Oregon community continues to collaborate
PORTLAND, Ore. – January 14, 2019 /Canna Newswire/ – One week out from the fifth Cannabis Collaborative Conference (www.ccc-con.org) and the industry is already buzzing. The conference, held annually in January at the Portland Expo, brings together members of industry, public officials, thought leaders, and newcomers to discuss what’s next for cannabis.
This year looks to be the best yet with an exciting line-up of speakers and presentations, and a variety of additional events to showcase the best of the “Model Cannabis State.” As governments around the world announce the intention to legalize, CBD is taking the wellness industry by storm, and activists move to ensure social justice in a normalized world, there is a lot for attendees to discuss. In the face of a quickly evolving market the CCC remains a place for the industry to debate, collaborate, and evolve.
The lineup for 2019 is varied, including education tracks spanning Emerging Markets to Social Justice. With an opening statement by Congressman Earl Blumenauer of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, and an opening Keynote by Steve Marks (Oregon Liquor Control Commission) and Rick Garza (Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Administration), the representation from government officials is notable. The City of Portland will be answering questions from the public at a booth as part of a new outreach campaign, and the Metropolitan Public Defenders will be offering expungement services and advice to conference attendees. Overall, it is clear that the community is uniting to understand what comes next.
Oregon licensees will benefit from a number of interactive sessions with the OLCC, including an update on Hemp Rules and Regulations and a listening session facilitated by the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association with Danica Hibpshman, Statewide Director of Licensing. As market estimates get revised up in the face of confidence for interstate trade, and regulation hurdles emerge that increase volatility for projections, it will be a valuable two days for investors to understand the realities of a quickly maturing market. An evening reception for attendees on January 23, and a Leaf Ladies networking brunch on January 24 will offer a chance to discuss and debate the issues or chat with presenters.
Entrepreneurs and investors alike will also benefit from an additional day of programming prior to the main conference. The Investors Forum offers specialist education tracks for those looking to invest and those looking for funding. Also on show is the semi-finals of the Cannabis Pitch Competition, from the same organizers who brought you Techfest and Pitchfest. The first round of semi-finalist companies has been released and demonstrates the breadth of the current market. (see below for full list) Industry job seekers are invited to attend the Juana Career Readiness workshop to learn more about the current state of the industry, including hiring trends, employer priorities, and the opportunity for a resume review and career counseling.
“We created the conference with the industry and for the industry.” says founder Mary Lou Burton. “The OLCC appreciates the opportunity to work with the industry, and the industry, in turn, uses the conference to showcase the best of what we have to offer. Oregon, as the most competitive cannabis market in the world, is a natural home for these conversations, and we hope to continue to provide a platform for the best and brightest as we build and grow.”
The Cannabis Collaborative Conference was created by the industry and for the industry, bringing together members of the business, advocacy, medical, and governance perspectives to reflect on and improve the movement. We help facilitate connections, provide educational content, and exhibit the best of the current cannabis industry.
Semi-Finalist Companies for Cannabis Pitch Competition:
- Essential Farms LLC
Essential Farms is a beyond organic, OLCC Tier 2 craft cannabis farm outside of Eugene OR.
- Walden Cannabis
Walden Cannabis was established in 2014 and is licensed by the State of Washington to grow, process and distribute marijuana products to retail outlets.
- Hero Buds
Hero Buds is a pro veteran business that connects veterans with careers in the cannabis industry.
- Clone B Cooler
Clone B Cooler was formed to solve an industry-wide problem. Our patented electronic control system solves the problem of heat buildup in the water tank and adds value to any cloning operation.
- Arawak Cannagar Co.
Premium hand pressed cannabis cigars. We bring the quality, craftsmanship and care afforded only to high end South American and Cuban tobacco to cannabis.
- Prrl Labs, LLC
Prrl Labs LLC is a new consumer electronics company based in Portland, Oregon. We design and manufacture high-performance vaporizers.
- The Hemp Plastic Company
The Hemp Plastic Company has reduced plastic pollution down to a design decision.
- Marijuana Software, LLC
Marijuana Software, LLC provides METRC integrated Point of Sale and Tracking services to retail Marijuana dispensaries. We also provide a powerful API that enables vertically integrated partners to power their own Wee Apps.
- nnSunn Lighting Company
nnSunn is that totally crazy 39 watt Grow Light company! Since testing began on the latest model, nnSunn has been doubling previous world records for yield vs wattage (2.1 grams/watt).
- Hyena Systems
Hyena Systems is a cannabis inventory tracking system as well as a Dispensary Point of Sale system. Hyena Systems has been awarded the state contract for Iowa (beating METRC).
About the Cannabis Collaborative Conference
The Pacific Northwest is famous for it’s craft beer & wines and now earning recognition for it’s Craft Cannabis. Thousands from all over the world will converge at the Cannabis Collaborative Conference in January, 2019. Created by the industry to gather & discuss the most pressing issues facing the maturing market. Attendees learn from thought-leaders how to address high value issues, and connect with a carefully curated network of cannabis and ancillary businesses. The 2019 conference will focus on the future of the cannabis industry. It will provide resources and knowledge to help businesses navigate the emerging trends in CBD, investment growth and changing regulatory environments. For more information visit www.ccc-con.org.
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Mary Lou Burton