CGLA October: Entering The Age of METRC

We ARE Los Angeles' cannabis community.  On October 1, 2019, Cannabis Entrepreneur and High Times 100 Most Influential Honoree- Rico Tarver will be hosting another night of his unique, live infomercial-style events with amazing speakers plus a great networking community. The California cannabis industry is currently undergoing yet another seismic shift that'll have a major impact for everyone involved. Although we've been hearing about it since early 2018, it seems by the end of October the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace system (CCTT) powered my Metrc Will finally go live. We touched quite a bit on this subject last month with NatureTrak and their abilities to help folks along the entire supply chain remain compliant.For this month's keynote we'll have Charlie Wilson, Chief Revenue Officer of Green Bits- the cannabis industry's first Metrc compliant POS platform. I will be going over their experiences state-to-state; what to expect compliance-wise; and the importance of remaining on the straight-and-narrow as operators scramble to navigate a myriad of other issues in the Golden State.Due to the importance of cannabis industry participants' staying within compliance, I wanted to make sure we had some of the best operators possible doing thing on the largest scale that'd be readily prepared to answer nearly whatever question CannaGatherers throw at them about Metrc, compliance, POS, and tech in general. Green Bits is currently operating at scale in 11 states; 7 of their 11 being Metrc certified. They know how to succeed. They know what to expect. Gems will be dropped!!! :-DWe'll also have one of the most high-octane and connected guys in the industry I know- tech entrepreneur, Ian Rassman of Chosen Payments and Orange County NORML speaking on his experiences navigating processing issues and toeing the line of an emerging legal market from a unique point of view many of us have never heard. We're definitely in for a treat for October!!!Chef Matt Stockard will be lighting up the kitchen once again and we'll be posting his menu in the next communication. We'll also be announcing one more speaker by the end of the week, so stay tuned... :-D See you all Tuesday! ***** Each Month, CannaGather Los Angeles presents the best of the best in California's flourishing cannabis industry. Market leaders have the opportunity to speak on their companies, stories, and how they have (and plan to continue) navigated through Los Angeles' myriad of issues leading up to and through our first year of legalization. All this is done in a one-on-one conversation; on stage in front of 250+ CannaGather Community members. Each event will be live-broadcasted across several channels and footage will be archived on Food will be included and there’ll also be an open bar for those interested in adult beverages. No cannabis consumption is allowed at our events. The way our predecessors did things created a mess of opportunity blocking all traditional routes to success. Grab a machete. Let's forge our own path.  Rico [email protected] Learn more and sign up for event updates at!   Thanks to our amazing speakers & sponsors (so far)! Want to join them? Email us! Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club 1210 4th Street Santa Monica CA 90401 Tuesday, October 1; 6:00PM - 9:00PM PDT Our Sponsoring Partners: Green Bits In 2014, they set out to empower cannabis retailers with an easy-to-manage platform. They asked shop owners about their priorities and pain points — and what would make their work lives happier and more rewarding.From those conversations, they developed a point-of-sale product that matches their unique workflows and business demands, like seed-to-sale tracking, faster checkout lines, customer sales limits and complex inventory reporting.Today, Green Bits is changing the way cannabis retailers do business — simplifying processes and making compliance effortless, so you can focus on what matters most: happy customers, steady growth, and a strong bottom line.Legacy Brands International - Legacy Brands International is a boutique branding agency. Their licensing and branding engine is powered by our in house creative agency, to launch and manage the internal brand slate owned by Legacy and to service outside brands looking to tap into our vast network of industry partners. Legacy is a one stop shop for creating, launching, marketing, and propelling brands in all facets of the industry, be it production, manufacturing, celebrity, retail, distribution or consumption.Chosen Payments - Dedicated to making a difference in payment processing services by taking a partnership approach. Chosen Payments is not only a partner, but a business consultant for merchants nationwide that accept electronic payments.Experts in numerous types of payment processing services, including credit card processing, check processing, gift/loyalty, ATM, merchant cash advance, mobile applications and other payment processing and financial services.Bespoke Financial - Cannabis companies often struggle with long cashflow collection cycles, irregular collections on invoices, a lack of viable lenders and dilutive equity capital raises.Bespoke solves these problems by offering cannabis companies Invoice Financing and Inventory Financing options which provide cash to pay expenses or purchase inventory quickly and reliably. Their short-term cannabis loans can help your business better plan for success and scale for the future.Grow Studios - Grow Studios is a full-service marketing firm based in West LA. They feel they're lucky to have partners and clients in a rapid evolving industry. Their goal is to Grow each client's business by asking a lot of questions to understand one thing - What you need and can they help. Their team is highly skilled in a number of areas and work with experts to continue to provide nimble services for the speed of the Cannabis industryAPOP Media - The largest in-store cannabis lifestyle network & digital menu platform based in LA and has quickly evolved into the market’s leading advertising and educational service. Strategically placed in dispensaries, waiting rooms, med rooms, doctor’s offices & at live events across California.FLOURISH - FLOURISH is a global recruiting consultancy, specializing in executive search for Corporate, VP, Director and Management level roles in the cannabis industry. They unequivocally leverage leading technology and our one-of-a-kind service to deliver the people you want to hire. This is done with unrivaled speed and accuracy, typically saving our clients close to a third in cost when compared to other agencies. While their focus is based on helping you find the right leadership, we also work other high demand full-time permanent positions within the cannabis, hemp and CBD space.Akerman, LLP - Members of Akerman’s Cannabis Practice understand the complex legal and business issues impacting companies operating in this sector and we have the depth of experience and national reach necessary to help clients meet their business objectives. Their team monitors notable industry trends and legislative developments to provide timely guidance to clients seeking to navigate the maze of often-conflicting federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing cannabis.Hollywood Elite Security - Our company believes in always exceeding our clients’ expectations. By using our consulting service in which we fully analyze policies and procedures, clients can minimize risk and liability to staff and property. Our consultants can study the client’s operations and evaluate the impact of location, supply chain, travel, infrastructure, logistics. High on The Hog Potcast - Radio Host Merrill Shindler, Janice Hardoon of KTown Collective and Joanna Belson, activist mom and cannabis believer, chat about all things THC, CBD and everything in between. Listen in each week to her new topics and meet amazing people in the cannabis industry.

Event Details

1:00 AM on October 2, 2019


Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club
1210 4th St
Santa Monica, CA