CLEVELAND, July 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The 2019 Cannabis Conference, presented by Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary, owned by GIE Media Inc., will bring industry stakeholders together to engage the biggest opportunities and challenges facing the legal cannabis market. The three-day event will be held at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., April 1-3, 2019.
Initial details are available now at http://www.cannabisconference.com/. More information—including speakers, sessions and other conference events—will be announced in the coming months.
The Cannabis Conference will expand the successes of previous events’ cultivation education and will include for the first time a dispensary track for retail businesses and employees. The conference will feature in-depth educational programming on cannabis cultivation and business operations, as well as the most informed industry perspectives on retail management and customer engagement. The Cannabis Conference exhibition hall will feature industry-leading technologies, solutions and services for the professional cannabis cultivator and retail businesses.
This premier industry event will offer unprecedented insights into the dynamic cannabis space at a time when business growth and legalization are intersecting in new markets almost every day. Growers and dispensary employees will gain solid insights to help ensure their companies are successful over the long term.
The educational program for the Cannabis Conference is being developed by professional cultivators, retailers and industry leaders who comprise the 2019 Cannabis Conference advisory board, in partnership with the editorial team behind Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary.
Booth space and sponsorship opportunities for the event are now available. More information on these can be found at http://www.cannabisconference.com/.
Attendee registration is open, and early bird pricing is now available. (Save 60 percent on the Cannabis Conference all-access pass by registering by Aug. 31!) Registration information can be found at http://www.cannabisconference.com/.
About the 2019 Cannabis Conference
The 2019 Cannabis Conference is presented by Cannabis
A native of New Jersey, Ryan Smith is a graduate of Yale University who had a stint on Wall Street, spent time at a software startup in San Francisco and worked in the finance departments at Gap and Dollar General.
Several years ago, Smith was managing a Habitat for Humanity store in Denver, Colorado, where an entirely new industry was taking off: legal marijuana.
Smith said he was attracted to the industry because of the unique chance to get in on the ground floor and bring some of his expertise to a rapidly professionalizing industry.
“At least in my lifetime there’s not going to be another opportunity like this where my experience plays well,” said Smith, while adding: “I’ve never done an illegal drug in my life, so I’m the perfect guy for this.”
As chief operating officer of Cure Holdings, Smith is an expert on the evolving landscape of state marijuana regulations, focusing on states where marijuana laws were changing and the company could profitably expand.
“There’s enough research out there to suggest this market will be essentially as big as the beer market in the U.S., almost $100 billion in the next 15 to 20 years, depending on when states come online,” he said.
In April 2016, the company saw an opportunity when Pennsylvania came online with a new law authorizing medical marijuana.
Pennsylvania’s extensive list of conditions that qualify patients for medical marijuana, the limited number of licenses available to sell it, and the state’s large population all combined to make it an attractive place for the company to expand, Smith said.
“I think maybe other than Florida, Pennsylvania has or will have one of the strongest medical marijuana markets in the country,” he said.
More patients, more doctors
Jean Gould, owner of Care Med with her partner and pharmacist Linda Schlemmer, hope to open their Cincinnati medical marijuana dispensary in October. “We have an awful lot to do between now and then,” Gould says. “The amount of regulation is actually great.”
Care Med, at 5149 Kennedy Avenue, is one of two medical marijuana dispensaries in Columbia Township and one of 13 in Southwest Ohio.
Gould says she is driven to help people who need cannibis. Separately, her ex-husband, Jimmy Gould, is trying to secure a cultivation license.
Columbia Township Administrator Mike Lemon looks at the site to be occupied by Care Med. He said the clinics project they could do as much as $50 million in three to five years.
Pharmacann is the other Columbia Township dispensary on Ridge Road. It has dispensaries and cultivation sites in other cities and states, according to the company’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Jeremy Unruh.
“We are operational now in Illinois and New York with nine facilities in those locations,” he says. “We’re also operational in Massachusetts and we are in the process of developing dispensaries and or cultivation centers in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio.”
Columbia Township passed legislation last year allowing dispensaries.
Many Hamilton County townships have banned both cultivation and dispensaries, including Sycamore Township, which made an exception for Jewish Hospital. It will be allowed to dispense medical marijuana to its patients but cannot sell to the general public.
Whitewater Township says it has no restrictions on growing or selling.
Anderson Township allows cultivation in an industrial development corridor along Roundbottom Road and will revisit whether to allow dispensaries in the future.
Here is a list of businesses awarded dispensary licenses in Southwest Ohio:
Care Med; 5149 Kennedy Ave, Cincinnati Green Rx; 8420 Vine
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