The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) has sold out events in Oregon, where cannabis is now legal and in California, where legalization is expected to pass this November, by bringing in top advocates and entrepreneurs from around the world. The ICBC is heading across the border for the first time, travelling to Vancouver, British Columbia, where the federal Canadian government is moving towards implementing legalization across the nation.
Speakers at this week’s event include Dr. Gabor Mate, a Vancouver-based physician renowned for his writing about the science of addiction, and Kirk Tousaw, a lawyer and cannabis reform advocate. Tommy Chong, another cannabis legend with ties to Vancouver, will also appear.
Friday’s keynote speaker will be Brendan Kennedy, CEO of Privateer Holdings, a private company based in Seattle with employees in five countries (including about 130 Canada), and ambitions to be a leader in both the medicinal and recreational cannabis markets.
Privateer subsidiary Tilray, a federally licensed cannabis production facility on Vancouver Island, made history this year by becoming the first Canadian company to legally export medical marijuana overseas, said Kennedy, adding: “We’ve always viewed this industry as a global industry.”
Kennedy said he looks forward to the conference as an opportunity to keep pace with the rapidly changing landscape of the bud business.
Attendees of the ICBC will learn from, and network with, industry lawyers, experts and entrepreneurs from around the globe. As the Vancouver Sun, noted, there will be great speakers at the event and there aren’t many places where you can learn from renowned experts AND have the chance to hear from, and meet, cannabis icon Tommy Chong. If you can make it to the Vancouver area on October 13-14, and are in the cannabis industry, then the ICBC should be on your agenda.