Cannabis Events | 2020 Guide

A guide to cannabis conferences, conventions, expositions, trade shows, and festivals. Revealing the most prestigious, entertaining, and beneficial events to attend this year.

With major strides having been made across the globe towards the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis, an increasing number of conferences, conventions, expositions, trade shows, and festivals have sprung up, providing industry experts, scientists, recreational users, therapeutic supporters, and would-be ‘cannapreneurs’ with a wealth of networking and educational opportunities.

These events are of great importance to the industry in terms of the dissemination of information, combating harmful stereotypes, dispelling myths, promoting use, and showcasing new innovations in both products and technology. This is all while both federal and local governments around the globe continue to contend with the complexities of regulating the burgeoning cannabis market.

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Types of Cannabis Events

While there are differences between a conference, convention, expo, trade show, and festival – event organizers will usually blur the lines between them. They may also refer to an event as one type when in fact it is of another type entirely.

This overview will demystify the various types of cannabis events so that you can choose the appropriate type for your particular needs.


Conferences

Cannabis conferences are organized with the intention of bringing together individuals for a common purpose, revolving around cannabis. They provide an opportunity for attendees to expand their cannabis knowledge through presentations from industry leaders, investors, doctors, patients, and those at the forefront of innovation. They also offer insights into legislative developments and shed light on changes anticipated in the future which may impact stakeholders.

An overarching theme tends to predominate at these events. Presentation styles may include speeches featuring new industry developments or case-studies, Q&A sessions, and interactive round table discussions which provoke debate and inspire out-of-the-box thinking.

Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference

Put on by Benzinga, the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference is a gathering of investors and entrepreneurs across four cities:

Connecting businesses with investors is the primary objective of this event, allowing for further growth and development of the cannabis industry. Any and all topics relevant to the present state of the industry are discussed, such as the volatility of the market, as well as regulatory shifts.

The conferences themselves facilitate literal one-on-one meetings with both industry heavyweights and private companies. Entrepreneurs and investors get to converge in an incubator for the establishment of professional relationships. Panels, keynotes, and company presentations make a strong presence at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference, providing market statistics, insider insights, and information on the latest industry innovations.

Featuring some of the largest growers, cultivators, and businesses in the cannabis sector, this is a conference where relationships are fostered and where networking is the highlight.


MjMicro

MjMicro is a cannabis conference held in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, that specifically targets investors with rising small cap and micro cap companies working within the cannabis industry. C-level executives from the best public cannabis companies lead forums with high net worth investors in order to maximize their investment returns in this industry.

Some of the topics discussed during the conference include how to navigate the legal and compliance regulatory landscape, angel-to-venture capital investing, retail opportunities for CBD, and the pros and cons of going public versus staying private.

One of the unique opportunities available at MjMicro is the ability to talk one-on-one in order to advance investments into large cannabis enterprises. Insights into growth plans and sound structured investments are readily available at this conference. This event excels in being an incubator of private capital investment in public cannabis businesses.


MJBizCon

The Marijuana Business Conference, also known as MJBizCon, is marketed as being the largest gathering of cannabis business professionals in the world. There are 35,000 attendees every year, including 1,500+ CEOs, 8,000+ executive/c-level, 1,250+ investors, and 1,300+ exhibitors – the programming designed to benefit every sector.

At MJBizCon, you will have the opportunity to learn about aspects of the cannabis industry such as: Emerging cannabis markets (both domestically and internationally), licensing ins and outs, finances and banking, industry insights, regulatory outlook, branding and marketing business strategies, business strategies to grow your cannabis-based business, ancillary cannabis businesses and opportunities, retail opportunities, the future of the CBD market, and more.

MJBizCon is normally held during December in Las Vegas, there may be no other place like it to equip your business for growth.


Conventions

Cannabis conventions are resource hubs for the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. These are events where businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, educations, patients, advocates, and consumers can all connect, learn, and grow. They are focused on the local market needs of wherever they are held, but also tie those needs into the industry at large.

