Full Service Domestic Banking –
We offer scalable banking solutions in the U.S.,providing you with access to the bank services you need.
Payment Processing –
We provide U.S. based payment processing for accepting ATM Debit cards with the name of your business. In addition, we can provide online acceptance of Debit & Credit Cards for your CBD web based business.
We have lending partners who work specifically with the cannabis industry so we can get you the funding you need!
Seed-to-Sale Inventory and Cash Management –
We offer Seed-To-Sale and Cash Management Systems that track inventory and handle cash transactions safely and securely at your business.
Security Services –
We partner with Security Services for asset protection and safety. Why risk the safety of you or your employees when you don’t have to.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Established in 2010, BioTrackTHC aims to bring cannabis out of prohibition through transparency, accountability, and scalable growth. As pioneers of seed-to-sale tracking for both business management and government oversight software, the BioTrackTHC team has the professional experience necessary to navigate regulations and enforce compliance across any regulated landscape.
BioTrackTHC’s comprehensive product suite increases transparency and accountability by monitoring key data points during cultivation, harvest, extraction, packaging, transport, and dispensing. In 2013 BioTrackTHC successfully implemented the Washington State Traceability System, the world’s first real time cannabis seed-to-sale traceability program.
Since then, BioTrackTHC has won additional state contracts in Delaware, New Mexico, Illinois, New York and Hawaii, and has been selected as the winner apparent for the government contract in Puerto Rico. In addition, the company has over 2,000 locations using their commercial software and has processed over $10 billion in sales. Headquartered in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BioTrackTHC also operates satellite offices in Denver, CO, Olympia, WA, Honolulu, HI, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, increasing their national presence and providing them with the industry insights needed to continue upgrading their software as the cannabis industry evolves.
In 2018, BioTrackTHC officially merged with publicly-traded, Helix TCS, Inc. and is traded on the OTCQB: HLIX. Helix TCS provides Technology, Compliance, and Security solutions to the regulated cannabis industry.
Want to learn more about the various software and services BioTrackTHC offers? Learn about all of our cannabis software solutions here.
The CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo is an annual business-to-business (B2B) event that brings together top cannabis industry experts from the U.S., Canada, South and Central America, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean.
Held for the first time in 2016, CanEx Jamaica is responsible for helping numerous businesses create new strategic partnerships. Through world-class speakers and panelists, CanEx Jamaica provides insight into the global direction of the industry and features a mix of high-level discourse and practical opportunity led by global experts with real-life application in the industry.
CanEx Jamaica’s mission is to help establish Jamaica’s place on the international stage while giving entrepreneurs and investors around the world a place to nurture business opportunities. While relationships and strategic partnerships made at CanEx have played an integral role in developing and advancing the local discussion regarding cannabis, the conference now offers a platform for a global conversation, located in the Caribbean.
Vicente Fox, 2018 keynote speaker and former president of Mexico, said: “The cannabis industry offers tremendous economic, health and social benefits in Mexico as in other markets around the world. I welcome the opportunity to share, network and advocate for its continued progress at CanEx Jamaica. The island and this conference offer a powerful platform to push the medical and legal cannabis movement and that is something I fully support.”
Montel Williams, keynote speaker at the 2017 and 2018 CanEx Jamaica conferences, said: “I am excited to participate in CanEx Jamaica because it’s a unique opportunity to gather so many leaders from the international cannabis industry in a place that is so important to cannabis’ history.”
Discussing opportunities for investment, medical advances and uses, as well as the business, legal and regulatory landscape, the conference features keynote addresses, panel discussions, presentations and exhibitions by:
- Investors, Financiers and Business Executives
- Industry Advocates, Policy Makers and Legal Experts
- Farmers, Cultivators and Processors
- Researchers, Physicians and Other Medical Practitioners
While CanEx Jamaica has played a pivotal role in elevating the discussion from a business and industry perspective in Jamaica, the conference continues to expand to provide a platform for an increasingly global conversation. Jamaica has played an important role in the history of cannabis – a role that will evolve as changing regulations are expected to bring substantial benefits to both local and international cannabis companies.
Greenwood Village, CO
The rapid growth of the legal cannabis industry has created strong demand for adaptive systems that assist growers, dispensary owners, and other cannabis-related firms in managing their complex operating environments.
