Marijuana Business and Education EXPO to Provide Entrepreneur Networking in Las Vegas, June 22nd and 23rd with Marijuana Industry Training by Cannabis Career Institute. With the U.S. House of Representatives passing an amendment last week restricting the DEA from targeting and raiding medical marijuana operations in states where medical marijuana has been made legal, entrepreneurs are starting to realize that the cannabis industry has finally started. Entrepreneurs and politicians alike have been watching how…
With the U.S. House of Representatives passing an amendment last week restricting the DEA from targeting and raiding medical marijuana operations in states where medical marijuana has been made legal (Steve Benen, Rachel Maddow Show, House votes to restrict DEA marijuana raids, June 30, 2014, MSNBC), entrepreneurs are starting to realize that the cannabis industry has finally started.
For the first time in history, Americans seem to be prepared to dive into this new industry with gusto. Gallup Polls showing 58% of the U.S. population surveyed were reported (Art Swift, Gallup Politics, For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana, October 22, 2013, Gallup.com) as supporting the actual legalization of marijuana in America. This seems to signify, on numbers alone, that the people across the nation are ready to embrace cannabis not only as a medicinal product, but also for recreational use. Business minded people are paving the way to make marijuana and cannabis products the newest and latest trending industry with creative and legal planning.
Entrepreneurs and politicians alike have been watching how Colorado’s state sales and tax revenues (Colorado The Official State Web Portal, Colorado Marijuana Tax Data, 2014-March, colorado.gov) have been playing out. As the Colorado government posts information monthly, with over 18 million dollars in reported revenue on their website, both politicians and entrepreneurs are choosing to expand their horizons by creating new ways to get into the marijuana business sector.
During the last few decades, only those who were considered drug dealers, were able to network or learn much about the industry. Those people were often jailed or ridiculed by society and placed within a stereotypical mold that consisted of tie-dyed “stoner” innuendos and even humorous movies like Cheech and Chong’s “Up In Smoke” (Movie, IMDB database, director Lou Adler, writers Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin, Released September 15, 1978, USA) or comedy skits. However, in today’s world, attorneys, brokers, insurance companies, product distribution companies, agriculture businesses, doctors and educational facilities are becoming the leaders who are making headway. Many of the business representatives in the cannabis industry often have college degrees, dress in business attire and make significant amounts of money by providing medical marijuana, cannabis products or hemp products in states where it has been legislated – or by some involvement in the cannabis business world that facilitates the industry as a whole.
This June, in Las Vegas, the International Cannabis Association will be putting on an Exposition that will not be like other conventional marijuana trade shows. The ICA was founded on the principle of helping interested people explore the idea of getting into the cannabis industry. The Mission goals are to establish a foundation network to help entrepreneurs actually get started by providing significant information, while helping to provide a framework for those people to grow and expand their own businesses by effectively learning, networking and communicating with other business professionals.
Cannabis Career Institute partnered up with the ICA for the educational portion of the EXPO and is expected to teach in-depth classes on topics that cover everything from the history of hemp, extraction processing, medical patient information, the endocannabinoid system – all the way to the legal systems currently in place and marijuana infrastructures for businesses within the United States.
Robert F. Calkin began the Cannabis Career Institute, in 2009, after teaching at Oaksterdam University and operating his own medical marijuana delivery service since 1988, in California. He is the author of a best selling cannabis industry handbook, “Starting Your Own Medical Marijuana Delivery Service: The Mobile Caregiver’s Handbook,” published in 2010 and was one of the original members of the American Hemp Council in 1988 with Jack Herer and Chris Conrad (Cannajobs, Meeting of the Minds PDF uploads, 2011, Seattle). Robert Calkin is one of the main speakers and instructors at the EXPO, where he will provide a wide variety of information to audience participants.
Cannabis Career Institute teaches full day classroom workshop seminars across the nation to students looking to get involved in the cannabis industry and has been noted by many news and media sources across the country. Many of CCI students have reportedly gone on to become successful business owners within the marijuana industry and some have even come back to CCI in order to share their experiences to help teach future students. The main focus of CCI is compliance and education in order to help individuals and businesses achieve the best practices and standards within the industry before government regulation begins.
The International Cannabis Association EXPO, in Las Vegas, Nevada, is expected to bring out thousands of interested people over the two day period.