NECANN

Within the northeast region of the US, NECANN is the key player in terms of cannabis conventions, boasting over 10,000 attendees, 300+ exhibitors, and 100+ speakers every year. NECANN creates resource hubs for the rapidly-growing cannabis industry. These are conventions where businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, educators, patients, advocates, and consumers can all learn, connect, and grow.

NECANN believes that conventions that are focused on the needs and opportunities of local markets are more productive than generic and wide-sweeping cannabis conventions found all over the globe. This helps create a consistently higher ROI for exhibitors, sponsors, attendees, as well as the local cannabis market as a whole. Everyone wins with this method.

A number of events are held throughout the United States, including places such as Boston, Chicago, and Salt Lake City. NECANN combines presentations with the trade show / expo style, meaning that there will be stands with on-site advertising of new technologies or products.


GCI Europe

GCI Europe is an annual conference/convention focused on networking, medical marijuana, and research. Held by the Global Cannabis Institute, this event takes place London each November. It draws representatives from all corners of the cannabis industry, including those involved in policy and legislation, investors, researchers, doctors, retailers, and distributors. It is a comprehensive event that fosters and atmosphere of collaboration and innovation in the burgeoning European cannabis industry.

At the GCI Europe convention, attendees can develop their own schedules based on their interests. There are two primary forums — “Medicine, Research, and Science,” which focuses on the newest developments in medical cannabis, and “Winning Business Strategies,” which considers the future of the European cannabis market. There are also interactive breakout streams that explore the intricacies of the emerging cannabis industry in six different countries.

This event is a premier networking opportunity with leaders from the international community. The culture of GCI strives to achieve more than simply networking – participants can expect to leave with new solutions with which to move forward, new research to fuel their ideas, as well as new friends and colleagues.


Expositions & Trade Shows

Cannabis expositions and trade shows are public exhibitions which operate as a microcosm of the activities taking place in the cannabis market. They tend to offer an array of activities for a much more engaging experience with the subject matter of the day. They also feature an inherent dynamism. This is created by the presence of interactive exhibits, workshops, the showcasing of innovative technology by various vendors, and the wide variety of participants from different industries and walks of life.

4.20 Hempfest

Unlike its name suggests, 4.20 Hempfest is actually an expo and is not just about hemp. Located in Milan, Italy, this event is held in an 8,000 sqm center, featuring over 170 exhibitors and attracting thousands of attendees from all over the world. The main goal of 4.20 Hempfest is to educate the public about the many uses and benefits of hemp. In addition to hemp and industrial hemp, there is also a focus on extracted CBD, seed banks, and various cannabis paraphernalia. Information, music, and entertainment can all be found at 4.20 Hempfest as well.

A unique component of 4.20 Hempfest is the inclusion of the Cannabis Light Cup. This is a cannabis competition lasting three days with four categories: indoor, outdoor, greenhouse, and extracts. Over the course of the Cup, awards are given out to the best products based on a public vote. Producers and growers from all over the world come to take part in this competition.


Athens Cannabis Expo

The Athens Cannabis Expo is an annual event geared towards educating the public about the latest products and developments in the cannabis world. Discussion and information about the medical, pharmaceutical, and industrial use of cannabis is heavily focused on. Some of the industry’s leading companies showcase their latest products and services, ranging from cultivation, medical equipment, food and beverages, cosmetics, and much more.

This trendy Greek cannabis-themed event, which is normally held in January, features over 7,000 square meters of exhibitions, 150+ exhibitors, 20+ speakers, and 10+ DJ sets. This event caters to both the B2B and B2C arenas, bringing together the entire cannabis world under one roof.

Greece is a completely new market for the cannabis industry and has extraordinary opportunities for businesses looking to expand their reach into this country of 10 million people.


