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Florida: Cannabis Investment Conference Set For Fort Lauderdale June 8

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The Viridian Cannabis Investment Series is coming to Fort Lauderdale, in what is being billed as "the first-ever cannabis investment conference in the state of Florida."

The conference, entitled "Investing in the Emerging Cannabis Industry While Managing Risk," will explore opportunities and risks associated with a growing multi-billion-dollar industry.

Presentations and networking sessions will feature leading companies, investors, scientists, and thought leaders from some of the fastest growing industry sectors, including Real Estate, Security, Biotech, Cultivation & Retail, AgTech, Lab Testing, Consumption Devices, Infused Products, and Digital Media.

“In November 2016, Florida voters will have a second opportunity to vote for legalized medical marijuana,” said Scott L. Greiper, Viridian’s founder and president. “We thought it was the ideal time to bring the Viridian Cannabis Investment Conference to Florida, the first such investment conference in the state, and showcase some of the leading companies and thought leaders in the cannabis marketplace.”

California: Medical Cannabis Conference Set For May 21-22 In San Rafael

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United Patients Group, a medical cannabis information and education website, will host its second annual medical cannabis conference, "Medical Cannabis: The Science. The Truth.," May 21–22 at Dominican University in San Rafael, California.

With the medical cannabis industry rapidly evolving, newly minted "experts" abound. The conference, striving to provide a "university like experience," will be void of exhibitor booths, "weed challenges" and other gimmicks that seem to plague the burgeoning industry, and instead provide attendees the opportunity to listen and learn from the best minds in the medical cannabis industry.

"As our industry matures, we strive to stay true to our mission of providing credible, unbiased information in an area of health and medicine that is still fraught with obstacles and half-truths," said founder John Malanca. "The singular goal of our conference is to further the potential for medical cannabis by providing healthcare providers, mental health professionals, nurses and the general public with information that is void of the hype."

UPG's conference is carefully curated and highly focused, and many of the weekend conference speaker sessions are approved for continuing medical education (CME) credits for healthcare professionals.

New York: NORML Founder Keith Stroup To Keynote At Cannabis World Congress

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Industry Pioneer & Anti-Prohibition Activist Joins Strong Speaker & Educational Lineup at Cannabis Business Trade Show & Conference

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

“Why We’re Finally Winning After All These Years” will be the keynote address given by Keith Stroup, founder of NORML, at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo), June 15-17, at the Javits Center in New York. Stroup joins Leonard Marshall, Super Bowl Champion and concussion prevention advocate, as a headlining Keynote Speaker.

Stroup’s address will take place on Thursday, June 16, at 1:50 p.m. CWCBExpo is a business event for the for the legalized cannabis marketplace.

Stroup is a Washington, DC-based public-interest attorney who founded NORML in 1970, served as its executive director for 20 years and currently serves as NORML’s legal counsel and a member of the board of directors. Fortune magazine recently named Stroup one of the most powerful people in America’s marijuana industry.

“With more and more states legalizing the responsible use of marijuana, including two East Coast states expected to adopt full legalization this November, I am excited to speak to the CWCBExpo NY audience about the history of our anti-prohibition efforts and the current groundswell of support for ending prohibition and removing the stigma of marijuana as a Schedule I drug,” Stroup said.

Global: Canada To Advocate Marijuana Legalization At UN Drug Conference

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The long awaited, much anticipated UN General Assembly's Special Session on Drugs will happen April 19-21 at the UN Headquarters in New York City, and Canada is expecting to advocate for abandoning the organization's longstanding prohibition of marijuana.

Just a month before the important UN drug conference begins, Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Hilary Geller, at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna this month, said the new Canadian Liberal government headed by Justin Trudeau will be moving away from American War On Drugs policies, as pointed out by Lanny Swerdlow at the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project (MAPP),

The Canadian government plans not only to legalize marijuana, but also to open for safe-injection sites for intravenous drug users and to promote other harm-reduction policies.

Attendees at that conference, made up of government and non-governmental organization officials from around the world, "erupted in applause" mid-way through Geller's address and gave a prolonged ovation.

Geller's presentation was at odds with the policies of the former Canadian government of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose Drug War policies closely followed those of the United States, including implementing mandatory-minimum prison sentences and boosting police narcotics enforcement.

