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.