Press Release


Melissa Etheridge to Moderate Sports Panel on CTE, Concussion and CBD at Cannabis World Congress in Los Angeles

Contact: Annie Scully, 201-310-9252, ascully@leexpos.com

Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter and Medical Marijuana Advocate Returns to CWCBExpo LA Stage

(Paramus, NJ, September 2016)—The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) is pleased to announce that Melissa Etheridge, Grammy and Academy Award Winning singer-songwriter, will return to the event as Moderator for its thought-leadership panel, “CTE, Concussion and CBD.” Taking place on Thursday, Sept. 8th, former pro athletes, leading medical researchers and advocates for alternative medicines, will discuss how the use of cannabinoids may help treat and prevent the onset of symptoms associated with CTE and traumatic brain injury. CWCBExpo, September 7-9, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA, is the leading event for the medical marijuana and legalized cannabis industries.

“As someone who is passionate about educating people about the real medicinal value of the cannabis plant, I am excited to return to CWCBExpo and moderate this important panel. To have a candid conversation with former NFL and NHL players and to share our experiences and to discuss the research is another positive step forward in removing the negative stigma of cannabis,” said Melissa Etheridge.

Joining Etheridge on the “CTE, Concussion and CBD” panel are Nate Jackson, former Denver Bronco and writer; Jake Plummer, Medical Marijuana Advocate and former pro-bowl quarterback; Lorenzo Neal, Co-Host, Morning with Chad, Joe & Lo, 95.7 The Game and former all star fullback; Heather Jackson, Realm of Caring; Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; and Riley Cote, Hemp Heals Foundation and former NHL player. This high-profile panel takes place Thursday, September 8th at 2:30 pm PST.

“We are thrilled to have Melissa back at CWCBExpo LA. Last year as a Keynote Speaker, she captivated our attendees with her authentic and powerful message about the benefits of medicinal marijuana and why we need to make it accessible to anyone who may benefit from its use,” said Christine Ianuzzi, Show Director for CWCBExpo.

Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Melissa Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. She began her distinguished musical career in 1988 when she stormed onto the American rock scene with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. Her popularity continued to rise with hits such as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won a Grammy in 1992. Her fourth album, Yes I Am in 1993, featured the massive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” that brought Etheridge her second Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Performance. In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret, that included hit single, “I Want to Come Over,” and earned her the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.

A cancer survivor, Etheridge has publically spoken about the medicinal value of cannabis in her recovery and has launched her own line of canna-products including a marijuana-infused wine.

The “CTE, Concussion and CBD,” presented by CW Hemp, is part of a powerful line-up of top speakers and relevant content that encompasses the entire spectrum of the cannabis industry and includes celebrities, sports icons, and experts discussing the the value of medical marijuana and business opportunities in the legalized industries.

CWCBExpo LA Keynotes include Montel Williams, media celebrity and advocate, and Ted Chung, entertainment and marketing entrepreneur.

CWCBExpo LA will have more than 60 educational sessions covering everything from “How to Build a World Class Cannabis Brand” to “Can CBD Relieve PTSD,” with Col. Phillip Blair, MD. There will also be another Thought Leadership Panels on “Failure is Not an Option” with policy experts and industry leaders discussing the forthcoming Prop 64 (AUMA) initiative on the California ballot in November and the opportunities it will create are also part of the educational agenda.

All-day Add-On Workshops will take place on September 7th, with the Conference Program and Exhibits, featuring hundreds of cannabis innovations, taking place September 8th and 9th. An After-Expo Networking Event, open to all badged attendees, will take place on September 8th, with a special screening of the short stoner comedy film: “Recalculating.” A bonus day has been added on Saturday, September 10th with another Add-On Workshop and California’s largest industry Career Fair, hosted by Vangst Talent.

Pre-registration rates for CWCBExpo LA can be found at www.cwcbexpo.com. For more information on sponsoring or exhibiting visit http://www.cwcbexpo.com/request-for-exhibit-information/ or contact: kgiammatteo@leexpos.com or call ‪201-580-2054‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‪.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