Florida: Medical Cannabis Conference Set For October

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The Florida Medical Cannabis Conference & Exhibition (FMCCE 2016) will be held October 5-7, 2016, at the Saddlebrook Resort located just north of Tampa. This conference is a networking and educational forum on the subject of medical cannabis.

The event is designed for attendees who are actively engaged or interested in the medical cannabis industry and the opportunities and challenges it creates.

For medical professionals and entrepreneurs, the conference will cover a range of topics, all relevant to the medical cannabis industry, as it pertains to the state of Florida, including but not limited to:

• Government Regulation & Policies
• Anticipated Reform
• Cultivation
• Processing
• Dispensing
• Legal Concerns
• Emerging Topics
• Running a Medical Cannabis Business

For medical professionals, topics will include:

• Introduction to Cannabis as Medicine
• Research for Specific Medical Conditions
• Symptoms and Diagnosis
• Proper Dosage
• Contraindications & Drug Interactions

“Education is the key to raising awareness of the clinical uses for medical cannabis.” said Ron Watson, CEO of Watson Strategies. “This conference will provide a forum for industry leaders to expand their social capital, and healthcare professionals to expand their knowledge about medical benefits and applications.”

Those that should consider attending include:

• Advocacy Groups
• City and County Commissions
• Entrepreneurs
• Equipment Suppliers
• Insurance Providers
• Investment Bankers and Venture Capitalist
• Legal Experts
• Legislators
• Lobbyists

Texas: Professional Marijuana Conference To Draw Thousands To Ft. Worth

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Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo Texas
February 26 – 28, 2016 at the Fort Worth Convention Center

Texas will enter the national spotlight in marijuana law reform as thousands of cannabis professionals from across the nation prepare to converge at the Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo Texas, Friday, February 26 – Sunday, February 28, at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., in Fort Worth.

Presented by the Southwest Expo Group, the Dallas Observer, and Texas Cannabis Industry Association, the historic cannabis event will be held from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, and is expected to draw attendees from across the country and throughout the state. Information and tickets are available at swccexpo.com, or by calling 1-888-729-8199 or 1-602-451-2647.

“The support of the Texas Cannabis Industry Association (TCIA), and Women Grow Texas, NORML Texas, and MPP Texas as local presenting sponsors will help make the convention possible,” said Rory Mendoza, expo chief executive 0fficer.

The first-ever Texas cannabis conference will highlight medical cannabis and the new Texas CDB laws, cannabis in athletics, business-to-business networking, industry expert guest speakers, interactive workshops, education on Texas MJ procedures and policies, and more than 150 floor exhibitors.

Weed for Warriors project for Veterans' affairs and the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition are expected to have a large presence at the event.

U.S.: VOCAL-NY and Gretchen Burns Bergman To Receive Activist Award at Drug Policy Reform Conference

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Leading Drug Policy Reformers to be Honored at International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, November 21

The Robert C. Randall Award for Achievement in the Field of Citizen Action in the Field of Drug Policy Reform will be awarded to VOCAL-NY and Gretchen Burns Bergman at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference on November 21 in Arlington, Virginia.

VOCAL-NY is one of the most effective grassroots membership organizations in the country, according to the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). "They weave together a broad range of social justice issues, including working to end the war on drugs," the DPA announced in a press released.

"They have helped reduce New York’s unconstitutional and racially-biased marijuana arrests, raised awareness about overdose prevention, and restored the rights of formerly incarcerated people," according to the DPA. "Their organizing model, centered around the leadership and voices of those most impacted and those most stigmatized – people who use drugs, people living with HIV/AIDS, people of color, people who are formerly or currently incarcerated, or people who live in low-income communities – makes VOCAL-NY vital to the conscience of our movement."a

U.S.: Ira Glasser To Receive Top Award At International Drug Policy Reform Conference

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Glasser Has Shown Leadership in Drug Policy Reform for Nearly 50 Years

Leading Drug Policy Reformers to be Honored at International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, November 21

The Richard J Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform will be awarded to Ira Glasser at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference on November 21, in Arlington, Virginia.

