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Asian Cannabis Symposium - Investing in Hemp & Cannabis in Asia

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The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

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The Green Light hosts Asia’s leading cannabis conferences in order to encourage bilateral investment between East and West and to create the

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26th - 27th Feb, 2020 – Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong





Asia is poised to become the world’s largest production and consumption hub for cannabis products. Changing attitudes, liberalising political will, and a new generation of consumers is creating an unparalleled market opportunity.

The Green Light is a platform built to stimulate investment, collaboration, and education into the legal cannabis sector in Asia. By connecting the leaders across all cannabis verticals, from investors and corporates, to researchers and regulators, The Green Light creates industry-defining events that will light the way for new cannabis ventures in Asia.

We are backed by The Cannabis Fund, Europe’s first true cannabis and hemp focused investment fund.


We build our events around passionate debate, cutting-edge research, and a social atmosphere that reflects the excitement and opportunities in this dynamic marketplace.

Learn: discover the latest innovations from industry leaders and academics through a range of keynotes, panel discussions, and special events.

Network: build bridges with thought leaders, regulators, and decision makers from the largest cannabis markets in the world

Invest: meet a diverse range of companies, investment funds and strategic co-investors across the funding landscape


DAY ONE - 26th Feb - Cannabis Foundations

08:15 - 09:00 Registration and Network Breakfast

09:00 - 09:30 Welcome Address - The Cannabis Fund

09:30 - 10:00 Panel - Lessons Learned From the USA & Canada

10:00 - 10:30 Keynote - The Asian Opportunity


11:00 - 11:30 Keynote - A Map of the Investment Landscape

11:30 - 12:00 Panel - China, Japan, South Korea & India

12:00 - 12:30 Panel - Medical Cannabis, Clinics, and Pharmaceuticals

12:30 - 13:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:00 Panel - Policy and Trade

14:00 - 14:30 Keynote - The History of Cannabis and Hemp in Asia

14:30 - 15:00 Panel - Cosmetics, Beauty and Lifestyle Brands for Asia


15:30 - 16:00 Panel - Cultivation and Extraction

16:00 - 16:30 Keynote - The Family Office, PE and VC Landscape

16:30 - 17:00 Panel - Asia's Most Progressive Jurisdictions


18:00 - 19:00 Pitch Competition Heats


19:30 - 23:00 Exclusive Investor Briefings

DAY TWO - 27th Feb - The Next Generation

08:15 - 09:00 Registration and Network Breakfast

09:00 - 09:30 Welcome Address - Special Guest TBC

09:30 - 10:00 Keynote - Creating a Successful Cannabis Venture

10:00 - 10:30 Panel - Technology and Next Generation Market Plays


11:00 - 11:30 Panel - Oceania Cannabis Investment Landscape

11:30 - 12:00 Keynote - Hong Kong as an Investment Hub

12:00 - 12:30 Panel - Vapes, Devices and Transitioning to CBD

12:30 - 13:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:00 Presentation - The Cannabis Fund

14:00 - 14:30 Keynote - Bridging East and West

14:30 - 15:00 Panel - Startup Guide to Funding, Scaling and Exiting


15:30 - 16:00 Panel - Importing and Exporting CBD, Cannabis & Hemp

16:00 - 16:30 Keynote - The Future of Cannabis & Hemp

16:30 - 17:00 Panel - Projects for Environmental and Social Impact


18:00 - 19:00 Pitch Competition Final

19:00 - 20:00 Cocktails and Closing Address

20:00 - 23:00 Gala Dinner, Drinks and Dancing

Special Events

Start-up Pitch Contest - Start-Up ticket holders

The Green Light’s Start-Up Pitch Competition is a unique opportunity to pitch to a diverse range of active investors, receive detailed feedback, and gain immediate exposure.

Competition winners will receive 3 months of tailored coaching and access to our network of cannabis companies and investors.

Exclusive Investor Briefings

Private Investor Briefings represent an exclusive opportunity for Gold ticket holders to receive tailored investment advice and mentorship from our team. Pairing decades of venture capital experience with the full-range of cannabis expertise, our team will help you achieve your investment and entrepreneurial goals.

We are also offering tailored seminars for all Gold and Silver ticket holders to provide a forum for education and collaboration on the most pressing industry topics.

The Gala Dinner

The Gala Dinner is the Symposium’s exclusive finale for all Gold and Silver ticket-holders. Enjoy a 5-course meal with cocktails and dancing. Access to the Gala Dinner can be purchased by all ticket-holders as an add-on.


The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong specialises in pairing luxurious spaces with exceptional service. Mix business with pleasure as you take advantage of a spectacular setting and six on-site restaurants boasting city and harbour views. With unmatched amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, the Ritz-Carlton is a truly exceptional venue.


