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Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition in New York Attracts Venture Capitalists, Entrepreneurs and Major Media

The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) attracted more than 2,500 business professionals and garnered major media attention at its recently concluded 2nd Annual event June 17-19, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York.

The leading event for the legalized and medical marijuana industry, sponsored by the International Cannabis Association, was 3-days of non-stop business building, education, networking and serious media coverage that included CBS, CNBC, Forbes, NBC, New York Times, Getty Images, TheStreet.com, WNYC, The Sydney Morning Herald, and 200 media members in attendance.

Exhibitors deemed the event a success, too. “Exhibiting at the Cannabis World Congress in New York has been a solid investment in time and energy for us,” said Michael Robbie, Director, Marketing, CONVIRON. “As a design-manufacturer of plant growth rooms for cannabis, we had been seeking an event like this on the East Coast to amplify our message about the value of turnkey controlled environments as an alternative to traditional methods of building a commercial facility. We’ve had significant conversations and expect follow-up with several exciting companies.”

The bustling exhibitor floor featured a diverse range of innovative products and services needed to succeed in the cannabis business including greenhouses from GrowCo, cannabis oil extraction hardware, machinery; marijuana vaporizer designers, bud-friendly fertilizers, money management kiosks, indoor growing equipment, air-tight jars, packaging, and vacuum sealers. Cannabis-centric businesses were also showcased including inventory software, diagnostic tools, lab testing, and industry associations and publications.

Attendees from CWCBExpo came from all over the country with international attendees from Canada, Puerto Rico, Europe, Israel and other parts of the world. The majority of the attendees came from the tristate area and the Eastern seaboard—from Maine to Florida. All business segments were represented including entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, agricultural experts, medical professionals, consultants and service providers including lawyers, realtors and accountants.

CWCBExpo in NY opened with a heavily attended workshop on “Cannabis Careers” and two six-hour pre-certification classes on “How to Open a Cannabis Business;” and “Doctor & Health Care Providers Conference on Medical Marijuana.”

A rousing Keynote Address from Ethan Nadelmann, of the Drug Policy Alliance, inspired attendees about the need for drug reform and a safe and responsible marijuana industry.

The first ever cannabis investment conference was conducted by Viridian Capital Advisors, entitled: “Investing in the Emerging Cannabis Industry While Managing Risks.” The educational agenda also included 40 sessions on June 18-19, which received high marks from conference attendees. 

“Savvy entrepreneurs, service providers, investors and the media, from across the country and around the world attended CWCBExpo in New York to find out how to succeed in the cannabis industry and they were not disappointed. Attendees and exhibitors are already buzzing about Los Angeles and we are looking forward to another great event, September 16-18 at the LA Convention Center,” said Dan Humiston, President, International Cannabis Association.

The 3rd Annual CWCBExpo in New York will return to the Javits Center, June 15-17, in 2016, with strong re-bookings for exhibit space. For more information on sponsoring or exhibiting at CWCBExpo events in Los Angeles and New York visit www.cwcbexpo.com or contact, Christine Ianuzzi, at email: cianuzzi@leexpos.com and phone: 201-881-1602.


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