The first annual Fresno Cannabis and Hemp Conference will cover key issues in cannabis and hemp regulation. You’ll learn more about the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) and how those laws intersect with local ordinances.
The conference is designed to provide a crash course in important changes in state and local cannabis laws, along with a brief introduction to industrial hemp. The conference is aimed primarily at public officials, city/county planners, medical cannabis patients, farmers and businesses, but it’s open to anyone interested in cannabis, hemp and commercial licensing.
The morning session will feature a screening of “Bringing It Home,” an award-winning documentary that examines hemp cultivation in the United Kingdom and other industrialized nations, as well as federal laws that make hemp farming illegal in most of the United States. A panel discussion on opportunities and challenges for state-licensed hemp cultivation in the Central Valley will follow.
The afternoon session will provide an overview of two landmark state cannabis laws, the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). Representatives from CalCannabis (CDFA), the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the state Board of Equalization are among the invited presenters. A second panel will explore how local governments are implementing the new state laws (or not).
Bringing It Home
Here in the U.S. and the Central Valley, hemp could be a money-making crop for farmers and create jobs. But why can’t we grow it here? Bringing It Home tells the story of hemp: past, present and future and a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food products, bio-plastics, auto parts and more. The 10 a.m. showing is included with your conference ticket.
The Fresno Cannabis and Hemp Conference begins at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Bitwise Industries, 700 Van Ness Avenue in Fresno. Advance tickets, $12, can be purchased on Eventbrite through 4/20; then $15. No tickets will be sold at the door. Covered parking at the spiral parking garage at Van Ness and Inyo (cash only). For more information, please use the contact form.