Cannabis expos, conventions, trade shows, and conferences are the easiest way to connect with the industry’s biggest players, and 2023 boasts a lineup you won’t want to miss. This list highlights the year’s industry events in the United States and around the globe, with a brief description of what to expect before you book your business travel plans. To ensure you have the most up-to-date information on upcoming events, make sure to follow the sponsoring organizations’ links for confirmation of the event as dates can be subject to change.
Cannabis Science Conference West
April 19-21, Portland, Oregon
Cannabis Science Conference West attracts cannabis industry experts, instrument manufacturers, testing labs, cultivators, research scientists, medical professionals, policymakers, and interested novices. This year’s event will offer keynote speakers, presentations, round table discussions, and a variety of exhibits to peruse.
February 8-11, Las Vegas
May 9-11, Atlantic City, New Jersey
June 6-8, Chicago
Known as the “premier counterculture B2B expo since 1999,” CHAMPS hosts thousands of global exhibitors, buyers, and other retail operators throughout the industry. This year’s event will have over 2,000 booths to explore, along with two new sections beyond the typical accessory and extraction stock with the addition of Adult & Wellness and Mycology.
May 20-21, Medellín, Colombia
In addition to an exhibit space that tends to focus on showcasing ancillary-service providers, BizCann Expo’s tailored educational panels address issues including legislation and regulation, branding and marketing, banking, investing, accounting, real estate, legacy markets, and retail. The event space tends to focus on showcasing ancillary-service providers but provides opportunities for education and networking for the LATAM region.
February 2-4, Miami
Formerly known as FLMJ, Cannadelic features educational cannabis and psychedelics exhibits and networking opportunities for professionals and consumers alike. This year’s expo will host over 150 exhibitors and vendors, with over 100 speakers and an expected attendance of more than 20,000 people over three days.
March 2-3, San Juan, Puerto Rico
May 3-4, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
June 28-29, Cincinnati
October 26-27, Kansas City, Missouri
November 30 – December 1, Las Vegas
CannaTech is focused on emerging cultivation markets around the country and beyond, with roughly 40,000 square feet of equipment and exhibits. Dozens of seminars throughout the two-day events cover essential operator topics like licensing, production, cultivation techniques, banking, and human resources.
Lucky Leaf Expo
March 24-25, Kansas City, Missouri
April 14-15, Albany, New York
May 5-6, Jackson, Mississippi
June 8-9, Edison, New Jersey
July 21-22, Baltimore
September 22-23, Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 6-7, St. Louis, Missouri
Lucky Leaf Expos provide dynamic B2B events for growers, processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, accountants, attorneys, marketers, and journalists. The events feature more than 100 exhibitors and an array of speakers, providing businesses and consumers with cutting-edge research, networking opportunities, and impactful industry insights.
The Emerald Conference
March 1-3, San Diego
The 8th annual Emerald Conference is a research-focused interdisciplinary event that typically attracts about 800 attendees, twenty speakers, fifty exhibitors, and twenty-five technical presentations. The event acts as a forum for discovery science and data, exploring how to support best practices for decision-makers in analytical testing, extraction, R & D, cultivation, formulations, and pre-clinical research.
International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC)
March 9, Barcelona, Spain
July 27, Berlin, Germany (Global Investment Forum)
June 29-30, Berlin, Germany (B2B)
ICBC events attract policymakers, corporate leaders, and entrepreneurs from more than 80 countries to connect businesses seeking capital with seasoned investors. This year’s Berlin events will be divided up into two distinctive sectors, catering to audiences in the investment and general B2B sides of cannabis.
March 10-12, Barcelona, Spain
The consumer-focused Spannabis attracts about 35,000 attendees each March, making it one of Europe’s most popular cannabis events. The business-oriented World Cannabis Conference is co-located for the first two days, and seed knowledge is prioritized among the hundreds of international exhibitors.
Alternative Products Expo
March 3-5 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
May 20-21, Medellín, Colombia
July 13-15, Dallas
Formerly known as the USA CBD Expo, the B2C-focused Alternative Products Expo exists to help undiscovered products develop into superstars. The show is going international this year and will feature vapes, cannabis, and “all things counterculture” from hundreds of brands around the world.