Insiders and experts covering every facet of the global cannabis industry and investment landscape.

We are always looking for captivating speakers, from investment heavyweights to industry innovators, including scientists, advocates, regulators and representatives from global commerce.

Alex Latyshev - CEO, Chilled Bunny

Anuj Desai - Founder, The Cannabis Conversation

Christopher Davis - Executive Director, International Cannabis Bar Association

Cody Shirk - Partner, Explore Equity

Dr Jan Roberts - CEO, International Research Center on Cannabis and Health

Dr Michael Jenkins - CEO, Rubisco Research and Consulting

Fabian Szatmary - VP, MYM Nutraceuticals

Glenn Davies - CEO, CannAcubed

Henri Sant-Cassia - CEO, CBD Virtue

Isabel Fox - Partner, Luminous VC

Jaspreet Grewal - CEO, Venn Consulting

Jim Plamondon - VP, Thai Cannabis Corporation

Joe Rogoway - CEO, Rogoway Law

John OConnor - Executive Director, Apex Literary Management

Jonathan Bench - Attorney, Harris Bricken

Kai-Friedrich Niermann - Lawyer, KFN+ Law

Kwan Chi Man - CEO, Raffles Family Office

Lindsay Blackett - Director, Arete Cannabis Consulting Inc.

Markus Hoffman - VP, Jacana

Paul Benhaim - Executive Director, Elixinol

Pavel Kubů MD - CEO, ICCI - International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute

Richard Sharpe - Co-Founder, Cobidol Group

Richard Skaife - Co-Founder, Cobidol Group

Rien Havens - Executive Director, ED Amrit Labs

Rohit Shah - CEO, Hemp Horizons

Ryan Ansin - Co-Founder, Revolutionary Farms

Sanvar Oberoi - Co-Founder, Bombay Hemp Company

Shawn Valor - Author, Farming Industrial Hemp

Tarun Jami - Founder, GreenJames Infrastructure

Tegan Adams - CEO, New Maple Holdings

Tieho Mochebelele - Founder, African Family Office Network

Toby Shillito - Enlistment Executive, LRN

Tomas Sadilek - Director, ICCI - International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute

Vini Villatoro - COO, Global Hemp Solutions

Warren Everitt - CEO, MediPharm Labs

Kelly Beker - Projects for environmental and social impact

Jeffrey Friedland - CEO, FC Global Strategies LLC


Cannabis use has been documented in Asia since 2,000 BC and has roots in religious ceremony and in traditional medicine. Due to international political pressure and societal conservatism in Asia, however, cannabis consumption today is much lower than in the West. Whilst only 2% of Asia currently consumes cannabis, this already represents 68m people and is expected to increase as regulations and societal attitudes begin to change. Key Asian economies including Thailand, South Korea, and India have legalised medical cannabis, and China, Japan, and others are beginning to regulate CBD products.

The Asian cannabis market is set to surpass the North American market in the next 5-10 years. By 2024 there will be an expected 1.6m medical cannabis users, and the overall legal cannabis market will be worth $8.5bn.


All tickets are offered on a first-come first-served basis.

Early bird tickets are currently available; please book now to avoid disappointment.

For start-ups, non-profits, and student tickets, discounted concession options are currently available.

For groups, we offer a discount for two or more tickets for 20% off the total price.

If you are an accredited member of the press, please contact us.


We are offering an exclusive selection of Asian cannabis companies, globally recognised brands, and innovative new ventures a unique opportunity showcase their brands.

Sponsors will not only chance to not only display products to a diverse and highly engaged audience, but also to build bridges with investors, regulators, and multinational corporates through tailored briefings and private mentorship. All sponsorship packages feature a full digital marketing and PR suite, placing brands in front of 50,000+ potential customers, decision makers and influencers.

There are a maximum of eight exhibitor spaces and three core sponsor slots available. For compliance reasons we ask exhibitors and sponsors to bring only sample packaging.


Please contact the hotel directly for room rates, dining options and information on parking.

The Ritz Carlton Hotel

International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Rd, West Kowloon, Hong Kong

Phone: +852 2263 2263

Website: www.ritzcarlton.com

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Shenzhen FanFun Co., Ltd is our official Asian partner. The company is an international business service company specialising in the hemp industry. The company's business mainly includes organising industry events, brand promotion, investment and financing as well as consultancy for investors and entrepreneurs entering the space.  The company aims to build a collaborative cultural and business platform, spreading the word about the medical value and environmental benefits of hemp. Shenzhen FanFun Co makes the connections to promote the modern Chinese hemp industry.

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