The Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo (SWCC) and the Southeast Cannabis Conference and Expo (SECC) series are brought to you by Weedmaps,and several other national sponsors to host the most exciting professional and educational medical cannabis conferences the United States Cannabis industry has ever seen.  

A business-to-business event bringing together experts from the local, regional and national cannabis industry to network and share the latest industry information is an event where individuals interested in the industry can learn more from these industry experts.  Last year was just the introduction, our theme this year: THE CANNABIS WORLD OF TOMORROW

SWCC & SECC Expo’s are electric environments for industry members, entrepreneurs, local leaders, companies, job seekers and curious individuals to come learn about the rapidly expanding cannabis industry and our changing culture. This years conventions will focus on the  potential transitions and changes coming to marijuana and cannabis policy in 2017 and 2018.

Attendees and exhibitors will hear from speakers there to educate and inspire, not just showcase, their brand, products or businesses. As always we will create a highly professional environment where the outlines for the future of cannabis will take shape.  The conference includes seminars from top industry leaders, and an exhibit hall filled with businesses showcasing industry related products and services. I personally look forward to your participation in this groundbreaking event.  Come take a look at the future of Cannabis.



Founder and Director

Demitri Downing an ex-prosecutor has been in the middle of the development of the medical marijuana industry since August 8, 2012. He has developed a deep understanding of the nuances of the emerging industry even guiding in the writing of Prop 205. In 2016 Demitri Downing became the founder of MITA, the Arizona Marijuana Industry Trade Association (formerly the DNA dispensary Network Association), Arizona’s first and largest industry trade association. He is also the Co-founder of the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo and founding member of NICC, National Indian Cannabis Coalition, an organization focused on guiding native communities  into emerging  Cannabis market opportunities.   Prior to spearheading this project Demitri has distinguished himself in the Cannabis industry with his understanding of regulatory structure and the emerging marketplace in Arizona and nationally.  Demitri, through his company PolicyQuake has lobbied in Nevada & Arizona for pro-industry changes in the law as well as advised and helped develop numerous dispensaries and cultivations operations. A registered lobbyist and former Tribal Prosecutor Demitri brings to the industry a level of professionalism, compliance and accountability. Demitri is currently working on a many  projects in different States to help advance the growing industry and business interests and is also an advisor to the Arizona recreational initiative committee. Demitri Downing is graduate of University of Arizona College of Law and currently based in Phoenix Arizona.

Contact Demitri at:, Or call 520 909 4334


Co-Founder and Executive Director

David Fowler, a  career entrepreneur and a 15-year C-level veteran is the Co-Founder of Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo, Director of Marijuana Industry Trade Association of Arizona and currently is the CEO/Founder of Digital Shyft, a digital creative, and marketing agency for the cannabis industry.  Digital Shyft began in 2013 as an all-purpose agency, but quickly focused on the cannabis space after being contracted by Bloom Dispensary in 2013, soon after Digital Shyft began servicing many more clients in the cannabis space,, CannaCon and just to name a few. Digital Shyft has built a trusted brand as the go-to company for creative branding, marketing, and web development, supporting over several dozens leading cannabis-related businesses and clients.   Digital Shyft is a full-service performance marketing company that can create and deliver digital solutions which include large-scale websites, mobile apps, tablet publishing, paid media, social media campaigns and search strategies.  Expertise encompassing all digital and print marketing channels – Email, Display, Social, Search, and Mobile – Digital Shyft orchestrates acquisition and engagement programs that deliver results that are scalable, repeatable, and sustainable. David Fowler has been a creator and facilitator of leading-edge ideas and strategies in the arenas of internet marketing, sales, brand  and business development for the past 12 years, being involved with numerous successful startups, product launches, and Fortune 500 companies.

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