Pittsburgh is making its mark as a cannabis industry hub for entrepreneurs, investors, and
businesses with the return of the World Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo (WMCC Expo),
Industry professionals from across the country will converge at the David L. Lawrence
Convention Center to network, engage, and learn. Open to the public, the large-scale
conference will showcase the latest in cannabis research and technology with 175 exhibitors,
more than thirty in-depth presentations, and high-profile speakers. General admission starts at
Part business expo, part educational symposium, and part wellness event, the three-day WMCC
Expo is a multi-faceted affair designed to bring together all sectors of the cannabis community.
Keynote presentations include the “Suit Against Sessions,” where plaintiffs U.S. Army Combat
Veteran Jose Belen, Super Bowl winner Marvin Washington, and advocate Sebastien Cotte will
discuss their federal lawsuit against Jeff Sessions in favor of the legal cannabis industry.
Former professional athletes will headline a “Medical Cannabis in Sports,” panel, including: NFL
player and Super Bowl winner Marvin Washington; NFL player Eben Britton; NHL player Riley
Cote; and undefeated UFL Middleweight champion Frank Shamrock.
Forensic science consultant Dr. Cyril Wecht, who was portrayed by Albert Brooks in the critically
acclaimed movie Concussion, will discuss “Cannabis and Concussions Through the Forensic
Dr. Sue Sisley, an acclaimed researcher, will discuss new data regarding the medicinal benefits
of cannabis for those suffering from PTSD.
Networking & Education
Healthcare providers, certified public accountants, and attorneys are invited to participate in a
series of continued education courses at the WMCC Expo, which includes CME, CPE, and CLE
accreditation. Registration starts at $399 for one-day entry or $599 for access all three days.
• Celebrated medical cannabis physician Dr. Regina Nelson will lead four courses covering
a range of topics from “How to talk to your doctor or patient about Medical Cannabis?”
and “Sexual Health and Cannabis,” to a comprehensive presentation on the Endocannabinoid System.
• Catia Kossovsky, founder of Kossovsky Law PLLC, will present “Banking and Financing
Obstacles for Marijuana-Related Businesses,” “Consumer Rights Session,” and “Real
Concerns Affecting Cannabis Real Estate.”
• Ron Seigneur of Seigneur Gustafson LLP will discuss “Cannabis Appraisal and Financial
• Jim Thorburn of Thorburn Walker LLC will lead “Tax and Your Business” and “Law
Update and Business Impact,” courses.
Cannabis Job Fair
The WMCC Expo encourages job seekers, recent graduates, and those in career transition to
learn about how they can join one of the fastest growing industries in the country. The number
of U.S. cannabis jobs is expected to more than double by 2021, reaching 292,000 jobs,
according to BDS Analytics.
Located in the main exhibit hall, the Cannabis Job Fair is open to general admission and will
feature local and national companies who are hiring. Viridian Staffing will be onsite to answer
staffing and receive resumes. The recruiting agency will also host an intensive career workshop
for job seekers during the expo.
It is estimated that nearly 200,000 patients are able to qualify for Pennsylvania medical
marijuana cards, which is why the WMCC Expo will offer add on-site evaluations for potential
Expo host Compassionate Certification Centers is a physician-owned company based in
Pittsburgh with a network of offices specializing in medical certifications, evaluations, and
continued treatment guidance.
Dr. Bryan Doner, co-founder of the innovative healthcare network, will lead a “Medical
Cannabis Round Table” featuring pioneers in the field, including Dr. Jahan Marcu, an expert on
cannabis compounds, and Dr. Christian Bogner, a medical cannabis researcher in the autism
Dr. Anu Anand, part of the Compassionate Certification Centers staff, will lead a “Strategies for
Opioid Free Living Panel,” just one of many health-oriented discussions on the event agenda.
“Our conference aims to establish a more inclusive and progressive healthcare dialogue by
integrating medical marijuana resources, science and education into mainstream medicine. As
providers, it is our duty to educate ourselves and others, because in the end, what we do is
ultimately for our patients,” stated Doner.
Community Highlights: 420 Walk/Run and Riverboat Cruise Fundraiser
In addition to the full day of presentations and workshops, the WMCC Expo will kick-off
festivities with a 420 Walk/Run hosted by the 420 Games on Thursday, April 12. Inspiring
wellness and driving fitness, the public event will follow a scenic route along the cities Three
As a finale to Friday’s presentations, a riverboat cruise and fundraiser will launch at the
convention center dock. The Gateway Clipper charter will sail along the steel city’s famed Three
Rivers, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The event provides an opportunity for the community to socialize
with some of the most recognized leaders in the industry. Cannabis advocate Cheryl Shuman
also known as the “Martha Stewart of Marijuana” will emcee the fundraiser along with
professional comedian Michael Boris. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Disabled American
Veterans and Make a Wish foundations.
Tickets start at $75 per person, and includes live music, entertainment, and a three-course
A New American Economy
In its inaugural debut, the WMCC Expo drew over 3,000 attendees, with every U.S. state
represented. This year organizers anticipate nearly 6,000 will attend with a strong local
presence due to the launch of Pennsylvania’s program.
Though it is too soon to tell, the state may develop into one of the country’s largest markets
with dispensary sale estimates projected at $100 million in a few years. Compassionate
Certification Centers is prepared to welcome the new patient influx and expects to have 25
locations open by the end of the year.
For more information or to register visit compassionatecertificationcenters.com.