Does “Conscious Capitalism” Exist in the Cannabis Space? “Cannabis Nerd Conference” Microscopes & Machines Investigates
I’ve been covering cannabis for nearly five years, and by now I’m all too accustomed to the impersonal cannabis conference at a stuffy, generic hotel or expo hall, brimming with white guys in suits, and generally lacking in the spirit of well, cannabis. (The woes of legalization, I suppose.)
So it was a breath of fresh air when I walked into what felt like a giant atrium in downtown LA for a new kind of cannabis conference. Located in what’s called the Valentine Grass Room in an industrial area past the hustle and bustle of the DTLA skyscrapers, Microscopes & Machines (M&M) boasted a diverse array of speakers, from doctors and lawyers to chemists and cultivators on the frontlines of the cannabis industry.
The speakers were divided between two tracks: microscopes (“medical providers [who] are the reason the cannabis industry exists at all, and who remain devoted to improving the lives of patients”) and machines (those working to stabilize the cannabis supply chain through technology and manufacturing).