Illinois: Medical Marijuana Industry Experts Hosting Chicago Educational Event


Professionals from around the nation featured at day-long event to educate investors and entrepreneurs in Illinois’ emerging medical industry

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) will host the Midwest CannaBusiness Symposium on August 24 in Chicago to prepare investors and entrepreneurs for Illinois’ emerging medical cannabis industry.

Earlier this month, Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 1 and created a framework for the licensure of as many as 22 cultivation facilities and 60 dispensing organizations to provide medical marijuana to qualifying patients.

The symposium will bring cannabis business professionals from around the country to provide insight to Illinois’ prospective medical marijuana investors and entrepreneurs, setting the stage for a responsible, sustainable, and effective medical marijuana industry.

The day-long educational program will present investors and entrepreneurs interested in Illinois’ medical cannabis market with a unique opportunity to glean information from cannabis business professionals and experts in the fields of regulatory models, operations and ancillary businesses and features individual and panel presentations, question and answer periods, and an evening networking reception.

“Illinois joins 15 other states in not only allowing the choice of medical cannabis for those patients who need it, but also ensuring it is provided in the safest, most accountable manner possible: from licensed, taxed, and regulated businesses,” said Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association.

“This program will allow patients to benefit from medical cannabis while also allowing every Illinoisan to benefit from the creation of perhaps thousands of living wage jobs, significant tax revenues, and the economic stimulus that comes along with a regulated medical marijuana market," Smith said. "We are confident that this pilot program will be a net gain for the state, and renewed prior to 2018 with enthusiasm.”

What: Midwest CannaBusiness Symposium

Where: Embassy Suites Chicago, 600 N State St, Chicago, IL?

When: Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Who: Representative Lou Lang, Illinois State Legislature
Steve DeAngelo, Harborside Health Center
Aaron Smith, National Cannabis Industry Association
Betty Aldworth, National Cannabis Industry Association
15 medical marijuana experts and entrepreneurs from Illinois and across the nation providing presentations
More than 100 prospective investors and entrepreneurs attending

For more information, including a complete agenda and speaker list, please visit Some speakers will be available for Chicago-based interviews beginning Wednesday, August 21.