In a few short years, cannabis has gone from a banned substance to a multi-billion-dollar industry.
Some economists predict cannabis sales in the United States will reach $100 billion by 2030. To put that in perspective, the fledgling weed business could soon be on par with the film industry in terms of revenue.
The cannabis industry is young, constantly evolving, and growing rapidly. Many in the business are learning as they go, and learning from each other.
Cannabis business industry conferences and expos have sprung up nationwide to support retailers, growers, investors, and medical providers in the industry as they figure out how to launch and grow their businesses.
Whether you’re an established business owner in the space or just getting started, it can be helpful to take advantage of these opportunities to meet like-minded people. Who knows, the right connection could lead to growing your business exponentially.
To give you a head start, we rounded up some of the most popular cannabis business conferences happening between now and the end of 2022.
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Where: Las Vegas, NV – Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
When: August 23-25, 2022
Cannabis Conference is hosted by publications Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary, and Hemp Grower. The three-day event is one of the world’s largest, with attendees from all over the U.S. and thirty countries flocking to Las Vegas to swap ideas and meet potential investors.
The conference offers new and established proprietors information on everything from winning over investors to innovative growing techniques.
Learn more about Cannabis Conference here.
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MJ Unpacked LV22
Where: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
When: September 28-30, 2022
MJ Unpacked LV22 is for established, licensed cannabis brands, retailers, distributors, and investors. Events are designed to help these businesses expand and network through booths, exhibits, and opportunities to pitch to a qualified audience.
The event’s host, Jage Media, boasts that 61% of attendees are C-level executives and that investors are hedge funds or venture capitalists actively investing in the cannabis industry.
Learn more about MJ Unpacked LV22 here.
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Where: San Diego, CA – Venue TBD
When: October 12-13, 2022
Hosted by Pharma Ed Resources, Canna Pharma is for people interested in cannabis-based medicines and therapies. Over 20 speakers from the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries will share research on cannabis product development to aid in the treatment of ailments including diabetes and endometriosis.
Lectures feature pharmaceutical and nutraceutical uses of cannabis, clinical trials, case studies, safety testing, and instructional workshops.
Learn more about Canna Pharma here.
Imperious Cannabis Business Expo
Where: Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma City Convention Center
When: October 31 – November 1, 2022
Addiction counselor Eric Norton founded Imperious Cannabis Business Expo in 2015 to promote the legal use of cannabis for medicinal and business purposes. Imperious is a strictly business-to-business event, backed up by the expo’s motto: “Business Before Pleasure.”
The 2022 keynote speakers are Patrick King, Founder and CEO of Soil King Enterprises, and Ed Rosenthal, author and “America’s Guru of Ganjaism.”
Learn more about the Imperious Cannabis Business Expo here.
Resilient Harvests Conference
Where: Long Beach, CA – Hyatt Regency Long Beach
When: November 1-2, 2022
The Resilient Harvests Conference isn’t a cannabis business expo per se, but its focus on indoor growers and vertical farming makes it a valuable event for leaders in the cannabis industry.
The conference focuses on sustainable practices and efficiency for growers specializing in controlled environment agriculture (CEA). Speakers discuss government regulation, emerging technologies, and growing systems to reduce carbon footprint.
Learn more about The Resilient Harvests Conference here.
MJBizCon: National Marijuana Business Conference & Expo
Where: Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Convention Center
When: November 15-18, 2022
MJBizCon is one of the world’s largest cannabis business expos, with over 35,000 attendees, 1,400 exhibitors, and 140 speakers expected at the 2022 convention. The massive number of exhibits are organized by group: Cultivation Products and Services; Processing, Packaging, and Lab Services; Retail and Dispensary; and Business Services.
MJBizCon is open to plant-touching executives, staff, entrepreneurs, and investors.
Learn more about MJBizCon here.
CannaCosmo Health + Beauty Expo | Women Grow Strong Expo
Where: Las Vegas, NV – Mirage Convention Center
When: December 14-16, 2022
CannaCosmo Health + Beauty Expo is for women taking the lead in the cannabis industry. Focusing on health and beauty research, expo events include CannaCosmo Yoga, Celebrity Green Carpet, and opportunities to network with female pioneers in the cannabis business. Admission to CannaCosmo includes complimentary access to the Women Grow Strong Expo.
Learn more about CannaCosmo Health + Beauty Expo here.
Traveling Cannabis Business Conferences in 2022
The following conferences are hosted in various locations around the United States, multiple times per year. Check out upcoming dates to find out if there’s a conference happening near you.
NECANN Cannabis & Hemp Convention
NECANN has been developing conventions and events in the cannabis industry since 2014, mainly in the Northeastern United States. Here are NECANN events happening in 2022:
- New York Cannabis & Hemp Convention (August 26-27, 2022 | Albany, NY)
- New Jersey Cannabis Convention (September 9-10, 2022 | Atlantic City, NJ)
- Maine Cannabis Convention (September 24-25, 2022 | Portland, Maine)
CannaCon is a leader in the cannabis expo game with events in every region of the U.S. Here are upcoming CannaCon events in 2022:
- CannaCon Chicago (August 26-27, 2022 | Chicago, IL)
- CannaCon Denver (September 24-25 | Denver, CO)
- CannaCon Richmond (October 14-15 | Richmond, VA)
Cannabis Industrial Marketplace
CannaTech and GreenTech events hosted by Cannabis Industrial Marketplace are some of the nation’s largest cannabis industry gatherings. Events include seminars, exhibits, and networking opportunities.
- Illinois CannaTech Expo (August 3-4 | Schaumburg, IL)
- New Jersey CannaTech Expo (October 11-12 | Atlantic City, NJ)
- Nevada GreenTech Expo (December 8-9 | Las Vegas, NV)
Lucky Leaf Expo
Lucky Leaf Expos offer business-to-business cannabis events focused on education, networking, and business development. Lucky Leaf events take place in the following locations and Albany, NY.
- Lucky Leaf Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, OK | September 22-23, 2022)
- Lucky Leaf Mississippi (October 7-8, 2022 | Jackson, MS)
- Lucky Leaf New Mexico (October 21-22, 2022 | Albuquerque, NM)
- Lucky Leaf Virginia (November 11-12, 2022 | Richmond, VA)
Whether you’re a retailer, entrepreneur, grower, healthcare provider, or considering getting into the cannabis business, there is a cannabiz conference for you. Don’t miss the chance to connect with like-minded individuals in the cannabis industry, whether it be at one of the conferences listed here or somewhere else!