Normally, the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) is a two-day affair, but for the first time ever, the ICBC in San Francisco will be a one-day crash course delving into the upcoming California cannabis market. With this being the first business conference of its type following the historic passage of the Prop 64 legalization measure, the San Francisco ICBC will hold off on the usual international panels, saving that for the Berlin conference in April.
“When entrepreneurs and businesses are preparing for state regulations we have found that a one-day conference can be about as effective as a two-day event,” states ICBC lead producer, Alex Rogers. “This is a model that we have utilized for the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference to great success, as California’s northern neighbor has rolled out commercial rules.”
Over the last few years California has seen a tidal wave of policy changes related to commercial cannabis activity, culminating with the historic November election. This panel will feature several speakers from the state regulatory agencies tasked with regulating and licensing cannabis businesses in California. This panel will deliver up-to-date and accurate information regarding the status of forthcoming state regulations and licenses across all facets of the industry.Distribution Models and License Types
A hot topic among all consumer brands and manufactures, our panelists include those with experience in a diverse number of distribution models including agricultural cooperatives, independent distributors, online wholesale marketplace platforms, aggregation and processing centers, transportation-only and security providers. The panel will provide a comprehensive analysis of license types and distribution models conducive to all types and sizes of operators and their needs.
Public Markets Financing and Cannabis Stocks
With investor interest in cannabis at an all-time high, our panel focusing on public cannabis companies will highlight issues faced by investors looking to invest domestically, as well as opportunities on the regulated exchanges in Canada. We will also examine go-public strategies and the pros and cons of specific exchanges for companies considering a public market financing strategy. Our panel will include analysts along with CEOs of public cannabis companies.
Consumer Technology and Branding
Cannabis has gone mainstream, which means ratcheting up innovation and focusing on brand are crucial factors for success. Our panel features cannabis industry disrupters along with media professionals from fortune 500 companies, discussing the new competitive paradigm, including a focus on recreational consumers.
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