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The legal cannabis industry is both global and local. On the one hand it must cope with obstacles and risks that are specific to a given municipality or even neighborhood. On the other it gets to participate in a worldwide phenomenon with constant opportunities defined by physiology and economics.
As a popular bumper sticker has long advised, cannabis entrepreneurs and investors must “think globally [to] act locally.”
Marijuana Investor Summit’s upcoming “The World of Cannabis” will give the subject the type of global inquiry it deserves, for the benefit of both entrepreneurs and investors. The World of Cannabis, at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 15-16, is part of the MJIC Media commitment to connect the cannabis investment community with the best brands and the most innovative entrepreneurs in the industry. Experts will discuss the regulations, investment rules, and opportunities in their regions and around the world.
A Festival Atmosphere
Yes, MJIC Media is aware that this isn’t the only marijuana industry event convening in Las Vegas this November. There’s also the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. The two events share not just a city, but a street, even a corner.
On Nov. 13- 15, Vegas will also host the Arcview Investor Forum a few days earlier at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. At that event, investors will review pitches from more than 20 companies.
Randy Shipley, founder and chief executive officer of CannaFundr.com, president of MJIC Media, said that he’s received anxious queries about the timing of The World of Cannabis from people involved with other events being held at the same time, including the MJ Biz Conference & Expo at the Rio. “Why hold distinct summits across the street from one another on West Flamingo?” they asked.
His reply: this will benefit all other events, and will benefit the industry itself, by creating cross-fertilization and a festival atmosphere. Shipley sees these events as the seed of a marijuana industry analogous to SXSW, the annual polycentric film and music festival in Austin, Texas. This is a propitious time for such a festival. Nine states in the U.S. will have voted on marijuana liberalization initiatives only a week before. The outcomes of those votes will give the participants on either side of West Flamingo much to discuss.
Diving into the Pool
But to return specifically to The World of Cannabis, the event starts with a deep dive into the ever-expanding global scene, using American marijuana initiatives as one of many springboards.
In addition to the panel discussions of international and state-by-state developments, and an awards ceremony, The World of Cannabis will include four Emerging Brands showcases, which are an opportunity for companies to pitch their products and services for review and rating by growers and retailers, with audience participation.
The World of Cannabis recognizes the importance of educational content and networking for attendees and offers unique content and opportunities for networking on both days of their event.
The Science and Medicine of Cannabis will be held starting at 1:00 p.m. on Nov. 16 and features sessions on the use of cannabis to treat multiple conditions and how patients can use different methods and strains to properly medicate.
Open – Invest – Purchase on the morning of Nov. 16 is a primer covering the different types of cannabis businesses, regulatory compliance, banking, application processes, licensing, branding and more!
For anyone that has attended past events produced by MJIC, they know that “We do networking right!” This year, we feature a 7,000 square-foot Networking Arena attached to our sessions room where anyone interested in cannabis can network and meet with 50+ companies, speakers and organizations. Best of all, there is no charge to come and network all day on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
The Cannabis Industry Awards, on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 15, is a “green carpet” event at the Rain Nightclub at the Palms, long heralded as a leading Las Vegas nightclub. This night of entertainment, festivity and networking starts with a VIP reception at 6:00 p.m., with general admission beginning at 7:00 p.m. The winners of Cannabis Industry Awards are chosen by a newly created academy of industry leaders. Private reserved tables, sky boxes and cabanas are available for those wishing to start the evening with the VIP reception.
The Suggested Minimum Donation
There is no charge to attend the Cannabis Industry Awards. There is a suggested minimum donation of $25 that will go to the Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (FOCUS) and Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
FOCUS offers the cannabis community the best set of standards for all cannabis operations. These standards provide a uniform, systematic, and predictable methodology to improve products and services in a cost effective and value-enhanced process. Regulators at the Federal-and state-levels appreciate and will adopt these standards. This is the standards system everyone should rely upon.
Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.
Awards to be presented by the Academy of Cannabis Science and Industry include:
- Woman-owned Business of the Year
- Lifetime Advocacy
- Entrepreneur of the Year
- Software/Tech Company of the Year
- Strain of the Year
Also presenting awards are:
- Culture Magazine
- iCAN Israel
- Minority Cannabis Business Council
- Dope Magazine
- Edibles Magazine
- 420 Games
Save the week of Nov. 14 – 18 and plan on attending a week of education and networking in Las Vegas unlike any other ever held in the cannabis industry!