Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo Lands Big Keynote Speakers

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Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo Features Melissa Etheridge, Ethan Nadelmann, and George Zimmer

One of the leading business-to-business cannabis conferences in America is set to take place September 16th-18th, in Los Angeles, California. The event will feature an exciting trio of famous keynote speakers, including singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, Drug Policy Alliance founder Ethan Nadelmann and entrepreneur & philanthropist George Zimmer, founder of Men’s Wearhouse and zTailors. In addition, among the dozens of education discussions that will be hosted at the conference, the ‘“Sports Pain Management and Cannabis” panel will include former NFL players Lorenzo Neal and Nate Jackson, as well as other expert guests. As if these speakers weren’t enough, the expo side of the conference will provide networking, education and business development opportunities to all levels of entrepreneurs, business and healthcare professionals in attendance. This conference and expo truly has something for everyone! Here are the details!

When and Where

The CWCBExpo will take place September 16th-18th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Click here for hours and a brief timeline.

Target Demo

The CWCBExpo event represents one of the largest cannabis industry business-to-business gatherings in America. Entrepreneurs from all experience levels and healthcare professionals are encouraged to attend, as the conference will offer an unparalleled chance for networking, education and professional growth. Additionally, those looking to simply learn more about the industry will be able to learn from the fantastic line up of speakers scheduled for the event.

Keynote Speakers

The superb lineup of event speakers will feature three prominent Keynote speeches, made by:

George Zimmer – Founder of Men’s Wearhouse and zTailors.

ZimmerAs a renowned business leader, and one of the early pioneers of Conscious Capitalism’s stakeholder model, Mr. Zimmer started what would become the largest men’s tailored clothing company in America. In his role as Founder, Chairman, CEO & TV spokesperson, he guided Men’s Wearhouse with a workingman’s ethos that valued his employees and his customers equally with his shareholders, creating an enjoyable service-oriented experience.

“I value all stakeholders, not just the shareholders.” – George Zimmer – Founder of Men’s Wearhouse and zTailors

Mr. Zimmer is once again revolutionizing the apparel industry with his new venture that was recently announced, zTailors. Coined the “Uber of Tailoring” this new concept delivers the time-honored craft of tailoring directly to the consumer for a remarkable, and highly personalized customer experience.     

“George’s progressive thinking and proven business leadership embodies what the CWCBExpo events are all about–helping those in the cannabis business succeed. – Dan Humiston, President of International Cannabis Association (ICA) and sponsors of CWCBExpo in LA.  

Melissa Etheridge – Grammy & Academy Award Winning Singer-Songwriter

Melissa-EtheridgeA cancer survivor, Etheridge has publically spoken about the medicinal value of cannabis in her recovery and is launching her own line of canna-products including a cannabis-infused wine.

“I was extremely honored to be asked to speak at the CWCBExpo because as a cancer survivor, who discovered the unparalleled medical benefits of cannabis during my recovery, I feel very passionate about helping to remove the negative stigma and educating people about its real medicinal value.” – Melissa Etheridge – Grammy & Academy Award Winner

Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Melissa Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades.

Ethan Nadelmann – Founder & Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance

NedelmannDescribed by Rolling Stone magazine as ‘the real drug czar’, Mr. Nadelmann is the Founder & Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance and is known for his persuasiveness and passion for promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.

“California was the first state to legalize medical cannabis, almost twenty years ago, and its cannabis industry is certainly the biggest, most diverse and dynamic in the country. The state is now poised to become a true global leader in responsible cannabis regulation, provided a smart and winnable ballot initiative prevails on Election Day 2016.” – Ethan Nadelmann – Founder & Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance

Mr. Nadelmann received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard as well as his Masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and taught at Princeton University for seven years.

Former NFL Players Lead Sports Pain Management Panel

“Sports Pain Management and Cannabis” is part of a comprehensive educational program that includes more than 60 sessions. These education discussions focus on a number of topics relating to moving the cannabis industry forward, including Creating Your Business; Running Your Business; Business Growth; Industry Leaders; and Cannabis Future.

