In 2018, California will officially legalize recreational marijuana. While medical marijuana has been legal in the state for over 20 years, the sudden introduction of 100 percent legal cannabis in the highest populated state in America is still a complicated task. But luckily an upcoming business conference is looking to help cultivators and dispensaries trying to break into California's recreational marijuana market.

The California Cannabis Business Conference will take place September 21st and 22nd in Anaheim to help both new and existing companies prepare for next year's recreational marijuana market. The conference is the first of its kind to focus "exclusively on the detailed and nuanced regulations, logistics, methods and operations tactics required of licensed cannabis businesses to successfully own and operate a company within California's robust, competitive cannabis market."

The conference will feature more than 70 speakers and experts to discuss important topics to the industry, and more than 2,000 people in the cannabis industry will be in attendance. Topics that will be discussed during the conference include distribution, manufacturing, cultivation, delivery and predicting the future of the industry. 

The keynote speaker for the conference is Lori Ajax, the "Cannabis Czar" of California who will serve as the state's Chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control. Ajax previously served as the Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control before being appointed as Cannabis Bureau Chief by California Governor Jerry Brown in 2016. As the head of the main body that will regulate the state's marijuana industry, Ajax will be able to offer guidance for cannabis companies for how to remain on the right side of the law. 

The California Cannabis Business Conference is being organized by a joint effort between the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) and the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). The CCIA is California's leading cannabis industry association and the NCIA is the only national trade association representing the legal marijuana industry.

For more information about the California Cannabis Business Conference, check out their website here.