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Texas: Former NFL Players Advocate For Medical Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Several former NFL players are hoping to change the league's ban on marijuana.

A cannabis convention was held at the Revention Music Center in Houston Wednesday night ahead of Super Bowl LI. Jim McMahon, former NFL quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion, was one of several former players in attendance.

“Marijuana is not a drug,” said McMahon. “It’s a medicinal herb. Drugs happen only when man puts their hands on it.”

McMahon and other former players shared stories of how marijuana saved their lives.

“I went through a real bad depression and laid down on the railroad tracks and tried to commit suicide myself so it was just by the grace of God that I found God and found cannabis as well,” said Boo Williams, former NFL tight end.

“[I had] constant thoughts of suicide and depression and rage and all these things that were neurologically disrupting my life and I can’t say enough about making that transition,” former NLF offensive lineman Kyle Turley said.

He continued, “I don’t take an aspirin to this day, an Aleve, an Advil, nothing. I have a strict cannabis regimen that I use.”

McMahon hopes to help remove the stigma related to marijuana and promote its benefits to the general public as well as former NFL players.

California: San Diego Cannabis Conference and Expo Set For August 6-7

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If you're interested in learning more about the emerging cannabis industry, consider visiting the San Diego Cannabis Conference and Expo, Saturday, August 6 - Sunday, August 7, at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr., in San Diego.

Presented by LEAF Brands Inc. and WEEDMAPS, the service that maps out local marijuana dispensaries in states across the U.S., the conference will be held from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, and is expected to draw thousands of attendees from across the country and throughout the Pacific coast. The event is open to the public.

Vendor booths are available now with tickets going on sale April 20. Tickets are $100 per day and available online and at the door. Attendees who pre-register by July 5, will receive a $25 per day discount. Tickets and more information are available at socalccexpo.com or by calling 1-602-718-9355.

“San Diego provides a perfect waterfront venue for individuals from across the country who want to combine their summer vacations with cannabis business and education opportunities,” said LEAF Brand Inc. CEO Rory Mendoza. "This is the first time a large scale cannabis conference has taken place in the city and town officials have welcomed us with open arms."

Event highlights and speakers include former NFL players from the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, a legal panel with up-to-date information about federal and state legislation, and a panel bringing together the most powerful women in cannabis.

Texas: SXSW Is Going To Pot With First Ever Cannabis Music Showcase

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First Ever Cannabis Music Showcase featuring B-Real, Ghostface Killah and More
Friday, March 18 at Emo’s

The cannabis culture has arrived at SXSW with a music showcase dedicated entirely to our beloved plant, and featuring hip-hop artist B-Real, along with Ghostface Killah, Domo Genesis, Killa Priest, SID (Slipknot), Bizzy, Bic and others.

“This is epic,” said presenter Rory Mendoza of LEAF Brand Incorporated. “This is the first time a cannabis music showcase will be officially recognized at SXSW. Performers are reaching out to us daily to be a part of this historic music stage in Austin. The artists are proud there will be an ‘official stage’ dedicated to their love of the healing green plant.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. for this historic SXSW event on Friday, March 18 at Emo’s, Austin’s live music venue located at 2015 E. Riverside Drive.

The music stage is presented by SXSW and Rory Mendoza of LEAF Brand Incorporated. Mendoza was the promoter of February’s Ft. Worth cannabis conference.

In addition to the LEAF Music Showcase division, the company is comprised of a marketing and entertainment division, LEAF brand clothing, and LEAF Organics skin care line.

Mendoza said his entertainment contacts and history of music promotion, combined with and a passion for cannabis events, fueled the fire for the SXSW music showcase.

Texas: Southwest Cannabis Conference Announces Keynote Speaker Montel Williams

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The Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo on Monday announced special celebrity keynote speaker Montel Williams for what organizers are calling "the largest Texas cannabis conference in history."

Williams will speak Sunday, February 28 from 5:15 to 6:30 pm at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St, in Fort Worth.

