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Tuesday, October 3 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Seattle Cannapreneurs Are Making Weed Their Business

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Cannabis legalization is three years old in the Evergreen State, but there is still a heavy dose of confusion, consternation and complexity to the industry. Consumers, entrepreneurs, state regulators and investors seek clarity, but there is no road map in this uncharted territory. This panel attempts to answer the bigger questions facing Washington as the state struggles to navigate the complexities of the rapidly growing market. How do you approach investments when it’s federally illegal? What are other barriers of entry regarding state, local and federal laws? Why is packaging and marketing so difficult? These questions and others will be addressed in what will be a free-flowing, compelling discussion. 

Venue details: 
*Due to dress code, please refrain from wearing the following: baseball caps, athletic wear, shorts and flip-flops.  
*Entry will be on a first come, first serve basis.  

Moderators
avatar for Al Olson

Al Olson

Al Olson is a journalist with nearly 40 years of experience in mainstream print and online media. He has spent the past six years reporting and studying the cannabis industry.Olson began his journalism career working at a handful of daily newspapers in California, including the S... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Blankinship

Sarah Blankinship

Founder and CEO, RightSciences
A longtime technology leader and entrepreneur, Sarah Blankinship is the founder and CEO of RightSciences, a US biotech firm that engineers and licenses plant-based wellness products for consumers. | | Sarah launched RightSciences after observing the multiple medications her str... Read More →
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Ian Eisenberg

Owner, Uncle Ike's
Ian Eisenberg, Owner of Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, is a serial entrepreneur, whose ventures have included telecom, real estate and consumer products. | | Notable ventures have included founding the venture capital backed Blue Frog Media, a wireless and television entertainment firm, where he created the United States' first interactive TV networks... Read More →
avatar for Damian Magista

Damian Magista

Co-Founder, Annata
Damian Magista is an entrepreneur, beekeeper, photographer, occasional writer, cannabis advocate, and traveller. Having founded of Bee Local and Co-Founded Annata he has been featured on Bizarre Foods America, Tastemade's Local Flight, Original Fare, written for online publicatio... Read More →
avatar for JJ McKay

JJ McKay

Founder and Publisher, The Fresh Toast
JJ, a native Southerner, is the Founder/Publisher of The Fresh Toast. A lifestyle/entertainment site with a side of cannabis, The Fresh Toast launched in October 2016 and quickly became an industry leader. Built with multiple strings of revenue, they have partnered with large well known national brands like The NY Daily News and Salon as they provide trusted information to the mainstream population. the Prior to founding The Fresh Toast, McKay served as a consultant helping start-ups to mid-size companies grow via strategy, pipeline development, and partnerships. He has a tenured history with consumer marketing and has worked with a variety of regional and national brands. McKay has also served as a spokesperson and local television talent. McKay currently serves on the advisory boards of US Bank and U-Trip. | | McKay is the board chairman of... Read More →


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