Sunshine Sessions: Cannabis Events

The best and biggest cannabis events across the country this summer.

The calendars of cannabis industry celebrities must be overflowing — since a wave of legalization began to sweep the country in 2012, it seems as if there’s a Cannabis Cup, festival or conference happening every weekend of the year.

No season is more packed with juicy cannabis events than summer, and as everyone knows, the longest days of the year are best spent with like-minded friends, sunshine and unlimited access to some of the best cannabis products around.

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NCIA Expo Oakland: Day Three (Plus Mini Cup Results!)

Following a night of festivities across the cannabis industry’s spiritual home in Oakland, the final day of the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Summit & Expo hit on emerging issues like tax reform and industry-wide packaging standards.

Things started fast on the final day of the NCIA expo: Harborside Health Center’s CEO and co-founder, Steve DeAngelo, and the dispensary’s lead attorney, Henry Wykowski, (one of the top pot tax attorneys in the business) talked about section 280e of the tax code, which prevents legal lot businesses from deducting basic business expenses like rent.

Last November, following Berkeley Patients Group’s victory over the Department of Justice, Wykowski told Cannabis Now that Harborside’s own 280e case is a big domino waiting to fall— the results (either way) will set precedent for the entire industry.

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NCIA Cannabis Business Summit & Expo in Oakland: Day Two

4,500 participants at the fourth annual NCIA mega-conference woke up in Oakland — a newly rechristened city of champions following the Golden State Warriors’ NBA Finals victory — and embarked on a day filled with industry leaders, celebration of the past year’s success and excitement for the future.

The first full day of panels and workshops at NCIA was opened by Executive Director, Aaron Smith, who explained the purpose of the business organization; to advance business interests —the NCIA is made up of 1,300 member businesses in 13 different states — but also to promote cannabis decriminalization as a social justice and freedom movement.

“Believe it or not cannabis is still illegal under federal law,” he said, adding that the roughly $7 billion industry is uprooting “criminal drug cartels here at home and south of the border.”

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NCIA Cannabis Business Summit & Expo in Oakland: Day One

The National Cannabis Industry Association kicked off its annual mega-conference in Oakland to the backdrop of Game 5 of the NBA Finals and lots of great cannabis.

Once again, professionals from around the globe converge on the Marriott conference center in Oakland, California for the fourth annual NCIA Cannabis Business Summit & Expo to get their view on the next year in cannabis, embrace the latest tech and chum it up with colleagues.

In this microcosm of America’s fastest growing industry (from $6.7 billion in 2016 to an expected $22.6 billion in 2021 according to a recent Arcview Group report) people are either refining their processes or trying to figure out how to tie themselves to the rocket.

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Lori Ajax Speaks to Female Industry Leaders

Female cannabis business owners gather to hear updates from the chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation.

Female leaders from the cannabis industry gathered in Oakland last month to hear Lori Ajax speak about the upcoming regulatory changes for California. Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, discussed the shifting regulatory landscape in California, what to expect from the ongoing process and where to go for updates and information. The event, called W Empower, was held at the Gateway Incubator, and hosted by HelloMD, Sava and Garden Society. During the event Ajax was joined by a panel of experts, Julie Mercer-Ingram from Beck Law, Tawnie Logan of Sonoma County Growers Alliance and Ellen Komp, deputy director of California NORML.

Ajax’s overall message was hopeful that regulators could come together with the cannabis community to create a functional regulatory system. However, she also acknowledged the unique complexities of regulating cannabis.

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Ice Cube and STS9 Lead Chalice 2017’s Packed Music Lineup

With headliners like the Wu-Tang Clan and Talib Kweli leading a killer lineup, last year’s Chalice was not only as a first-class cannabis and art festival for enthusiasts, but a true can’t-miss summer music event on the SoCal circuit — this year’s event is even bigger and better than before.

Southern California’s premiere music, hash and glass festival returns for its fourth installment, July 7-9, 2017. And with four A-list musical acts headlining, some of the best cannabis concentrates in the galaxy and some of the most celebrated glass blowers of our time plying their trade live, some are dubbing this year’s Chalice California “the Coachella of concentrates.”

Today’s big announcement of the musical lineup for the Chalice California 2017 will feature headliners Ice Cube, Thievery Corporation and Sound Tribe Sector 9, alongside Ludacris, Cypress Hill, Big Boi of Outkast, Capleton, Pouya, The Floozies, Juelz Santana & Cam’Ron (formerly known as Dipset), The Lox — Jadakiss, Styles P an Sheek Louch — Warren G, King Lil G, Manic Focus, Pressure, Marlon Asher, Ghostemane, Ras Shiloh, Buddy and Kong, Izac King and Cookies Mogul Berner.

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High Times NorCal Cup: The Cannabis World Championship

The High Times Northern California Cannabis Cup is a steadfast feature of the contemporary folklore surrounding good cannabis. Since its inception in 2010, it’s served as the proving ground for much of the world’s best indoor grown cannabis, and 2017 will be no different.

High Times has long been known for their Amsterdam Cannabis Cup, which for decades had served as the de facto pot world championship. In re-creating the event in Northern California — the home of some the world’s most seasoned growers in the Western Hemisphere and the true end of the hippie trail for many — one of the most developed cannabis markets in the world now has its chance to stake its claim as the best too.

But its place in pot history was not presumed — High Times Senior Cultivation Editor, Danny Danko, said, at the time, they were just looking for fun.

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Colorado Conference Shows Cannabis Has Arrived

Academic event features father of cannabis research.

Academia is an important component of any mature science and the recent conference at Colorado State University in Pueblo demonstrated quite clearly that cannabis has come of age.

Sponsored by the university’s Institute of Cannabis Research, the two-day conference was held last weekend and boasted 75 sessions and more than 100 speakers. The 545 attendees came from 21 states and 10 countries. Attendees had a taste of Colorado’s winter when 6” of snow fell the night before the first sessions, but that didn’t slow anything down. ICR Interim Director Jen Mullen promised the show would go on and indeed it did.

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Physicians Join in Pennsylvania Cannabis Expo

Event geared towards health care providers takes place in Pennsylvania as the state establishes its medical marijuana program.

The World Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo was held at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania convention center on April 21 and 22, just as Pennsylvania marked the first anniversary of its medical marijuana law.

The conference was co-sponsored by Greenhouse Ventures and Compassionate Certification Centers, a company that seeks to give physicians and health care providers the tools they need to integrate medical cannabis into their practice, as well as offer a platform for patient advocacy and support.

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Weedmaps Brings a Weed Oasis to the Desert

As 100,000 people descended on Joshua Tree for Coachella, Weedmaps was around the corner, throwing one the chicest celebrity pot parties ever!

In building the oasis, Weedmaps and Talent Resources spared no expense. A massive compound with two houses and pools was tricked out into a super sesh featuring some of the best brands SoCal has to offer.

Offerings for Coachella revelers included all the rage C02 cartridges from Brass Knuckles, dabs from famed Millionaire Jar producers West Coast Cure, FlavRX sample and longtime SoCal heavy hitters Nameless Genetics, who’ve long produced some of the most scorching cuts in greater Los Angeles.

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