WASHINGTON, December 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The National Cannabis Industry Association (“NCIA“), the largest and oldest national trade association defending the interests of the legal cannabis industry, is pleased to reflect on the impact and experience of its success 7th Annual Cannabis Business Summit and Exhibition. To take place December 15 – 17, 2021, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, #CannaBizSummit brought together an exclusive lineup of over 125 speakers, over 80 educational sessions and hundreds of exhibitors for a national audience at the industry’s most influential B2B event and trade fair.
“In a nutshell: amazing. I am truly amazed at the support shown by cannabis leaders across the country over the past three days,” said Aaron smith, co-founder and CEO of NCIA. “Attendance exceeded expectations and never have we welcomed a group of speakers and exhibitors so esteemed at the cutting edge of this booming sector. “
Revolutionary speakers and avant-garde education
Highlighting a comprehensive educational program, #CannaBizSummit was presented two high level keynotes focusing on the future of cannabis and key issues.
- Leading a new generation of c-suite innovators, Chief executive officer Troy datcher, together with Visionary Chef Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, runs a cannabis business for the post-ban era in Mother Society. Combining world-class operations with prominent voices in popular culture and social impact, The Parent Company is focused on creating brands that will pave a new path for a legacy rooted in fairness, access and Justice. In frank conversation with Founder of MARIE magazine Adrian farquharson, Troy datcher shared his personal stories and informed participants about his work to make an impact on cannabis.
- Professional athletes Calvin Johnson, Jr., Rachel Rapinoe, Anna symonds and Marvin washington presented the second keynote, with the entrepreneur Jim McAlpine moderation. The panel, representing former players of the NFL, Women’s Rugby Premier League, NCAA and European professional football, discussed the headline-grabbing question: “What is the role of cannabis in professional sports? Rapinoe explained how athlete advocates can impact a key issue in our country today:
“High school athletes are 50 percent more likely to abuse and abuse opioids,” said Rachel Rapinoe, former professional football player and co-founder and CEO of Mendi. “We need to discuss this major problem and consider cannabis and hemp as alternatives. My hope [is to] spark those conversations across the industry and help those high school and college athletes who are so susceptible to opioid abuse turn to this space for solutions. “
Mayor of London Breed praises progress
San Francisco was shortlisted for this year’s #CannaBizSummit for its historic significance in the industry as the epicenter of the reform movement. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the 1991 Proposition P voting initiative that legalized medical cannabis in San Francisco, as well as the 25th anniversary of California Historic Proposition 215 which extended medical legalization statewide. San Francisco The Mayor of London Breed delivered a welcoming speech on Thursday December 16, highlighting the progress made in the city’s cannabis market and underscoring its mission to facilitate industry growth and expand access to consumers.
“I am delighted to see the industry return to San Francisco, where the movement for the use of medicinal cannabis began. We will continue to implement policies that make this industry thrive, so people have access to the drugs they need, ”said San Francisco Mayor, London Race. “I want to thank the NCIA for welcoming me on stage and for hosting their annual summit here at San Francisco. Their events help advance our industry in multiple ways through social equity, politics, and other important issues, while helping to connect industry leaders around the world. “
“It was an honor to welcome the Mayor of London Breed today to the Cannabis Business Summit & Expo,” said Aaron smith, co-founder and CEO of NCIA. “His welcoming speech inspired this industry leader to redouble his efforts on behalf of businesses across the country in 2022.”
BLOOM Presents Best Sellers and Rising Brands
The event marked the start of BLOOM: a brand experience, showcasing an exciting and visually stunning neighborhood in which attendees got to see, touch and smell cannabis products for the very first time at #CannaBizSummit. BLOOM showcased a selection of brands specializing in flowers, pre-rolls, oils, edibles and more, showcasing their premium products to visitors in an immersive sensory enclave on the exhibition floor. BLOOM has created a key resource for retailers looking for the most exciting and best-selling rising brands of the next year.
“The beginnings of BLOOM: A Brands Experience were quite an experience indeed! As I walked from booth to booth, I saw retailers, manufacturers and distributors across the country interacting with brands like never before, with the ability to see, touch and smell real products at cannabis base for the first time at the Cannabis Business Summit & Expo ”, states Shawn pierce, President, Events at NCIA Event Partner, MCI United States. “Through BLOOM, we’ve introduced another unique and exciting element to the industry’s most influential event.”
CannaVest West & International Cannabis Bar Association
the 3rd annual CannaVest West Institutional Capital Forum, the only national trade association sponsored investment forum connecting cannabis companies seeking access to capital and accredited investors, provided hundreds of attendees with intriguing and highly educational sessions. Topics for the panel covered brand building, finding ‘unicorns’, global investment opportunities, the future of cannabis and Wall Street, and more.
In addition, the International Cannabis Bar Association The (INCBA) program featured five hours of training, with five CLE credits available to lawyers over the two days. The education focused on the latest information from the world of attorneys and cannabis trade law.
Expo Hall creates cannabis connections
An interactive #CannaBizSummit Expo Hall included exhibitors from across the cannabis ecosystem. Hundreds of booths allowed attendees to explore the latest technology, products and services from seed to sale, as well as training sessions at the Knowledge Bar and Elevation Lounge. This welcoming environment has encouraged exploration while renewing in-person relationships and creating new connections to grow cannabis businesses across the country over the coming year.
Save this date:
8th Annual Cannabis Business Summit and Exhibition
July 20-22, 2022 | Moscone Center | San Francisco
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On The National Cannabis Industry Association
Founded in 2010, the NCIA is the oldest, largest and most effective trade association representing legal cannabis companies. We are committed to promoting the growth of a responsible, sustainable and inclusive cannabis industry and to working for a favorable social, economic and regulatory environment for this industry throughout. United States.
Our members include hundreds of forward-thinking companies and tens of thousands of cannabis professionals from coast to coast. The NCIA is leading the charge to protect the legal cannabis industry, defend the laws of our states, and advance federal political reforms. Successful businesses join the NCIA every day to become stronger, smarter and more successful by working together to defend and grow the responsible cannabis industry.