Alex Rogers, Executive Producer of the International Cannabis Business Conference, welcomes conference attendees and provides an overview of the conference schedule, including the panels and speakers that will be providing presentations and interviews.
The CBD market and hemp crops are two new realities with great expansion in Spain and Europe. Today we can find multiple actors in this field like small stores that offer CBD based products, alchemists who are starting their first company, Spanish pharmaceutical companies developing creams with CBD or large multinationals placing their brand. The lack of clarity regarding regulatory measures and some stock seizures make this a constantly evolving field.
ATTORNEY AND FOUNDER
FORMER CONGRESSMAN IN SPAIN
CANNABIS REGULATION ACTIVIST
AKERNA I MJ FREEWAY
In the last 3 years, progress has been made regarding cannabis regulation in Spain, however, additional reforms are still needed. Panelists will analyze the current political, legal, and social climate regarding cannabis policy in Spain and will discuss the great social and economic opportunities that will be generated by a robust legal cannabis industry.
Cannabis companies in the U.K., Spain, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, and the Netherlands are seeking to build a domestic supply for medicinal cannabis in the EU, while low-cost producers in Colombia and South Africa are also vying for the European market. With the downturn of the Canadian public markets in 2019, valuations have declined, and investors are rightfully cautious. Operators need to be more calculated and strategic to secure necessary capital and establish market share in this competitive landscape. Spain's climate and membership in the EU provide a unique opportunity for compliant companies to become leading producers of high-quality, affordable medicinal cannabis products for the world. Additionally, as the industry expands, opportunities continue to open up for ancillary service providers and product manufacturers to support the sector. In this session, Nic Easley, CEO of 3C Consulting and CEO & Managing Director of Multiverse Capital, will share with entrepreneurs and investors a bird' s-eye view of the global industry and what you need to understand to see your cannabis venture clearly in 2020 and beyond with 20/20 vision.
One of the more difficult frontiers of the industry to navigate is developing in Europe because of a patchwork of laws far from cannabis on both a regional and national level. Exports and imports is the place where most of this confusion meets. The changing regulatory environment beyond that as international trade laws impact the conversation, creates a complicated, if not volatile, regulatory framework for businesses to work within. Bob Hoban, Founder and President of Hoban Law Group, will explore the intricacies of cannabis imports and exports in detail.
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
HOBAN LAW GROUP
CO-FOUNDER & GENERAL MANAGER
HARBORSIDE HEALTH CENTER
Providing a world-class cannabis product or service is only part of the equation for cannabis industry success. Your product or service cannot be viable if no one knows about it. Panelists will share their tips, tricks, and insight to educate you about the best ways to get your company in front of the right people in a way that will have a lasting impact.
HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, BOVEDA
FOUNDER OF THE KARMA CUP
Industry growth is being propelled by advances from purpose-made innovations. Novel hardware, software, and other IP provide efficiency, scale, and sales channels to help operators navigate our hyper-regulated Industry. Our panel of leading entrepreneurs and tech executives will discuss the impact and differentiation provided by tech, and its impact on industry competition.
Dana Rohrabacher represented California's 48th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1989 to 2019. During his tenure in Congress Rohrabacher was a champion for cannabis reform and led the push for pro-cannabis legislation at the federal level. In this insightful interview, Dana Rohrabacher will discuss cannabis politics in the U.S. and share stories about his experiences fighting for sensible cannabis laws over a span of several decades.
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