Nial Neligan is a barrister and university lecturer working within the global cannabis industry. He and his colleague are bringing their conference series to Prague the last Saturday in May, so that Czech businesspeople and state officials can interact with international cannabis experts and professional services providers to share ideas on how to implement global Best Practices in envisaged adult-use cannabis frameworks in the Czech Republic and beyond.
First, tell us about your background and connection to the cannabis industry.
I have been actively involved in Drug Policy Law Reform and Cannabis Regulation since 2014. Prior to this, I worked as a lawyer in private practice, specializing in Criminal Law. However, my growing interest in drug policy and its impact on society eventually led me to pursue advocacy work in this field.
Tickets can be purchased on this page. Please note that until 20 May we are offering a discounted price of only 100 Euro.
I was particularly drawn to the cannabis industry due to its potential to provide economic opportunities and medical benefits to individuals and communities. I currently serve on the advisory board of INCBA (International Cannabis Bar Association), which represents the interests of the cannabis industry globally through legal representatives.
Would you say that among cannabis entrepreneurs there is room or interest for professional services like lawyers, accountants, and tax advisors?
Yes, there is definitely room and interest for professional services like lawyers, accountants, and tax advisors within the cannabis industry. As the industry becomes more regulated, there is an increasing need for these professionals to help navigate the complex legal, financial, and regulatory landscape.
While it is true that such service providers may not be highly visible at some cannabis events, the Cannabis Summit aims to provide a platform for them to connect with industry leaders and entrepreneurs, highlighting their importance in supporting the growth and development of the regulated cannabis sector.
Why has the Cannabis Summit selected Prague for your upcoming event?
Prague’s central location in Europe makes it a convenient destination for attendees from across the continent, which is one of the reasons it was selected as the host city for the upcoming Cannabis Summit. However, what sets Prague apart from other potential locations is the Czech Republic’s progressive stance on cannabis regulation. I am impressed with the highly professional and methodical approach taken by Czech officials in moving forward with regulation of cannabis for adult use.
The conference will be divided into several panels, including the current state of the global cannabis industry and many more.
The Czech Republic’s commitment to advancing regulation makes it an ideal location for an event that aims to promote best practices and innovation in this field. The Cannabis Summit in Prague provides a unique opportunity for attendees to learn from the Czech Republic’s experience and engage with international leaders and experts in the industry. It will advance the discourse around the benefits of regulated cannabis and explore ways to enhance the industry’s sustainability and social impact.
Could you name a few speakers on you lineup and topics in the program?
I am very pleased that a number of leading authorities of the world cannabis industry, including Bob Hoban, Deepak Anand, Boris Moshkovits, Kai-Friedrich Niermann, Luc Richner, Mike Sikorski and Morris Beegle, have accepted the invitation to the representative premises of the Hermitage Hotel in Prague centre. The conference will be divided into several panels, including the current state of the global cannabis industry, lessons from North America, medical cannabis, international cannabis law, the situation in the Czech Republic and Germany, public policy and technology innovation.
Where and how can we get tickets?
Tickets can be purchased on this page. Please note that until 20 May we are offering a discounted price of only 100 Euro. I would also like to thank our Czech partners for their help with the organization – specifically the Czech Hemp Cluster CzecHemp and Konopí magazine as the main media partner of the event.