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SEATTLE, August 25, 2020 (PR Newswire) – Jage Media, producers of MJ Unpacked, a state-specific, virtual event series designed for the cannabis industry’s brand and retail executives, announced its strategic partnerships with Apex Trading, a leading ERP platform and online wholesale ordering system for licensed cannabis companies.

“The landscape of cannabis in the Midwest is rapidly changing,” said MJ Unpacked co-founder George Jage. “Illinois and Michigan are showing great numbers in their emerging adult-use markets, and Missouri and Oklahoma have tremendous patient counts per capita for their medical markets. These states are not as prone to competing with illicit market forces as the West Coast states and we expect them to develop strong regulated markets quickly–as seen by some of the early numbers coming from Illinois. We’re excited to deliver our proven virtual event and conference platform to these markets at this critical time.” 

“Virtual events are continuing to meet the essential needs of businesses during the pandemic,” stated George Jage, CEO of Jage Media. “MJ Unpacked, as a virtual experience, more efficiently creates the opportunity for the lead generation, thought leadership, and networking that will keep our industry moving forward. The integration of the Apex platform adds another robust solution to MJ Unpacked making it even easier for buyers to place orders directly in the event environment.”

Apex Trading is a full enterprise resource platform offering a cost-effective CRM, real-time inventory management, and online marketing, order and processing solution to cannabis brands and cultivators. John Manlove, CEO of Apex Trading, commented “Cannabis sales have accelerated during the pandemic, but operators are feeling isolated in the absence of any live events or gatherings. Having the opportunity to leverage our respective networks, facilitate the discovery of new brands, and be a part of the innovative approach at MJ Unpacked is perfectly aligned with our objectives to serve the market.”

MJ Unpacked has produced events for the Colorado (May) and California (July) markets. The next event will cover the Midwest region on September 23rd and 24th with its focus on Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma and will fully integrate with the Apex Trading platform in addition to the other robust engagement tools such as live video chat, attendee-to-attendee networking, round tables, new products spotlight, and exclusive show specials. Apex Trading is projecting to have over $250 million in transactions across its platform in 2020.

“The Midwest market is at a critical stage of growth,” noted Aaron Fell, retail development director at Jage Media. “The demand to create meaningful connections, scheduled meetings, and a live marketplace between brands and retailers is in high demand within these early state markets.”

Additional information and future event dates can be found at  

About Jage Media

Founded by George Jage, former president of MJBizDaily/MJBizCon and CEO of Dope Media, and Kim Jage, former EVP & CMO of World Tea Media, Jage Media launched in early 2020 with a veteran team of cannabis investors, including: BDSACanopyBoulderKeneh VenturesPanther Opportunity Fund; and cannabis industry veterans Jay and Diane Czarkowski, co-founders of Canna Advisors, through their fund. The company is poised to fill the critical gap where brands and retailers convene to drive the future of the industry, capture the next stage of market growth and deliver a true return on investment and objectives. Jage Media is headquartered in the greater Seattle area.