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(thru 6/4)
On-Site Price
SUPER SAVER Networking Pass
(Limited number of tickets available)
Includes Wednesday and Thursday Exhibit Floor and Seminar access, Tuesday Night Networking Mixer, and Wednesday Night Yacht Party $525 $600 $675
Exhibit and Seminar Pass Includes Wednesday and Thursday Exhibit Floor and Seminar Access $200 $225 $275
Exhibit Only Pass Wednesday and Thursday Exhibit Floor Access $100 $125 $150
Add On: Tuesday – Dispensary Workshop* Dispensary ownership and operations (coffee and lunch included)
Tuesday, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
$159 $199 $225
Add On: Tuesday – Psychedelics Business Workshop* Psychedelics Investment and Business Opportunities (coffee and light snack included)
Tuesday, 2 pm – 5 pm
$159 $199 $225
Add On: Tuesday – Cultivation Workshop* Cultivtion, Licensing, Technology and Operations (coffee and light snack included)
Tuesday, 2 pm – 5 pm
$159 $199 $225
Add On: Tuesday – B2B Bash Party* Business-to-Business Bash Networking Mixer Food and Drinks
Tuesday, from 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
$135 $165 $195
Add On: Wednesday – Women In Cannabis Luncheon Join us for an afternoon of networking, inspiration, and a shared passion for cultivating success in the world of cannabis.
Wednesday, 12 noon, at the CWCBExpo
$49 $59 $69
Add On: Wednesday – Industry Yacht Party* Yacht Party: Enjoy the sunset and skyline with drinks, food, music. (Board at 6 pm from Pier 81, behind the Javits at West 41st Street)
Wednesday, from 6 pm–10pm
$275 $325 $395
* Must have an "Exhibit and Seminar" pass, an "Exhibit Only" pass or a "Super Saver" pass to purchase "Add-On" Workshops, B2B Bash, Women's Luncheon and Yacht Party tickets.   Schedule and programing subject to change without notice.
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Compliance Issues for Cannabis Business Owners: Taxation, Liability, and the ERTC Program

Presented on June 2, 2023, at CWCBExpo, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City.

The panelists discuss the financial issues surrounding
managing a cannabis business without federal legalization and no ability to use a bank; 280E will be discussed as well as insurance issues, liability and the ERTC Credit program.

This session was moderated by  Steve Gelsi, MarketWatch; with panelists Sandy Suchoff, Founder, CEO CannaCPAs; Jeff Booker, Founder, COO CannaCoverage; and Tom Sauvageau, Founder, CEO ERTCFiling

(pictured from the left)  Jeff Booker, Sandy Suchoff, Tom Sauvageau and and Steve Gelsi

The Future of Cannabis Tourism in the Big Apple and Beyond

Presented on June 1, 2023, at CWCBExpo, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City.

As the cannabis industry continues to evolve, opportunities emerge to engage with an international audience interested in the plant’s history, lifestyle, and culture. Increasingly, conversations around cannabis tourism are moving from consumption opportunities to education and exploring the plant’s social impact or place in history and pop culture. While adult-use legalization continues to move like wildfire through state-side tourist meccas like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York City, what opportunities exist for entrepreneurs who recognize the plant as a potential draw for tourism dollars?

This session was moderated by Will Yakowicz, Staff Writer, Forbes; with Precious Hester Brown, Founder, CEO, Entertaining & Elevating With Cannabis; Ariel Palitz, Founding Director, NYC Mayors Office of Nightlife;  and “Hawaii” Mike, Founder, Chef for Higher

(pictured from the left) Precious Hester Brown, Ariel Palitz, “Hawaii” Mike, and Will Yakowicz

Financial Challenges in a Federally Illegal Industry

Presented on June 1, 2023, at CWCBExpo, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City.

The panelists discuss the banking and financing challenges facing the industry, and give their advice on how retailers and brands can survive and advance to the next level.

This session was moderated by  Steve Gelsi, MarketWatch;  with panelists Michael Harlow, Partner, CohnReznick;
Neil Kaufman, Partner, Managing Member, Kaufman McGowan PLCC; David Feldman, Co-founder, CEO, Skip Intro Advisors; Ryan Himmel, VP, Head of Strategic Partnerships, LeafLink

(pictured from the left) Neil Kaufman, Ryan Himmel, Michael Harlow, David Feldman and Steve Gelsi

Conditional Licensing and Cannabis Retail in NYS

Presented on June 1, 2023, at CWCBExpo, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City.