Ira Glasser will be honored for being a leader in drug policy reform for nearly 50 years, beginning in 1967 when he joined the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). He directed that organization from 1970 to 1978, when he became the executive director of the ACLU, retiring in 2001. Ira joined the board of the Drug Policy Foundation (DPF) in the early 1990s, becoming its chairman some years later, and played a key role in the merger of DPF and The Lindesmith Center in 2000 to create the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).

He has served as chairman of DPA’s board ever since, providing wise counsel and leadership, mentoring staff at all levels, and educating and inspiring countless activists with his unique capacity to place the drug policy reform movement in the historical context of other great political struggles for personal freedom and social justice. His sustained and pivotal contributions to drug policy reform in the United States are both exceptional and unparalleled.

U.S.: Leading Drug Policy Reformers To Be Honored At International Conference

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Awardees Recognized for Groundbreaking Work to End the War on Drugs

Winners Include Jamaican Justice Minister Mark Golding, DPA Board President and Former ACLU Head Ira Glasser, Key Grassroots Ally VOCAL-NY, and LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin

Leading advocates for drug policy reform will be honored at an awards ceremony on Saturday, November 21, at the biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Arlington, Virginia. The conference is being organized by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), an organization promoting alternatives to the Drug
War, and is co-sponsored by dozens of other reform organizations.

"Every political movement for freedom and justice has its heroes, yet only a select few ever win the recognition they deserve," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. "These awards honor those who have made extraordinary commitments, both publicly and behind the scenes, to advancing more sensible and humane ways of dealing with drugs in our society."

Below are the distinguished award recipients:

Ira Glasser is the winner of the Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform, which is given to a group or individuals who most epitomize loyal opposition to Drug War extremism. The purpose of the Commission is to create an international, informed and science-based discussion about the most effective methods of reducing the harm caused by drugs.

Virginia: Drug Policy Reform Conference To Feature Black Lives Matter Cofounder

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Thursday, November 19: International Drug Policy Reform Conference to Feature Town Hall Meeting Featuring BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors and Leading Drug Policy Reform Activists

The Drug War is a primary source of funding for the tanks in towns like Ferguson, the over-policing in New York City and the unprecedented discretion given to police officers to criminalize black people. With the meteoric rise of the Movement for Black Lives and the growing movement for broader drug policy reform, what are the essential questions that drug policy reformers must ask themselves about black lives? And how can we join forces to course correct and create a world where all our communities can thrive?

These questions and many more will be explored at a live town hall as part of the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) in the Washington, D.C. area from Nov. 18-21. The conference brings together more than 1200 leading international experts, treatment providers, researchers, policymakers and key activists at the leading global forum on drug policy reform.

Virginia: Big Increase In Marijuana Possession Arrests, Especially In Black Communities

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Virginia Moving in Wrong Direction as U.S. States and Congress Reform Marijuana Laws

Black Virginians Arrested for Marijuana Possession at 3.3 Times the Rate of White Virginians, Despite Equal Rates of Marijuana Use

Report Released as Thousands Prepare to Gather Next Month in Arlington for World’s Largest Drug Policy Reform Conference

A new report has found that marijuana possession arrests in Virginia have increased dramatically over the last 10 years, especially in black communities. The report was authored by Shenandoah University professor and researcher Jon Gettman and released on Wednesday by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).

“As states around the country pass reforms to scale back the role of criminalization in marijuana policy, Virginia appears to be moving in the wrong direction,” said Lindsey Lawson Battaglia, policy manager with the DPA and former Virginia criminal defense attorney. “This troubling report should encourage Virginia lawmakers to fix the Commonwealth's broken marijuana policies.”

Using data compiled from the Uniform Crime (UCR) Program and the Virginia State Police, the report found that marijuana possession arrests in Virginia consistently increased from 2003 to 2013, as did the racial disparity in arrest rates. Federal government data consistently shows that black and white people use marijuana at similar rates.

U.S.: Hemp Industries Association Presenting 22nd Annual Conference Sept. 27-29

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Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses and farmers, has announced will host its annual conference Sunday, September 27 through Tuesday, September 29, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.

