A variety of industry events and associations exist where those new to the marijuana/cannabis industry can get up to speed and get exposed to new ideas and opportunities. Updated August 11, 2018.
April 2018 – I was invited to present at a conference on cannabis legalization hosted by Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
March 2018 – I was a panelist at the MBCA Opportunity Summit and also offered a pre-conference Business of Marijuana 101 workshop with over 40 paid attendees from across the United States.
September 2017 – I organized and led a half-day symposium on Marijuana Legalization at the Atlantic Schools of Business conference in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
April 2017 – I gave a presentation on the marijuana industry to the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE), Colorado’s first 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that assists low-income single families in gaining the skills and education necessary to transition off of public assistance and gain long-term employment.
Commerical Industry Events
- MJBizCon Vegas (Las Vegas, NV) – Largest cannabis show in world. Next session will take place Nov 14-16, 2018.
- MJBizConNext (New Orleans, LA) – Smaller show that will take place next on May 9-11, 2018.
- MJBizCon Intl (Toronto, ON) – International event that will take place Aug 14-16, 2018.
- NCIA Cannabis Business Summit & Expo – Next session will take place July 25-27, 2018 in San Jose, California.
- NCIA Seed to Sale Show – “Only national show focused solely on innovative best practices, science, and cutting edge technology surrounding the whole life cycle of the cannabis plant grown, processed, and sold in a regulated market.”
- O’Cannabiz Conference (Toronto, ON) – Next event June 8-9, 2018
- World Cannabis Congress (Saint John, NB) – First-time event taking place June 10-12, 2018.
- NoCo Hemp Expo (Loveland, CO) – Trade-show format focused on hemp industry. 5th annual event took place April 6-7, 2018.
- MCBA Opportunity Summit (Denver, CO) – Organized by Minority Cannabis Business Association. 1st annual event took place March 22-24, 2018 at the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business.
- Cannacon – Multiple locations and dates across United States.
- Cannabis Cultivation Conference – Most recent session March 12-14, Oakland, CA
- Cannabis Science Conference – Next session Aug 27-29, 2018
- Emerald Conference – Most recent session Feb 15-16, 2018 in San Diego
Government Industry Events
- Marijuana Management Symposium 2017 (Hosted by City of Denver, videos and PDFs posted online)
- Colorado State Patrol – Training Conference for Law Enforcement (March 16-18, 2016, hosted by University of Denver)
Cannabis Industry Event Listings
Cannabis Industry Associations/Organizations
- California Cannabis Industry Association
- California Growers Association
- Cannabis Business Alliance
- Cannabis Canada Council (founded in April 2018 by Cannabis Canada Association, Canadian Medical Cannabis Council and Canopy Growth)
- Cannabis Commerce Association of Canada (focused on craft operators)
- Cannabis Friendly Business Association (focused on small to medium sized businesses)
- Cannabis Growers of Canada (focused on small to medium-sized growers)
- Cannabis Marketing Association (currently has chapters in Colorado & California)
- Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (Colorado, may be defunct)
- Craft Cannabis Association of British Columbia
- Colorado Leads (pro-business alliance)
- Hemp Industries Association (founded in 1994)
- Marijuana Industry Group (Colorado trade association, founded in 2010)
- Marijuana Policy Project (national advocacy group) – June 2018 article
- Medicinal Marijuana Association (Toronto, Canada)
- Minority Cannabis Business Association (founded in 2015)
- National Association of Cannabis Business (self-regulatory organization, founded in 2017)
- National Cannabis Industry Association (Washington & Denver, trade association founded 2010)
- National Hemp Association
- National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML, founded 1970, focused on legalization)
- National Indian Cannabis Coalition (National, founded in 2015)
- Nevada Dispensary Association
- Southern California Coalition
- Southern Colorado Cannabis Council (may be inactive, website not updated)
- Women Grow