On Thursday, November 30th, Harris Bricken will host a discussion on investing in Southern California’s newly regulated cannabis industry. Hosted by our Los Angeles office, the Southern California Cannabis Investment Forum will connect top investors and leading companies in Southern California’s cannabis and ancillary industries.

The Forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a keynote from Hilary Bricken that addresses the many recent changes to California’s medical and adult use cannabis laws under MAUCRSA. From 6:45 to 8 p.m., I will moderate a panel comprised of the following:

Panelists will cover:

Audience questions will be taken throughout the presentation. A cocktail networking session will follow the panel and last until 9:30 pm. Food and drink will be provided and are included in the price of the ticket.

The Southern California Cannabis Investment Forum will be held at Wanderlust Hollywood. Doors open at 5:30 pm. If you act now, you can get $10 off a single ticket (SOCALCIF10), $25 off of two tickets (SOCALCIF25), and $45 off of three tickets (SOCALCIF45). These coupon codes end at midnight on Cyber Monday. We plan to sell out this event as we did in San Francisco, so don’t hesitate!

California cannabis events

Just a last reminder that pricing for our November 30 Southern California Cannabis Investment Forum in Los Angeles will be increasing at midnight tonight. If you buy now, you can get your tickets for $55 for one or $100 for two. Tomorrow, those costs will  increase to $75 and $135.

The Forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a keynote by Hilary Bricken (our lead cannabis business attorney in Los Angeles) addressing the many recent changes to California’s medical and adult use cannabis laws under MAUCRSA. From 6:45 to 8 p.m., Hilary will then moderate a panel comprised of the following:

This panel will cover the following:

Audience questions will be taken throughout the presentation. A cocktail (the food and a drink is included in the ticket price) networking session will follow the panel and last until 9:30 pm.

The Southern California Cannabis Investment Forum will be held at Wanderlust in Hollywood. Hors-d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided. Doors open at 5:30 pm. We sold out of this event when we put it on in San Francisco two months ago so don’t wait to get your tickets!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Among the hundreds of California cannabis events and conferences out there, I’ve come to find few offer much insight or even tips for investing in California’s cannabis industry and ancillary sector. Many of our California cannabis clients have been engaging in all kinds sophisticated hybrid equity and debt deals to put dollars into the hands of California cannabis operators and ancillary businesses as we head into licensing in 2018.

On September 28th of this year, our San Francisco office hosted our first California Cannabis Investment Forum, and it was a huge success. Not only did we sell out and have more than 250 people in attendance, those who attended really enjoyed it and many requested we do something similar in Los Angeles. Their reasons for wanting a similar event in Los Angeles ranged from wanting their SoCal people to be able to attend to wanting to hear what is happening in Southern California and to meet and network with cannabis industry operators and investors in our area. So, by popular demand from attendees and clients, we’re hosting another investment forum at the end of this month, but this time it’s in Los Angeles and with new panelists and a new moderator!

We hope you can join us on Thursday, November 30th for a discussion on investing in Southern California’s newly regulated cannabis industry. Hosted by Harris Bricken‘s Los Angeles office, the Southern California Cannabis Investment Forum will bring together top investors and leading companies in Southern California’s cannabis and ancillary industries.

The Forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a keynote from me that addresses the many recent changes to California’s medical and adult use cannabis laws under MAUCRSA. From 6:45 to 8 p.m., I will moderate a panel comprised of the following:

Panelists will cover:

Audience questions will be taken throughout the presentation. A cocktail (the food and a drink is included in the ticket price) networking session will follow the panel and last until 9:30 pm.

The Southern California Cannabis Investment Forum will be held at Wanderlust in Hollywood. Hors-d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided. Doors open at 5:30 pm. If you act now, you can get two tickets for $100. Early bird pricing ends at midnight tomorrow, so don’t wait to get your tickets!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Los Angeles Cannabis Investment Forum

Come to find out that among the hundreds of California cannabis events and conferences out there, not many actually offer much valuable insight or even tips for investing in California’s cannabis industry and ancillary sector. Many of our California cannabis clients have been engaging in all kinds of hybrid equity and debt deals to put dollars into the hands of California cannabis operators and ancillary businesses as we head into licensing in 2018.