Cannabis Drinks Expo

Hosted by the Beverage Trade Network and following previous success, the Cannabis Drinks Expo is an annual event taking place in two cities across America. Toting itself as the place ‘where global cannabis drinks professionals gather’, this one-day event graces San Francisco and Chicago around the July/August time, bringing beverage and cannabis specialists together from across the globe.

CDE is a gathering of national and international professionals from all walks of the beverage and marijuana industries. Primarily a networking event with an exhibition and conference, their aim is to provide a platform for professionals to build and establish successful cannabis beverage businesses. From political and legal analysts to medical researchers and brewers, a wide variety of experts are brought together under one roof to educate, empower, exchange knowledge, and help grow this burgeoning market.

With 100 exhibitors and a conference geared toward providing the knowledge and networking opportunities to create a successful marijuana beverage business, this expo provides direct interactions with brand representatives, distributors, and industry professionals.


Cannabis Food Show

Another event hosted by the Beverage Trade Network, the Cannabis Food Show is half-expo and half-conference held over two cities – San Francisco around July, and Chicago around August. These two one-day B2B events focus on the booming cannabis edibles market and bring the food and cannabis industries together for the first time in an innovative and game-changing expo experience.

The expo features up to 100 exhibitors and is geared toward brand owners, leading industry players, distributors, dispensaries, medical professionals, and food retailers who are turning their focus on this burgeoning and fast-growing market. Buyers and industry professionals come together to educate and inspire by sharing ideas, innovations, and experiences, as well as demonstrating brand success and garnering insights from lobbyists, cannabis chefs, edible brands, and more.

During the conference event you will be able to participate in discussions around future solutions and cannabis food concepts, showcase your brand, network, and reap the knowledge needed to help your business thrive. Register early for discounts; attendance is by approval only.


Europe Canna Expo

Organized by the London Canna Group, the Europe Canna Expo is a hybrid event that is both a consumer trade show as well as a conference. This gathering has been heralded as Europe’s leading cannabis-themed event series, drawing thousands of attendees from all over the world. People from the cannabis industry, medical industry, national and local governments, media and press, as well as everyday cannabis connoisseurs, flock to the ECE every year to learn about all the latest developments with CBD, cannabinoids, and medical cannabis.

The ECE is held in multiple countries all over Europe, including the United Kingdom (London), Ireland (Dublin), and Croatia (Zagreb). The conferences in Ireland and Croatia highlight the opportunities available to those countries as they move towards capitalizing on CBD and medical cannabis. The conference in England is focused on providing detailed scientific and business information for its attendees, with an incredibly robust educational program.


Oklahoma Cannabis Expo

The Oklahoma Cannabis Expo is an annual three-day event held at the Cox Convention Centre in Oklahoma City. Sharing experiences, ideas, and knowledge, this expo’s mission is to educate and innovate, hailing itself as ‘The most exclusive and inclusive hemp, CBD, and Medical Marijuana expo in America’.

A fusion event, the OCE brings together the best in America’s cannabis and medical marijuana industries for both patients and budding professionals. It involves over 75 speakers, 250+ confirmed exhibitors, certification courses, patient forums, professional panels, and cultivation and cooking classes. The stage is set for keynote speeches from high-profile industry professionals, celebrity speakers, networking events, competitions, and book signings.

Attendees will gain a wealth of experience and knowledge from the industry’s leading lights. The OCE will also play host to exclusive live auditions for the ‘Marijuana Show’ – the first reality TV program dedicated to the industry, where participants have the chance to garner experience, mentorship, and funding for their businesses.


Festivals

A festival revolving around cannabis has a focus on music, advocacy, education, activism, and having fun. You can expect a jam-pakced program of events and entertainment with a focus on consuming cannabis surrounded by positive vibes, and novice, as well as seasoned, cannabis enthusiasts.

