Marijuana Business Daily’s MJBizConNEXT

Marijuana Business Daily’s MJBizConNEXT

May 9-11, 2018 at New Orleans, LA

Observations by Jim Marty, CPA, MS/ABV

CEO of Bridge West CPAs and Consultants LLC


The Bridge West team traveled to New Orleans, LA earlier this month to sponsor and exhibit at Marijuana Business Daily’s MJBizConNEXT. Here are my observations:

This was the first cannabis business conference in New Orleans and in the southern United States.  Although not as large as the recent conferences in Las Vegas, the speakers were interesting, including Kevin O’Leary of Shark Tank and Gene Simmons of Kiss, and the business-to-business networking in the Expo Hall was nonstop.

There was plenty to celebrate in Louisiana, including nine medical marijuana dispensary licenses that were issued earlier this year, which are called pharmacies in LA.  These licensees will now have 310 days to open per theBoard of Pharmacy regulations. Two cultivation licenses were also issued in the form of public private partnerships with Louisiana State University and Southern University.

Many thanks to our Bridge West associates in New Orleans, Peter Prevot and Patty Williams, CPAs who worked hard with several LA license applicants, including three of the license winners.

Of course, you can’t talk about New Orleans without mentioning the food! We had wonderful dinners at Antoine’s in the French Quarter and Muriel’s at Jackson Square.  We travel a lot and, in my opinion, the food and gourmet cooking in this city can’t be beat.

I look forward to visiting dispensaries in the French Quarter the next time we come to town.


Enjoying some wonderful food at Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans.

Expo Hall at MJBizConNEXT. (Left to Right: Cory Parnell, Calvin Shannon, James Marty & Brandon Van Asten)