Event Features Tommy Chong, Ed Rosenthal and OLCC Chairman Rob Patridge
By Anthony Johnson
New Approach Oregon
October 30, 2016 — The Oregon Marijuana Business Conference (OMBC) brings its combination of business information and political activism back to beautiful Ashland on November 19th and it will be a great time to get the latest on the medical and adult use regulations as well as get a glimpse into what to expect in the coming months. Last year’s OMBC in Ashland was a sold-out event with a literal packed house and you will definitely want to join us at the Ashland Hotels and Suites for this one!
The OMBC curriculum will be comprehensive as panels of entrepreneurs, experts and lawyers will present on all areas of the industry and will answer your burning questions. Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) licenses will be covered, along with the tracking and reporting requirements imposed by both the OLCC and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Testing, labeling and packaging requirements are certainly a hot-button issue, and will be discussed, as will the latest regulations imposed by Jackson and Josephine Counties. We certainly are concerned about small farmers and mom-and-pops, so we will have a special panel devoted to small businesses, touching upon the OLCC micro canopy and the latest medical regulations. We will give a preview of the upcoming legislative session and discuss how we can best protect and improve our cannabis laws, especially the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
OLCC Chair Rob Patridge will be on hand to provide insight into the OLCC’s regulatory process and take hard-hitting queries from attendees. Legendary grower Ed Rosenthal, the Guru of Ganja, will be sharing some of his expertise while cannabis icon Tommy Chong will join us for a celebrity interview as he dishes on show business, his time as a political prisoner and his business ventures today. The OMBC not only provides great information, but also presents great networking opportunities and good times, as Del the Funky Homosapien will be making an exclusive concert appearance for OMBC attendees.
Oregon’s cannabis laws have been changing rapidly over the last several years and the cannabis community has much to be proud about. We have stopped arresting and citing thousands of people for cannabis, thousands of jobs have been created and millions of dollars in tax revenue have been generated. There is still much work to be done, of course, as we continue to decrease criminal penalties and move towards a day that the cannabis community is treated fairly and equally across the state. Too often, patients and small business owners have felt the brunt of burdensome regulations, but a unified cannabis community has the opportunity to roll back overly restrictive regulations that will allow Oregon mom-and-pops to thrive and take care of customers and patients alike.
The OMBC strives to help the Oregon cannabis community continue to make strides and provide an avenue for like-minded folks to learn, network and be as prepared as possible for current and future regulations. We are proud to keep political activism at the forefront of our curriculum and hope that folks across Oregon will join us in Ashland on November 19th as we work together to shape cannabis laws and regulations so they will work for everyone across our state.
For tickets and more information, check out www.oregonmbc.com. Tickets can also be purchased at Ashland Alternative Health, Northwest Alternative Health in Eugene and by calling 541-488-2202.