March 10-12, Boston
May 6-7, Burlington, Vermont
May 20-21, Hartford, Connecticut
June 2-3, Chicago
August 12-13, Augusta, Maine
September 8-9, Atlantic City, New Jersey
September 29-30, Albany, New York
Established in 2014, NECANN now considers itself the second-largest B2B cannabis event in the nation. The event is centered on providing investors, educators, entrepreneurs, consumers, patients, and advocates with tailored conferences that address the retail requirements and selling potential for local markets.
NoCo Hemp Expo
March 29-31, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Branded as the world’s most comprehensive industrial hemp conference, NoCo Hemp Expo brings together industry leaders spanning the hemp supply chain. The 9th annual event has opportunities for everyone from farmers and producers to retail and wholesale buyers, processors, equipment manufacturers, and technology companies.
February 24-25, Biloxi, Mississippi
March 31–April 1, Oklahoma City
May 19-20, Albuquerque, New Mexico
August 4-5, Long Beach, California
October 6-7, Detroit
CannaCon is an international venue for brands, entrepreneurs, investors, and community partners to showcase their latest products, experts, and innovations. This year’s set of events will feature seminars and exhibits covering everything from business and legal advice, retail insights, extraction technology, scientific and financial trends, marketing, and branding. Network with like-minded entrepreneurs who are also building a bold, new industry.
Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference
April 11-12, Miami
The Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference in Miami connects innovative entrepreneurs and vetted investors with the capital they seek. The springtime event features insider panels, market-trend analysis, forecasting, networking opportunities, and a first look at new technologies and innovations,
May 15-17, Marco Island, Florida
The CannMed 23 Innovation and Investment Summit is an experience of cannabis discovery, development, and networking for global innovators and operators hosted at the luxurious JW Marriott of Marco Island Beach Resort. Since 2016, CannMed has focused its efforts on collaboration with the goal of advancing the industry and improving patient care around the world.
Hall of Flowers
May 3-4, Santa Rosa, California
May 31 – June 1, Toronto, Canada
DATE TBD, Palm Springs, California
DATE TBD, Las Vegas
Hall of Flowers is a curated, industry-only show with consumption and sampling that features reputable retailers (ensured through a vetting process) for interested brands, and vice versa. Product categories span flower, concentrates, edibles, topicals, accessories, and technology.
April 26-28, New York, New York
MJ Unpacked is the industry’s only national event that showcases hundreds of CPG brands for the consideration of retailers, manufacturers, and investors. Attendance is limited to brand and retail executives with the title of manager or a more senior role, as well as accredited investors.
Lift Events & Experiences
January 12-14, Vancouver, Canada
June 1-3, Toronto, Canada
August 3-4, San Francisco, California
Formerly the Lift&Co. Expo, the rebranded Lift Events and Experiences convention is a premier gathering of Canada’s top business leaders, subject matter experts, innovators, and regulators. This year Lift expands to the United States, showcasing a variety of speakers and panels on cutting-edge cannabis education for businesses. The San Francisco show, at the Moscone Center, also will feature the Lift Investment Summit, which will welcome investors, fund managers, family offices, and entrepreneurs for a full day of trend forecasting and expert insights into today’s cannabis investment climate.
June 1-3, New York
With a focus on international business, the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCB Expo) is a comprehensive forum for dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, attorneys, and entrepreneurs seeking new areas of growth and fresh market opportunities.
CannaOne BizCon + Expo
June 21-23, Las Vegas
CannaOne BizCon + Expo is a hybrid B2B/B2C event that offers symposiums and workshops where attendees can be hands-on with the products, services, and people driving the industry. This year will also feature live demonstrations, keynotes, nightly events, parties, and networking opportunities.
Grow Up Cannabis Conference, Awards, and Expo
May 28-30, Edmonton, Canada
With a focus on building a show for cultivators and extractors, Grow Up offers more than seventy in-depth workshops, seminars, and panels. This will be the event’s first year in Alberta, due to overwhelming requests from retailers and micro and craft growers.
