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CannaCon 2016

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CannaCon is one of the largest cannabis business conventions in the world, presenting 260 vendors working within the cannabis industry and 39 seminars focused on educating the public and cannabis businesses on cannabis related topics. The three-day event has been a staple in the cannabis business world over the last two years, with nearly 6,000 attendees in 2014 and nearly 11,000 in 2015. It’s no secret that 2016’s attendance are expected to exceed last year’s in a major way, presumably bringing the attendee count per thousand well into the teens.

CannaCon’s quick-growing platform as a way for the public to view the cannabis industry conducting business and view a large selection of cannabis lifestyle vendors in one place is showing itself to serve the community well. The event satisfies the needs of many within the cannabis industry, but also supplies amenities for enthusiastic consumers intrigued by the latest and greatest innovations within the industry. With 98,500-square-feet of exhibition space, CannaCon 2016 will bring forth thousands of enthusiasts and consumers, as well as those within the cannabis retail, production and finance industries.

The varied assortment of seminars accessible at CannaCon is one of the event’s stand-out assets, producing leading voices on a variety of topics. 2016’s seminars will include a Q & A with growing authority Kyle Kushman, a breeding course with Adam Dun and a highly anticipated budtenders course with certification by Jerry Whiting of LaBlanc CNE. Seminars covering law, accounting and taxes will also be available to further expand knowledge of the financial law associated with the cannabis industry, and showcase the wide array of financial options for cannabis companies.

Of course, attendees can expect to have their fair share in terms of entertainment, so if you’re attending, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for all those celebrity sightings and signings. CannaCon will as well host a dozen food trucks for attendees’ appetite needs.

As a reminder, the event does take place on federal property, so cannabis smoking is prohibited on-site. CannaCon 2016 begins Thursday, February 18 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continues through Sat, Feb. 20 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pier 91 located at 2001 W. Garfield St., Seattle, 98119. For more information, and to register for free parking, visit www.CannaCon.org.

 

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Cannabiz Connection Presents: CannaCon Detroit Networking Mixer and After Party

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Why and when did your conference start up?

Cannabiz Connection hosts four quarterly networking mixers each year. We wanted to provide a fun atmosphere where people can connect after Day 1 of CannaCon Detroit!

 

What does your conference offer patients and business people that they can’t find anywhere else?

Networking: It is Cannabiz Connection’s biggest advantage!

 

How has the cannabis industry changed since you started this conference? Where would you like to see it go?

This industry is changing by the day! I have been involved here in Michigan for four years now, and it really is a different world now. We are finally seeing things progress in Michigan the way we always imagined!

 

What are the some of the challenges you have faced in this industry, as a cannabis-related business?

Finding the RIGHT people to work with. I had to seek a lot of sources outside of Michigan who have been involved in the regulated process in different states.

 

What is the one main thing you want patients to know about your conference?

If you’re wanting to be a part of Michigan’s legal cannabis industry, this is the event to attend! It’s your chance to meet other cannabis business professionals, investors, service providers, innovators and advocates. For sponsorship opportunities, email us at info@cannabizconnection.com!

 

What is the most important thing you hope to accomplish while in the cannabis community?

More business opportunities and patient accessibility! Even though things are moving along well in Michigan, we still have a long way to go. The stronger we build our industry and our teams, the stronger we will be as a whole.

WHAT: Cannabiz Connection Presents: CannaCon Detroit Networking Mixer and After Party

WHEN: Fri, June 1. 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

WHERE: Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit, Michigan

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Call in Sick, Summer Awaits!

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Nothing epitomizes summertime in California better than a glass of ice cold strawberry lemonade while relaxing poolside on a hot day. Now you can enjoy summertime even when you’re stuck in the office. From the first bite comes a mouth-watering tang of lemon sweetened with ripe juicy strawberries that will stimulate your senses and with just a single bite you’ll be walking on sunshine.

Not only are Kushy Punch cannabis-infused gummies moist, sumptuous and satisfying but they are free of GMOs, toxic solvents and pesticides so you can safely and sensationally elevate your day.