The three-day conference will feature keynote speaker James Comer, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, and expert speakers David Mitlin, professor at Clarkson University, David Williams, agronomist at University of Kentucky, Mike Fata, CEO of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Ethan Russo, MD, medical director at Phytecs, John Roulac, CEO of Nutiva, plus many others.

Focusing on the expansion of the hemp industry and market in North America, the conference will also feature hemp exhibits, networking opportunities, and a hemp farm tour.

WHAT: Hemp Industries Association 22nd Annual Conference

WHEN: Sunday, September 27 – Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WHERE: Hilton Hotel, Downtown Lexington
369 West Vine Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Held for the first time in Kentucky, the 22nd annual conference occurs at a bright moment in hemp history, as hemp is cultivated in numerous research projects and farms throughout the state.

Exceeding $620 million in retail sales, according to SPINS data and HIA estimates, hemp products are demonstrating significant market growth; with 21.2 percent year over year growth for the category of hemp foods and body care products alone.

New York: Cannabis World Congress Set For June 17-19

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Comprehensive Educational Program Includes 40 Sessions with Top Cannabis Experts

The legal and medical marijuana industry is on track to be the next American gold rush, and organizers of the 2nd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) in New York, say it will present an in-depth educational program that covers everything from A to Z on how to succeed in this dynamic industry.

Sponsored by the International Cannabis Association (ICA), CWCBExpo, taking place June 17-19 at the Javits Center in New York, provides the latest insight and strategies for the legal, regulatory, financial, operational, retail, marketing and healthcare sectors of the industry.

“The steps to enter the cannabis business can be overwhelming with even just the different state and national mandates,” said Dan Humiston, president of ICA, “And if you are already in the business, you have to be quick and nimble to stay competitive and grow. No matter your point of entry, CWCBExpo in NY has you covered and will give you the knowledge, tools and connections to succeed.”

Sessions being presented during the conference program on Thursday, June 18th and Friday, June 19th include:

• What Physicians Need to Know to Prescribe Medical Marijuana to their Patients
• Will Cannabis be the Next Big Retail Opportunity?
• How to Legally Invest in the Cannabis Industry
• How to Obtain a State License to Sell, Grow or Produce Medical or Recreational Marijuana
• Methods and Devices Used to Extract Cannabis Oil from Plants

Colorado: Marijuana Conference for Medical Professionals Set For Sept. 9-11

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When Todd Mitchem's mother was diagnosed with cancer a second time, her doctor told her that she had only six months remaining to put her affairs in order.

"That was a terrifying moment," Mitchem recalled. "Her doctor was so convinced of her prognosis that we began to accept the inevitable. Saying goodbye to my mother was going to be the hardest thing I could imagine doing."

At the time Mitchem's mother's doctor asked that she head to Pennsylvania to visit a wellness clinic and to undergo limited radiation. This visit could potentially extend her life as much as another month.

During this time Mitchem's mother found out about the many properties of marijuana, but in her state the plant was still illegal. Mitchem's mother began growing pot plants in her house and baking them into muffins with the hope that this self-treatment would extend her life a few extra and precious months.

That was six years ago and she is still alive today.

Todd Mitchem of Todd Mitchem Cannabis Consulting and CannaSearch LLC is on a mission to help doctors understand that they must learn about the benefits of cannabis in the body as a wellness medicine. "Doctors in many states now have a powerful medicine available to their patients if they will simply take the time to learn about cannabis," he said.

Colorado: International Drug Policy Reform Conference Coming To Denver, Oct. 23-26

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More Than 1,000 Experts and Advocates to Strategize About Marijuana Legalization, Criminal Justice Reform, Public Health, and Post-Prohibition Models for Drug Control

New Era: Colorado Embarks on Implementation of Historic Marijuana Legalization Law

Which state will be next to legalize marijuana? What do the Obama Administration’s recent announcements about marijuana legalization and mandatory minimums really mean? What are some solutions to the national overdose crisis that takes more lives than car accidents or gun violence?

Why do blacks go to jail for drugs at 13 times the rate of whites even though they use and sell drugs at similar rates? What role can faith leaders play in organizing and mobilizing their congregations to end the drug war?

More than 1,000 people will gather to ponder these questions and many more at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Denver, October 23-26 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.

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