- The Washington Times - Monday, July 22, 2019

The three-day National Cannabis Business Summit & Expo is now underway, in a 372,754 square foot venue in San Jose, California. The event has drawn 10,000 attendees and was organized by the National Cannabis Industry Association, a trade group which advocates for “the responsible cannabis industry.”

The group represents 2,000 entrepreneurs, cannabis growers, vendors and other business-minded folk who agree with them.

The organization also tracks and rates where members of Congress stand on key cannabis reform issues, including medical marijuana, adult-use, banking access and more.

There is a money factor involved here as well. In Colorado, legal marijuana sales topped $1 billion — and now account for roughly 3% of the state’s annual budget according to CNBC.

Needless to say, the old hippies of yore — who lived in an era when marijuana was very illegal — would have been amazed at such things.

The big doings feature 140 speakers plus multiple forums which address such issues as therapeutic use of cannabis for pain by professional athletes, ongoing legislation, “hemp biz” and international trends.

The cannabis crowd will close out their 72 hours worth of exploration with a “Blues & Buds Celebration” featuring actor, musician and “cannabis farmer” Jim Belushi and his Big Blue Revue band.

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