Paramus, NJ —The leading business to business trade show and educational conference for “Cannabis” from Industrial Hemp CBD and medical marijuana markets, Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo), delivered more than 3,400 attendees to the September 16-18, event at the Los Angeles Convention Center. With plenty of activity on the show floor, learning in the classrooms, and media attention, the CWCBExpo in LA and NY have become the most important business and awareness building cannabis events for this burgeoning market.
“CWCBExpo in LA went very well for CannabisBuyer,” said Clark Metcalfe of CannabisBuyer and Gold Sponsor of CWCBExpo LA. “A lot of people and media came by our booth and we captured a lot of leads.”
Added Commercial Grower Services, “Our brand, Dutch Master Nutrients, was a Gold Sponsor of the CWCBExpo in LA and we were most impressed by the quality of attendee,” said Darnah Latten, Dutch Master Nutrients, also a CWCBExpo in LA Gold Sponsor. “We came to the show with a big announcement to make and were pleased with the press exposure available to us, as well as the support from the expo staff to ensure our news was heard. This was a true B2B show, bringing a mainstream level of professionalism to a cannabis trade show.”
Kicking off the CWCBExpo in LA were three powerful Keynote Speakers, starting with the rallying cry of Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance for California to become a true global leader in responsible cannabis regulation.
Award winning songwriter and singer, Melissa Etheridge, shared her personal journey with marijuana and received a standing ovation for her inspiring words on the positive power of cannabis and bringing the recreational and business worlds together.
Iconic businessman, George Zimmer, founder of Men’s Wearhouse, zTailors and GenerationTux.com, delivered a Keynote Address that strongly talked about how the perception of marijuana needs to be de-demonized and that those in the business must not forget that they need to create meaningful lives while making a profit.
As the classroom to the industry, the CWCBExpo in LA conference program began with the well-attended workshop Marijuana Investor Summit and included the Cannabis Careers & Job Fair, and the certification program for “How to Open a Cannabis Business.”
The sessions on Sept. 17-18 covered five essential tracks for business growth and success including Creating Your Business; Running Your Business; Business Growth; Industry Leaders; and Cannabis Future. Popular sessions included “Capitalizing on the Senior Market While Providing a Service;” “Road to Legalization in California;” “Banking, Payment Processing & Cash Management;” “Edibles: Food Safety & Regulations;” “What Women Want from the Cannabis Industry;” and discussions on the emerging industrial hemp market.
CWCBExpo in LA garnered the support of two leading industry advocacy agents of change, the Coalition for Access Now and Realm of Caring. As Cornerstone Sponsors, these two non-profits lent their expertise gained from putting patients first and presented the well-attended panel on “Sports Pain Management & Cannabis,” as well as the Melissa Etheridge keynote. Paige Figi, co-founder of Realm of Caring and Executive Director of Coalition for Access Now and mother of Charlotte (of Charlotte’s Web CBD fame), introduced Melissa Etheridge’s keynote. The Coalition for Access Now and Realm of Caring also had booths at CWCBExpo In LA and shared information and updates on current lobbying efforts and organizational activities with attendees.
“CWCBExpo LA was the perfect forum to interact with industry, suppliers, advocates and the media,” said Geoff Whaling, Founding Board Member of the Coalition for Access Now. “CWCBExpo presented a first class, industry event that showcased the leaders of this important emerging industry.”
The consistently busy expo floor featured a diverse range of innovative products and services. Platinum Sponsor G FarmaLabs’ stylish booth featured the company’s marijuana-infused chocolates, cannabis oils and vape pens. Gold Sponsor
CannabisBuyer was showcasing its system designed to facilitate the needs of Cultivators, Consumers, Dispensaries, and Delivery Services. Commercial Grower Services, also a Gold Sponsor, featured its specialized products and services to medical and recreational commercial cannabis cultivators. The Press Office and Keynote Sponsor was Dixie Elixirs, a leading manufacturer of cannabis infused products.
Plans are already underway for the 2016 East and West Coast CWCBExpo events. CWCBExpo in NY will take place June 15-17, 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY and CWCBExpo in LA is scheduled for September 7-9, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA. For more information on sponsoring, exhibiting, or attending a CWCBExpo event, contact, Christine Ianuzzi, at email: [email protected] and phone: 201-881-1602.
About International Cannabis Association
The International Cannabis Association (ICA) provides the resources necessary for professionals to succeed in the cannabis industry. Whether considering starting a cannabis business, taking an existing cannabis business to the next level or expanding service to support the cannabis industry, the ICA is here to help. By offering educational conferences and networking events, the International Cannabis Association brings together experts from across the cannabis industry as well as individuals simply interested in getting started. As the cannabis industry’s business-to-business association, the ICA is the professional’s source for timely, entrepreneurial and high-quality information. For more information visit www.internationalcannabisassociation.com
About Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo)
The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo) are produced by Leading Edge Expositions in partnership with the International Cannabis Association (ICA). The events are the leading professional forums for dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, legal counsel, and entrepreneurs looking to achieve business success and identify new areas of growth in this dynamic industry. To learn more about the CWCBExpos go to www.cwcbexpo.com. Connect on Twitter/CWCBExpo and Facebook/CWCBExpo.