The most beneficial part of attending for me was meeting the ILGM forum people. I was running late and failed to break out my pencil and pad I had right in pocket to exchange contact info. I was hoping to gain some knowledge from a legal and corporate standpoint.
Knowing I had a 4 hour ride home ahead of me and a pup waiting at home, I really couldn't get out of there quickly enough, so I'm confident I just missed the parts I wanted to hear. I will give it another shot when NECC comes to Portland, ME in Oct when I don't feel so pressured to get the hell back on the road.
The take away is that it's still very much the "Wild West" even in states where rec has been legal longest and the ground rules are still changing and evolving daily in many cases. I have no illusions it's a lot of hard work and overcoming of obstacles. I was expecting to hear more than how difficult it's been for these panel members to overcome the stigma of being involved in a cannabis based business. The focus seemed to be more on how to secure employment with an existing cannabis based business than launching or operating a new one.
I have a job, thanks.
There was a lot of great swag but overall I was disappointed by the lack of corporate, legal and patient advocate knowledge demonstrated by some of the more aggressive vendors who approached me. One was was pushing pops on my sister in law who said she suffered from fibromyalgia which he thought was a skin affliction rather than the common definition.
The entire event was geared almost exclusively toward an audience of novice growers and consumers, which is great for that demographic and can only increase the base of a exploding market.