Article by Mark Leger, Civilized
The calendar is full of conferences for companies in the cannabis industry – literally hundreds now take place every year in this rapidly growing industry. In this mix is the State of Marijuana event taking place In Long Beach, California, Sept. 26-27. Now this conference is, of course, unique because it’s taking place on the Queen Mary cruise ship that’s docked permanently in the harbour. But the conference is also noteworthy because its main purpose is to connect industry leaders with policy makers, says event organizer Susan Soares.
Soares says that traditional events which connect industry players with each other certainly serve a purpose, but she says it’s most useful to bring together business leaders with politicians who make so many decisions that affect the overall health of the industry.
“The best thing we can do is influence policy,” says Soares, who is also Executive Director of C.A.R.E., a non-profit organization that plans events and does public education and research, all with the goal of advancing the cause of cannabis legalization. “We’re putting elected officials and industry leaders in the same room together. It’s more of a political event.”
The two-day conference is packed with expert panels on policy issues that directly affect companies in the cannabis industry.