbal entrepreneurs; if you’ve been flush with cash yet short on ideas, this event is ideal for you.

No matter where you are in the cannabis industry, coming together with your fellow industry members will be good for your marijuana-related endeavors. Networking with industry leaders and learning from experts is one of the only ways you will reach your full potential as an herbal entrepreneur.

Even if you don’t attend these upcoming events, stay on the lookout for more events in the cannabis industry because the more you know the more you’ll grow.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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