Montel has been traveling the country as possibly the highest profile advocate for sensible medical cannabis policy since his diagnosis with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1999. He has been a critical voice for marijuana policy reform, having stated that “medical marijuana has allowed me to live a productive, fruitful life despite having multiple sclerosis. Many thousands of others all over this country – less well-known than I but whose stories are just as real – have experienced the same thing.”

Texas is on the verge of implementing CBD laws, which represents the first step toward medical marijuana legalization. Texas has the second largest population in the country, and all eyes are on Texas to make history and move toward responsible legalization of medical marijuana in a show of compassion for the untold number of Texans who suffer from serious illness.

“Texas has the potential to become one of the largest markets for medical marijuana in the country,” said Rory Mendoza, founder of Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo. “Having a very high profile advocate such as Montel Williams come to this historic event to share his story about how medical marijuana has changed his life, is a positive step in creating momentum towards necessary change.

Texas: Event Taps Into Billion-Dollar Cannabis Industry

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The Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo Texas has announced its preliminary line-up of high-profile speakers including representatives from Texas A&M Law School, Weed for Warriors, Texas NORML, ArcView Group, Women Grow, and former National Football League players from the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition.

The two-day conference will take place from 9 a.m. – 6 .m., Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28, at the Ft. Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., in Fort Worth. The marijuana and hemp focused professional event is first of its kind in Texas.

The gathering is open to the public and geared towards business and medical professionals who want to gain insight into the national billion-dollar marijuana industry. Admission is $50 per day. Information and tickets are available at swccexpo.com, or by calling 1-888-729-8199.

The groundbreaking event will feature exhibits, nationally known speakers, and panel discussions regarding investment outlooks, global medical perspectives, professional sports and cannabis, legal access for U.S. military veterans, local and federal legislative updates, women of cannabis and more.

“Cannabis education is the primary purpose of this important event, where industry meets consumer, and consumer meets industry,” said Rory Mendoza, executive director of the conference.

Panel highlights include:

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.

Arizona: Cannabis Expo Offers Free Admission For Dispensary and Cultivation Owners In SW

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Regional dispensary and cultivation center owners will receive free admission to the inaugural Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo (SWCCE) on October 27 and 28 at the Phoenix Convention Center, according to Rory Mendoza, executive director of the first-ever cannabis convention in Arizona.

The complimentary admission tickets are provided through a partnership with MJ Freeway and event organizers and must be reserved online at www.swccexpo.com by October 15. Licensed dispensary and cultivation center owners from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Southern California may qualify.

“Education and community are a cornerstone of our industry,” said Amy Poinsett, cofounder and CEO of MJ Freeway. "Conferences like the Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo help ensure all regions have access to events that foster leadership, education and community-building.

"MJ Freeway gladly supports the advancement of the cannabis industry through our sponsorship of these types of events," Poinsett said. "The SWCCE is special because cannabis-business owners, the heart of the industry, receive free admission to the event."

MJ Freeway markets seed-to-sale tracking software, with patent-pending inventory control and grow management applications for cannabis businesses. The company provides technology that delivers solutions and compliance accountability for producers, processors, manufacturers, and retailers.

Arizona: Southwest Cannabis Conference To Put Spotlight On Booming Marijuana Industry

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This October 27 and 28, the inaugural Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo kicks off at the Phoenix Convention Center with more than 300 floor exhibits, interactive workshops, leading industry guest speakers, a job fair, business-to-business networking and more. The event is expected to draw tens of thousands of attendees from all over the Southwest.

“The subject of this convention is too important to overlook,” said Rory Mendoza, executive director of the event. “The U.S. market for legal cannabis grew by 74 percent last year alone, according to researchers at the ArcView Group.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the wealth of business and employment opportunities presented by the booming $2.7 billion legal marijuana industry is invited to attend. “We’re expecting visitors from California to Texas and beyond in large part
because several of our states are evaluating policy and legislation affecting medical and recreational cannabis usage,” said Mendoza. “This conference is designed to allow policy makers and national industry leaders, investors, business executives, health experts, job seekers and entrepreneurs a place to learn, share ideas and connect with others on the national cannabis scene.”

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