Several highly anticipated Keynote speakers are on the roster, including: Steve Yastrow (Business advisor and author of “Brand Harmony”, “Ditch the Pitch” and “We: The Ideal Customer Relationship”), Barry Shamis (CEO of the management consulting firm; Selecting Winners and author of bestselling systems like “The Small Business Guide to Recruiting and Hiring Success”), Dan Riffle (Director of Federal Policies, MPP.org), Michale Julian (National Business Investigations, Inc. Security Solutions for the Cannabis Industry), Andy Joseph (Apeks Supercritical), Dean Guske (CPA), Kerry Blasdel (Coloradospringscannabiscenter.com), Dr. Gerry Bedore. PhD, MBA (Cannabis State University, author, Socrates Distance Learning Technology Group co-founder, Researcher, Educator and Horticulturist), Robert Calkin (Green Dot Delivery, Cannabis Consultant, Cannabis State University, Green Cures, Inc. and Cannabis Career Institute), Meki Cox (Marketing, Green Cures, Inc., Standards of Cannabis Business, Networking, Ydek.us, Event Facilitator and Instructor), Matthew Abel (Michigan NORML and Attorney of Cannabis Counsel), Casey Keith (Multiple Sclerosis Medical Marijuana Patient, Entrepreneur Activist and Cannabis Career Institute Instructor), Brian Pearson (Valuation Advisors, LLC), David Hargett (Innovative Extractions Owner and Cannabis Career Institute Instructor), Ryan Hurley (Rose Law Group), Lawrence Mishkin (Silver & Miskin Partner), Anthony Fiacchino (Transporting AeroStar Global Logistics, Inc.) and many more.
The International Cannabis Association EXPO will be focusing heavily on networking and business training, high level education and will include a casual cocktail opening where guests will be able to individually meet and greet with Industry Experts on Sunday evening. Dan Riffle of MPP.org as Director of Federal Policies will be available to speak with guests, NORML executives and speakers will be available to provide detailed information. Political Candidates and Representatives will be on hand to discuss their policies and opinions on the Cannabis Industry.
Monday will host a variety of Keynote Speakers in the Main Hall and also includes a large carefully selected group of cannabis business vendors situated in a very business oriented trade-show arena, where guests are invited to learn about these very successful business vendors in the industry and may ask questions of the vendors, purchase vendor products, discuss consulting projects and more. Vendors currently include such professional selections as THCBiz, MPS International, Green Cures, Inc., Intuitive Websites, Kaercher Insurance, Colorado Springs Cannabis Center, Gardening Unlimited, Innovative Extractions, Bulbulyan Consulting Group, CCI and many more.
For the educational portion guests will be able to choose their own classroom selections based on a first come, first served seating process. Cannabis Career Institute will have six individual rooms based on six different topics, and each class will last approximately one hour. These classroom sessions repeat every hour, so that guests can attend in any order they choose and can partake in each class, or repeat classes as desired. Topics include: The Cannabis Hemp Industry, Extractions, Cannabis – A Medicine, Starting a Cannabis/Hemp Business, Legal Environment and The History of Hemp – which cover a wide variety of information under each topic.
With new businesses entering into the cannabis industry daily, there are many companies that have not yet been seen in the public eye at any other convention or trade-show. The ICA would like to welcome Green Cures, Inc. who will be providing their first public display of products and more. Green Cures, Inc. provides botanical distribution of hemp products and expects to provide future CBD products online.
The ICA would also like to welcome the expected future giant of education, Cannabis State University. The people behind CSU are not new to the cannabis industry, however, this will be the first public viewing and the very first opportunity for the general public to discuss CSU with the founders. Cannabis State University is expected to be one of the first fully accredited college in this sector in the United States. Cannabis State University has a full board of educators (Dr. Gerry Bedore, Jr., Ph.D. MBA, “Online Student Success and Completion Rates”, publication Lambert Academic, 2010) who have detailed experience in quality educational facilities and student programs and CSU boasts plans to implement future degree programs for the medical industry, agriculture industry and business industries.
If you are considering joining the cannabis industry or just need to learn more, the ICA EXPO is one trade-show convention that you will not want to miss. The cannabis industry is, indeed, coming to the United States, if you’re paying attention to the data which appears to be backed by Gallup Polls and opinion. While medical marijuana for those who need it may be the first reason most people choose to get involved, the mass potential for job creation and a fresh influx of financial streams are what will keep this new industry going. Don’t fall behind on this industry, gain the information you need, meet the contacts you’ll be required to have and learn as much as you possibly can by attending this unique EXPO hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel, in Las Vegas on June 22nd and 23rd.
Discount coupons were provided to CCI for members of the Press, CCI students, Family members and friends. Special Code: CCi2014 offers guests $300.00 off the general entrance fee and Vendor Discount Code: CCibooth offers businesses a 35% discount on Vendor Booths.