These cannabis businesses must manage changing – and often conflicting – county, state, and federal regulations, while satisfying customers and fending off competitors. In such an environment, failure to recognize or manage key risks can result in the loss of a license, destroying a business at the stroke of a pen.
Helix TCS exists to safeguard clients against such risk.
Helix TCS’s mission is to provide clients with the most powerful and cutting-edge integrated operating environments in the market, helping them to better manage and mitigate risk while they focus on their core business.
In short, Helix TCS is dedicated to making our clients more secure, competitive, and successful.
We accomplish these goals through a unique combination of business, logistics, risk-management, and investment skills, delivered through a proprietary software suite and partnership platform.
Our team is composed of former military, law enforcement, and technology professionals with deep experience in security and law enforcement, intelligence, technology design and development, partner relations, data aggregation, venture capital, private equity, risk-management, banking, and finance – a combination that is truly unmatched in the Legal Cannabis Industry.
Most of the current drug therapy market has been focused on synthetically derived allopathic (single main ingredient or strain i.e. OG KUSH with a flavoring agent for aroma and taste). We are focused on utilizing complex drug combinations that work together, synergistically, in concert homeostatic action with the body. Drug Matrix formulations have several advantages:
Several dozen different compounds share the same medical properties in common and/or, improve function of the main ingredients (Entourage Effect).
Reduce/minimize side effects of the main ingredients.
A drug matrix treats a much broader range of aliments and symptoms.
Work homeostatically in the body (rather than by brute force), stimulating the body's natural physiology and repair mechanisms.
Terpenoids are an old 'technology', ergo less expensive to produce, much of which already has GRAS status, mostly due to the low toxicity, and low incidence of allergies and intolerances reported in most terpenoids used medicinally. Less lawsuits due to less issues.
Zodaka is designed to increase safety, reliability, and convenience in the cannabis and CBD industries. Our system works by providing merchants and customers a digital environment in which to conduct bank-to-bank transfers without foreign banks, pre-loading, reserves, minimums, spending limits, subscription fees, card declinations, and chargebacks. Users simply create an account, connect to their bank and they are ready to purchase from any Zodaka-enabled merchant. Once a user pays, the transaction goes directly to the merchant’s bank without being held in any intermediaries. This allows Zodaka to process entirely within the U.S. legally and safely without keeping any of your funds in reserve. These factors combine to enable cannabis businesses at every step of the supply chain to buy and sell without fear of losing their payment processor.
By processing entirely domestically we are also able to overcome the problem of credit card declinations. These declinations absolutely kill merchants because they occur after product has already been distributed, usually because the merchant’s processor is routing payments offshore. Not only do Zodaka payments never leave the country, but our system does not even contain a card to decline. The only reason a Zodaka payment would be rejected is if the customer has insufficient funds in their account or a history of fraudulent behavior. Zodaka also does not allow for chargebacks because we don’t move money using credit cards.
Ability to integrate is huge for Zodaka, which is why we designed our system as an API that can be integrated with any custom management, delivery, or ecommerce system.
We built Zodaka to be not just a payment gateway but a payment network. As more merchants join our system more choices open up to our users. We also have a wide-ranging partnership program with a variety of professionals in fields necessary to the cannabis industry. If merchants are looking for services such as branding, merchandise, web development, or even cannabis-friendly bank accounts, Zodaka can point them in the right direction.
In the high risk space it is easy to charge unfair prices, as in the past merchants just haven’t had many options. They could choose cash and spend a fortune on armored cars, or choose an unreliable credit card workaround that funnels their money through an offshore bank. Any electronic solution that was semi-viable could charge 8%-15% per transaction and merchants would simply have to pay up. Zodaka was created to change that. We charge nothing to access our system because we believe that every merchant big or small should have access to secure payment processing without having to sacrifice their margins. Merchants pay on a per transaction basis, meaning Zodaka only makes money if our merchants make money. Zodaka offers the most competitive rates in the industry, categorically cheaper than the competition.
We serve as the global marketplace for education, innovative products, and businesses serving the cannabis industry. Enjoy an interactive gathering of like-minded cannabis professionals and peers. Benefit from this immersive experience learning from leading problem-solving professionals, speaking on the wide range of topics on the latest developments in the industry. Place your hands on the latest cannabis technology and consumer products and learn about the trends influencing today and beyond.