In turn, on September 28th of this year, our San Francisco office hosted our first California Cannabis Investment Forum, and it was a huge success. Not only did we sell out, with more than 250 people in attendance, those who attended really enjoyed it and many requested we do something similar in Los Angeles. Their reasons for wanting a similar event in Los Angeles ranged from wanting their SoCal people to be able to attend to wanting to hear what is happening in Southern California and to meet and network with cannabis industry operators and investors in our area.

So by popular demand from attendees and clients, we’re hosting another investment forum at the end of this month. But this time it will be in Los Angeles and this time I will be the moderator.

Please join us on Thursday, November 30th, for an educational discussion on investing in Southern California’s newly regulated cannabis industry. Hosted by Harris Bricken‘s Los Angeles office, the Southern California Cannabis Investment Forum will bring together top investors and leading companies in Southern California’s cannabis and ancillary industries.

The Forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a keynote from me that addresses the many recent changes to California’s medical and adult use cannabis laws under MAUCRSA. From 6:45 to 8 p.m., I will then moderate a panel comprised of the following:

Our panelists will cover:

Audience questions will be taken throughout the presentation. If you’d like to submit a question to the panel beforehand, please write to firm@harrisbricken.com. A cocktail networking session will follow the panel and will last until 9:30 pm.

The Southern California Cannabis Investment Forum will be held at Wanderlust in Hollywood. Hors-d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Early bird tickets are on sale now at $55, rising to $75 on November 16. Please go here for details and to sign up.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Happy Halloween to all our readers! We hope you have a safe and fun night.

Halloween is a great time to dress up as something spooky so we put together a short list of cannabis-themed costumes:

  • Cheech and Chong
  • Otto from the Simpsons
  • Towelie from South Park
  • Shaggy and Scooby Doo
  • Matthew McConaughey from Dazed and Confused
  • The Zig Zag Man

If you’re really hoping to give your friends a scare you could dress up as Jeff Sessions. All you need to do is buy a Keebler Elf costume and then toss on a suit and maybe a “Make America Great Again” hat.

Whether you dress up or not, we hope you enjoy the day.

California Cannabis SeminarLast call, people.

Our California Cannabis Investment Forum is this evening in Downtown San Francisco at the Covo Event Space. Doors will open at 5:45 pm.

Our San Francisco office is hosting this event with fiscal sponsorship from Templar Capital Management and GBDS and associate sponsorship from the NCIA. This Forum will bring together top investors and leading companies in California’s cannabis industry and provide you with the information you need for investing in California’s cannabis space.

Hilary Bricken, who heads up our Los Angeles office. will begin the event with a short talk on the many recent changes to California’s medical and adult use cannabis laws. Carlton Willey, who heads up our firm’s finance group out of San Francisco, will then moderate a panel comprised of early and late stage investors and debt and equity financers with experience in California’s cannabis industry. The following panelists will discuss cannabis industry investing, deal structures, cannabis business concerns in the context of investing, investor red flags in the cannabis industry, and various other matters of increasing importance in the California cannabis investment world:

Allen Gold, Principal at Templar Capital Management

Alejandro Di Tolla, CEO of GBDS

Sherri Haskell, CEO of CannaAngels

Tom DiGiovanni, CFO of Canndescent

Emily Paxhia, Managing Director of Poseidon Asset Management

Hors-d’oeuvres and drinks will be served and a cocktail networking session will take place following the panel discussion.

We are still selling tickets online here, but we must cap the number of attendees at 250 and we are already perilously close to that number.

California Cannabis SeminarPlease join us this Thursday, September 28th for the California Cannabis Investment Forum in Downtown San Francisco!

Our San Francisco office is hosting this event with fiscal sponsorship from Templar Capital Management and GBDS and associate sponsorship from the NCIA. This Forum will bring together top investors and leading companies in California’s cannabis industry and provide you with the information you need for investing in California’s cannabis space.

