Press Release


Reverend Al Sharpton to Keynote at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions in Los Angeles & Boston

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

DECODE Cannabis, the New Civil Rights Movement for Cannabis Legalization and Inclusion Continues National Coast-to-Coast Roll-Out

(Paramus, NJ, August 2017)—Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo) is pleased to announce that civil rights leader and founder of the National Action Network, Rev. Al Sharpton will be continuing his Keynote Address series at the upcoming 4th Annual Los Angeles event, September 13-15, at the LA Convention Center and at the premiere of the CWCBExpo Boston, October 4-6, at the Hynes Convention Center. CWCBExpo events are the leading trade shows and conferences for the legalized cannabis, medical marijuana and industrial Hemp industries.

In June at the CWCBExpo NY, Rev. Sharpton spoke publicly for the first time in a powerful Keynote Address about the disproportionate number of marijuana arrests of people of color in this country, including the unintended or intended consequences of national marijuana laws, as well as the need for greater inclusion of underrepresented communities in the fast-growing cannabis industry, which is expected to exceed $20 billion in 2020.

Also as part of Rev. Sharpton’s Keynote at CWCBExpo NY, was the launch of DECODE Cannabis Education Fund (DECODE) a national mobilization campaign to educate Americans on the social benefits of a federal mandate removing cannabis from the Schedule I.

The CWCBExpo LA event will also host the inaugural DECODE Cannabis Education Fund Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 13 and a stakeholders breakfast on Thursday, September 14 before Rev. Sharpton’s Keynote Address. Both events will be attended by politicians, celebrities, and cannabis influencers supportive of federal legalization, decriminalization, and expanding inclusionary opportunities for all.

Rev. Sharpton founded the National Action Network (NAN) in 1991 and is President of the not-for-profit civil rights organization with over 100 chapters nationwide, including a Washington, DC Bureau and regional offices across the US.

As one of the nation’s most-renowned civil rights leaders, Rev Sharpton has been praised by President Barack Obama as "the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden.” Rev. Al Sharpton also hosts a daily radio show as well as a national cable news television show, and he is an established author.

"CWCBExpo remains committed to DECODE and looks forward to Rev. Sharpton continuing to share his powerful voice and insight on this at our Los Angeles and Boston events. We are fully supportive of DECODE's mission and its efforts to ensure equality and inclusion for all," said Christine Ianuzzi, Managing Partner, CWCBExpo.

For more information on CWCBExpo Los Angeles and Boston including the Keynotes, conference sessions, and exhibits, visit: www.cwcbexpo.com. To become part of the DECODE Cannabis movement, go to www.DECODEcannabis.org.

About DECODE Cannabis Education Fund

DECODE Cannabis Education Fund is a 501c3 organization tasked with organizing a national mobilization effort to educate Americans on the social benefits of a federal mandate removing cannabis from the Schedule I.

In doing so, DECODE will address a host of important issues in the industry such as decriminalization, inclusion, women and minority-owned businesses, civil rights, research, caregiver/patients rights, workers' rights, safety, testing, and responsible advertising. For more information go to: www.DECODEcannabis.org.

About Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo)

The professionally run Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo) are produced by Leading Edge Expositions in partnership with the International Cannabis Association (ICA). The events are the premier professional forums for dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, legal counsel, and entrepreneurs looking to achieve business success and identify new areas of growth in this dynamic industry. To learn more about the coast-to-coast CWCBExpos in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston, go to www.cwcbexpo.com. Connect on Twitter/CWCBExpo, Facebook/CWCBExpo and Instagram/cwcbexpo.

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