Cannabis industry events in 2020: what’s still happening?

Many of the cannabis world’s industry-oriented events are still planning to go ahead as scheduled

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The world seems to be emerging, ever so slowly, out of the collective lockdown that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced upon it. This year has already seen 4/20 celebrations moved entirely to the digital realm, but many of the cannabis world’s industry-oriented events are still planning to go ahead as scheduled. Others have been cancelled, postponed, or—you guessed it—moved online.

Here are a few of the events that are still gearing up:

Lucky Leaf Expo

This cannabis, hemp, and CBD expo will take place in four different cities in the southwestern United States: Dallas (June 26 and 27), Austin (July 31 and August 1), Houston (November 6 and 7), and Albuquerque (October 2 and 3). This should make for some interesting panel discussions, since the recreational use of cannabis is still illegal in the state of Texas.

The Great Alaskan Cannabis Bowl

This competition features prizes in categories ranging from flowers to edibles to hemp products, plus live bands and a cornhole competition—which turns out not to be as dirty as it sounds. It takes place at the Settlers Bay Golf Course in Sarah Palin’s old stomping grounds of Wasilla, Alaska, from July 24 to 26.

USA CBD Expo

Taking place at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta from June 25 to 27 (with further iterations in Connecticut in August and in Chicago in December), the USA CBD expo will focus on the business side of the CBD and hemp industries.

Cannabis Conference

Originally scheduled to take place in April, this event—which promises to “bring industry stakeholders together to engage the biggest opportunities and challenges facing the legal cannabis market”—has been moved to the fall. Cannabis-industry heavyweights like Dan Sutton (Tantalus Labs), Jim Belushi (Belushi’s Farm), and Cassie Neiden (Cannabis Business Times) will congregate at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from September 1 to 3.

International Cannabis Business Conference

Taking over the Westin Bayshore on September 10 and 11, the Vancouver edition of ICBC will include exhibitors, a slate of guest speakers, and an after party. (ICBC is also hosting an online “virtual symposium”, featuring travel writer and broadcaster Rick Steves, on June 9.)

Cannabis World Congress & Business Exhibitions

A series of business-to-business trade shows for dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, and others, CWCBE has three events on the calendar for the fall of 2020. The first takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center September 16 and 17; the second at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York October 1 to 3; and the third at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center October 21 and 22.

Cannabis Business Summit & Expo

Hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association, the Cannabis Business Conference & Expo bills itself as “the nation’s most influential trade show convening the world’s preeminent experts on cannabis business, policy, advocacy, and research”. It will happen at San Francisco’s Moscone Center from September 29 to October 1.

O’Cannabiz

Originally on the books for April of this year, this international conference and festival was postponed until autumn. O’Cannabiz brings an impressive roster of guests to the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, from October 27 to 29. These include everyone from Tommy Chong and Olivia Newton John to MMA fighter Elias Theodorou and former Philadelphia Flyers enforcer Riley Cote.

Lift Expo Toronto 2020

Taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre November 22 to 24, this event hosted by Lift & Co. includes a business conference and a consumer day. Uniquely, Lift Expo also features a psychedelics summit, which organizers say “will merge the three pillars of the psychedelics ‘renaissance’: medical research, legalization and investment for a professional and business-focused audience”.

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