Hilary Bricken, who heads up our Los Angeles office. will begin the event with a short talk on the many recent changes to California’s medical and adult use cannabis laws. Carlton Willey, who heads up our firm’s finance group out of San Francisco, will then moderate a panel comprised of early and late stage investors and debt and equity financers with experience in California’s cannabis industry. The following panelists will discuss cannabis industry investing, deal structures, cannabis business concerns in the context of investing, investor red flags in the cannabis industry, and various other matters of increasing importance in the California cannabis investment world:

Allen Gold, Principal at Templar Capital Management

Alejandro Di Tolla, CEO of GBDS

Sherri Haskell, CEO of CannaAngels

Tom DiGiovanni, CFO of Canndescent

Emily Paxhia, Managing Director of Poseidon Asset Management

The California Cannabis Investment Forum will be at Covo Event Space in Downtown San Francisco. Doors will open at 5:45 pm and Hilary’s keynote will begin at 6:15. Hors-d’oeuvres and drinks will be served and a cocktail networking session will take place following the panel discussion.

We look forward to seeing you there, but do NOT delay in buying your tickets. We must cap attendance at 250 and we are very rapidly nearing that number already.

 

California Cannabis SeminarOn Thursday, September 28th, our San Francisco office will host an event on investing in California’s newly regulated cannabis industry. The California Cannabis Investment Forum will bring together top investors and leading companies in California’s cannabis industry and its related technologies to talk about California cannabis investment issues. The Templar and GBDS will be sponsoring this event and the NCIA will be an associate sponsor.

Early bird pricing of $20 ends tonight at midnight! 

Hilary Bricken of our Los Angeles office will begin the Forum at 6:15 p.m. with a short keynote discussing the many recent changes to California’s medical and adult use cannabis laws. From 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m., Carlton Willey of our San Francisco office will moderate a panel comprised of the following early and late stage investors and debt and equity financiers with experience in California’s cannabis industry:

Alejandro Di Tolla, CEO of GBDS and a leading angel investor in cannabis businesses

Allen Gold, Principal at Templar Capital Management

Sherri Haskell, Founder and CEO of CannaAngels

Emily Paxhia, Managing Director of Poseidon Asset Management

Tom DiGiovanni, CFO of Canndescent

Our panelists will cover cannabis industry investing, deal structures, cannabis business concerns in the context of investing, and investor red flags in the cannabis industry, with a focus on California’s expected $8 billion plus legalized cannabis marketplace. We will take questions from the audience during the panel discussion and we also encourage you to send us in advance any questions you may have for our esteemed panelists. You can send us your questions via email to firm@harrisbricken.com.

The California Cannabis Investment Forum will be at the Covo Event Space in Downtown San Francisco. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and a cocktail networking session will commence from 8-9:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

To purchase a ticket for this event, please go here. And remember, today is the last day for the early bird rate, so act fast!

Over the weekend, I attended CanEx Jamaica in Montego Bay. The event focused on the business and policy of cannabis in Jamaica and abroad. Jamaica decriminalized cannabis in 2015, imposing a fine for possession of less than two ounces of cannabis rather than possible jail time. Jamaica also has legalized cannabis for medical use, but is still in the process of implementing a regulated program.

Jamaica is facing challenges in regulating a plant that has long been celebrated in Jamaican culture despite legal prohibition. Ganja, as it is known on the Island, has deep cultural and religious significance. It is a sacred herb in the Rastafarian religion. Its religious and recreational use on the island has been widespread for years. As a result, many Jamaicans are not excited about it being regulated. I went to this event for two reasons. One, because Hilary Bricken, our lead cannabis lawyer out of our Los Angeles office would be speaking there. And two, because our cannabis practice has always been an international one, and that has been accelerating in the last few months as Barcelona, Spain, (where we have an office) continues to liberalize.

Dr. Jalani Adwin Niaah, a professor at the University of the West Indies at Mona and Rastafarian, gave a presentation on Rastafarian Dispensing and Advocacy. He noted an increased interest in ganja from local business leaders after it was decriminalized. He fears though that commercialization of Jamaica’s medical cannabis will leave Rastafarians behind and cannabis as a sacrament will become marginalized. Dr. Niaah suggested Rastafarian’s hosting “herb camps” where they could grow and dispense ganja for religious purposes while also providing guidance to Jamaicans and visitors who want to use ganja for healing and wellness. Dr. Niaah proposed these camps would give Rastafarians a place in Jamaica’s regulated cannabis market. Jamaican law allows cannabis for religious purposes, but it is not clear these sorts of camps would qualify under this exemption.

Hilary Bricken hosts a panel on Cannabis Policy in Jamaica.