“The ‘Sports Pain Management and Cannabis’ panel will further demonstrate, using real life examples, what the true potential is to help millions of Americans, beginning with just one drop of CBD hemp oil. The advancement of industrial hemp and therapeutic hemp oils will not only provide safe access for many families, but will also serve to boost the American economy by utilizing our valuable agricultural resources and farmers.” – Geoff Whaling – Founding Member of Coalition for Access Now and sponsors of the panel.

Lorenzo-NaelThe panel will include former NFL stars Lorenzo Neal and Nate Jackson. Neal was a Pro-Bowl player who played for the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders.  He is considered one of the best blocking fullbacks in NFL history, having blocked for a 1000+ yard running back eleven straight years (1997-2007). Jackson played six seasons with Denver Broncos and is a writer, book author and strong advocate for the NFL to allow medical cannabis as a means to help players deal with the physical and psychological pain and head injuries inherent to their profession.

“I’ve medicated with cannabis since my football career began in high school, and I found it to be an effective pain relief method; much more effective than the alternatives. Cannabis allowed me to take the edge off of the pain without losing my edge on the field.” – Nate Jackson

Also Included:

Dr. Mark Steven Wallace – Board of Directors, American Pain Society and serves on scientific planning meetings for both national and international meetings, including the World Congress of Pain, World Institute of Pain, American Academy of Pain Medicine and American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

Joel Stanley – Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises/CW Botanicals. Stanley and his 5 brothers created and developed the internationally known Charlotte’s Web hemp product that has been featured on CNN, Dateline NBC, The View and in many other media around the world.

Cristi Bundukamara Ed.D, NP – Research Director for the Realm of Caring Foundation. In this role she educates providers and consumers regarding the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids and consulting with the largest population of clients with epilepsy using cannabidiol as treatment.

Click here to register in advance at discounted online rates.

Who’s In Charge?

Leading Edge Expositions, LLC

Leading Edge Expositions, LLC is a strategic partner with The International Cannabis Association (ICA). H.A. Bruno operates Leading Edge Expositions, LLC (LEEXPOS). LEEXPOS oversees the management and business development of the ICA’s tradeshows and conferences that are at the forefront of one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions are business-to-business events for the legalized cannabis and medical cannabis industries and are held twice per year.

The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions are held in New York and Los Angeles and are the leading forums for dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, legal counsel, and entrepreneurs looking to achieve business success and identify new areas of growth in this dynamic industry. For more information visit:

The International Cannabis Association

The International Cannabis Association (ICA) provides the resources necessary for professionals to succeed in the legalized cannabis industry. Whether considering starting a cannabis business, taking an existing cannabis business to the next level or expanding service to support the cannabis industry, the ICA is here to help.

By offering educational conferences and networking events, the International Cannabis Association brings together experts and business professionals from across the cannabis industry as well as individuals simply interested in getting started. As the cannabis industry’s business-to-business association, the ICA is the professional’s source for timely, entrepreneurial and high-quality information. For more information visit:

H.A. Bruno, LLC

H.A. Bruno, LLC was founded in 1923, and since 1970s, the owners of the business have been leaders in the trade show industry on a global level, including their major interest in Blenheim Group, Plc.

In early 1980s, with the introduction of the microcomputer for business, HAB had the foresight to launch PC EXPO in New York, as the first B2B event for volume buyers of PCs and technology providers. PC EXPO quickly became the launching pad for some of the most important technological advancements of the time and generated billions of dollars in sales for hardware and software companies.

Blenheim Group Plc. the world’s largest public company whose sole activities were tradeshows, conferences and related magazines and public events, Blenheim produced market leading events including PC Expo in New York City, Equitana Horse Show in Essen, Germany and the world’s largest trade show for the building industry, Batimat in France. At its height, the company produced over 300 expositions and conferences covering 40 industries in 14 countries. The company was sold in 1997 to United Business Media.

Today HAB produces eleven events in four countries, covering six industries, with offices in Paramus, NJ; Mexico City; and London. The industries for which HAB creates market places and expositions for include: franchising, packaging, petroleum, and legalized cannabis.

Click here to register in advance at discounted online rates.

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