Colorado Cannabis Summit latest pot confab coming to Denver -- and it won't be the last

As we've reported, the legalization of recreational marijuana sales that kicked in on January 1 has prompted a boom in pot tourism despite the continuing refusal by the State of Colorado and the City of Denver to embrace and promote the cannabis industry.

More indications of this phenomenon can be seen in the increasing number of marijuana-themed conventions and events -- and not just around 4/20. Witness the Colorado Cannabis Summit, taking place later this month. And it's far from the last major get-together of its kind.

The conference gets underway at 8 a.m. on May 22 at the Exdo Event Center. Here's how Stan Wagner, event CEO and head of Red Thread Creative Group, hypes it.

"Back in January, I was having lunch with my business partner, Phil Walker, who's with Foothills Construction," Wagner recalls. "We'd been doing some branding work with cannabis companies that were doing some build-outs, and we were hearing that there wasn't a lot of good information out there. There have been a number of conferences built on business-to-consumer type products, but we felt there was a need for a business-to-business event.

"It's not just about grow houses, but everything that goes into them," he continues. "Construction, manufacturing of the products, packaging: all that jazz."

Stan Wagner.
Wagner describes the summit as focusing on topics such as safety (hence the participation of CannaLabs, a major product-testing operation) and innovation (the CEO of Surna is among the speakers who'll address that).

Also on the agenda are jobs and employees, a subject Wagner describes as "one of my passions. We know there's a new market for budtenders, but how do you hire them? How do you manage them? How do you keep them engaged? Because there's no blueprint for this. It's an entirely new industry."

Plenty of event planners are hoping to get in on the action. On May 29, for instance, there's the Cannabis Capital Summit at Mile High Station. Then, on June 24, the National Cannabis Industry Association is sponsoring a Cannabis Business Summit at the Colorado Convention Center.

There's clearly no shortage of forthcoming cannabis summits, as Wagner acknowledges. "When we planned this back in January, there were no conferences out there," he says. "But as time went on, we started seeing them pop up here and there."

However, he sees his event as different from the others. "The Colorado Capital Conference is about investing and the NCIA event is about policy," he maintains. "We see them as more complimentary than competitive."

Is the marijuana industry big enough to support all these events? We'll find out soon enough. But organizers shouldn't count on any assistance from Colorado and Denver tourist agencies, which continue to keep marijuana at arm's length even as the local economy is getting repeated boosts from the industry.

For more information about the Colorado Cannabis Summit, visit the event's website or Facebook page.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Marijuana archive circa April 14: "Marijuana: Denver hotel searches for 4/20 weekend up 73 percent."

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DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The Cannabis Clown Circus is coming to town.

Free Snake Oil samples for every sucker.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Yes there is. Organizer ability is the real question. Most are very green with no experience in meeting planning.

RobertChase topcommenter

Millions for events celebrating legal consumption (while all the felonies for cannabis remain on the books), nothing for effective activism on behalf of our rights.  Countless drones who think its already legal or don't care that it isn't, a handful of committed activists working without pay to end Prohibition in Colorado.  What a State!

The Lemming Generation is not doing much to help -- to the contrary, patronizing our regulated cannabis market now (as soon as SB14-215 takes effect) heavily subsidizes the prohibitionist parasites ensconced in law enforcement or sucking off the public teat.  The lemmings' firm belief that cannabis is already legal or that they should go on ignoring legal and political reality only serves the predators.  Most whose use cannabis and violate various of the remaining laws against it without repercussion or reflection are perhaps better likened to small fish travelling in a large school; sure of their relatively low risk of being eaten, but incapable of opposing the sharks, and still getting eaten. 

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase  ... your feigned outrage is only surpassed by your bombastic conceit, you sniveling shit-weasel.

"Amendment 64 legalized every adult in Colorado growing some cannabis and their personal use of it." -- Robert Chase

"Amendment 64 will prevent ~10,000 arrests for cannabis annually in Colorado" -- Robert Chase


RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  Perhaps you didn't see John Ingold's "Marijuana case filings plummet in Colorado following legalization [sic]" -- arrests are down, but not ended; felonies over cannabis are not ended, and they should be.  The prohibitionists are on the march, but no mobilization among their intended victims has yet begun.  I am proud to be one of the few contending for our rights -- that does not constitute "bombastic conceit" (a phrase which more aptly describes your posts in general) -- and it is an honor I am anxious to share with as many as possible, as soon as possible.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Doug <== too fucking stupid to realize that the VAST MAJORITY -- nearly ALL -- of ARRESTS for Marijuana Crimes occur for FELONIES and MISDEMEANORS that A64 does NOT COVER.

Stay stupid, stoner, it's your only skill.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase ... prior to A64, it was NOT an arrestable offense to possess less than 1 ounce of pot -- in fact ANYONE could possess up to 2 ounces of pot. That included everyone under 21.

A64 only offers protection for 1 ounce, and EXCLUDED everyone under 21 from protection, so there is NO ARREST REDUCTION offered by it. Petty Offense arrest reduction = ZERO

A64 did NOT repeal a single Felony Marijuana statute in Colorado. Felony arrest reduction = ZERO

A64 did NOT repeal a single Misdemeanor statute in Colorado. There is no record of anyone being arrested and prosecuted for growing only 3 pathetic plants prior to A64. Misdemeanor arrest reduction = ZERO.

A64 EXPLICITLY states that Private Sales between Consenting Adults are illegal, leaving FELONY laws in place for ANY sale, even a single gram.

A64 EXPLICITLY renounced Public Use and Display, leaving those arrestable offenses in full force.

The Denver Post and John Ingold, like you, are clueless ignorant lying cunts.


@RobertChase @DonkeyHotay Of course he did, but now he's adding the word FELONY in front of his arguments to they remain somewhat valid.  He'll never say he's wrong.

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