The Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo coming to Los Angeles in September has turned from one of many cannabusiness conventions to a controversy, thanks to longtime Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone and his role as the event’s keynote speaker. Now, after more than a week of back and forth between CWCBE officials and boycott leaders, the Minority Cannabis Business Association, Stone has finally weighed in for himself on the ganjapreneur gathering’s lightening guest list.
According to the LA Weekly, 17 speakers and seven sponsors have already dropped out of the September Expo, citing Stone’s racially charged past and the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia in their opposition to the keynote address.
After a series of social media blow-ups from the event’s managing partners, Stone’s newest political partner and Florida’s most vocal medical marijuana industry advocate, John Morgan, tried his hand at quelling the tension, making the argument that Stone has significant pull with the president and could help affect change at the highest level.
In his own defense, Stone chose to abandon Morgan’s talking points and instead assume the tone of his…