High-Times Cannabis Cup

High-Times Cannabis Cup is the most prominent and well-known cannabis festival in the world. It has a much older pedigree than the other cannabis events described so far. This festival is actually a competition and an awards show – hosted by the famous cannabis aficionado magazine High Times. Cannabis Cup takes place every year in places such as California, Amsterdam, Colorado, Michigan, and even the Midwest of the United States, but recently has expanded to be held in locations around the world such as Jamaica, with the likelihood of more locations featuring this event in the future.

Competitions abound and are based on the best products, booths, cannabis strains, and more. This is an unadulterated festival, exemplifying the classic features which can be expected at a cannabis festival, as people ingest cannabis in every possible way in the pursuit of fun and a high. Cannabis Cup has expanded to now be held in locations around the world, including Jamaica, with the likelihood of more locations featuring this event in the future.


Key Topics at Cannabis Events

Cannabis events tend to focus on disseminating information of educational value, addressing existing challenges, highlighting emerging trends, and revealing new innovations in the industry. The following are a number of topics which are likely to dominate the agenda of cannabis events:


CBD

At CBD-focused events, you will find a space for CBD enthusiasts, business owners and more to test newly-released products, ask burning questions, and discover how CBD can be used to promote a healthier lifestyle.

Given the fact that the regulatory landscape affecting the industry is constantly evolving, CBD events seek to educate the public and garner trust in the health benefits of this non-psycoactive cannabis plant compound. With the increasing legality of CBD around the world, events with CBD as their focus are continually growing in number.

CBD Expo Tour

The CBD Expo Tour is a series of events that is a hybrid of B2B and B2C, set up by CBD Health and Wellness Magazine. Events are held in the East, West, South, and Midwest every year, touching nearly every cannabis market within the United States.

These events are focused solely on CBD, allowing for businesses to promote and offer their CBD-related products to consumers and share their knowledge of all things CBD. There are 75+ exhibitors, 3,500 attendees, and an impressive lineup of speakers and panel discussions with experts from a wide variety of fields within the CBD industry. In addition, the CBD Industry Association provides educational certification courses on cannabinoids to physicians and nurses at all locations of the CBD Expo Tour.

People attend the CBD Expo Tour for a deeper understanding of CBD science, regulations, educational certification courses, manufacturing, and business opportunities. The cannabis industry is ever-changing and the CBD Expo Tour can help businesses both adapt and thrive in the evolving world of cannabinoids.


Hemp & CBD Expo

Taking place in the United Kingdom, the two-day Hemp & CBD Expo is a professional-style expo and trade show for the UK cannabis industry, the first of its kind in that market. The majority of attendees are from the B2B arena, although there is a sizable number of B2C guests as well. The expo focuses on the real-life benefits of hemp & CBD, as well as the facilitation of connections between businesses looking to be a part of the cannabis industry.

There are exhibitors showing off cannabis seeds, CBD products, automated filling and packaging machinery, and more. There are also seminar stages, with a large number of experts within the cannabis industry giving talks on every aspect of hemp and CBD. Some of these include cannabis legalization, hemp farming and agriculture, investment, and injection of CBD into the retail space, with a big emphasis on compliance!

There is also the “Hemp & CBD Awards” competition, where exhibitors submit their hemp and CBD products to compete in 13 different categories (5 of which are sent for compliance testing with Eurofins) for a chance to win a prestigious trophy. The winners are announced in a festive ceremony which includes a 3-course dinner.


Hemp

There are lots of events focused exclusively on hemp and everything related to this non-psychoactive version of the cannabis plant. These events promote the industrial and culinary uses of hemp. They also provide information on legislative developments with regards to the legality of hemp in various jurisdictions. Forecasts on the industry at large, along with more regional outlooks, are discussed and shared with attendees.

