OMBC Program: Ed Rosenthal, OLCC Chair, Business Basics, Tommy Chong and More!


The Oregon Marijuana Business Conference (OMBC) returns to Ashland on November 19th at an important time for the cannabis industry, as there have been many changes to the state’s medical and adult use laws. The OMBC will have those in the industry, or thinking of joining the industry, prepared for whatever cannabis business license they choose, while providing a fun, engaging event that will allow for tremendous networking opportunities. You can check out the OMBC’s schedule here.

Full disclosure, I help organize the conference and its content, so I may be biased, but I, and everyone at the OMBC, take the job very seriously. We understand that we are asking many small farmers and business owners to part with their hard-earned cash, so we want to make sure that they get their money’s worth. We are activists first and foremost and we want to see mom-and-pops thrive and patients getting safe access to their medicine. The OMBC is an informational event, but it also is a venue for advocates to organize, share ideas, and work towards protecting and improving Oregon’s marijuana laws.

The OMBC kicks off with the Guru of Ganja, Ed Rosenthal, a longtime cannabis expert and activist who always speaks his mind. Not all of us will necessarily agree with all of the political positions of Mr. Rosenthal, but you have to respect the man’s passion and knowledge. Growers should really take advantage of the opportunity to pick the brain of such a legendary cannabis cultivator. The Guru of Ganja will be followed by Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) Chair Rob Patridge, the man leading the regulatory body given the huge task of starting the state’s licensed and regulated commercial cannabis system. If you want to know why the OLCC has made some of their decisions or share your perspective about the state’s regulations, the OMBC is the place to do it.

After the two opening speakers, the OMBC will delve into the basics of licensing, reporting, tracking, testing, labeling, and packaging; basically everything folks will need to know to be a medical or recreational cannabis entrepreneur in the Beaver State. Each panel will feature experts and attorneys, providing attendees the chance to get some answers to their burning questions. There are some important elections on the November ballot, as cities and counties across the state will determine whether they ban cannabis businesses, so it is only fitting that the OMBC include a panel that focuses on local regulations.

The cannabis community will be in for a treat at the conclusion of the conference when the one-and-only Tommy Chong will be on hand with Celebstoner’s Steve Bloom for an exclusive celebrity interview covering his life and career. Saturday night, OMBC attendees will be able to network and unwind with an exclusive concert performance by hip-hop legend Del the Funky Homosapien.

With so many changes to Oregon’s marijuana laws, tickets will go fast. Get your tickets before early bird pricing end November 2nd. 

The OMBC Program:

OMBC Ashland Schedule


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.