Networking is one of the most important and beneficial things you could do to build your brand, regardless of the industry you’re in.
If you are in the cannabis or hemp industry, however, networking is more important than ever. CBD advertising options can be limited, regulations are constantly changing, and it can be difficult to navigate this world without some reliable business connections. Not only that, but if you have a product or service you’re selling, sometimes the best way to teach people about is through in-person, hands-on demonstrations.
Sure you can use social media to network and share videos of products, but something can be said for meeting people in person, exchanging a nice firm handshake and discussing business in real life. This is why trade shows, expos, and conventions remain among the top tools for expanding a business. And they’re not just for people who are new to the industry, even established companies and well-known professionals can always benefit from meeting new people and learning about the new CBD products and trends that develop every year.
Below detailed list of the top cannabis, hemp, and CBD events in the United States and Canada taking place during 2020. We hope to see you at a few!
*** UPDATE: WILL THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK KILL THE CANNABIS EVENTS (read below):
Spotlight Event: Texas Hemp Convention – Dallas
Taking place in Dallas, this event will focus on the quickly-growing hemp market in the heart of the south: Texas! From January 28 to 30, more than 10,000 hemp and CBD professionals are expected to converge on the lone star state for what will be the largest industry event in the area. Use #THC2020 to learn more about the event on social medial
More January Events:
- Lift & Company: January 9-11 in Vancouver, Canada
- CannaCon Northwest: January 10-11 in Tacoma, WA
- Indo Expo: January 28-30 in Denver, CO (Chicago in September)
Spotlight Event: International Cannabis Business Conference – San Francisco
The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) is excited to bring its trademark blend of business, politics and culture to the industry. It’s the one of the premier B2B events for anyone working in the cannabis or hemp industry. ICBC takes place in various cities across the world, and this particular event will be held on the West Coast in San Francisco, California from February 6 to 7.
More February Events:
- USA CBD Expo: February 13-15 in Las Vegas, NV
- Northeast Cannabis Business Conference: February 19-20 in Boston, MA
- Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference: February 24-25 in Miami, FL
- National Hemp Expo: February 29 to March 1 in Louisville, KY
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Spotlight Event: Natural Products Expo West – Anaheim
This is the world’s largest trade show focusing on natural, organic and healthy products. The West event will take place at the Marriott and Hilton Convention Halls in Anaheim, California. Over 86,000 industry professionals will be in attendance, viewing the close to 4k company booths. From March 4 to 6, it will be springtime on the West Coast and the perfect time to travel for an event.
More March Events:
- World CBD Expo: March 13-15 in San Diego, CA
- NECANN: March 20-22 in Boston, MA
- ASA Unity Conference: March 25-28 in Washington D.C.
- NOCO Hemp Expo: March 26-28 in Denver, CO
Spotlight Event: Georgia World Cannabis Conference – Atlanta
Although this event is much smaller than many others on our list, I think it’s important to make note of it. The Southern region of the U.S. remains the strictest in the nation when it comes to cannabis and hemp so any event taking place down there an important reminder of the progress we’re making. This expo will be located in the bustling city of Atlanta on April 4.
Other April Events:
- 4th Institute of Cannabis Research: April 1-3 in Pueblo, CO
- CannaCon Midwest: April 3-4 in Detroit, MI
- Canna Grow: April 17-18 in Chicago, IL
- Cannabis Business Times: April 21-24 in Las Vegas, NV
Spotlight Event: Lift & Co. – Toronto
Lift & Co is a Canadian-based technology and media company that caters to the cannabis and hemp industries. They have numerous events throughout Canada, but we’re focusing on the one in the country’s most populous city, Toronto. Check out this popular event between May 28 and 31. Visit their website to see their other events.
Other May Events:
- U.S. Hemp Conference Expo: May 3-5 in New York, NY
- NCIA Lobby: May 19-21 in Washington D.C.
- Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo: May 28-31 in New York, NY
- Vermont Hemp Expo: May 30-31 in Burlington, VT
Spotlight Event: NCIA Business Summit & Expo – San Francisco
This event is set up by the National Cannabis Industry Association, a non-profit organization with local groups all over the United States. They’re main goals are to protect legal cannabis business as well as advancing federal policy reform; and the event focuses largely on education, advocacy, commerce, and community. Amazing opportunity to learn and network from June 15-17 in San Francisco, California.
Other June Events:
- 3rd Annual MJ Next Conference: June 12-14 in New Orleans, LA
- CBD Expo Midwest: June 26-27 in Chicago, IL
Spotlight Event: CannaCon Midwest – Chicago
CannaCon is a large, B2B event that targets both the medical and recreational cannabis and hemp markets. They have events all over the country with a couple premier expos in the Midwest. From June 17-18, CannaCon will be in the largest city in the region – Chicago, Illinois. Entrepreneurs, farmers, distributors, equipment specialists, researchers and many more industry professionals are expected to be in attendance.
Other July Events:
- Great Alaskan Cannabis Bowl: July 25-25 in Wasilla, AK
- Cannabis Food Show: July 31 in San Francisco, CA
Spotlight Event: Indo Expo – Portland
Indo Expo is one of the most well-known trade shows in the cannabis and hemp industry, with events set up in some of the most dominant legal markets across the country. This event regularly draws upwards of 400 exhibitors and over 10,000 industry attendees and they even offer limited complimentary admission to Industry Professionals. From August 1-2, you can visit check out this expo in the lovely city of Portland, Oregon.
Other August Events:
- HempFest: August 14-16 in Seattle, WA
- CannaFarm Con: August 20-22 in Anaheim, CA
- NCIA Midwest Cannabis Business Conference: August 26-27 in Detroit, MI
Spotlight Event: Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo – Los Angeles
The CWCB Expo is held 3 times per year in the 3 largest media, financial, and business markets in the United States. From September 16-17, dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, legal counsel, and entrepreneurs will gather in Los Angeles, California for this leading B2B event.
Other September Events:
- Grow Tradefest: September 17-20 in Lake Ozark, MO
- Natural Products Expo East: September 23-26 in Philadelphia, PA
- Indo Expo: September 26-27 in Chicago, IL
Spotlight Event: NECANN – Portland (Maine)
NECANN has been organizing cannabis industry events since 2014 and their goal is simply to create an environment where businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, educators, patients, advocates, and consumers can connect. They try to set up unique conventions that focus on each location’s specific market needs and opportunities. For their east coast event, you can visit Portland, ME from October 10-11.
Other October Events:
- Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo: October 21-22 in Boston, MA
Spotlight Event: CBD Expo West – Westlake Village
Another event with multiple locations across the country, CBD Expo West however will take place in Westlake Village, California, from November 13-14. Powered by CBD Health and Wellness Magazine, CBD Expo will involve over 5,000 exhibitor, investors, and attendees and many issues regarding regulation, compliance, and market trends will discussed.
Other November Events:
- Medical Cannabis Patient Therapies and Wellness Summit: November 6-7 in Worchester, MA
Spotlight Event: MJBizCon – Las Vegas
Arguably the most important cannabis industry trade show of the year, and definitely the largest, MJBizCon boasts upwards of 30,000 attendees and over 1,500 exhibitor booths. This event takes place every year in none other than the best city in the world in which to host a convention – Las Vegas. Join us December 16-18 for MJBizCon 2020.
Other December Events:
- CBD Expo East: December 4-5 in Orlando, FL
We hope this list of cannabis and hemp events was helpful to you! Let’s make this decade one of prosperity and start making plans for the next big event now!
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