LAS VEGAS, NV / Aug. 5, 2022– Cannabis Conference and award-winning media brand Cannabis Business Times are excited to announce Tommy Chong as their inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The award, which recognizes Chong’s many contributions to the industry, will be presented at a special Cannabis Leadership Awards reception—made possible with the generous support of FOHSE – Future of Horticultural Science + Engineering—Aug. 24 at Cannabis Conference.

From his rock ‘n’ roll-inflected youth in Canada to his counterculture-defining roles in Hollywood, Chong has spent his life standing up for creativity and freedom of expression. This is now most evident in his approach to the legal cannabis industry, where Chong maintains a deeply rooted sense of respect for the plant. His latest venture, for instance, Cheech & Chong’s Takeout, is a California delivery service that keeps one foot in the lore of tradition while meeting the legal market where it is today. He also pioneered the celebrity brand landscape with Tommy Chong’s Cannabis, which features a robust line of THC and CBD cannabis products. And, along with longtime partner Cheech Marin, Chong’s focus is now centered on the duo’s “Cheech and Chong’s Cannabis,” which provides flower and multiple other products in markets across the U.S.

Chong’s voice (and his sense of humor) have helped elevate the nation’s cannabis conversation—and its consciousness, and in no small way helped pave the way to today’s legal cannabis industry.

“We are truly honored to recognize Tommy’s longtime contributions to advancing cannabis culture and using his fame to help normalize cannabis and advocate for its legalization,” said Noelle Skodzinski, editorial director of Cannabis Conference and Cannabis Business Times.

Chong will be recognized alongside the 2022 Cannabis Leadership Awards recipients, who were nominated by their peers and selected for demonstrating the leadership qualities needed to inspire and empower those around them, and who aim to better the industry and their communities.

The 2022 Cannabis Leadership Awards winners are:

Wendy Bronfein – Co-founder, Chief Brand Officer, and Director of Public Policy, Curio WellnessDrew Duval – Senior Vice President, Cultivation, Cresco LabsIan Hackett – President, Napa Valley FuméKema Ogden – Co-owner, Top Notch The Health Center (THC)Lindsey Renner – Owner, Native Humboldt Farms

“We’re honored to return for the second year as the sponsor of the Cannabis Leadership Awards, as well as presenting Tommy Chong with Cannabis Conference/Cannabis Business Times’ first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Ben Arnet, co-founder and president of Fohse. “We at Fohse congratulate and celebrate Tommy and this year’s Cannabis Leadership Awards winners.”

Chong will be featured in the October issue of Cannabis Business Times, and the Cannabis Leadership Awards recipients are featured in the August issue.

About Cannabis Conference

Cannabis Conference 2022, produced by the award-winning Cannabis Business Times media brand, is the leading educational provider for plant-touching businesses in the legal cannabis and hemp markets. The three-day event will take place at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Aug. 23-25, 2022, and features more than 90 expert speakers and 40 educational sessions. The Cannabis Conference exhibition hall will feature 85,000 square feet of industry-leading technologies, solutions and services that help cannabis cultivators, retailers and processors take their businesses to the next level. For more information, visit

About GIE Media

GIE Media was founded in 1980 and has grown over 42 years into a leading marketing and communications business-to-business media company serving 17 industries — including the horticulture industry through its Horticulture Group (Greenhouse ManagementProduce GrowerNursery ManagementGarden Center and Cannabis Business Times). The company employs nearly 100 editors, publishers, sales representatives, marketers and other professionals. For more information, visit


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