The global cannabis industry continues to welcome new innovators to the space as it inevitably expands – and conferences, socials, and expos are vital supporters of this plant-based leveling up.
Throughout the year, the industry hosts everything from panels and seminars to workshops and networking events: catering to different corners of the world who either enjoy thriving legal cannabis markets or are on their way to establishing one.
We’ve rounded up 31 of the most popular opportunities for industry professionals to meet, learn and collaborate on continued cannabis innovation.
The Emerald Conference
March 1-3 in San Diego, California
This year’s Emerald Conference – featuring Agricultural Genomics Foundation Founder Dr. Daniela Vergara as keynote speaker – will occur at San Diego’s Loews Coronado Bay Resort. The conference is now in its eighth year and is the longest-running interdisciplinary cannabis event to address scientific discovery, data, and how the two support cultivation, production, and quality assurance.
March 2-3 in San Juan, Puerto Rico
May 3-4 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan
June 28-29 in Cincinnati, Ohio
October 26-27 in Kansas City, Missouri
November 30 – December 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada
The CannaTech Expos are a branch of the Business Expo: a leading source for B2B collaboration. As the various regions continue to evolve in cannabis regulations and subsequent business opportunities, professionals can gather and connect with one another to check out the latest cannabis production technology, attend insightful seminars on best canna-business practices, and more.
Alternative Products Expo
March 3-5 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
May 20-21 in Medellín, Colombia
July 13-15 in Dallas, Texas
From Dallas, Texas to Medellín, Colombia, the Alternative Products Expo allows global cannabis buyers to connect with major manufacturers and leading brands. The expos will feature new products, regulation updates, and deals exclusive to attendees of Alt Products Expo.
NCIA Industry Social
March 8 in Seattle, Washington
March 30 in Boston, Massachusetts
April 19 in Portland, Oregon
April 25 in New York City, New York
May 4 in Chicago, Illinois
The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is offering the cannabis industry several opportunities to connect and learn from one another throughout the year. The various nationwide industry socials will bring industry professionals together in a relaxed, casual setting conducive to cocktails and kicking back, all while networking and cultivating long-lasting relationships.
International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC)
March 9 in Barcelona, Spain
July 27 in Berlin, Germany (Global Investment Forum)
June 29-30 in Berlin, Germany (B2B)
The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) is Europe’s largest and longest-running cannabis B2B event. This year’s conferences will feature some of the top global cannabis speakers, who will share valuable insights as attendees explore new cannabis inventions and concepts displayed on the conference floor.
March 10-12 in Barcelona, Spain
Spannabis has taken place in Barcelona since 2002 and is one of the world’s most popular international plant-based events. Spannabis will feature new cannabis products and offer exclusive seminars that cover everything from cultivation and retail to the latest innovations and discoveries in science and plant medicine.
New England Cannabis Convention (NECANN)
March 10-12 in Boston, Massachusetts
May 6-7 in Burlington, Vermont
May 20-21 in Hartford, Connecticut
June 2-3 in Chicago, Illinois
August 12-13 in Augusta, Maine
September 8-9 in Atlantic City, New Jersey
September 29-30 in Albany, New York
NECANN launched in 2014, and in its ninth year, it’s considered the second-largest B2B cannabis event in the country. With various dates and Northeastern locations throughout 2023, NECANN will feature over 300 exhibitors, over 100 speakers, the fourth-annual NECANN Cup, the NE Canna Community Awards, workshops, vendor training sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities for interested professionals.
Lemonhaze Golf Classic
March 13 in Coto de Caza, California
April 10 in Coral Springs, Florida
April 26 in Nevada, Las Vegas
May 8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 5 in Aurora, Colorado
June 26 in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
August 7 in Galloway, New Jersey
August 21 in Ipswich, Massachusetts
August 28 in Saint Charles, Missouri
September 18 in Dearborn, Mississippi
Lemonhaze is a series of low-cost events for cannabis professionals. Geared towards socializing and networking, the events offer industry experts the chance to connect with one another while enjoying refreshments, the outdoors, and a few rounds of golf. Lemonhaze collaborates with local vendors and partners to both gain them exposure and add some fun regional flair to each individual event.
Lucky Leaf Expo
March 24-25 in Kansas City, Missouri
April 14-15 in Albany, New York
May 5-6 in Jackson, Mississippi
June 8-9 in Edison, New Jersey
July 21-22 in Baltimore, Maryland
September 22-23 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 6-7 in St. Louis, Missouri
Lucky Leaf Expo is dedicated to bringing bespoke experiences to the cannabis community, featuring dynamic opportunities to network, learn more about the plant from various angles, and gain insights into growing your business. Our 2023 shows will feature expert speakers, along with a showroom full of exhibitors from the science, health, wellness, cultivation, business, legal, branding, and start-up spaces.
March 25-26 in Uncasville, Connecticut
May 20-21 in North Billings, Montana
September 23-24 in Allentown, Pennsylvania
XpoCanna brings like-minded industry individuals together to convene on education, wellness, and the normalization of cannabis. The upcoming Connecticut-based event will feature the X Cup Cannabis Competition: New England’s most rigorously-tested chance for cannabis product creators to show the industry what they’ve got.
NoCo Hemp Expo
March 29-31 in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Currently in its ninth year of production, the NoCo Hemp Expo is an expert collaboration space for all things hemp. The event brings together professionals from international governments, business spaces, agriculture, academia, nonprofits, media, and the public, giving them a chance to learn about opportunities and solutions for the future of hemp around the globe.
