International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco, February 15 & 16

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By all accounts, The International Cannabis Business Conference of 2014 was a rousing success. Ladybud’s founder and publisher, Diane Fornbacher, was one of the industry professionals who spoke at the first International Cannabis Business Conference. With only a few weeks until the second International Cannabis Business Conference, many industry insiders are anticipating a powerful and meaningful conference in San Francisco next month.

The second International Cannabis Business Conference event will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco on Sunday, February 15th, 2015 and Monday, February 16th. Both days will be filled with well-respected and successful presenters, panels on germane topics and the chance to network with some of the major power players in the cannabis business and activism worlds. At this time, there are only 50 tickets available to the public. Early registration to the event for both days is $599 and $849 for those who wish to upgrade and attend the VIP reception. Considering that the VIP reception allows for networking with some of the keynote speakers before the conference even begins, it may be a wise investment for some industry members.

Unlike many of the “networking and education” conferences about marijuana that seem to be popping up all over the place, the ICBC has real connections and ties to ongoing activism efforts and has expressed dedication to conscientious capitalism and ethical businesses practices in an industry often contaminated by snake oil salesmen and quick-rich-quick con artists. In fact, many of their excellent speakers are folks actively working to tear down prohibition, such as Dr. Carl Hart, Ph.D, who recently testified in front of a federal judge in California that cannabis should not be a Schedule I substance. Other highlights from their San Francisco speaker roster include:

Dale Sky Jones

Rick Steves

Doug Fine

Amber Senter

Steve DeAngelo

Debby Goldsberry

As their choice of speakers makes abundantly clear, the ICBC’s focus on the first day of the event this year will be activism. Given how closely many are eying California for complete legalization efforts, this conference couldn’t come at a better time. Those hoping to help influence policy as it develops or those hoping to create or build a cannabis-related business in the newly developing legal markets will definitely benefit from speakers who have been fighting on the front lines for decades in some cases.

The second day of the ICBC’s San Francisco event will focus more on business; in addition to presentations by successful cannabis business people, there will be panels on cannabis businesses and dispensaries in particular which will surely be invaluable to those considering getting involved in the California Green Rush.

Tickets for the 2015 San Francisco International Cannabis Business Conference are still available for sale online as of the publication of this article (click here to purchase). You can follow updates on the event by liking the Facebook page for the International Cannabis Business Conference here.


For previous Ladybud Magazine articles about the International Cannabis Business Conference, click here!