Marijuana Entrepreneurs Pitch Private Investors In San Francisco July 19 - 21

Former RNC Chair Michael Steele to Address Group; Dozens of Promising Cannabis Companies Pitch Investors in ‘Shark-Tank’ Style Format

Oakland, California, UNITED STATES

San Francisco, CA, July 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

On the heels of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Orrin Hatch reversing or revising their prohibitionist stances on cannabis, more than 200 high-net worth investors from around the world will gather at The Park Central Hotel for a two-day forum on Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st, hosted for members of The Arcview Investor Network.  High net worth accredited investors will be reviewing pitches from companies who competed fiercely for a slot out of a field of hundreds of applicants. 

Michael Steele served as Chairperson of the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 2009 to 2011, and is a regular columnist for online magazine The Root and as a political analyst for MSNBC.  Steele will deliver a keynote speech, and recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Arcview CEO Troy Dayton.  Steele will be discussing his opinions on the cannabis industry, the political landscape, and the most likely path to safe and legal access for both medical and adult-use applications.

“California is the most promising cannabis market in the world, but it’s off to a choppy start.  At the same time Canada has gone legal and there are the best hopes ever for federal reform in Congress.  In such a chaotic and fast-moving market it is crucial that investors get up close to the companies building this market,”said Troy Dayton, CEO and co-Founder of The Arcview Group.

Learn more about the growth of the cannabis industry via this short video. To get a sense of what to expect at Arcview, see this short video

  • What: Select media representatives will be invited to witness presentations from companies that have been successful at raising capital from this group and those who are hoping to attract investors at this meeting. Throughout the day, select reporters will be able to interview high net worth investors who have recently invested in the sector or are considering it, companies that have recently been funded, and elected officials that support legalization.
  • When: Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st between 9:30AM – 4:00PM.
  • Where: Park Central Hotel, 50 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
  • How: Members of the media must apply for press credentials by emailing

About The Arcview Group

Founded in 2010, The Arcview Group is responsible for a number of groundbreaking ventures in the cannabis industry. The Arcview Investor Network has helped more than 1200 investors place $190 million+ behind 180 companies. Arcview Market Research has published over 20 reports analyzing and forecasting the rapidly evolving cannabis space. Arcview’s flagship annual report, The State of Legal Marijuana Markets has become the industry standard for market analysis and data in the sector.  In 2015 Arcview became a partner in Canopy, the first seed-stage mentor-driven business accelerator. Arcview is also co-founder of Cannasure Insurance Services, the leading provider of business insurance to the cannabis industry. Forbes Magazine recently named Arcview among the top 5 financial firms in the cannabis sector. Learn more at

Some of the people expected to attend and available for interviews include:

Michael Steele, American conservative political commentator and former Republican party politician. Political analyst for MSNBC, served as Chairperson of the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 2009 to 2011. Steele has recently co-founded Solo Green with Zach Todd and Saumitra Thakur, a cannabis focused fund and consulting firm.

Steve DeAngelo, Chairman Emeritus of Flrish Inc, a leading vertically integrated cannabis company in California, author of the book The Cannabis Manifesto, co-Founder and President of The Arcview Group, and co-Founder of the first cannabis testing lab, Steep Hill.

Troy Dayton, co-Founder and CEO of The Arcview Group, Chair of the Marijuana Policy Project and founding board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, and co-Founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.  Named by Fortune Magazine, International Business Times, and Details Magazine in their lists of most influential people in the cannabis industry.

Ricki Lake, Emmy Award-winning talk show host, actress, and activist.  Her production company BOBB Filmsspotlights issues around children's and women's health.

Jan Lynn Owen, Commissioner of California’s Department of Business Oversight, previously served as CA’s Commissioner of Corporations and VP of Government Affairs at JP Morgan Chase.

Lori Ajax, Chief of California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control responsible for regulating medical and adult-use cannabis distribution, retail, and testing labs in the state.  Previously, Chief Ajax served as the Chief Deputy Director for Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Peter Williams, California’s Deputy Secretary, General Counsel for the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.  Co-founded the Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement (TRaCE) task force whose mission is to combat the state's underground economy.

Jeanne Sullivan, co-Founder of StarVest Partners, a venture capital firm in NYC, and long time tech investor. Cited by Forbes as “one of the women venture capitalists changing the world - grooming the next generation of female entrepreneurs.”

Lindsay Robinson, Executive Director of the California Cannabis Industry Association. Most recently, CCIA was instrumental in passing the Governor's trailer bill, which reconciled the state medical marijuana and adult-use frameworks.

Patrick Rea, Managing Director of Canopy, a seed-stage, mentor-driven business accelerator partnered with Arcview, and serving the cannabis industry since 2014.

Tom Adams, Editor-In-Chief of Arcview Market Research, and lead researcher for the soon to be released 6th edition of The State of Legal Marijuana Markets co-produced with BDS Analytics. Tom has projected the growth curves for a number of business booms over the last few decades.

Sturges Karban, CEO of MJIC, a California infrastructure network to move cannabis state-wide, legally.

Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a trade association representing legal cannabis businesses in the U.S and working to advance the industry on a national level.

Gregg Steinberg, CEO of Growcentia, inventor and manufacturer of a leading global microbial phosphorus solubilizer, Mammoth P.  Gregg is a serial entrepreneur, and previously built a two-time Top 10 INC 500 company.

Anthony Dutton, CEO of CannEx Capital Holdings, a Vancouver, BC-based firm providing real estate, management, financial, branding, and IP services to licensed cannabis businesses.  CannEx recently acquired Jetty Extracts, a California-based cannabis extraction and processing facility.

Nikki Lastreto and Swami Chaitanya, founders of Swami Select brand of cannabis flowers labeled “The Don Perignon of Cannabis” by Krishna Andavalou on Vice TV’s Weediquette.  Nikki and Swami are also Board officers of the Mendocino Cannabis Industry Association.

Michael Hayford, CEO of Lighthouse Strategies, a portfolio of "Seed to Sale" cannabis companies and strategically aligned traditional companies.  Michael is a serial entrepreneur with 25 years of sales, business development and management experience.

Rod Stephan, Partner at Altitude Investment Management, a cannabis-focused venture capital firm overseeing investments in ancillary businesses as well as enterprises which touch the plant.

Event sponsors include: CanopyBoulder, BDS Analytics, New Frontier Data, MJIC, Electrum Partners, Hollyweed North Cannabis, ProGrowTech, Two Roots, Harborside Health Center, Wakit Grinders, Marijuana Policy Project, MCA Accounting, Marijuana Business Daily, PacLab Analytics, Cannex Capital Holdings, Rebel Spirit, Swami Select, Donahue Fitzgerald, GreenWise Consulting, National Cannabis Industry Association, California Cannabis Industry Association, APOP Media.

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