Benzinga Announces Initial Lineup For Cannabis Capital Conference in Chicago: Charlie Bachtell, Axel Bernabe, Hadley Ford Among Speakers

Benzinga, a leading financial media outlet, is announcing the first round of speakers for the fifth iteration of the ​Cannabis Capital Conference​ in Chicago, Oct. 22-23.

Following the historical format of the renowned conference, day one of the event brings top cannabis executives, multistate operators, leading investors, pioneers in the pharmaceutical space and more in front of attendees. Topics will touch on extremely relevant advancements in Chicago, following the imminent regulation, as well as news on the U.S. market and beyond.

Exclusive keynote speakers include Cresco Labs CEO Charlie Bachtell and New Frontier Data COO Gary Allen. Intimate fireside chats will cover topics surrounding the developments of multi-state operators, listing on different markets, brand expansion and more.

Jessica Billingsley, CEO of Akerna will speak with Jay Heller, Head of Capital Markets of
NASDAQ to discuss going public, performing on the market and more. To deep-dive into the Colorado market, Benzinga will present Dave Martyn, President of Starbuds and Andy Williams, CEO and co-founder of Medicine Man to discuss opportunities and growth.

Additionally, Axel Bernabe, the Assistant Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo, will educate​ about the development and implementation of all legal and policy initiatives related to medical, hemp, and adult-use cannabis for New York.

Other notable panels include a discussion on brand distribution from some of the most important companies in the industry, an MSO panel, an inside look into the science behind cannabis extraction and an overview of cannabis consolidation.

Contact Hannah Genig at 734-752-9271 or ​hannahgenig@benzinga.com for interviews, photos, press credentials or any questions regarding media coverage.

About the Conference

The Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference is the premier gathering of cannabis entrepreneurs and investors in North America. No other conference offers the level of access and seamlessness of interaction between entrepreneurs building future billion-dollar cannabis enterprises and the investors whose capital will make that happen.

These elite events offer entrepreneurs and investors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to network, make deals and learn from influencers, policymakers and trailblazers. Benzinga is the go-to source for investors who need the latest news in the cannabis sector, and frequently breaks exclusive coverage on celebrity cannabis entrepreneurs and commentary from leading political and business figures.

Tickets for the event are on-sale and going fast. Entrepreneurs and those interested in investing in cannabis can purchase tickets ​here.

About Benzinga

Benzinga is a leading originator of actionable financial insights for traders and investors. Benzinga's news desk is constantly breaking stories and moving billions of dollars of market capitalization through its real-time terminal, Benzinga Pro. Benzinga's original content is syndicated to 70 partner websites, such as Yahoo! Finance, MSN, CNNMoney, Fox Business, Marketwatch, and more. Benzinga is the leading provider of news to the North American brokerage community, with a client list including TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ: AMTD), LightSpeed, TradeKing, and many more. The company is headquartered in downtown Detroit and dedicated to driving Detroit's renaissance.