NoCo Hemp Expo

The NoCo Hemp Expo is a yearly three-day conference and trade show focused on influencing the future of the sales and marketing of hemp products. Produced by the renowned Colorado Hemp Company, the creators of numerous global B2B hemp related events – this well-established gathering is held around March in the ideal agricultural location of the National Western Complex; Denver, Colorado. A definitive experience for hemp growers, wholesale/retail buyers, farmers, sellers, and manufacturers.

Each of the event’s three days of forums, conferences, and symposiums is focused around a different group of hemp related topics. From future investor opportunities and business landscape, to soil health and genetics – expect discussions, panels, and presentations that will help cultivate and innovate this industry.

Up to 20,000 attendees are entertained, inspired, and educated by 400 exhibitors in a 200,000 square feet trade floor, experiencing comprised of zones dedicated to different areas of the industry, the ‘let’s talk hemp’ speakers series, networking opportunities, and more.


The Southern Hemp Expo

The Southern Hemp Expo is a sister-event of the NoCo Hemp Expo, produced by the same innovative creators (the Colorado Hemp Company). This two-day event is held (annually) around August in Nashville, Tennessee, and is the South’s answer to educating and innovating its ever-growing hemp industry.

With its first day dedicated to industry professionals and its second to business consumers, this B2B event hosts experiences, volunteer opportunities, educational and entertaining interactive exhibits, and professional workshops. The renowned ‘let’s talk hemp’ crew will also be there, calling out for new speakers to join the trade floor for insightful speeches, discussions, and networking opportunities.

This expo experience has over 200 exhibitors and vendors, as well as more than 75 expert speakers at its industry conference and farm symposium. Educating enterprises, this is a yearly gathering of the leading professionals, advocates, businesses, farmers, and manufacturers from the hemp and related industries, championing the enormous growth of this booming and budding industry in the south.


Colorado Winter Hemp Summit

The Colorado Winter Hemp Summit, a small-but-mighty run-up event to the NoCo Hemp Expo, is another creation by the Colorado Hemp Company. Held in the city of Boulder, Colorado, a place known to be a leading light in innovation of the hemp industry, it is open to hemp community leaders, business owners, and advocates. This annual one-day event takes place around January, and is a ‘town hall type meeting’ dedicated to focusing on the entire hemp industry, its potential, and the discussion and review of its current and future state.

From federal regulations, hemp advancement, and management plans, to the challenges facing farmers and businesses in certification, cultivation, and future market predictions, this summit’s one-day agenda is packed with information and educational insights.

Participants can enjoy a networking luncheon and ‘Healthy Hempy Networking Happy Hour’, where they can gain one-on-one advice from around 21 leading hemp industry professionals and advocates, attending the summit as speakers and panellists.


The Jacobsen Hemp Outlook

Hosted by The Jacobsen, a price reporting agency that publishes The Jacobsen’s Hemp Bulletin, this two-hour reception takes place in March as a lead-up to the popular NoCo Hemp Expo.

The event will be focused around risk management, with experts from The Jacobsen, including lead analyst Chase Hubbard, addressing topics such as market fluctuations in the hemp industry and current issues impacting hemp prices. Cocktails and appetizers will be offered, and space is limited, so be sure to register if you plan to attend. The reception is held in Denver, Colorado.

The Jacobsen has been a trusted authority in agricultural markets since 1865. Their Hemp Bulletin provides daily hemp pricing and a discussion of the factors that affect hemp price. The Jacobsen Hemp Outlook is an opportunity to network with both analysts and community members in the hemp space, as well as learn strategies for addressing the struggles facing hemp farmers.


Cannabis Cultivation

Cannabis events revolving around the plants themselves are aimed at those wishing to operate on a commercial scale, in order to provide them with critical information on this integral part of the production process. Cannabis events revolving around cultivation will normally be in the form of a trade show, with vendors exhibiting their nutrients, growing equipment, lighting solutions, and more.

Technological advancements in the cultivation of cannabis are extensively discussed. Agricultural equipment specialists will be on-site and themes such as proper ventilation and air sanitation of the cultivation site may be tackled. There is also discussion of the impact either of these things can have on the quantity, quality, and potency of the crop, as well as a plant’s susceptibility to mold.