This session was moderated by Kristin Jordan, Founder, CEO Park-Jordan, with Matthew Bernardo, President, Housing Works Cannabis Co.; Arana Hankin-Biggers, President, Union Square Travel Agency; Roland Conner, Founder, CEO, SMACKED Dispensary; Howard Hoffman, CEO, Omnium Canna; and Marvin Morales, Founder, Morales Family Farms.

Pictured from the left: Matthew Bernardo, Arana Hankin-Biggers, Roland Conner, Howard Hoffman,
Marvin Morales, and Moderator, Kristin Jordan

CannaVest East: Exploiting Ground Floor Valuations – Family Office Cannabis Investing 101

Presented on June 2, 2023, at CWCBExpo, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City.

Moderated by Steven Saltzstein, FORCE Family Office; with Adam Rosenberg, President, Vlasic Bioscience; Brett Finkelstein, Founder, Phyto Partners; David Engel, CEO, President, Full Moon Real Estate Investments and Full Moon Investments.

Pictured from the Left: David Engel, Steven Saltzstein, Adam Rosenberg and Brett Finkelstein.

Consumer Products: What are the Most Popular and Hottest Products?

Presented on June 2, 2023, at CWCBExpo, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City.

Moderated by Christina De Giovanni, Founder & CEO Emerald Media; Harrison Bard, Co-Founder, Custom Cones USA; Kymberly Byrnes, Chief Marketing Officer TribeTokes; Jenny Argie, Founder, CEO, Jenny’s; Douglas Dunlap, GTM Director, CCELL and AUXO.

Pictured from the Left, Harrison Bard, Jenny Argie, Douglas Dunlap, Kymberly Byrnes (KymB) and Christina De Giovannil

Social Equity: Entrepreneurs, Change Makers and Heroes

Presented on June 1, 2023, at CWCBExpo, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City.

Moderated by Thunder Walker, Principal, The Thunder Walker Experience; Sarah Stenuf, Founder, CEO, Ananda Farms, Founder, Director, Veteran’s Ananda Inc; Nicole Buffong, National Community Program Director, Minorities for Medical Marijuana; Leo Bridgewater, Co-founder, Heart Community Capital, Co-founder, Collective 360 New Jersey; Solonje Burnett, Co-founder, Chief Culture & Community Officer, erven

Pictured from the Left, Solonje Burnett, Leo Bridgewater, Sarah Stenuf, Nicole Buffong, and Thunder Walker.

Packaging Cannabis Products Safely & Responsibly

Presented on June 2, 2023, at CWCBExpo, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City.

Moderated by Steve Blank, Jr., Founder, Dolo Media; Michael Markarian, Founder, CEO, Contempo Specialty Packaging; Luis Pilonieta, Sales Manager, Cannapa By Paxiom; Alain Vo, Co-founder, CEO, Leafypack; Angelberto Ferrer, CTO, CMO, Hemper.

Pictured from the left, Michael Markarian, Luis Pilonieta, Angelberto Ferrer, Alain Vo and Steve Blank, Jr.

CannaVest East: Lessons Learned, Challenges Faced & Value Creation – Leading Investors Share Their War Stories & Pearls of Wisdom

Presented on June 1, 2023, at CWCBExpo, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City.

Moderated by Matt Karnes, Founder, Managing Partner, GreenWave Advisors; Michael Gruber, Co-founder, Managing partner, Salveo Capital; Vikas Desai, Partner, Achari Ventures; Sergey Sherman, Managing Director, Tuatara Capital; Sean Stiefel, Founder, CEO, Navy Capital; Jeffrey Monat, Senior Partner, Merida Capital


Pictured from the left, Jeffrey Monat, Vikas Desai, Sergey Sherman, Michael Gruber,  Sean Stiefel and Matt Karnes

In Conversation With... Nick Kovacevich and Tim Seymour

Nick Kovacevich, CEO, Greenlane Holdings, in conversation with Tim Seymour, Co-host, CNBC Fast Money. Introduction by Carl Cameron, Journalist, former FOX News Reporter.


Presented June 3, 2022, at CWCBExpo New York, Javits Convention Center

Eco-Conscious Cannabis

How was your cannabis grown?

This session was recorded June 4, 2022 at CWCBExpo New York. Moderated by Carl Cameron, Journalist, Former FOX News Reporter, with Matthew Broxterman, Director of Sales, Boulder Creek Technologies; Jason Thomas, Founding Partner, Precision Quality Compliance; George Stantchev, CEO, COMERG; Kyle Georges, VP Sales and Business Development, Maratek Environmental, and with an introduction by Gretchen Gailey
CWCBExpo Chief Strategist.

