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North America USA Industry Update by Leslie Bocskor at Canna World Expo January 2021

CANNA WORLD EXPO is honored to have the renowned Leslie Bocskor, Chairman of Electrum Partners, as an Empowerment 2021 Speaker provide an update on the North American USA Cannabis Industry. His vast knowledge of the history of cannabis and hemp, business finance, and domestic policy change can be viewed in this video. Denise Mahaffey and Jessica Chandler co-host, moderated by Tasha Jackson and Charles Horton.

Partial list of topics discussed:

  • Brief history and culture review
  • Thoughts on Federal de-scheduling
  • Level set and industry predictions
  • Economic impact potential
  • Economic impact if Federal de-scheduling occurs
  • Public markets
  • Answers to audience questions

State of the Cannabis Industry Address by Leslie Bocskor at Canna World Expo November 2020

Leslie Bocskor addresses the State of the Cannabis Industry at Canna World Expo in an online conference broadcast November 7, 2020 with topics ranging from the history of the cannabis plant to what operators and investors should be doing in the industry. Denise Mahaffey and Jessica Chandler co-host.

Partial list of topics:

  • Personal background
  • History of the cannabis plant
  • US status today relative to Federal policy
  • International status, Mexico, US tipping point
  • US de-scheduling prediction
  • Drug development narrative
  • Agriculture and technology innovations
  • Transition from black market to regulated market
  • Hemp opportunities
  • The largest carbon negative industry that the world has ever seen
  • What should we be doing as investors and operators?

Canna World Expo State of the Industry address with Leslie Bocskor

Leslie Bocskor speaking on the State of the Industry at Canna World Expo in an online conference broadcast August 8, 2020 with topics ranging from the transition of humanity to biofuel infrastructure issues. Leslie asks that you take his virtual hand, and cross over into the future of the cannabis industry, and business in general and create the world we all want to live in. Co-hosts Denise Mahaffey and Jessica Chandler, and moderator Tasha Jackson join in for the discussion.

Partial list of topics discussed:

  • Transition of humanity and the evolution of business, social and cultural perspectives
  • Chaos and opportunity
  • Culture of intention
  • Pandemic increased opportunities
  • Potential industries
  • De-scheduling
  • Business opportunities
  • Biofuel infrastructure issues

Leslie Bocskor addresses the State of the Cannabis Industry at Canna World Expo

Leslie Bocskor addresses the State of the Cannabis Industry at Canna World Expo in an online conference broadcast April 11, 2020 with topics ranging from bi-partisan politics to product differentiation concerns. Co-hosts Denise Mahaffey and Jessica Chandler, MC Kron Burgundy and moderator Snowden Bishop join in for the discussion.

Partial list of topics in this talk:

  • Personal background
  • Starting in the industry in Nevada
  • International relationships
  • Bi-partisan politics and the industry
  • Impact of competing industry lobbies, changes to scheduling
  • The difference between cannabis, marijuana and hemp
  • Decriminalization
  • Movement to evidence-based regulatory system
  • Prohibition
  • Product differentiation issues

Las Vegas needs Social Consumption Lounges for Legal Cannabis ASAP!

Like many other cities that have legal adult use, the City of Las Vegas is struggling with the challenge of where people can publicly use cannabis products and is considering legalizing social consumption lounges. Currently, the State of Nevada only allows smoking cannabis in a private residence which includes a porch or patio. Smoking cannabis is prohibited in public spaces including the Strip in Las Vegas. For the percentage of 44 million tourists who visit Las Vegas annually that are interested in consuming flower, edibles, concentrates and more during their stay, there are no options to legally consume the product that they purchase. State policy makes getting caught consuming subject (up to) a $600 fine. Thankfully, the feedback I’ve heard is that the LVPD has been pretty tolerant and (thus far) have refrained from strict enforcement. However, there is nevertheless a glaring need for places where people can consume their purchased products in a safe environment.

Welcome to Las Vegas sign photo

This is not just a Nevada problem. With ten States having legalized adult use, only a handful of cities have begun to adopt progressive policies to meet the demand. California in particular has pockets of progressive policy including at least seven consumption lounges in San Francisco and West Hollywood in Los Angeles also recently approved cannabis cafes and consumption lounges. Europe provides historical perspective and a much larger sample size. The Netherlands have been operating successful cannabis cafes for decades and the Cannabis Social Clubs (CSC’s) in Spain are wildly popular destinations for both locals and tourists. Certainly, with its stellar track record of crafting progressive policy around adult use products and services, Nevada should be able to address this problem with a smart solution very soon.

Unfortunately, as each day passes, the pressure on state officials, local law enforcement and dispensaries will only grow. This catch-22 in regulatory policy is a bourgeoning public relations nightmare for a city that prides itself on great hospitality and world class customer service. For a tourism destination like Vegas, consumption lounges are more than a “nice to have”, they are desperately needed right now.
by Leslie Bocskor

About the Author
Leslie Bocskor is the Executive Chairman of Electrum Partners, a venture development company in the legal cannabis industry. Please direct inquiries to the Contact form on our website.

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