Attendees can also expect discussions involving cross-breeding, back-crossing, the modification of THC levels, the increase of yield, the alteration of the flavor profile of a strain, and changing the durability of a cannabis plant in various climates. The more scientific aspects of the cultivation process involve panel discussions, where a panel of expert speakers are in attendance, educating attendees on the details and science of cultivation.

CannaFarm Con

Tackling the challenges of cannabis farmers head on, CannaFarm CON’s dual expo is split over two dates and cities. This event specifically focuses on farming, helping farmers and cultivators successfully navigate the testing-yet-illuminating hemp ecosystem and farm environment. From agro-technology to pre/post harvesting techniques, gather insights into all areas of cannabis cultivation on their exciting trade and conference floors.

  • CannaFarm CON Hemp Edition: A two-day event focused on hemp and held around May in Louisville, Kentucky, this is an exhilarating start to the expo. Encompassing every stage of the process, there are interactive and educational exhibits from hemp farmers, leading growers, and consultants whom have effective and proven practices. Gain strategic guidance/knowledge from renowned industry professionals, panellists, and keynote speakers.
  • CannaFarm CON: Takes place around August in Garden Grove, California, the latter half of this conference/expo brings up three further days of enriching opportunities. Specialists from all areas of the cannabis farming and growing community come together to create an influential network of industry professionals. Innovative solutions for all styles of grow are provided via panels, presentations, discussion groups, and exhibitions.

HortiCann Light + Tech Conference

Going 100% virtual this October and offering free registration, the HortiCann Light + Tech Conference focuses on the latest advances in horticultural lighting. Formerly known as the Horticultural Lighting Conference, this annual event has led the way in transforming horticultural practices by connecting research and technology to growers around the world. It continues to do so now, with more direct attention on the cannabis industry. As technology and agriculture are working together more than even before – this conference is an opportunity to expand your knowledge in the field and network with some key manufacturers.

This conference will appeal to people in all different sectors of cannabis cultivation, from commercial growers and urban farmers to greenhouse manufacturers and lighting specialists. It offers the latest research on lighting optimization, technology for energy efficient lighting, and the newest ag-tech management platforms. Optimal lighting for growing cannabis requires a balance of intensity, spectrum, and frequency – the HortiCann Light + Tech Conference is your chance to get an in-depth lesson from the experts.

SecuraCann Conference

The SecuraCann Conference, taking place October 14-15, 2020, will be a 2-day virtual event focused on innovations in security for growers, farmers, and retailers. It is hosted cooperatively with SecurityInfoWatch.com and Security Technology Executive magazine and registration is free! This specialized two-day conference will deliver critical information regarding risk mitigation, security strategies, and security solutions for grow and dispensary operations, from facilities to financial transactions and product transport. The event will offer a focused look at security and risk issues and solutions, providing an opportunity for an educated decision-making process related to technology, policy and procedure, operations and more.



B2B & Entrepreneurship

Some cannabis events focus on the business side of the cannabis industry. These B2B-focused events gather up like-minded professionals, uniting leading pioneers and entrepreneurs with investors and experts in order to discuss the latest industry developments.

B2B events also target would-be entrepreneurs, providing them with the knowledge and resources to get ahead fast and avoid common pitfalls. This is why a conference-style event is usually adopted. There is discussion about current economic opportunities, as well as challenges, in the cannabis market at large. There are also opportunities to network with lots of different players in the cannabis industry, including highly sought after angel investors.

The area of focus is mostly on how to secure funding in what may seem like a saturated market, understanding new developments within the industry, defining distribution channels, overcoming market barriers to entry, scaling up production for export, and dealing with supply chain issues.

