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It’s not a question of if we’ll see more legalization of the cannabis industry, either for medical or recreational use. The question is when we’ll see more states and countries legalize this burgeoning and exciting industry. We’re preparing you to be optimally positioned in the marketplace with proven business and legal strategies developed by experts all over the world. Learn from, and network with, the top lawyers, politicians and business leaders in the industry. With two full days of presentations and networking events, you’ll depart with renewed confidence in whatever business venture you have in mind.
The conference starts with a keynote speech by Andrew Sullivan, a lively and very informed journalist who left Newsweek to trail blaze his own path on his blog, The Dish, which has more subscribers than any other exclusively online journalism site and is ranked by Playboy as the top political blog in America. We're excited to see what Sully has to say about all the recent changes in regards to the mainstream acceptance of legal cannabis use and production.
U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer will be on hand to discuss the long overdue work to reform federal marijuana laws, along with Oregon's own Peter Buckley from the House of Representatives and Floyd Prozanski from the Oregon Senate.
Lest we forget this is an international conference, with attendees from all over the globe, we are also proud to have Laura Blanco de León, President of the Association of Cannabis Studies of Uruguay, as well as Phillipe Lucas, Vice President of Patient Research and Services at Tilray, Canada's premiere marijuana dispensary.
We are also honored to have Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California and the star of the Discovery Channel mini series, “Weed Wars”.
Finally, don't miss out on our speaker luncheons, with cannabis guru Ed Rosenthal and hemp activist and author Doug Fine. This is your chance to meet and greet the top experts in the industry. Also, there will be numerous vendors from the cannabis industry with the latest products and innovations for all of your business needs. Check them out during one of the breaks.
The conference continues with a host of speakers from across the globe that will provide you with real-world experience that can benefit any entrepreneur or business.
September 13 and September 14, 2014
in the Portland Ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center