4802 Saloma Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA
CHAMPS Las Vegas Winter Show runs Feb 27th – March 1st If you’re a cannabis business person, then you owe it to yourself to meet the major players in the industry. You owe it to yourself be a part of the oldest, most prestigious trade show in the cannabis industry! This is the fifty-fifth trade show mounted by CHAMPS and the fortieth staged in Las Vegas. Hundreds of businesses will be represented in a space that encompasses 245,000 square feet, the area of eight and a half football fields! Over the course of 20 years, the industry has flourished and matured. CHAMPS’ growth has paralleled this cannabis revolution. CHAMPS has grown from a trade show that once focused primarily on the glass artist community, and the smokeshops that purchased their goods, into a juggernaut that now hosts multiple sectors of the cannabis marketplace.
Forever CHAMPS! The oldest trade show in the cannabis industry celebrates its 20th anniversary.
When you get to the show or if you’re there already... Look around, folks, take it in!
This is the fifty-fifth trade show mounted by CHAMPS and the fortieth staged here in Las Vegas. Hundreds of businesses are represented in a space that encompasses 245,000 square feet, the area of four and a half football fields!
The marketplace is booming and CHAMPS is proud to have backed the cannabis business community for two solid decades. No trade show is older and, certainly, no event associated with the use of cannabis can equal its rate of growth. In truth, CHAMPS is the unsung success story of our industry.
Of course, being “unsung” was a conscious business decision. Twenty years ago, sherlock pipes, one-hitters, bongs, hand pipes and the like were as demonized as cannabis, courtesy of a 1994 Supreme Court decision (Posters 'N' Things, Ltd. v. United States), a ruling that still stands today. The Court rendered ceramic, metal and glass pipes—even rolling papers—all “drug paraphernalia” these items, commonly found in head shops, were deemed designed for use with illegal drugs. In other words, the pipe itself has “intent,” not the user. It didn’t matter that this illegal paraphernalia could also be used to inhale tobacco or an alternative smoking mixture. The Court had spoken.
That made selling a bong a bit problematic. In fact, in those bad old days a pipe dealer or a customer who uttered the word “bong” could be thrown out of a head shop in every state. Even the display of a cannabis leaf itself was dangerous and could lead to harassment, if not prosecution. In this uncertain atmosphere, Peter and Jeff founded CHAMPS.
The year was 1998. For a few years, paraphernalia companies had successfully showcased their merchandise at one of the largest wholesale trade shows in the nation. But that September the rug was pulled out from under those vendors. U.S. Customs officials warned that show not to allow the purveyors of illegal pipes to purchase vendor booths. Peter Gage and Jeff Hirschfeld had invested heavily in Gage Water Pipes, their own company. They had bought booths at the show for the company but were abruptly closed out. Which brings to mind what Albert Einstein said: “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”
“We reacted,” recalls Jeff. “Peter and I both had trade show experience. We saw the empty space that had been left behind. So we got an insurance policy, signed a contract with the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino and we got busy.”
The first show made its debut in February 1999 at the Gold Coast. It included just thirty-four 7’ x 8’ booths in a ballroom that comprised less than 4,000 square feet. The show was undeniably small, but they were heartened by the enthusiastic response of pipe sellers, especially the community of glass artists.
Back then, CHAMPS was known as the C.T.A. Show. The initials stood for “Contemporary Tobacco Accessories.” It may have been a bit disingenuous, but running a trade show that provided a business-to-business setting for paraphernalia manufacturers and head shop owners necessitated discretion. In other words, they hid in plain sight.
It was standard procedure for Jeff and Peter to decline coverage of the show by marijuana-themed publications. “You have to understand the level of paranoia at that time,” Jeff says. "We didn’t want to be a target. It’s the way the manufacturers wanted it. It’s the way head shops wanted it and the way we wanted it. Otherwise, vendors and buyers wouldn’t have come.”
Peter says they can laugh now. “Back then, everyone’s booth featured signs that read ‘For Tobacco Use’ only. But we had no choice. The head shop owners posted the same signs in their shops. Everyone had to distance themselves from pot in order to do business.”