Presented June 4, 2022, at CWCBExpo New York, Javits Convention Center

Beverages – Where is the Greenest Grass Growing and Flowing?

A discussion with pioneers in the infused, edibles and the Consumer Packaged Goods sector.

With Tracy Mason, Co-Founder and CEO, House of Saka; Ron Shapira, CFA, Founder, Mosaic Advisory Partners; Ken VandeVrede, CEO Hillview Med; Moderated by Christopher Smith, American Cannabis Report.

Presented June 2, 2022, at CWCBExpo New York, Javits Convention Center

Keynote Conversation – Redman and Steve Bloom

Listen to the energetic keynote session from the mainstage where Redman, Co-Founder of the National Cannabis Party (now the National Consensus Party); Hip Hop star, actor, producer, is interviewed by Steve Bloom, publisher,

Presented June 3, 2022, at CWCBExpo New York, Javits Convention Center

Cannabis in New York: Government’s Role in Building an Equitable Industry Across City and State

This panel featured city and state officials speaking from the CWCBExpo Main Stage at on June 3, 2022. They discussed the cannabis industry in New York City and New State with a focus on scalable business operations, equity and inclusion.

The speakers, from left to right were: Chris Alexander, Executive Director, Office of Cannabis Management; Andrew Kimball, President, Economic Development Corp; Commissioner Kevin Kim, Small Business Services; Commissioner Sideya Sherman, Mayor’s Office of Equity; Moderated by Carlyn S. Buckler, Associate Professor Cornell University, School of Practice School of Integrative Plant Science.

Presented June 3, 2022, at CWCBExpo New York, Javits Convention Center

Social Equity: Progress and Needed Change

This curated roundtable features the movers, shakers and changemakers in the cannabis industry who keep working toward progress and make difference. They discuss the current challenges and issues surrounding communities most affected by the war on drugs as well as the legislation across the US that has mandated steps to ensure progress for equity, fairness and business support.

Session speakers, from left to right are: Leo Bridgewater, Co-founder, Collective 60 New Jersey; Carlyn S. Buckler, Associate Professor Cornell University, School of Practice School of Integrative Plant Science, Chair of the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Faye Coleman, Founder and CEO, Pure Genesis; Jerel Registre, Fund Managing Director, Curio Wellness; Moderated by Tanya Osborne, Founder CannaDiva, LLC, Director of Community Engagement and Digital Production for Women Grow

Presented June 3, 2022, at CWCBExpo New York, Javits Convention Center

Living Your Best Life with Cannabis

In this CWCBExpo Roundtable, hear from industry powerhouses and supporters of a healthy lifestyle while incorporating cannabis. This special session features Jenny Argie, Founder, Owner Jenny’s Home Baked Goods; Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, Co-Founder/CEO The Blinc Group; Rob Mejia, Adjunct Professor, Stockton University, Cannabis Studies Department; and is moderated by Christina DiGiovanni, Founder and CEO, The Emerald.

Presented June 4, 2022, at CWCBExpo New York, Javits Convention Center

Entrepreneurship Conversation With Faye Coleman and Calvin Frye, moderated by Steve Gelsi of MarketWatch

Faye Coleman and Calvin Frye give their first-hand experiences as entrepreneurs in the cannabis and hemp industries. Calvin Frye was one of the first medical marijuana license holders in CA, and has expanded his business holdings across several states. Faye Coleman is an East Coast business entrepreneur who has strategically helped to build several cannabis and hemp companies and organizations. Both Coleman and Frye are Multi-State Operators (MSOs).

Presented November 6, 2021, at CWCBExpo New York, Javits Convention Center

Faye Coleman, Founder & CEO, Pure Genesis

Coleman is a General Management and Operations Executive with more than 25 years of experience at leading multi-site and multi-national operations.  Today she is a multi-state operator, educator, and consultant within the cannabis industry, with a line of cbd products and community first business initiatives.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Ms. Coleman was the first black female graduate from the school of Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University, Coleman earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University and Executive Education certifications in supply chain management and product development from The Harvard Business School. She has served as a Board of Trustee for Lourdes Medical System and as an Advisory Board member for Saint Joseph’s University Executive MBA program.

