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


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


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: Marijuana Show To Hold Auditions At Southwest Cannabis Conference


The Marijuana Show, a reality cable TV show called the “Shark Tank for Ganjapreneurs” by CNBC, will be making a free presentation combined with auditions at the first-ever Texas marijuana conference, The Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo in Fort Worth, Texas.

At the Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo, cannabis entrepreneurs will be able to participate in the “Pitchfest” and make a three minute presentation to Karen Paull and Wendy Robbins, The Marijuana Show’s producers. Pitchfest winners may star in season three of the show in which over $15 million has been offered to previous contestants. All Expo attendees are invited to participate and watch the Pitchfest at no charge.

The “Pitchfest“ auditions for the The Marijuana Show will be held at the Ft. Worth Convention Center, Saturday, February 27, from noon to 1:00 pm (CST). To register and find out more details about the Pitchfest, visit this site.

People interested in the Pitchfest should be able to present business plans and proof of applicable licenses and permits. They must be over age 21 and present a valid ID.

At this same Pitchfest, the producers will also make a presentation, “7 Secrets to a Successful Pitch," to all interested Expo attendees on February 27.

In addition, a free webinar on “7 Secrets of a Successful Pitch” will be held on February 23 at 6pm Mountain Time. To register, go to www.greenequitymedia.com.

Texas: Marijuana Investment Panel To Address Billion Dollar Industry At Conference


Investment in the billion-dollar marijuana industry will be the subject of the first-ever cannabis convention taking place in Texas.

Featured financial experts scheduled to appear include Patrick Moran, CEO of AcquiFlow and founder of the first legal cannabis company in the state; Michael Blunk of the ArcView Group; Alan Brochstein founder of 420 Investor; and Brett Roper of Medicine Man Technologies.

“My co-panelists and I will share with Investors how to effectively engage in this emerging Texas industry,” said Moran, cofounder and president of the Texas Cannabis Industry Association (TCIA). “At the Southwest Cannabis Expo, we will also inform entrepreneurs on pitfalls to avoid and actions to take that will help them successfully raise capital.”

According to Blunk, director of entrepreneur relations for ArcView, sales in the cannabis industry are expected to hit $6.7 billion in 2016 after a 17 percent increase to $5.4 billion in 2015. “Investors are eager to learn more about the unique opportunity to be a part of this emerging industry at this historic time and place in history,” he said.

The groundbreaking two-day Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo in Texas will take place from 9 a.m –6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28, 2016, at the Ft. Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., in Fort Worth. Admission is $50 per day. Information and tickets are available at swccexpo.com, or by calling 1-888-729-8199.

Texas: Event Taps Into Billion-Dollar Cannabis Industry


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:

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