Press Release

Contact: Irene Sweeney


October 4, 2016


Cannabis 2017 Developed by Cultivators, for Cultivators

Valley View, OH - Cannabis Business Times announces the launch of Cannabis 2017 Cultivation Conference. Cannabis 2017 is the only North American conference combining high-level educational programming on cannabis cultivation and business management, along with an exhibition hall featuring industry-leading technologies, solutions and services for the professional cannabis cultivator. Cannabis 2017 will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland, Calif., March 20-22, 2017.

The educational program has been developed by professional cultivators and industry leaders, who comprise the Cannabis 2017 advisory board, in partnership with the editorial team behind Cannabis Business Times magazine. The conference advisory board is comprised of cultivators and business owners who were carefully selected for their level of achievement/success, their passion for the plant and vision for the advancement of the professional cannabis cultivation market.

The advisory board includes:

Conference Chair: - Kenneth Morrow, Owner, Trichome Technologies (one of the most respected in names in cannabis cultivation and extraction, who will also speak at the conference)

Advisory Board:

  • Leif Abel, Co-Founder & Compliance Officer, Greatland Ganja, LLC
  • David Bonvillain, Founder & CEO, Elite Enterprises
  • Brooke Gehring, CEO & Co-Owner. FGS, Inc.
  • Matthew Huron, CEO, Good Chemistry

In addition to the educational program, attendees have access to the trade show portion of the event, where they can discover some of the best products, solutions and services serving the professional cannabis cultivation market.

The full conference registration early bird rate of $375 is now available and ends Nov. 27, 2016.

"We are excited to bring this unique event to the industry in 2017," says President and CEO Chris Foster. "We learn from one another. With Cannabis 2017, we are creating an educational environment for cultivators, by cultivators. There is a real need for professional growers in the legal cannabis segment of the market to obtain solid cultivation and business management advice. Cannabis 2017 will meet that need."

"Attendees will not be disappointed in our level of programming," says Jim Gilbride, Group Publisher of Cannabis Business Times. "Noelle Skodzinski, co-founder and editor of Cannabis Business Times, has been instrumental in pulling together a speaker line-up that includes many of the most well-known and instrumental names in cannabis cultivation. Mel Frank has been writing about cannabis since 1971 and currently collaborates with a network of cannabis researchers, works as a consultant and is the senior advisor to several California-based marijuana companies. Scott Reach is founder and COO of RD Industries, parent company for Rare Dankness, and owner of one of the most high-tech, automated cultivation sites in the world. These are just two of the industry leaders that will share their experience and advice in individual conference sessions. The rest of the speakers are just as impressive."

Registration for Cannabis 2017 is now open. To learn more or to register, please visit

About Cannabis Business Times

Cannabis Business Times was founded in July 2014. Its focus is to help accelerate the success of legal cannabis cultivators by providing actionable intelligence in all aspects of the business, from legislation, regulation and compliance news to analysis of industry trends and opportunities, as well as expert advice on cultivation, marketing, financial topics, legal issues, business management and more. Cannabis Business Times focuses strictly on the business of legal cannabis for medical and recreational use, and its platforms include a website, e-newsletter, mobile app and a print magazine. To learn more, visit

About GIE Media, Inc.

Cannabis Business Times is owned by GIE Media, based in Valley View, Ohio. GIE Media was founded in 1980 and has grown over 36 years into a leading marketing and communications business-to-business media company serving 17 industries -- including the horticulture industry through its Horticulture Group (Greenhouse Management, Produce Grower, Nursery Management and Garden Center, in addition to Cannabis Business Times). The company goal of Group Interest Enterprises is to publish the highest quality business magazines, websites, e-newsletters, conferences, reference books and other forms of business media in growth industries, with a quality standard based upon editorial value and market leadership. The company employs nearly 100 editors, publishers, sales representatives, marketers and other professionals.

