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The Best Cannabis Conferences Coming Up in 2018 and 2019

With cannabis being legalized in so many US states and territories worldwide, the business opportunities are ripe. However, this is all still fairly new territory. In order to keep up with the constantly-changing and often a bit confusing legal landscape of the cannabis industry, businesses have to stay informed and connected. For that, cannabis conferences have been popping up all over the place, featuring cannabis experts, professionals, and advocates from around the globe. Here are ten annual cannabis conferences that are the best of the best for your money. They offer tons of invaluable networking opportunities and insights into the cannabis market to help your business grow and flourish.

Cannabis Science Conference – Portland, OR

August 27-29, 2018 The Cannabis Science Conference is one of the largest in the world and includes industry experts, research scientists, medical practitioners, instrument manufacturers, testing labs, and policy makers, with the goal of improving cannabis science. Included in the event are technical, academic, medical, and scientific presentations and sessions, keynote speakers, round table discussions, and exhibits. Plenary speaker is 2018 is Fran Drescher, a health-care activist and Golden Globe nominee. David Meiri, PhD and Ethan Russo, MD are keynote speakers on analytical science. Bonni Goldstein, MD and CEO for CannaKids Tracy Ryan are keynote speakers on medical cannabis. CEO of Cultivo, Inc. Autumn Karcey, Jacklyn R. Green, PhD, and Roger Kern, PhD are the event’s cultivation science keynotes. Early-bird prices are available until August 25th at $299.

Grow Up Conference & Expo – Niagara Falls, ON

September 7-8, 2018 Education, collaboration, and cannabis industry expansion in the growing aspect of cannabis is the focal point of Grow Up Conference & Expo in Niagara Falls. The event brings together licensed cannabis producers, suppliers, investors, lawyers, government officials, equipment manufacturers, and other growing enthusiasts for massive networking and growth opportunities throughout the industry. Speakers at the conference include numerous business and grow industry leaders as well as legal experts and professional researchers in the field. A main conference pass costs $349.

New West Summit – Oakland, CA

October 11-13, 2018 New West Summit concentrates on technological developments, science, investment, and media in the cannabis industry. The event provides more than 150 speakers and exhibits, plus 50 panels, an investment symposium, a career fair, and other educational and interactive experiences for business-to-business networking. Speakers include cannabis industry international entrepreneurs, high-up investors, brand developers and creators, as well as thought leaders in the community, all discussing the present and future of the cannabis landscape. Early bird tickets for the entire conference are half off at $299 until August 31, 2018. 

CannMed – Los Angeles, CA

October 22-24, 2018 CannMed 2018 gathers together some of the great minds in medical cannabis. The primary focus of the conference is on medical cannabis research/treatment and product development, including case-studies and innovative cannabis technologies. The event also includes information on cryptocurrency and its effects on the cannabis market. Speakers include medical and law professionals, leaders in the cannabis business industry, and cryptocurrency experts from all over the world. An all-access pass is $850. 

MJBizCon – Las Vegas, NV

November 14-16, 2018 Focusing on the future of the ever-expanding cannabis industry, the Marijuana Business Conference and Expo invites executives and emerging industry professionals looking to grow their businesses. The event focuses on new technologies, innovations, and business strategies in the advancing cannabis market. Featured speakers in 2018 include Codie Sanchez, a partner at CPG Investors and Torsten Kuenzlen, CEO at Sundial Growers. Other leaders in the cannabis business industry will be presenting as well. An early bird all-access pass is $499. Other MJBizCon events take place in Toronto and New Orleans. 

O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo – Vancouver, BC

December 9-11, 2018 O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo is an event that focuses on the future of cannabis in the Canadian market, looking into regulations, industry standards, and best practices for medicinal and recreational cannabis alike. Patients, physicians, and other industry professionals join with the general public to network and advocate for the cannabis industry. Leaders in the cannabis industry, including activists, entrepreneurs, advocates, educators, and other industry professionals provide panels on the current state and future business of cannabis. The main conference package is $499. 

International Cannabis Business Conference – San Francisco, CA

February 7-8, 2019 The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in San Francisco hosts the cannabis industry’s leading entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and California state regulators. They discuss permits, business models, and opportunities stemming from the newly enacted laws in the state. The conference also provides networking within the industry, allowing attendees to connect with brands, distributors, wholesalers, investors, and strategic partners. Each year, speakers include California legislators, journalists, actors, and business leaders who work in the cannabis industry. An early bird all-access pass is $549. Other ICBC events take place in Portland, Berlin, and Barcelona.

Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo – New York, NY

May 29–June 1, 2019 A trade show for businesses in the cannabis industry, the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo caters to dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, legal counsel, and entrepreneurs. The conference focuses on how to achieve business success in the fast-growing cannabis industry. In 2018, over 200 speakers presented, including industry experts, politicians, and trailblazers. Among them were former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, professional football player Mike James, and former television personality Montel Williams. A similar star line-up should be expected in 2019. A full conference pass in 2018 was $825. The conference also takes place in Los Angeles and Boston. 

NECann Boston Cannabis Convention – Boston, MA

March 22-24, 2019 The NECann Boston Cannabis Convention is a place where businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, educators, patients, advocates, and consumers come together to network, learn, and grow. The conference is the biggest in the Northeast and presents on exciting growth opportunities in the cannabis and hemp industries. Four separate tracks are offered at the conference: marijuana as medicine, local cannabis legal, business, and investment news, live demos on growing, cloning, and other topics in the grow industry, and cannabis career and entrepreneurial opportunities. Speakers at the conference in 2018 ranged from industry leaders to cannabis trailblazers, like former Chicago Bears QB Jim McMahon and Sports Broadcaster Bob Lobel, so plan on the same kind of line-up for 2019. All-access passes were $125 in 2018. They also hold events in Springfield (MA), Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Reno. 

CannaGrow Expo – Palm Springs, CA

August 17-18, 2019 The CannaGrow Expo educates on both the art and science of growing cannabis and is geared toward growers, grow managers, dispensary owners, and other grow enthusiasts. The conference explores up-to-date cannabis cultivation technology, tools, and techniques. Over thirty-five cultivation experts lead educational sessions over two days, providing not only invaluable information on growing, products, and services, but the opportunity to network with cultivators from all over the world. In 2018, an all-access pass was $299. 

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