CWBC is the cannabis event to attend for cannabis business professionals. Filled with exhibits, classes, and sponsors covering every aspect of the industry, this is a conference to attend if you want to get involved in the budding cannabis industry.
Being the journalist I am, I of course went on a hunt for some free swag at the conference in between educational sessions and meetings with cannabis professionals.
Charlotte’s Web Disposable Vape Pen (~$30 Retail)
When the Stanley brothers first met Charlotte Figi, it spawned a new movement toward creating cannabis plants with higher CBD content. A child suffering from terrible seizures, Charlotte’s parents pushed the Stanley brothers to treat her with cannabidiol oil.
Now their for-profit company Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises sells a variety of CBD-infused products using CBD extracted from their Charlotte’s Web strain.
After grilling the company reps for a little bit about their plans for the future, I was offered a vape pen filled with 50mg of CBD oil extracted from Charlotte’s Web and came back the next day for two more to give to friends. This pen has the battery and oil to accommodate ~350 hits, with each one being just enough to take the edge off.
Synergy 50/50 THC- & CBD-infused Products (~$30 each)
Dixie’s Synergy line infuses topicals, edibles, and oils with a 1/1 ratio of both CBD and THC. Having never tried a topical, I decided to lather myself from head-to-toe in the Synergy Relief Balm and meditating for a bit in the parking lot of the LACC before heading out into Koreatown to meet with Vape Chemist for dinner.
I not only made the drive during the rushiest of LA rush hours (yes I’m aware it’s always rush hour in LA), but I found a parking spot right across the street from the restaurant and parallel parked perfectly for the first time in my life.
Excited about the prospects, I grabbed a couple jars to give to friends, along with a handful of cinnamon dew drops, which taste infinitely better than the next drinks.
Dixie Elixers Edibles (~$20 each)
Dixie has quite a few edibles in their line. Upon realizing I was at a buffet table in a VIP area of the conference, I loaded my backpack up with a few of them. The bonbons didn’t survive my trip through the desert, but I had enough mints, energy shots, and drinks left to have a decent party through Emmy weekend anyway.
The energy shots are similar to 5-Hour Energy shots, and I’d only recommend the citrus flavors (Mint Coffee tastes more like Sour Ass). The Relaxing Mints are great, though it takes me at least 8 (10mg a piece) to get a decent high. When used in combination of other edibles or to cover smoker’s breath on the go, they’re fantastic.
I’m no fan of peach tea and would rather have tried their watermelon or another flavor, but this was the highest dosage I could find, so I made do with what they had. Dixie is one of my perennial favorite cannabis brands at cannabis events.
Drug Policy Alliance Stickers (Priceless)
One aspect of the cannabis community I love is the mixture of people, perspectives, and projects throughout the industry. At most business events, you only see the marketers. You’d never see an Occupy booth at a banking conference. Cannabis is different.
Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance and gave the opening keynote address on day one of the conference (where I took this screenshot of WiFi networks that led to a little networking with the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club and Autumn Karcey). The Marijuana Policy Project and Norml also have a presence there, along with Women Grow.
The CWBC in Los Angeles is where I shared a joint with Jazmin Hupp, the founder of Women Grow. It’s where I reconnected with the Wolf of Weed Street and Doc Hudson. It’s where I first met Mikel Weisser, the deputy director of Arizona Norml too. We then smoked out Ed Rosenthal and a few others whose activism brought us to where we’re at.
It’s important to not only chase the money in cannabis, but to also support the community. Not long after leaving the conference and returning to Phoenix, I drove out to Hempful Farms to meet Dave Wisniewski and the volunteers of Safer Arizona on a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon.
Having already signed the petition from the paid circulators for MPP’s cannabis initiative (I-08-2016), I picked up a petition for AZFMR’s competing initiative (I-14-2016) and listened to the stories of the people responsible for dividing the cannabis legalization efforts in Arizona.
We’ve come a long way, baby, but there’s still a long way to go…
Brian Penny is a former operations manager and business analyst at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared on Fast Company, The Street, Huffington Post, High Times, Hardcore Droid, BBC, and Intuit’s Small Business Resource.