March 31–April 1 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
May 19-20 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
August 4-5 in Long Beach, California
October 6-7 in Detroit, Michigan
CannaCon acts as a one-stop-shop for canna-business needs. From cultivation and education to business, retail, and legal advice, this convention is geared towards like-minded entrepreneurs looking to innovate the space with fresh new ideas.
Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference
April 11-12 in Miami, Florida
If you’re an investor or financial advisor within the cannabis space, the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference should be at the top of your events list. As the biggest annual gathering of cannabis leaders and investors, Benzinga offers attendees daily group networking events, valuable opportunities for social equity operators, and a variety of expert speakers to learn from.
Cannabis Science Conference West
April 19-21 in Portland, Oregon
Portland’s Cannabis Science Conference West covers all things…well, cannabis science. This year’s installation will include keynote speakers, presentations, round table discussions, and various innovative exhibits.
April 26-28 in New York, New York
MJ Unpacked is one of the most well-known cannabis events in the nation, introducing hundreds of national cannabis CPG brands to attending retailers, manufacturers, and investors. The event is only available to those with the title manager and above within the cannabis retail and brand realm – and active, accredited investors.
Hall of Flowers
May 3-4 in Santa Rosa, California
May 31 – June 1 in Toronto, Canada
DATE TBD in Palm Springs, California
DATE TBD in Las Vegas, Nevada
Hall of Flowers is increasingly known as the annual space for the market to curate trends. Event attendees enjoy direct access to buyers and retailers, eye-catching exhibits, and ample opportunity to consume samples onsite.
May 9-11 in Atlantic City, New Jersey
June 6-8 in Chicago, Illinois
Launched in 1999, CHAMPS Trade Show is known today as the premier counterculture B2B experience for brands, dispensaries, smoke shops, and other OG industry professionals. This year’s events offer a variety of prizes, speakers, and exhibitors.
May 15-17 in Marco Island, Florida
CannMed is an innovation and investment summit that connects like-minded individuals from the financial space to one another. The event will bring together big players from medicine studies, cultivation, and testing to inform attendees of the latest research and technology.
NY Cannabis Insider
May 20 in Albany, New York
This New York-based gathering is the ultimate combination of expert sessions, networking, and vendor exhibits throughout the cannabis space. Attendees will meet esteemed industry leaders, learn more about tried-and-true business practices, and enjoy insights from keynote speakers.
May 20-21 in Medellín, Colombia
BizCann Expo is a leading event in the establishment of cannabis in South and Latin America. The experience works to set up the region for legal opportunities, coaching attendees on entrepreneurship, legislation, and the latest on plant education.
Grow Up Cannabis Conference, Awards, and Expo
May 28-30 in Edmonton, Canada
In response to numerous industry-wide requests, Grow Up’s award-winning cannabis show will premiere this year in Edmonton, Canada. The event will feature cultivation round tables, vendor exhibits, and 2023’s Canadian Cannabis Cup.
June 1-3 in New York City, New York
New York City’s CWCB Expo focuses on the cannabis market’s growth potential as it expands and innovates. Hosted at the Javits Convention Center, CWCB offers educational sessions, product displays, networking opportunities, and much more.
CannaOne BizCon + Expo
June 21-23 in Las Vegas, Nevada
The CannaOne BizCon + Expo is more than a chance for industry business professionals to connect with one another: the three-day event will include conference workshops, live demonstrations, keynote speakers, nightly events, parties, networking, and, of course, a massive expo hall.
Cannabis Drinks Expo
July 27 in San Francisco, California
August 1 in Chicago, Illinois
Are you interested in becoming a leading cannabis beverage supplier or brand? If so, you won’t want to miss the Cannabis Drinks Expo: the meeting spot for brands looking to create end-consumer demand and consumers looking to learn more about the beverage space.
International Conference on Medical Cannabis
July in Zurich, Switzerland
October in New York, New York
This conference is a chance for the global medical cannabis community to convene, connecting academic scientists to researchers so they can share their experiences for optimal innovation and technological advancement.
Cannabis Industry Conference & Expo (CICE)
August 4-6 in Detroit, Michigan
CICE is a premier B2B experience: designed to help industry professionals captivate their region of the international market. The conference and expo will offer over 100,000 square feet of exhibits, seminars, workshops, and breakout rooms over a three-day period.
August 15-17 in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Las Vegas Cannabis Conference brings together plant-touching businesses to discuss cultivation innovation, entrepreneurship, and updates within the retail space. This year’s event is gearing up to be the most in-depth yet, offering new experiences like a day-long cultivation roundtable, pre-show workshops, and updated networking opportunities.
Virginia Cannabis Expo / CannaGrow Harvest Cultivation + Operations Expo
August 24-26 in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia’s Cannabis Expo brings revolutionary technologies, product innovations, and distribution latest to the show’s Virginia-centric attendees. Admission also grants you access to the CannaGrow Harvest Cultivation + Operations Expo, which is designed to help growers understand the latest harvesting processes for ultimate success.
Black CannaBiz Expo
November 3-5 in New Orleans, Louisiana
The Black CannaBiz Expo focuses on diversity and social equity, gathering hundreds of BIPOC operators to build an industry everyone can be proud of. The expo brings education and networking opportunities geared toward Black and Brown cannabis professionals.
November 28 – December 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada
MJBizCon is one of Las Vegas’s most sought-after cannabis events for seasoned professionals. The conference welcomes over 35,000 attendees to connect on business operations insights, view exhibits, listen to keynote speakers, and enjoy countless networking opportunities.