After Another Successful OMBC, Organizers Prep for the Next ICBC in Berlin

   

The Oregon Marijuana Business Conference (OMBC) last weekend was another sold-out event that brought cannabis industry participants, and those thinking of joining, to beautiful Ashland to learn the latest about Oregon’s medical and adult use cannabis laws. An amazing VIP pre-party on Friday kicked off the the conference as the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites were excellent  hosts and Ed Rosenthal, the Guru of Ganja, and OMBC lead producer Alex Rogers shared a few words with party attendees. Compassionate Oregon hosted a great after-party following the VIP event and the OMBC staff and management were certainly very understanding of the celebratory mood of conference attendees.

Rosenthal, never one to mince words or sugar coat anything, kicked off the conference on Saturday morning with a keynote address that was both sobering about the potential challenges ahead, potentially from the incoming Donald Trump Administration, but also hopeful as he discussed that overcoming difficult times is nothing new to the cannabis community. The Guru of Ganja finished his address with a celebration of the cannabis plant and what it has done for himself and many others across the globe.

Rob Patridge, the Chair of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), ventured into the belly of the beast so to speak to discuss the OLCC’s regulations of the adult use commercial cannabis market. While no one is happy with all of the state’s regulations, many in the industry, at the OMBC and across the state, acknowledge that the OLCC has been relatively responsive to the needs of the industry. Chair Patridge took questions from the audience and two OLCC staffers, Amanda Borup and Danica Hibpshman, served on a couple of panels to provide the latest information for conference attendees. The OLCC contingent stressed that they want to help the cannabis industry to succeed and that questions can be directed to marijuana@oregon.gov.

All of the panels were filled with experts in various fields of the industry, as attendees learned about virtually every facet of the cannabis industry, including licensing; testing; packaging; labeling; employment law; intellectual property law; and new provisions in the law intended to help small farmers and those cultivating for patients. Steve Bloom’s interview with Tommy Chong capped off the conference as the cannabis cultural icon discussed politics, activism and his long career in music, comedy and the cannabis industry. OMBC attendees were then treated to an exclusive performance by hip-hop legend Del the Funky Homosapien, who once again rocked a packed Brickroom with his unique hip-hop style.

All of us working on the OMBC put in a ton of work and are proud to provide great information and networking opportunities for the amazing people in the cannabis industry. We are so excited to head to Europe for the first time as we organize the next International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Berlin on April 11-12, 2017. Germany has legalized medical cannabis and the economic powerhouse is poised to be a force in the international cannabis scene. We would like to thank everyone who helped with the OMBC, especially the vendors, speakers and attendees who make it all possible. If you are able, you should join us for a historic ICBC in Berlin as we continue the momentum behind our global fight for freedom for the cannabis community.

OMBC crowd
OMBC attendees learned the latest about Oregon’s cannabis laws.
OMBC vendors
Amazing vendors filled the expo rooms at the OMBC.
Del Brickroom 2016
Hip-hop legend Del the Funky Homosapien wowed OMBC attendees who packed Ashland’s Brickroom for an exclusive concert performance.

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.