GIE Media Inc. Announces Acquisition of Cannabis Business Times

April 27, 2015 – GIE Media Inc., a leading b2b media company serving some 25 different industries through print and digital magazines, websites, e-newsletters, apps, conferences, reference books and other media platforms, today announced the acquisition of Cannabis Business Times from Hermes Media and Research in Arlington, Va. This new title serves the state-legal cannabis industry, and joins the publications in GIE Media’s Horticulture group, which include Greenhouse Management, Nursery Management, Garden Center, Produce Grower, Ornamental Breeder, Lawn & Landscape and Golf Course Industry.

“The economic opportunities are beginning to explode in this industry, and will continue to grow as legislation continues to advance the issue,” says Christopher Foster, GIE Media’s CEO. “We are excited to expand our portfolio into this emerging segment of the market.”

Noelle Skodzinski, co-founder and editor of Cannabis Business Times, also joins GIE Media and will continue to oversee Cannabis Business Times’ editorial. As the former editorial director of the Publishing Group at North American Publishing Co., along with a number of other editorial management positions, Skodzinski brings more than 20 years of journalism experience to the team.

Jim Gilbride serves as the Group Publisher of Cannabis Business Times. “This is a huge opportunity for some of our existing clients who are already capitalizing on this growth opportunity. We are excited to be on the forefront of b2b communications giving even greater access to this developing area,” says Gilbride.

Cannabis Business Times provides actionable intelligence for the legal cannabis industry through its website ( and its weekly e-newsletter. An official Media Partner of the National Cannabis Industry Association’s (NCIA) Cultivation Management Symposium and its 2015 Cannabis Business Summit and Expo, Cannabis Business Times provides daily updates on marijuana legislation and regulations, as well as strategic business and investment information, legal insights and other intelligence serving cannabis businesses. For more information, visit

About GIE Media Inc.

GIE Media Inc. is a leading marketing and communications business media company. The goal of GIE Media is to publish the highest-quality business magazines, multimedia, e-newsletters, conferences, reference books and other forms of business media in growth industries with a quality standard based upon editorial value and market leadership.

GIE Media Inc. Announces New Corporate Headquarters

September 29, 2014 – GIE Media Inc., a leading b2b media company serving some 25 different industries through print and digital magazines, websites, e-newsletters, apps, conferences, reference books and other media platforms, today announced that it has moved to new offices at 5811 Canal Rd., Valley View, Ohio 44125.

For several years the company has maintained two offices in northern Ohio: one in Richfield and one in Cleveland.

GIE acquired its new office building in March of this year and has been making renovations and updates to the property.

“Since purchasing the building, we’ve made considerable investments to support the technology that drives our business and provide all of GIE’s team members with a modern, efficient and productive workplace,” said Christopher Foster, company CEO. “With 25,000 square feet, the building can easily accommodate our current workforce of 90-plus while also allowing ample room for continued growth. We’re excited to bring our team members under one roof in our new, centrally located office space.”

Throughout its history GIE has continued to invest in the development of leading-edge publications for the industries it serves. As the Internet has grown, and with it the development of digital media platforms, GIE has continued to expand its portfolio through multimedia platforms, video and database management tools. “Our new headquarters office includes a green room for video production as well as the state-of-the-art networking and technology necessary to support our print, multi-media and conference businesses,” shared Foster.

Richard Foster founded GIE Media Inc. in 1980. The company began with one magazine and a staff of three in a small space above the Ohio City Tavern in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland. Business quickly doubled, and GIE Media moved down the street on Bridge Avenue to a larger location that is still owned by the company.

Fundraiser Benefits St.Jude Hospital

Elvis"For the second year in a row, iScrap App (Rockaway, N.J.) hosted a silent-auction fundraising event at the ISRI convention to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis, Tenn.). The "iScrap4Kids" event, held April 17 at the Mandalay Bay, raised thousands of dollars for the hospital by auctioning more than 60 items, such as an iPad loaded with scrapyard software, full-page ads in industry trade publications (including Scrap), travel packages, sports memorabilia, and adventure experiences. St. Jude seeks to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Above, even Elvis (Dan Sandoval of Recycling Today Media Group) found time to stop by the "iScrap4Kids" event to commend host Tom Buechel of iScrap App.-