Larisa Bolivar on The Marijualogist

Larisa Bolivar, Executive Director of Cannabis Consumers Coalition provides cannabis consumers with a voice in the growing cannabis industry, and ensures consumer rights and ethical behavior on behalf of cannabis-related businesses


Dr Dhanabalan states “Cannabis is not an entrance drug, it is an exit drug for pharmaceuticals and narcotics.”

Certified Marijuana Medical Practitioner and Founder of Global Health & Hygiene Solutions, LLC Dr. Uma V.A. Dhanabalan at Babson Cannabis Symposium


Michael Minardi of Regulate Florida about marijuana legislation in Florida

Campaign Manager Michael C. Minardi, ESQ message to Florida about the future of the state and cannabis.


From “seed to sale” – John Salley

NBA Superstar and Entrepreneur John Salley talks to sports commentator Rob Stone at an exclusive Thuzio Executive Club event in Los Angeles. Salley shares his challenges launching his Cannabis business, and owning the process from “seed to sale.”


Hilary Bricken at UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative

Cannabis industry attorney Hilary Bricken of Harris Moure’s Canna Law Group speaks on the biggest legal issues facing marijuana research.


Montel Williams regarding his company

Montel Willaims discusses his medical cannabis company and how he wants to change the negative perception of weed.


Watch This: Mike from Smokers Guide Canada talks with CanEx Jamaica Speaker Ras Iyah V

Mike from Smokers Guide Canada talks with Ras Iyah V, President of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers’ Association and organizer of Rasta Rootzfest.

Who is Ras Iyah V?

Verald Vassell more popularly known as Ras Iyah V, a Rastafarian for over fifty (50) years is highly considered a Ganja Advocate and defender of Human Rights in Jamaica. He is currently the Chair of the Westmoreland Ganja Farmers Association. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Cannabis Licensing Authority , Co-Chair of the Rastafari Nyabinghi Administrative Council, Former Chair and founding member of the National Coalition of Grassroot Ganja Farmers and Producers Association, as well as a Former Chair of the Rastafari Coral Gardens Committee. In 2016 Ras Iyah V was invited to the United Nation General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) where he addressed three (3) different sessions of the UN.  Ras Iyah V is the founder of Rastafar i RootzFest Jamaica’s first Ganja exempt event under the Dangerous Drugs Act Amendment 2015.


Dispensary or Homegrown – Which is Best for You?

When the commercial sale of cannabis was unheard of, people throughout the world found ways to secretly grow the plant at home. Now, as legalization continues to be a global conversation, states that have already legalized ganja now offer various products at dispensaries with no shortage of options. Take for example the state of Colorado, where there are more than 500 dispensaries that sell cannabis for medicinal and recreational use.

Related: More Dispensaries in Colorado Than McDonald’s & Starbucks, Combined

At most dispensaries, you can buy marijuana flowers, waxes, oils, drinks, accessories, merchandise, and bath and body products. Shopping in a dispensary is quite the adventure, but due to taxes and regulations on distribution and packaging, the costs for consumers isn’t always budget friendly.

Related: What to Expect on Your First Visit to a Marijuana Dispensary

Homegrown cannabis (if legal in your area) can seem like the ideal alternative to commercial shopping. There’s the joy of watching your plant grow and the reward of learning more about the life cycle and science of the herb. Of course, there is the added convenience of easy access to your plant – without driving and having to be carded.

But before you begin your cultivation journey, there are other points to consider including pest control, soil, lighting, your grow space, the use of energy to maintain proper temperature for growth, and the personal time it will take to care for the plants.

There are plenty of guides available to help you assess the overall cost of growing cannabis at home before deciding what’s best for you.

For starters, we recommend:

Beginners: How to Grow Just One Pot Plant in Your Home

How to Grow Cannabis Indoors: A Beginner’s Guide

We’ll be discussing cultivation at CanEx Jamaica on September 1, 2017. Get your tickets today!


An interview with celebrated lawyer, advocate and CanEx Jamaica speaker Hilary V. Bricken

A partner at Harris Bricken in Los Angeles, Hilary V. Bricken has been rightfully titled a Super Lawyer.

