Building a business in one of the fastest growing industries in North America can be as volatile as it is exciting. Things are moving so quickly that trying to keep up with everything from industry news and market trends, to evolving regulations and the cannabis industry’s top movers and shakers may feel overwhelming. So how does one keep up?
Cannabis tradeshows and events are accessible, interactive and fun ways for new and seasoned cannabis retail owners to stay informed on what’s happening in the industry. Attending just one conference per year can present various opportunities to hear the latest news and trends from experts and cannabis industry influencers directly, network with other entrepreneurs, and pursue investment, partnership or collaboration.
Today, we’re sharing 8 cannabis industry events that dispensary owners will not want to miss this year.
Cannabis Industry Events in the U.S.
Champs established its business-to-business expo in 1999 and twenty years later is considered the premier counterculture tradeshow. Held four times per year, Champs puts cannabis retailers in direct contact with wholesalers, manufacturers, distributors, inventors, accessories brands and much more. There’s even a glass blowing competition to look forward to! To mark the expo’s 20th anniversary this winter’s Las Vegas event will include Dispensary Plus, an expansion of the show explicitly focused on fostering relationships between dispensaries and suppliers.
- When: February 27 – March 1, 2019
- Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Oklahoma Cannabis Expo
Oklahoma will be welcoming its first industrial cannabis expo this spring in Tulsa. Over two days entrepreneurs will have access to informative seminars, covering everything there is to know about the industry including licensing processes, growing techniques, branding, security and loss prevention, advocacy and more.
The Oklahoma Cannabis Expo show floor will be packed with vendors ready to supply your retail dispensary fixtures, cultivating and processing equipment, business services, and wholesale cannabis-infused products. You also won’t want to miss the chance to meet and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs at the networking mixer.
- When: April 3-4, 2019
- Where: Tulsa, OK
NCIA Cannabis Business Summit
The Cannabis Business Summit is the only conference and tradeshow hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association, the industry’s sole trade organization. The award-winning event is in its fifth year and boasts a staggering 120,000 square feet of expo space, over 7,500 attendees, and more than 150 thought leaders. To illustrate the influence of this business-to-business event, past keynote speakers have included former President of Mexico Vicente Fox and former US Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole.
- When: July 22-24, 2019
- Where: San Jose, CA
Last year’s MJBizCon drew 158 speakers, more than 1,000 exhibitors, and 27,600 cannabis professionals, solidifying its position as the largest business-to-business event in the industry. Organized and curated by industry publication Marijuana Business Daily, cannabis retailers, leaders, and entrepreneurs from across the country and around the world flock to MJBizCon for its educational sessions and panels, private networking parties, and opportunities to connect with product makers, ancillary services, and investors.
- When: December 11-13, 2019
- Where: Las Vegas, NV
Cannabis Industry Events in Canada
Cova Cannabis Industry Seminar Series: Ontario
Cova is offering its free cannabis retail seminar to help entrepreneurs navigate the process of opening a dispensary in Ontario. Hosted by the Cova team, this one-day workshop covers costs and licensing requirements for opening a cannabis retail store, the basics of compliance and taxation, dispensary operations best practices, and a walkthrough of how Cova’s cannabis dispensary pos can help you stay on top of it all.
- When: February 5, 2019
- Where: Ontario
Lift & Co Expo Toronto
Canada’s largest cannabis expo returns to Toronto at this year’s Lift & Co Expo Toronto. The initial portion of the conference centers on business development and features keynotes, panel discussions, networking events and demos geared towards industry professionals. There’s also a cannabis career fair for anyone ready to get his or her foot in the door. From there the event will be open to the general public, giving over 200 exhibitors the unique opportunity to interface directly with consumers.
- When: June 6-9, 2019
- Where: Toronto
Cannabis & Hemp Expo
The Cannabis & Hemp Expo is a consumer tradeshow that promises to provide visitors with the latest in cannabis technology and research. Attendees will hear from speakers and presenters who are among the top leaders in the industry, meet with brands and suppliers on the expo floor, and participate in plenty of networking along the way. Retail owners looking to attend get to choose from two expos this spring, one in Calgary and the other in Edmonton.
- Expo One Dates: March 9-10, 2019
- Where: Calgary
- Expo Two Dates: April 27-28, 2019
- Where: Edmonton
O'Cannabiz Conference & Expo
Voted the number one cannabis event in Canada by High Canada Magazine, O’Cannabiz is headed to Toronto fresh off the heels of its December show in Vancouver. This business-to-business conference offers a 360-degree view of the industry, engaging over 7000 professionals across a range of topics including cannabis policy, cultivation, business management, alternative methods of consumption, and a pre-conference workshop centered on cannabis and healthcare.
- When: April 25-27, 2019
- Where: Toronto
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