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Best Cannabis Conventions & Trade Shows to Attend

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Serious cannabis entrepreneurs looking to network, learn, and advance the industry used to have to muck in with enthusiast consumers at cannabis conventions like KushCon and 420World. Today, with more states legalizing medical marijuana and recreational cannabis, B2B trade shows are touring all over the country, providing professional opportunities to hear the latest research, meet investors, and discover insider tips on navigating the shifting landscape of starting a cannabis business such as compliance, licensing, and insurance. 

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Whether you’re seeking to grow your business through networking at intimate, boutique-style conferences, meet Black and women cannabis entrepreneurs, discover new products, or learn about breakthroughs in medical cannabis, or just collect samples for “research,” the trade shows listed here offer the best opportunities to level up your cannabis business. 

Top Cannabis Trade Shows

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Black CannaBusiness Conference

Sponsored by Black CannaBusiness Magazine, this cannabis convention is the only national event geared toward Black cannabis entrepreneurs. A varied program of keynotes, a “Blazing Stage” session with quick, tangible takeaways, and discussions on the state of Black cannabis business offer a one-of-a-kind immersion in the cannabis business space for the BIPOC community.

BLAZE Missouri Cannabis Brand Showcase

Just a few years into its legalization of adult recreational cannabis use, Missouri is already blazing a trail (sorry) on the Midwest cannabis convention scene with this cannabis education and networking event in St. Louis. The 2-day event brings together more than 50 regional cannabis brand leaders and is geared for both patients and professionals. Half the conference is devoted to education for owners, license holders, managers, and employees working in the Missouri Cannabis Industry while the other half is for consumers and patients. BLAZE is produced by Imaginarium Enterprises, the midwest event company that also produces the B2B focused MoCannBizCon+EXPO.

Cannabis Conference

Co-sponsored by GIE Media’s Cannabis Business Times and Hemp Grower magazines, Cannabis Conference is a three-day event in Las Vegas designed for professionals of plant-touching businesses from all over the world. With an in-depth education track focused on the cultivation of hemp, an exhibition hall full of industry-leading technologies, and solutions and services for professional cultivators and retailers, Cannabis Conference is one of the most respected and trusted events among those in the know.

Cannabis Drinks Expo

With events in San Francisco and Chicago, this beverage-focused trade show is the biggest global gathering of cannabis drink professionals. Whether you’re seeking to grow your business, network with fellow professionals, or learn about new trends and key market forecasts (or all of the above!), Cannabis Drinks Expo is a one-of-a-kind niche cannabis conference that promises to push the envelope in an industry that’s all about breaking the mold. Come thirsty as the event will feature a who’s-who of cannabis beverage entrepreneurs who are as eager to share their products as their knowledge of the business.

Canna Tech Expo

Sponsored by the Cannabis Industrial Marketplace for Emerging Industries, CannaTech offers shows in New Jersey and Chicago that bring together hundreds of regional and nationwide exhibitors showcasing innovations in cannabis technology. This B2B-focused cannabis convention is designed for industry professionals to learn about cultivation, processing, dispensary and retail, seed-to-sale, insurance, security – and lots more. 

Cannabis Law, Accounting, and Business Conference & Expo

Injecting some much-needed legitimacy into the cannabis industry, the professional services organization LAB (law, accounting, and business) hosts this annual event attended by some of the best business minds working in cannabis. Open to business owners, investors, entrepreneurs, financial service professionals, accountants, lawyers, insurance agents, marketing pros, and others in the cannabis corporate or business space.

Cannabis Marketing Summit

If there were ever an industry that needs to think differently, it’s cannabis marketing. (How many “Happy Hallo-weed” puns can you take?) For those in the cannabis marketing field, this summit offers inspiration and education on effective strategies, data, and tools, as well as insights from leading-brand marketers. You’ll hear from the marketers who built successful brands such as Jetty, Keef, Terrapin, and more while networking and browsing the floor.

Cannabis Meets Healthcare Expo

A two-day event dedicated to the medical marijuana industry produced by CannaOne, a B2B trade show group. The event features keynotes, live demos, and elite educators in the cannabis field, plus the latest news about cannabis healthcare trends and research, resources for launching a cannabis business, and networking opportunities. Taking place in Biloxi, Miss., the Cannabis Meets Healthcare conference will showcase the state’s cultivators, but will also feature exhibitors from around the world. 

Cannabis Science Conference  

The world’s largest and most technical scientific and medical cannabis event, the Cannabis Science Conference is a must for those interested in the science behind cultivation, extraction, sample prep, edibles manufacturing, pharmaceutical research, medical compliance, and even psychedelic therapies.

Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition

“Where deals get done” is the motto of this B2B trade show that features leading exhibitors, world-renowned experts, educational workshops, the latest technologies, and lots of opportunities to network and learn the business of cannabis. A must for entrepreneurs and investors alike, the Cannabis World Congress promises exciting opportunities to meet the cannabis elite. 

CannaCon

With shows around the country, including Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Richmond, Va., Albuquerque, and others, CannaCon covers everything you need to know about the cannabis business, from seed to seed money. You can browse hundreds of exhibitors, hear dozens of world-renowned speakers, and network with thousands of like-minded attendees. CannaCon also features a marketplace of products and services plus a spectrum of educational seminars (some of which are accredited) to round out its offerings.

