Marijuana Update: Our October 2016 Conference in the News
This article is from Cannabis Business Times, a Media Partner at our Canadian Marijuana Boom: Opportunities in Indigenous Territory Conference, and was originally written by Brian MacIver and published on October 10, 2016. Brian MacIver is an Associate Editor with Cannabis Business Times.
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Report From Native Nation Events Conference
Increasing interest in cannabis industry among Native American bands.
By Brian MacIver
“Dozens of representatives from Native Americans groups across North America traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, for Native Nations Events conference on “The Canada Marijuana Boom: Opportunities in Indigenous Territory,” held Oct. 3-4.
The conference featured speakers ranging from cultivation gurus to native chiefs, from legal specialists to industry advocates, with panels focusing on the business opportunities and advantages native nations have when it comes to joining the cannabis industry.
And at the end of the two-day conference, the message was unanimous: Native American bands are ready to join the marijuana boom.
“I believe that cannabis, because of its nature of being a plant and having medical properties, a lot of first nations are very comfortable and understand it,” says Jonathon Araujo. He and his business partner Jacob Taylor are the founders of the Originative Partnership Development, “a socioeconomic development firm that supports corporate opportunity on-reserve through capacity building, access to capital, and access to sustainable economic investment opportunities,” according to the group’s website.”