The Economist is hosting its first-ever 'Cannabis Summit' in Toronto

May 16 2019, 2:50 pm

What do former Mexican President Vicente Fox, Statistics Canada’s Director-General James Tebrake, and financial publication The Economist have in common?

Well, they’re all part of a huge cannabis conference arriving in Toronto this June.

On June 5, The Economist’s inaugural Cannabis Summit brings cannabis conversations from around the world to a Toronto stage.

Descriptions of the event promises guests the chance to hear from policymakers, investors, technology thought leaders, pharma companies and entrepreneurs from all different walks of the emerging cannabis industry into one place.

The event will be led by The Economist editors from the UK, US, and Canada, and, according to a press release “will analyze investment opportunities, new science and innovations around marijuana.”

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Topics from medicine to policy and technology will be covered by the event’s panels, bringing a series of innovative and thought-provoking discussions to the city. And while Toronto seems to have an abundance of cannabis conferences this time of year, a totally stacked guest list is what sets this event apart.

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Besides Vicente Fox, Beau Kilmer, co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, Tom Wainwright, Britain editor at The Economist, Barbara Brohl, former executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, Kevin Sabet, a three-time White House drug policy adviser, and numerous others with unique insights into the cannabis industry will attend.

Scheduled discussions include: how to regulate both medical and recreational cannabis; how bureaucrats should tax it, which varieties to allow, who should sell it; can social equity legislation help empower communities that have been disproportionately affected by the drug war; and will regulation finally force the cannabis industry to ‘go green?’

The summit is part of Canadian Cannabis Week which runs from June 3 to 9, 2019 and ends with the annual Lift & Co. Cannabis Business Conference (LCBC) and Expo Toronto 2019.

The Economist’s Cannabis Summit: The green gold rush

Time: 8:50 am to 5:20 pm
When: June 5
Where: The Omni King Edward Hotel, 37 King St E, Toronto
Tickets: Available online, starting at $499