Hilary Bricken from our office moderated a panel on cannabis policy that included Florida attorney Michael Minardi, entrepreneur Sidney Himmel, Dr. Lorenzo Gordon of Jamaica’s Ministry of Health, and Greg Douglas, CEO of Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority.

Dr. Gordon and Mr. Douglas provided insight into the challenges Jamaica faces as two of its regulatory bodies work together to establish Jamaica’s medical cannabis scheme. The Ministry of Health regulates cannabis processing, strains, and products. It looks at the scientific side of cannabis, studying the percentage of CBD and THC in each strain. This Ministry also requires a microbiological analysis of each product and provides training for physicians who wish to recommend cannabis. The Cannabis Licensing Authority focuses on location, security, and cultivation. As the title suggests, it also will eventually provide licenses to cultivators and dispensaries.

Mr. Douglas expressed the need for the two agencies to work together to send a unified message and provide a consistent process for applicants hoping to obtain a cannabis license. He also acknowledged the importance of cannabis in Jamaica saying “in Jamaica, ganja is cultural, not just a matter of money.” Mr. Douglas maintains that the emotional impact of ganja in Jamaica must be taken into account in creating a regulated industry.

The elephant in the room was the impact United States Government policy has had and will continue to have on Jamaica’s cannabis regime, especially considering the Trump administration has been hostile to cannabis. Both Jamaica and the US have entered into treaties prohibiting the manufacture and distribution of cannabis and other drugs. The US wields significant influence over international trade and could force its will on a small nation like Jamaica. At one point in the panel discussions, Hilary asked whether Jamaican government officials see the US as a bully. Both Jamaican officials gave diplomatic answers, acknowledging they are aware of the United State’s position on the subject and how it is necessary to “consider” the international environment when implementing Jamaica’s regulatory regime.

Though over half the states in the US have legalized medical cannabis and eights states (plus Washington DC) allow cannabis for recreational use, the United States is still viewed internationally as somewhat of a drug law dinosaur with sharp teeth. Many of the speakers and attendees talked of how Canada and Israel (and to a lesser extent Uruguay and Spain) are model nations for cannabis research and policy. Dr. Gordon stated he hoped Jamaica could be an international leader in cannabis as well. See Marijuana Legalization: The International Edition

 In addition to Hilary’s panel, CanEx hosted Montel Williams for a keynote address, held a job fair for individuals interested in working in cannabis and hosted a number of other panel discussions on topics like “Women in Cannabis”, “Finance and Trade”, and “Arts and Entertainment.” The event was well attended and very informative. If you regret missing it this year, I highly recommend attending in 2018.
Great locale and great speakers. What more could you want?
Daniel Shortt and Hilary Bricken at CanEx Jamaica.

On Thursday, September 28th, our San Francisco office will host an event on investing in California’s newly regulated cannabis industry. Sponsored by the  Templar, GBDS, and the NCIA, the California Cannabis Investment Forum will bring together top investors and leading companies in California’s cannabis industry and its related technologies.

Hilary Bricken of our Los Angeles office will begin the Forum at 6:15 p.m. with a short keynote addressing the recent (and many) changes to California’s medical and adult use cannabis laws. Then from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m., Carlton Willey of our San Francisco office will moderate a panel comprised of the following early and late stage investors and debt and equity financers with experience in California’s cannabis industry:

Allen Gold, Principal at Templar Capital Management

Alejandro Di Tolla, CEO of GBDS and a leading angel investor in cannabis businesses

Sherri Haskell, Founder and CEO of CannaAngels

Tom DiGiovanni, CFO of Canndescent

Emily Paxhia, Managing Director of Poseidon Asset Management

Panelists will cover cannabis industry investing, deal structures, cannabis business concerns in the context of investing, and investor red flags in the cannabis industry, as well as matters of increasing importance in the cannabis investment world as we head into 2018 and California’s expected $8 billion legalized cannabis marketplace. Audience questions will be taken during the entirety of the panel discussion and if you’d like to submit a question to the panel beforehand, please write us at firm@harrisbricken.com.

The California Cannabis Investment Forum will be held at Covo Event Space in Downtown San Francisco. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and a cocktail networking session will commence from 8-9:30 p.m.

To purchase a ticket for this event, please go here. The early bird rate lasts until September 12, so act fast!