Coleman’s service continues as a board member for the African American Chamber of Commerce for New Jersey, the NJ Cannabusiness Association, and the National Hemp Association’s Standing Committee for Social Equity. She is also a leader within the CHEM (Cannabis Health Equity Movement) Coalition and served as a member of the NJ Governor’s council for adult use legalization. Today, Ms. Coleman resides in Cherry Hill, NJ with her two wonderful children, both attending college.

Calvin Frye, Founder, Cloneville

Scientist, pioneering cannabis activist, entrepreneur and micro-business license holder, part-owner of one of the highly sought after West Hollywood edible consumption lounge licenses and equity stakeholder in licenses in Oklahoma and Illinois, Calvin Frye has over 16 years of experience cannabis industry. He currently is on the advisory board for the Cannabis World Cannabis Business Exposition, Chairman of the Social Equity Standing Committee for the National Hemp Association and holds board of directors seats at several other corporations. Frye has held several key positions in the Biotech industry for major companies like Xoma, Amgen and Baxter Biosciences, advancing his career from Research Associate to Associate Scientist.

Frye has one of the oldest licenses in Los Angeles and is one of the first dispensary owners in the country. He has appeared in numerous documentaries and television shows and has been featured in many magazines as one of the premier voices in cannabis. Frye has branded his line of cannabis genetics and trademarked the name “Cloneville” which he has attached to his genetics. He also owns Frye Consulting and Management Group, a full- service firm that provides consulting services from startup to full-scale production, including regulatory expertise.

Frye earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa in Science Education. He also attended graduate college with an emphasis in General Science.

Steve Gelsi, Senior Reporter, MarketWatch
Gelsi covers cannabis and banking as senior reporter for MarketWatch in New York. He lives in Montclair, N.J. and enjoys gardening, biking and playing guitar in his spare time. 
Inside the Industry - Thought Leadership Series Day 3: What's Next?

Not to be missed: Hear Matthew Anderson of Vanguard Scientific, Geoff Whaling of National Hemp Association and rePLANT Hemp, and Michael Woods of BIg Sun Holdings and Black Buffalo 3-D Corp discuss what’s coming next for their businesses.

Presented November 6, 2021, at CWCBExpo New York, Javits Convention Center

Matthew Anderson, Founder & CEO, Vanguard Scientific

Matthew Anderson is a proven-exit entrepreneur with an extensive set of business development skills and a track record of success. Matt has built and successfully exited the Enlightened Grain Spirits Portfolio. He managed an impactful book of consulting clients for a range of services through EG Creative with a client base including: Drink Chia!, SIP Natural Cocktails, The Medal of Honor Foundation, The Boeing Corporation, and Charleston Wine & Food Festival.

Matthew led a special action group for a major Florida Legal / Lobby organization to assist a qualified nurseryman-of- record in the development and definition of one of the first Florida medical CBD applications which ultimately resulted in award during the FL Senate Bill 1030 High-CBD licensure process for the Central Florida region. Matthew also served as Corporate Development lead for the largest human donor cadaver recipient in the US in order to document and define their Quality Management Systems while also launching a disruptive charged-plasma sterilization technology safe for biologics. He was a Partner at MacArthur Capital, LLP focusing on due diligence, business development and SME asset cultivation where he deployed $20MM into the cannabis and hemp industries, Eexiting 4 positions for greater than $156MM with 2 companies remaining in operation.

Matthew is Founder & CEO of Vanguard Scientific, a global leader in professional services and technology solutions servicing the botanical extraction industry, where he directed the development of novel SCCO2 extraction technologies capable of validation to meet federal and international pharmaceutical guidelines for medical device. Anderson has Global speaking engagements that include: Davos, Tel Aviv, Cape Town, Toronto, and multiple USA venues. Anderson is also the Co-Founder of Event Horizon Group, a strategic investment group focused on both domestic and international opportunity funding.

Geoff Whaling, Chair, National Hemp Association; Founder, rePLANT Hemp Advisors

Whaling served as Co-founder and President of publicly traded Collective Growth Corporation which combined on April 5, 2021 with Innoviz Technologies in a $1.4 billion transaction. Collective Growth Corporation, Co-founded by Whaling raised $150 million before beginning public trading under the ticker symbol CGRO in April 2020.

Geoff has volunteered for seven years to advance the hemp crop in North America and has served for five years as Chair of the National Hemp Association, one of the world’s largest Hemp advocacy group. He is considered as one of the leading voices and experts on hemp as a fiber and crop commodity. NHA is based in Washington D.C. and is considered the leading non-partisan voice for the industry. Whaling has worked with The White House and Members of Congress, to pass federal legislation and is now focused on developing an industry, with groups including USDA, State Regulators, the WTO, EU and the United Nations, addressing issues as this industry evolves.