In 2013, based on her work in the industry, The Puget Sound Business Journal named Ms. Bricken one of seven Deal Makers of the Year. From 2014 through 2017, she was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine. Also in 2015, the Puget Sound Business Journal named Hilary to its Top 40 Under 40 list for business and leadership, and in 2017 the American Bar Association named Hilary a Top 40 Under 40 “On the Rise” attorney in the United States.

In this interview, Hilary discusses her thoughts on advocacy, entrepreneurship, and more.

When did you first realize that specialized legal advocacy was needed in the cannabis market?

May 2010—there was a severe need for legitimate business and regulatory guidance that just wasn’t being met; mostly because lawyers were afraid of what the bar our or federal government would do/could do.

What would you say are the top two challenges that cannabis startups face?

Lack of access to banking services and the federal government’s treatment of cannabis income (third runner up is lack of access to traditional fundraising).

What effects could full legalization have on other local, community-based businesses?

It can drive tourism. It also can increase tax revenue for various improvements around the community. In some circumstances, it’s even gentrified some communities. It can also cause serious backlash and community uproar over lowered property values, perceived increases in criminality, nuisance, and overall polarized attitudes about legalization.

Can you summarize the concept of “big marijuana?”

According to prohibitionists, big marijuana consists of private money interests driving legalization for their own personal gain at the cost of consumers’ health and safety.

What are you most looking forward to at the CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo?

Touring a cannabis farm there. I’ve been in many of my clients’ operations (in the states and abroad), but never one in Jamaica. I very much want to see how they compare on a regulatory level.

In your opinion, why are networking events for ganjaprenuers critical to success?

It’s important to know your business community, and it helps build and support professionalism and valuable relationships. It also helps to promote education over various industry issues that would otherwise go unnoticed or undiscussed.

Hilary will be a featured speaker at CanEx Jamaica! Tickets are currently available.


Jose Belen, U.S. Army Combat Veteran opens up about PTSD and the need for proper emotional and medicinal support

Jose is a decorated United States Army Combat Veteran who was part of the initial invasion into Iraq in the spring of 2003, ultimately serving 14 consecutive months of combat in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 and 2. Jose was Honorably discharged in January 2005 after completing his 3-year enlistment term and immediately entered the workforce. A close family friend referred Jose to AIG to apply for their bilingual insurance professional position. With little qualifications, and only a stellar Army career to prove his worth, Jose interviewed and essentially asked for the job of his life at the time, and in return promised his soon to be supervisor that he would never settle for less than the top producer in the company and work harder than any other employee. Through all of the tumultuousness of AIG going bankrupt and the sale of his division to Farmers Insurance, Jose lived up to his promise and was one of the top direct insurance professionals in the United States for nearly a decade.

Why Jose Belen Speaks:

Having a successful career, and the drive and passion to follow through on his professional commitments, one would think all is well. However, Jose was silently battling a PTSD diagnosis that goes back to 2005. Despite his prognosis, Jose dug deep each and every day to professionally excel not only himself, but also his peers. Jose gave all that he could to mentor others to help them achieve their best version of themselves both personally and professionally. Jose Belen speaks to give hope to the hopeless and to not only help save lives but also give people reasons to live. Most combat veterans never speak of the things they saw and did while at war.

Jose’s personal battle with PTSD uncovered a need for someone to stand up and speak on behalf of all those suffering in silence, and for those who may not have a support system to depend on. Sharing his story is like pouring salt on an open wound, but it is something he has been spiritually led to do in an effort to deter PTSD suicide. From one battle field to another, down range in Iraq to conquering a successful corporate career, Jose speaks first hand on overcoming the challenges one faces juggling their personal and professional lives while battling what could be a crippling disorder that claims 8,000+ lives a year. To balance life and death for nearly 13 years is something that may be unnerving, but is insight of what it is like for a combat veteran to work his way to the top and not be defined by a diagnosis. Jose speaks to use his dynamic story to inspire those in the struggle to say, “I have PTSD, PTSD does NOT have me!” and to understand that “The Sky Is Not The Limit”…and it never has been. Understanding what those principals mean is the key that will unlock the power to achieve a life without limitations.