The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) has been bringing its unique combination of business information, advocacy and entertainment around the globe over the last four years. This Feb. 1 and 2, the ICBC returns to San Francisco for the fourth time with its trademark blend of all things cannabis at the Hyatt Embarcadero. Featured speakers at its events have included California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, travel guru Rick Steves and cultural rock icon Henry Rollins.
With legal, regulated, and taxed cannabis sales just starting on Jan. 1, the ICBC will be a great time to check in with state regulators, activists, and entrepreneurs to learn about the latest developments in local and state licensing and compliance while getting a heads up on likely regulatory changes. The ICBC, with previous stops in Portland, Berlin and Vancouver, is a truly global event, this San Francisco conference will be a California-dominated event.
If you need answers about statewide cannabis business regulations, you might as well get the answers directly from the Golden State’s “Cannabis Czar,” Lori Ajax, Chief of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. Ajax will be on hand to answer attendees burning questions, as well as fellow BCC regulator Alex Traverso. Of course, the recent decision by Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end Obama-Administration protections for state-regulated cannabis businesses will be on everyone’s mind and the ICBC will cover how entrepreneurs can best protect themselves.
Many experienced cannabis industry professionals will be sharing tips of the trade, including Magnolia Wellness Director Debby Goldsberry (a true cannabis law reform pioneer), PRØHBTD Media CEO Drake Sutton-Shearer, and Lindsay Robinson, Executive Director of the California Cannabis Industry Association. Longtime activist and comedian Ngaio Bealum will be the MC of the event, keeping everyone focused and entertained at the same time.
“We are excited to be returning to San Francisco at such an exciting and important time for the cannabis legalization movement,” stated Alex Rogers, founder of the ICBC. “We thought that holding our conference a month after legalized sales began in California was a big enough reason to get back to the Bay Area, but now Jeff Sessions has made the ICBC even more crucial to the industry. It is imperative that cannabis businesses know the ins and outs of local regulations while also doing all that they can to avoid federal interference.”
In addition to the world-class speakers, the ICBC is known for its networking events and this year’s San Francisco event won’t be any different. The opening VIP party will include cannabis icon Tommy Chong as an attendee and DJ Muggs, of Cypress Hill fame, will be spinning at the after party.
“In any business, who you know can be just as important as what you know. The ICBC’s networking events have achieved legendary status, in both their entertainment value, and the deals that have been brokered,” said Rogers. “The ICBC prides itself on creating a friendly atmosphere devoid of cliques and divisions. The event really fosters a collaborative networking environment that can help nurture new business relationships.”
With the world’s sixth largest economy, the opportunities for cannabis business opportunities are immense. However, the competition is fierce, regulations change, and the political landscape can be difficult to gauge at times. With information being powerful and there being strength in numbers, anyone in the California cannabis industry, or thinking of joining, would be wise to learn the latest and network with like-minded professionals at the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco this Feb. 1 and 2.
For more information and to purchase conference tickets visit www.internationalcbc.com or call (888) 920-6076. The event is expected to sell out and tickets go up in price at the door.