Whaling was Co-Founder and former President of Canopy Growth Corporation HIP and Strategic Advisor, CBD and Hemp to the world’s largest Hemp and Cannabis Company. In those roles, Geoff lead CGC’s expansion into the Hemp and CBD industry.

No matter the detours, Whaling is committed to continue his efforts to build the global hemp supply chain. Born in Canada, a duel citizen Geoff Whaling’s areas of expertise are wide ranging given the diversity of his government, business, entrepreneurial and philanthropic work. A profound sense of “wanting to serve” remains an integral part in his life.

Michael Woods, CEO/COO, Big Sun Holdings Group Corporation; Black Buffalo 3D Corp.

Michael J. Woods is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of U.S.-based Big Sun Holdings Group Corporation (Big Sun). Big Sun is a member of the HN, Inc. family of companies (formerly Hyundai Business Solutions and Consulting.) Big Sun owns and operates Black Buffalo 3D Corporation, Flash Labs Corporation, Big Sun Modular, Big Sun Development, and ownership interests within Open World Residences in Switzerland.

Black Buffalo 3D specializes in smart construction with the building of 3D construction printers, material science, engineering and design services. Flash Labs Corporation specializes in IoT infrastructure and IT services for smart homes and buildings, smart factories and offices, and smart cities. Big Sun Modular specializes in the building and distribution of prefabricated and modular homes. Big Sun Development is a real estate development firm focused upon distressed assets and projects in the U.S. and Europe. He is also the Chairman of the Board and President of Open World Residences (OWR) based in Zug, Switzerland. OWR specializes in real estate tokenization throughout Europe for affordable resort and residential property development.

Woods is the former CEO and COO of Rothschild & Co. Asset Management U.S., Inc. Prior to Rothschild & Co., Mr. Woods served as CEO of DWS Investments and Head of the Americas, Global Client Group, for Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management.

Woods is an officer of the Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Business Council for International Understanding based in Washington, DC, and a Board Member and Finance Committee member of The Korea Society, based in New York City. Mr. Woods is a 2018 honoree of the New York Responsible 100 award.

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Hear What They're Saying about CWCBExpo:

Etain Health

It has been great to be back at the show.... it was great to see some of our patients in person, to tell people about the medical cannabis program and the Etain brand, and to have that face to face communication with potential patients and business partners, and to be out in the community.

Jes Feuer
Etain Health

The Sales Joint

We've been exhibiting for 3 to 4 years now, and it's always been a great show for us. We are Delaware based, so NJ and NY going legal is incredibly exciting to us. We got to talk to really interesting people doing great things in cannabis, and on top of that, we got leads of people that we didn't expect.

Francesca Vavala
The Sales Joint

Temeka Group

We came here to see what was happening in the Northeast because we are primarily California. We've had a lot of traffic come through from varying backgrounds... we've had a steady flow throughout the show, and we feel good about who we are meeting and the business we can create. Our company has built stores all across America, but now the opportunities are moving into the East Coast and licensing will be available... CWCBE was a great way to expand our market area.

Chris Eisley
Temeka Group

Yadgar Financial Services

CWCBE was over and above my expectations. The types of people who come are great. You have a diverse group of people who are waiting to get involved. There are also many curious people. At the end of the day, everyone here came because they see the possibilities the cannabis industry has to offer.

Sal Yadgar
Yadgar Financial Services

e1011 Labs

CWCBE gave us a great opportunity to educate attendees on the vape hardware space, on the safety aspect, and where the vape industry is going.

Keegan Thompson
e1011 Labs

Coral Cove Wellness

What Cannabis World Congress has to offer, more than any other expo, is the expertise of the team that brings this together. They attract amazing speakers as well as great industry support for information on how to find your place in the cannabis industry.

Keiko Beatie
Coral Cove Wellness

Minorities for Medical Marijuana

We had some really strong and intentional meetings, and people were just engaged. And it just felt like I was busy from the time we started to the time we ended, there was such great energy. I just am proud to be a part of [CWCBExpo].

Roz McCarthy
Minorities for Medical Marijuana

Athletes for Care

“They do it the right way. They take care of us and they present a good platform for us to give our message.”

Nate Jackson
Athletes for Care

Equitas Partners Fund

“What this organization does so well is really bring diversity to the fore within the industry. To be a New Yorker and have a legal cannabis show in the heart of New York City makes me proud.”

Andi Goldman
Equitas Partners Fund

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