December 06, 2017
Kauai County in Hawaii hosted the International Cannabis Business Conference last week. The conference featured a golf tournament, music concert, and presentations from politicians and lawyers. Gift packs including cannabis products were also distributed among more than 500 attendees came from different states and countries. The conference is a destination event and Berlin, Vancouver and San Francisco will be holding it next.
The conference’s first day began with a video message of Tulsi Gabbard. She is a US representative from Hawaii since 2013 and supports the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis. Stressing on the devastating effects the existing, and outdated policies have had on communities and individuals throughout the nation, she said, “They’ve turned everyday Americans into criminals, torn apart families and wasted huge amounts of taxpayer dollars to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate people for nonviolent marijuana charges.”
She also showed his support for cannabis business to operate with a banking system and endorsed the campaign to exclude hemp from the list of controlled substances.
Will Espero, the state senator for around 15 years applauded conference attendees as the pioneers of something new and progressive in his keynote speech. He also predicted that the process of adult-use legalization of marijuana in the state would be completed in three to five years maximum.
Espero also interacted with attendees in Q&A session at the end of his speech. In this discussion, he told the audience that the slow progress on legalization front was due to the fact that marijuana was already easily available from a prevalent black market. But he was hopeful that the need of more tax revenue would catalyze the process of legalization in the state. He also thinks that Hawaii will become cannabis giant with its brand power once it goes through the complete procedure of legalization.
The conference was not limited to people getting high. Important topics regarding cannabis and the business were also discussed by the speakers. For instance, lawsuit avoidance was discussed in detail and experts told the attendees about some of the best practices.
Brand-building of legalized cannabis products were also part of the discussion. As Bibiana Rojas, founder of cannabis business in Colombia, reminded the audience, “there isn’t a Coca Cola of cannabis yet”.
Attendees were also very active and conscientious during these discussion and asked experts about the minimum pesticide contamination allowed for cannabis plants. Legal standing of a recent letter dispatched by the Honolulu Police Department ordering cannabis users to give in their firearms was also a hot topic of discussion.
Speakers at the conference also censured the unreasonable anti-smoking measures overseen by the Hawaii Department of Health which forbids MMJ establishments in the state from selling paraphernalia needed for the inhalation of marijuana.
Panelists also raised their concern over the pesticide threshold limit set for pesticides for medical marijuana plants which can be toxic for people dealing with immune system complications. However, a representative from a cannabis testing laboratory indicated the state might consider lowering this limit to curb any potential health perils to the patients using MMJ products.