Imperious Business Expo

Imperious is a Texas-based organization dedicated to furthering the industrial hemp and medical cannabis industries. It was founded in 2015 by Eric Norton, a passionate activist who used to manage a rehabilitation program for convicted felons.

Its annual two-day event, the Imperious Expo, takes place each fall (around September) in various locations like Seattle, Phoenix, Arkansas, Louisiana, and of course, Texas.

The event’s principle is “business before pleasure,” and the expo is fully focused on the legal uses of marijuana to treat medical conditions and the future of industrial hemp. Recreational use is not considered at this primarily business-driven expo. Topics discussed include sustainability, legal issues, insurance, commercial growing, and related business concerns.

The Imperious Expo features around 120 exhibitors and over 70 top experts which are recruited as speakers. With over 3,000 attendees, this event is excellent for networking opportunities abound at all levels, but also for keeping up-to-date with the most recent developments in the B2B cannabis industry.

Institutional Capital & Cannabis Conference

The Institutional Capital & Cannabis Conference (IC3) continues to be a worldwide draw for investors seeking a foothold in the growing cannabis market. It is hosted by IMN, an international investment conference organizer. IC3 is held annually in three locations:

Legal cannabis in the U.S. is a multi-billion dollar industry, and Europe is expected to surpass this in the next decade. IC3 is geared towards sophisticated investors, with panel discussions on topics including how to diversify your portfolio with this high-growth asset class, expectations for realistic return on investment, and best practices for due diligence, and of course – networking opportunities, which are built into the conference schedule.

Although it is aimed at investors, it also offers opportunities for cannabis companies. Whether they are looking to raise money or demo their products, IC3 is a good forum for making connections.


O’Cannabiz

O’Cannabiz is one of the leading B2B cannabis events in Canada. This three-day global gathering is held annually around May in Toronto, with a one-day B2B industry conference/evening gala and two days of exhibitors (final day open to the public), demonstrations, and conversations on an engaging trade floor.

O’Cannabiz hosts the annual Industry Awards Gala, honoring cannabis companies and industry professionals for ‘excellence and innovation’. As an industry-only event, you have a change to be at the cutting edge of the developing culture of cannabis industries in Canada – register to vote, nominate, attend, and engage with the cannabis industry elites.

This conference and expo provides the perfect arena to showcase products, demonstrate success, and meet cannabis entrepreneurs, business and brand owners, investors, strategists, lobbyists, policy makers, and more – with over 100 exhibitors and sponsors on the trade floor, experience engaging keynote speakers, discussions with celebrity advocates and special guests, a VIP reception and after-party, and exclusive networking opportunities.


Medical Cannabis and Research

These events are usually focused on the opportunities within the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes and its capacity to treat diseases, illnesses, and ailments. At a cannabis event focused on the medicinal use of cannabis, you will find industry professionals from all over the industry in attendance, such as licensed producers, growers, suppliers, dispensary owners and managers, and healthcare professionals.

Events that have medical cannabis and related research as focal points are usually organized as cannabis conferences. They include the dissemination of new insights and conclusions from researchers. In addition, speakers with personal experience of having used (or known someone using) cannabis for medicinal reasons may be present.

The usual program of events encompasses discussion of THC and CBD extraction, cannabinoids, the regulatory environment, products being developed at present and future opportunities, the territories in which medical cannabis is accepted or in the process of being accepted, and educating attendees on the benefits of cannabis for medical purposes.


Project Management Tools

Project management is at the heart of every successful business. There are constantly new tools being released, which enable business operations to be conducted more smoothly and efficiently.

Cannabis events on this subject are frequently styled as panel discussions with various cannabis business owners and managers discussing how they manage their operations, the challenges they face each day, and the systems they use to manage their companies more efficiently.

Attendees can expect to hear about the impact on how failing to properly manage a grow operation effectively can have a significant effect on crop quality or yield. Case studies are often brought up to highlight the importance of this issue. Cannabis events with a focus on product management, as well as on the product life cycle and the adoption of innovative technologies, are highly beneficial for both new and experienced cannabis cultivation business owners, as well as for investors who wish to have a better understanding of the business operating model, so they can accurately measure business risk or technological sophistication.


