CannaBiz: A business-focused conference 

Inside information

Tired of booth babes at marijuana-focused gatherings? So is the trade website Medical Marijuana Business Daily, the organizer behind the National Marijuana Business Conference, taking place this Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9, at the Sherman Street Event Center (1770 Sherman St., Denver, mmjbusinessdaily.com/conference).

"We noticed a big hole earlier this year in the industry, in the sense that it was lacking a really business-focused conference," says editor Chris Walsh, a former reporter for the Gazette. "And for any industry to be legitimate, you know, they all have these industry-focused events where you're primarily concerned with business issues ...

"A lot of events we saw out there — in fact, all of the events — were focused on the cultural side. They might be pitched as a medical-marijuana-business event, but you'd go there and it'd mainly be patients in the crowd, and there would be bands playing in the background, and the speeches weren't very well-attended, and the trade-show floor had head-shops with scantily clad women holding pipes."

Aimed exclusively at industry professionals, this conference features speakers like Rob Kampia, from the Marijuana Policy Project; Troy Dayton, who helps connect investors with entrepreneurs; and Steve DeAngelo of the much-lauded (and, recently, federally targeted) Harborside Health Center in Oakland, Calif.

Topics-wise, Walsh says, "We really wanted to focus on issues like banking, because that's a big topic right now: No one can get bank accounts, and it's pretty much an all-cash business nowadays. So, we wanted to focus on strategies on getting around that, and financial issues and kind of how to survive in this turbulent environment."

'Til the end

Westword reported Monday that medical-marijuana activist Kathleen Chippi filed a complaint with the Boulder County District Attorney's office Oct. 15 over the wording of Amendment 64.

"The author, attorney and the proponents of A64 explained to the Title Board at an Amendment 64 hearing on June 15th, 2011, that they were not 'legalizing marijuana,''' said Chippi in a quoted press release. "It is illegal to mislead Colorado voters under 1-13-109 Colorado Revised Statute."

The DA's office confirmed to the Denver paper that its investigation is ongoing, even with the election having passed.

Referendum results ...

... would normally be in this space, but with our move to Wednesdays, our print deadline passes well before the outcome is known. Check csindy.com and our IndyBlog for all related reports.


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