With a spring event in New York, and the fall event coming up in LA “The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCBExpo) is the definitive business event for the cannabis industry. Exhibitors and sponsors bring cutting-edge solutions to owners and managers of businesses in this fast-growing industry, and a wealth of opportunity and knowledge to those looking to enter the market with potential partners and investors.” The event will be held September 16-19th at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and tickets are still available on the website for anyone over the age of 18.

September 16th will be separate admittance to in-depth workshops covering available careers in the cannabis industry (including a job fair), how to open a cannabis business, and a pre-conference Marijuana Investor Summit. The next two days are full of educational sessions, and this year’s schedule is packed with big names, including several exciting Keynote speakers. Musician, Academy Award Winner, entrepreneur and cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge will be speaking on the 17th. The CWCB press release quotes Etheridge as saying “I was extremely honored to be asked to speak at the CWCBExpo because as a Cancer survivor, who discovered the unparalleled medical benefits of cannabis during my recovery, I feel very passionate about helping to remove the negative stigma and educating people about its real medicinal value.” George Zimmer, founder of Men’s Wearhouse and zTailors, is another Keynote speaker. “Mr. Zimmer is also a noted philanthropist and scholar graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Economics. He was the recipient of the Kupfer Award given by Mays Business School. He is a supporter of the research on the therapeutic use of MDMA. He also was a strong advocate of Proposition 19 in California.” Ethan Nadelmann will be the Keynote speaker on the afternoon of the 17th, returning to the organization after giving an inspirational Keynote at CWCBExpo this spring in New York. Nadelmann is the Founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy, and his group has played a major role in drug policy reform with marijuana policy and more. “They also have reformed state and federal laws involving drug sentencing, access to sterile syringes to reduce HIV/AIDS, access to drug treatment, prevention of overdose fatalities, and all aspects of marijuana policy,” the CWCBExpo Press Release says of Nadelmann and his associates.

There will also be an Expo Hall open to attendees on the 17th and 18th, where vendors and sponsors will be showcasing their products and services. You can keep an eye out for the DCN team in the Expo Hall, where we will be interviewing, and showcasing emerging startups and entrepreneurs in the industry. On the 19th, there will be a post-conference workshop available, also with separate admittance required. This workshop is called “Become an Expert in the Marijuana Industry” and it will cover everything from the essentials of learning how to open and sustain a cannabis business, such as a dispensary, to the essentials of cooking with and extracting cannabis. According to the website, “Completion of this course includes a certification from CCI [Cannabis Career Institute], as well as allowing you to attend as many as you like across the country for this low one-time fee.”

Anyone looking to break into the burgeoning legal cannabis industry, in any part of the country, will benefit from the information to be presented at this conference. If you are trying to plan your trip, or find a place to stay, you can check the CWCBExpo website for more details on partner organizations.

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