Politics and the Law

Cannabis events also focus on politics and the law. Generally, business-style conventions will have this as a subject of focus. Common topics of interest are the state of the law concerning cannabis production, consumption, and sale in various countries and territories. Conferences which make politics and the law topics of focus are normally targeted at cannabis growers and users, but not only.


Environmental Issues

Cannabis events with a focus on environmental issues are great places to exchange ideas on what can be done to reduce the impact that the industry will inevitably have on the environment.

As the question of reducing environmental degradation takes center-stage for governmental policy-makers and citizens worldwide, cannabis conventions have sprung up, arming attendees such as existing and prospective cannabis business owners, with the knowledge that will enable them to build environmentally-sustainable practices into their business model.


Safety During Cultivation

Cannabis events dealing with safety during cultivation focus on how to ensure the safety of the cannabis grower. The importance of wearing protective gear, exposure to airborne contaminants, heat illness prevention, point of operation hazards, sanitation and pest control, pressure vessels, repetitive motion injuries, machine hazards, flammable liquids and gases, electrical hazards, and safeguarding employee health will be subjects with emphasis placed on them.

With cannabis now fully legalized in places, official health regulations are applied to the industry. It is now important for all employers in the cannabis industry, including those who cultivate, manufacture, distribute, sell, and test marijuana products, to take steps to protect their employees from all health and safety hazards associated with their work.

Panel-style discussions will tend to be arranged, with an exposition of the latest technology emerging in the cannabis industry when it comes to keeping growers safe.


Non-Commercial Cannabis Consumption

Some people simply want to indulge in cannabis. With the number of cannabis enthusiasts growing each day, a large number of cannabis events have appeared with the intention of allowing attendees to enjoy cannabis, usually within the boundaries of the law, although sometimes held as ‘protestivals’ to make a stand in the form of civil disobedience. This usually takes the form of a festival and may be organized as an indoor or an outdoor event.

At these events, the main focus is smoking, vaping, or partaking in cannabis in some other way. These are fun events that sometimes attract over 100,000 people, such as the famous Hempfest in Seattle, Washington.

Hempfest

Hempfest is a “protestival” with a major activist component, where attendees enjoy cannabis in all its forms. Besides being an exercise in this kind of free speech, it also shares information on how to reform cannabis laws and policies within all levels of government. What’s more is that Hempfest has been responsible for registering over 10,000 Washingtonians to vote in state and national elections.

There are as many as 400 arts, crafts, food, and political vendors in attendance every year, as well as 100 music acts and 80 guest speakers. Also featured at this event is a “Hemposium” circus tent, featuring panel discussions and presentations, keynote speakers, displays, and workshops. Hempfest is the largest cannabis policy reform event in the world. This festival has gone from hosting approximately 500 attendees in its first year, to nearly 100,000 today. This is the event that is responsible for bringing cannabis legalization to Washington state.


Final Words – Cannabis Events

The flourishing cannabis industry shows no signs of slowing down at this point. As more countries and states continue to pass laws decriminalizing and legalizing cannabis, a greater number of cannabis events of different types can be expected. There are already a plethora of events centered around this beloved plant.

This comprehensive overview of the wide array of cannabis events has hopefully shed some light on some of the most interesting events taking place around the world, while also offering ideas for cannabis events you may wish to organize yourself.

Clyde Jenkins - CNBS Author: Clyde Jenkins
Clyde is a former journalist and a cannabis connoisseur. He is an expert in well researched journalistic writing, which includes industry overviews, technology-related topics, lifestyle and culture topics, product reviews, and in-depth buyer’s guides. From common practices to what is currently hot and trending – when it comes to the practical side of this plant, Clyde is our guy.
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