The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) has flourished into the world’s premier cannabis business-to-business (B2B) event in the four years since it first debuted in Portland, just before Oregon became the third state to legalize cannabis. While in hindsight it seems easy to predict that the global marijuana market would heat up, no one knew how quickly the legalization movement would spread from nation to nation. This September 27th-28th, at the downtown Hilton, the ICBC returns to Portland with its unique blend of business, politics, culture, and networking opportunities. Purchase your ICBC Portland tickets soon, saving yourself $200, as “early bird” tickets end in one week, on September 12th.

As always, the ICBC will provide crucial information for those in the cannabis industry or those thinking of joining. After a welcome message from Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, one of our top allies fighting for sensible laws in Congress, the executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and several regulators, will present the latest pertinent regulatory information and take questions from attendees. After the OLCC panel, ICBC attendees will hear about the exciting Canadian financial markets and learn how reverse mergers in the Great White North can help U.S. companies flourish.

In addition to presenting critical information about raising capital, performing your due diligence, forming strategic partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, terpenes, and the CBD market, the ICBC Portland features the unique opportunity for local cannabis businesses to pitch their company in front of a room filled with investors and fellow entrepreneurs. The ICBC’s Mom and Pop Pitch Event will give at least four craft cannabis companies the chance to discuss their company’s background and potential future, with one Oregon-licensed cannabis business walking away with a $10,000 award, no strings attached. If you know of a worthy local business, please urge them to apply. Applications are accepted until September 17th at 5pm.

As usual, the ICBC’s networking events are top-notch, kicking off with a VIP event on September 27th and an exclusive after-party at the Spirit of 77 following the conference on the 28th. DJ Muggs of the legendary hip-hop group Cypress Hill will be spinning at the after-party, keeping attendees engaged and the networking going. This is an event that should not be missed! For more information about the ICBC, visit: www.internationalcbc.com.