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CannaTech Expo

This CannaTech Expo takes place in Florida and is sponsored by the CannaTech Group, which also hosts the ITExpo and Future of Work Expo. The CannaTech Expo covers everything cannabis business entrepreneurs need to know about cannabis technology, from IT infrastructure to technologies supporting growing, processing, manufacturing, and retail/dispensaries. Hands-on workshops include sessions on how to evaluate and select cannabis technologies, state-by-state laws on video surveillance, cannabis analytics, and more. 

CannMed

With a full-day medical practicum on treating patients with cannabinoid therapeutics, CannMed focuses on four key industry-advancing topics including science, medicine, cultivation, and safety. The Expo brings together leading cannabis medical experts and researchers to promote an understanding of cannabis’s complex science and its medical benefits for patients in need. You’ll hear lectures on breakthrough cannabis studies, cannabis pharmacology, and much more.

CT Cannabis Conference & Expo | Hartford Business Journal

Sponsored by The Hartford Business Journal and New Haven Biz, publisher of the award-winning weekly e-newsletter the CT Cannabis Insider, this B2B cannabis convention is an absolute must for cannabis entrepreneurs in the state of Connecticut. You’ll hear presentations on compliance, rules and regulations, marketing, retail, policy and more.

Delta 8 Expo in Partnership with The CBD Expo Tour

Sponsored by the MACE Media Group, publishers of Delta 8 Magazine, and CBD Health & Wellness Magazine, this multi-city traveling expo hits North Carolina, Minnesota, Florida, and Las Vegas, billing itself as “the highest level networking event in the cannabinoid industry.” Education panels feature physicians, scientists, industry experts, researchers, and thought leaders who share news and insights unavailable anywhere else 

Imperious Expo

With its motto “business before pleasure,” the Imperious Expo brings together top-level cannabis experts to share information on the most current, up-to-date news about the expanding legalized cannabis market. Focused on medical cannabis and industrial hemp, the Imperious Expo is an essential B2B show for education, networking opportunities, and investment information. 

Lucky Leaf Expo

This traveling B2B trade show stops in Richmond, VA, Oklahoma City, OK, and Jackson, Miss. to present industry experts and businesses at the leading-edge of the cannabis field. A pre-show crash course for businesses and entrepreneurs provides in-depth training for launching a successful cannabis business, as well as insights and strategies from expert cannabis professionals.

Luxury Meets Cannabis Conference

Located in New York City (of course), the Luxury Meets Cannabis Conference is a one-of-a-kind B2B event connecting top retailers, mainstream media, leading dispensaries, and investors to premium CBD, hemp, and cannabis brands. Exhibitors, A-list speakers, product launches, and 1:1 introductions await cannabis entrepreneurs looking to hobknob in the skies-the-limit field of luxury cannabis. 

MJBizCon

One of the original B2B cannabis trade shows, MJBizCon is a sprawling, three-day event in Las Vegas with an expected turnout of 30,000 cannabis executives. You’ll experience over 250,000 square feet of exhibits, pre-show forums, and 140 speakers plus tons of opportunities for networking and partnership-building. 

Mjunpacked

For cannabis entrepreneurs looking for genuine business value, the boutique MJUnpacked cannabis convention provides an intimate setting for networking, learning, and discussion. Attendance is limited to cannabis retail and brand executives with the title manager and above and accredited investors. If you’re seeking capital, you’ll find opportunities to pitch your business to investors. 

NECANN 

Sponsored by the New England Cannabis Convention, this multi-city B2B event promises top-notch speakers, networking opportunities, and impressive technology exhibits. Lecture topics include sustainable business techniques, building a compliant facility, patents and trademarks, and supporting social equity. 

PBC Conference

Few topics are more imperative to wrap your head around than the cannabis banking ecosystem. This cannabis convention on payments, banking, and compliance delivers everything you need to know about these critical topics. Programs include lectures and panels on key topics such as payment options, risks and challenges, and innovative technology and solutions.

Regenerative Cannabis Live

Sponsored by Regennabis, a sustainable cannabis advisory group, Regenerative Cannabis Live is guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help foster a normalized, regulated, and legalized industry. Their series of events convenes policymakers, investors, influencers, and corporate executives to discuss how cannabis and hemp can drive global sustainable development. 

Women in Cannabis Expo

With stops in Atlantic City, NJ, Denver, CO., Las Vegas, NV, and San Francisco, CA, this event is open to all women in the cannabis industry as well as companies interested in networking with female cannabis entrepreneurs. Exhibitors include a wide range of companies such as agriculture technology, biotech and life sciences, cannabis distributors and transporters, health and wellness, and more. Speaker sessions, panels, and mixers provide lots of opportunities to network.

Like all industry conventions, cannabis trade shows are a great way to mingle with peers and hear from experts in your shared community. They give you the opportunity to dive deeper into topics that may be unfamiliar to you, as well as give you the chance to adopt new business practices like risk management for cannabis.

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