WEED EXPO BUDDING THIS YEAR
L.A. confab takes low-key route after past controversy
Now in its fifth year, the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo is returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the third time Sept. 26-29.
Produced by Leading Edge Expositions based in Paramus, N.J., the CWCBE got its start in New York and has since expanded to L.A. and Boston.
Compared to last year’s event, which had its share of controversy when Roger Stone was booked to speak until a threatened industry boycott resulted in his being disinvited, CWCBE’S 2018 lineup is pretty tame. Industry veterans Steve Deangelo and Troy Dayton kick off the expo with keynotes, followed by two days of panel discussions. Add-on workshops conducted by Clover Leaf University, New Frontier Data, Marijuana Retail Report, Incredibles and Hoban Law Group provide a deeper dive into subjects like opening a cannabis business, investing, regulations, extraction and cultivation.
Two years ago, Melissa Etheridge and Montel Williams brought some celebrity star power to the Expo. This year, the closest celeb on the bill is Maya Elisabeth, who teamed up with Whoopi Goldberg to form the cannabis product line, Whoopi & Maya. Sorry, no Whoopi, though she appeared at CWCBE’S last New York event in June. — Steve Bloom