Made with a superior blend of 95 percent pure full-spectrum THC oil, Kushy Punch Private Reserve will transport your mind and body to bliss with a taste evocative of summertime for the ultimate and unparalleled head high experience. Using a full-spectrum cannabis oil in our edible gummies ensures the consumer receives the maximum benefits of the complete cannabis plant, the way nature intended.

With an extraordinary strawberry lemonade flavor, a powerful punch, and dosing you can count on, the summer fun has already begun with Kushy Punch’s limited-run Private Reserve cannabis gummies. Grab one (or a whole box) today from your local retail dispensary for a portable taste of summer and an adventure like no other.

 

Check out all of our award-winning Kushy Punch products online at kushypunch.com and kushycbd.com.

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MICBD Conference May 20, 2018 in Bay City, MI

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Tickets are available here.

Why and when did your conference start-up?

MICBD Group has held cannabis business conferences since 2015. Events have been featured in all over Michigan in cities like Detroit, Traverse City, Flint, Lansing and Ann Arbor.

What does your conference, offer patients/business people that they can’t find anywhere else?

MICBD Group events are different from other conferences in many ways, but the following three differences stand out:

  1. The diversity of opinions. Hearing from a broad perspective of voices is crucial in business development; each opinion is derived from personal experience and perspective, both of which can be limiting. More information is better. If you are hearing from just one legal firm or have a single source of advice, you are far less likely to be successful. Conferences which offer a single-firm, limited perspective are of limited value—and, oddly enough, seem the most expensive.
  2. Distraction-free environment for learning. There are no sales booths, no vendor tables or loudspeaker announcements at MICBD Conferences. Selling booth space and renting tables to vendors is profitable for the event company, but business conferences are not expos or a circus. If you seek a comfortable environment to learn about business, come to an MICBD Conference; if you want to buy a vaporizer or some soil, go to a store.
  3. The most business professional locations and fabulous food. The MICBD Group hosts conferences in hotels and college campuses with stunning appeal. In Traverse City, the Hagerty Center conference rooms gave attendees a stunning view of the Lake Michigan shoreline—and the atrium featured a complete sailboat! In Detroit, the Atheneum Hotel is a Greek-themed venue with two-story murals and rough-hewn marble benches. The Kensington Hotel in Ann Arbor is a historic hotel; the Radisson Hotel Lansing and the Gateway Centre in Flint are the most upscale venues in their markets. Each MICBD event except Ann Arbor has featured a full meal—and the food is always a big hit with our guests.

How has the cannabis industry changed since you started this conference? Where would you like to see it go?

Rick Thompson and Jamie Lowell have been involved in Michigan’s cannabis business space since 2009, individually. The Michigan industry has grown from a thing brave people whispered about into an industry even the tepid are clamoring to get involved in. The hardest part about watching the industry grow has been seeing it become more focused on commercial industry instead of individual compassion. Through the MICBD Conference series we try and shape the direction of the new business environment but to a very large degree the future is already designed; helping people adapt to that new canna-business space is what the MICBD Group does.

What are the some of the challenges you have faced in this industry, as a cannabis-related business?

Acceptance of our industry was slow at first but is now rapidly becoming the normal in daily life here in Michigan. The challenge we face is thinking about all the people who were disadvantaged by the slow-to-believe system during the MMA’s early years, and who paid a criminal price for their advanced thinking and early advocacy. These memories are what drive us to help people avoid those consequences; knowledge is power.

What is the one main thing you want patients and the public to know about your conference?

This comes at a crucial time for Michigan canna-business hopefuls. But maybe more important than that is the possibility for a final cannabis family reunion. The Michigan cannabis business community will be totally different in one year; faces will have dropped out, new players will be added, some cherished events will be banned, and some familiar places will be closed. Nobody knows who will remain, or in what role they will be; this is our last chance to gather as champions and celebrate the industry we made and the legacy we laid down. Lansing business owners, Ann Arbor and Detroit business owners, out-of-state and Flint and west side people should all share a drink and a meal for a final time before the “Great Upheaval of 2018” begins.

What is the most important thing you hope to accomplish while in the cannabis community?

Create a world where my children can seek the best treatment for their illnesses without being judged or made into criminals. It is the same wish all parents have. And if we get to kick some ass along the way, well, that’s just bonus.

 

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