Southern Hemp Expo (SHE)
August 17-19 Nashville, Tennessee
SHE is a leading hemp industry supply-chain trade show and conference in the country’s Southeastern region, and the sister show to Denver’s NoCo Hemp Expo. With a focus on cultivation, the show will feature building materials, foods, pet products, and health and wellness supplements.
August 15-17, Las Vegas
This year’s Cannabis Conference will take place at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, featuring exhibitors from the cannabis and hemp cultivation, dispensary, and extraction sectors. Visitors will explore emerging technologies, services, and solutions.
Virginia Cannabis Expo / CannaGrow Harvest Cultivation + Operations Expo
August 24-26, Virginia Beach, Virginia
The Virginia Beach Convention Center will play host to attendees with access to revolutionary technologies, product innovations, and brand new channels for distribution, packaging, and manufacturing. There will also be educational opportunities that help growers understand how to learn choice processes from seed to harvest.
International Conference on Medical Cannabis
July 24-25, Zurich, Switzerland
October 7-8, New York, New York
The annual International Research Conference addresses students, academics, and scientists interested in medical cannabis. The platform offers educators, practitioners, and researchers an opportunity to share innovations, trends, concerns, commonly-faced challenges, and solutions in the field.
June 14-15, Philadelphia
Canna Pharma is a scientific conference that offers expanded coverage of next-generation cannabis- and cannabinoid-derived therapeutics. The event brings together research scientists, product developers, drug formulators, venture capitalists, and quality assurance professionals to advance medical cannabis.
November 28 – December 1, Las Vegas
MJBizCon leads the category as one of the largest trade events of its kind, offering 250,000 square feet of exhibits, pre-show forums, and 180 speakers. As many as 35,000 cannabis executives and professionals are expected to attend this year’s edition, gaining access to insights on growth projection, regulatory reform, politics, and business management.
CannaCosmo Health + Beauty Expo / Women GROW Strong Expo
June 21-24, Las Vegas
CannaCosmo Healthy + Beauty Expo introduces the industry’s new technologies, innovations, and channels for manufacturing, packaging, and distribution. The show ticket also includes access to the Women GROW Strong Expo, offering a chance to network with women in cannabis, learn from leaders, and establish long-lasting relationships.
March 25-26, Uncasville, Connecticut
May 20-21, North Billings, Montana
September 23-24, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Xpocanna hosts the Connecticut Cannabis Expo, featuring the X Cup Cannabis Competition, Montana Cannabis Expo, and Lehigh Valley Cannabis Expo. Each of the two-day tradeshows feature B2B-focused networking opportunities for businesses that offer cannabis products and services, including everything from medical practitioners and infused product makers to security and packaging companies. The shows also offer ample opportunities for medical cannabis patients to speak with advocates and physicians, who provide premier insights and recommendations.
Cannabis Drinks Expo
July 27, San Francisco
August 1, Chigaco
The Cannabis Drinks Expos in San Francisco and Chicago provide great networking opportunities for industry professionals interested in the future of the domestic cannabis-infused beverage market. “Growing the Category” is the goal and theme for this year’s event, and the shows will focus on bringing together industry professionals from legal states and abroad with an emphasis on MSOs, dispensaries, cultivators, packaging companies, co-packers, flavor suppliers, beverage brands, and service providers.
Luxury Meets Cannabis Conference
May 18-19, Las Vegas
Luxury Meets Cannabis is positioned as a premier B2B trade event to connect “visionary” CBD, cannabis beauty, wellness, food, and beverage brands to mainstream retailers, media, investors, and luxe dispensaries. The show caters to those who seek refinement in an emerging industry.
CannaOne Summer Show
June 21-23, Las Vegas
Hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center, CannaOne’s Summer Show is a B2B-focused event designed to provide a forum for dispensaries, cultivators, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, entrepreneurs, and ancillary service providers to connect and identify new areas of growth. Past shows have taken place in New Jersey, Mississippi, and Illinois.
Cannabis Industry Conference & Expo
August 4-6, Detroit
CICE brings together licensed producers, growers, investors, suppliers, healthcare providers, finance professionals, and other industry service providers to learn about the industry and share information for success. The three-day event features seminars, workshops, panel discussions, and hundreds of products and services on display. Attendees can network, meet new retail customers and suppliers, strengthen brand recognition, close deals, and meet the competition.
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