Still, the trade show thrived, moving on to convention centers from hotel conference halls. Significantly, its meteoric growth coincided with the rising popularity of glass smokeware. Although Bob Snodgrass, known as the “Godfather of Glass,” had developed his techniques for glass pipe-making in the 1980s, it wasn’t until the mid-‘90s that these new instruments of pleasure emerged widely on the cannabis scene.
Glass smokeware was an instant sensation. They were unique and colorful, providing a singular smoking experience. Moreover, a colorful, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pipe became a personal keepsake. Glass transformed the paraphernalia marketplace.
“We have always backed the glass community and tried to promote high-end glass, as well as the artists themselves,” Peter says. “After twenty years, we really have become a family.”
In the cannabis industry, the cultivators and the consumers are the two target markets of all business. Unfortunately, since the beginning of the War on Drugs, the federal government has focused on arresting and prosecuting the two same groups. In February 2003, the Feds decided to take down the paraphernalia industry, launching Operation Pipe Dreams and Operation Headhunter. Fifty-five people were busted for engaging in interstate commerce to transport drug paraphernalia.
The raids shook up everyone. Were more on the way? Attorney General John Ashcroft labeled those who manufacture paraphernalia “no better than drug dealers.” Websites advertising glass pipes were taken down instantly, and head shops cleared their shelves.
The raids also happened to be launched on the eve of the C.T.A Show. Nervous vendors canceled. The number of businesses scheduled to attend dropped from 180 to a mere 34. On the bright side, Jeff and Peter did open the doors and got through the show without government harassment.
“We were nervous and on edge the whole time,” says Jeff. “I was worried about our clients and our show. But we stood by our people. We offered full refunds or full credits toward future shows. I remained confident that we’d continue and survive.”
In order to escape further scrutiny, C.T.A. vanished. Jeff and Peter pivoted away from tobacco and smoking and renamed the show. The C.T.A. trade show became C.H.A.M.P.S, an acronym for “Contemporary Handcrafted American Made Products Show. The name highlights “America’s diversity of products and the creditable glass art industry,” Jeff says.
What remains funny—albeit sixteen years later—is Ashcroft’s boast about the success of the raids. He crowed: “We’ve taken decisive steps to dismantle the illegal drug paraphernalia industry.”
That would be news to—well—just about everyone. Since 2003, ten states, plus Washington D.C, have legalized recreational marijuana. Thirteen states have decriminalized, but not legalized, and thirty-three have legalized medicinal use. Needless to say, businesses that serve both consumers and cultivators have multiplied exponentially.
Not surprisingly, CHAMPS growth has been impressive—more booths and more attendees each show. Plus, new features have been added to the event. In 2010, CHAMPS hosted the first Las Vegas Flameoff, with scores of artists squaring off in an on-site competition to create superlative glass art pipes. The Flameoff has evolved into the Glass Games with substantial cash prizes awarded in an array of categories.
At this special anniversary show here in Las Vegas, CHAMPS is introducing CHAMPS Dispensary Plus, an entire division of vendor booths dedicated to meeting the demands of the burgeoning dispensary scene in states that have legalized cannabis. You’ll find banking services, insurance groups, and credit card companies among those businesses addressing the needs of commercial cannabis sellers.
Las Vegas is CHAMPS’ home base, but the trade show now stages events in Denver, Orlando, and Atlantic City, with plans for shows in Michigan and New England in the near future. “When a state goes legal, we’ll be there to support it,” Jeff says confidently.
Is there a secret to CHAMPS’ success? Not really. Jeff insists: “We listen to the community. I like to think that I treat CHAMPS in the same way I treat my life and my family—with respect. We believe in what we do, we do it well and we get better with each show.”
Peter puts it more simply: “The buyers power the CHAMPS Show.”
It’s an obvious truth. The buyers at CHAMPS are very similar to the traders who traveled the ancient Silk Road, the merchants who transported the precious goods of artisans in faraway lands back to the civilizations who crave them. Like them, the buyers at CHAMPS have access to the very finest products of the retail cannabis industry. And they’ll travel back to their own hometowns to delight their clients with new treasures wherever they do business. Best of all, the promise of legalization is legitimizing their commerce at last.
CHAMPS proudly continues to grow and flourish. As CHAMPS kicks off its third decade, Jeff, Peter and the entire CHAMPS team want to thank all of you for being a part of the family!
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