This year will be a big year for cannabis and CBD. There are more legalized and regulated jurisdictions than ever before and the industry is growing at an incredible rate. Whether you are a cannabis/CBD professional, thinking about starting your own business, or just interested in the trends that will shape the future of this budding industry, cannabis conferences and events should be high on your list of things to attend in 2020.
It is one thing to hear about cannabis/CBD market growth, but staying informed about the latest breakthroughs, innovative companies, research, policy, and products is another. There will be dozens of conferences this year and you must plan to attend the ones that will be the most meaningful and can provide you with the best value, whatever your interests are.
We have compiled a list of the top cannabis and CBD conferences and events that will help you learn about where you should be focusing your attention.
From January 20-24, 2020, in Davos, Switzerland, the world-renowned series of CannaTech conferences will make its second annual appearance. Known for its focus on cannabis innovation, CannaTech Davos is a two-day conference that presents some of the world’s greatest minds, entrepreneurs, startups, and scientists that drive cannabis innovation.
With spring in sight, Cannabis Europa Madrid would be an excellent conference to attend at the Intercontinental Hotel, in the heart of Madrid on February 10, 2020. Cannabis Europa began in 2018 with the vision of putting Europe at the forefront of the emerging cannabis industry. There are three annual events, Madrid, London, and in Melbourne (Cannabis Oceania), and each one will focus on the ground-breaking science, policies, and business strategy to the European and international audiences.
In beautiful Lisbon, Portugal, the International Medical Cannabis Conference will take place over the 12-13 of February. This is Europe’s first CME accredited medical cannabis conference that dives deep into the novel therapeutic uses, regulatory frameworks, investment opportunities, cutting-edge technologies, and more, with many of the leading speakers from the industry. Portugal is undergoing a flurry of activity around medical cannabis reform and new legislation and plays a key role in the expanding market making this conference meaningful if you’re considering Portugal or the surrounding area for your new business.
As one of the premier gatherings of innovative cannabis entrepreneurs and serious investors in North America, the Cannabis Capital Conference takes place from Feb. 24-25 in Miami, Florida at the striking and contemporary Fontainebleau Hotel. This conference gives attendees seamless interaction and the ability to find funding opportunities that will help build the future of the billion-dollar cannabis industry.
On the 12th of March, hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors will attend the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC), in Barcelona, Spain. This year, the ICBC has collaborated with Spannabis, which is one of the world’s biggest cannabis trade shows, to bring this premier B2B event to fruition. There will be representatives from over 60 countries in attendance to network and learn about the many opportunities that the cannabis and CBD industries have to offer.
As part of the World Cannabis Conferences, Spannabis, one of the biggest cannabis conferences in the world, will be held for the eighth time. The conference will be held on March 13 in Barcelona, Spain and will present scientific, medical, and political content to an international audience. There will be dozens of keynote speakers and hundreds of exhibitors across four grand halls at the Cornellà Auditorium.
A sister conference of CannaTech Davos, the Tel Aviv edition is the most attended cannabis conference in the Middle East. Israel is world-renowned for its innovation in technology and there are hundreds of cannabis-focused startup companies expected to exhibit at this year’s event. CannaTech Tel Aviv will showcase new technologies, researchers, scientists, influences, and other industry professionals over March 30-31.
Germany is the largest economy in the European Union and will be a hub for Europe’s cannabis and CBD industry moving forward. From April 1-3, representatives of 70 different countries will attend the largest B2B cannabis event in Europe that will present unique insight on policy, advocacy, new products, technologies, and will facilitate meaningful networking opportunities.
If you’re considering a new cannabis cultivation-focused business, then the CannaGrow Expo, April 17-18, would be an excellent event to attend. Taking place in Chicago, Illinois, CannaGrow is the premier event dedicated to the science and art of cannabis cultivation, extraction, grow-op management, and more.
From April 23-25, one of the premier cannabis events will take place in Toronto, Canada. O’Cannobiz will present insights from the Canadian cannabis industry, covering a number of topics including policy and regulations, marketing, growth and cultivation, health and wellness, cannabis science, business management, emerging trends, and more.
No other technology ecosystem on the planet compares to Silicon Valley. The home of the biggest tech companies in the world is hosting its first-ever major cannabis technology summit: CannTech. The Summit will present the world’s most advanced cannabis technologies while bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry executives. The highlight will be CannTech’s pitch competition that will award a lucky startup with a grand prize of $30,000.
One of the biggest B2B trade show events for the legalized and regulated cannabis industry is the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo, which takes place three times per year. The New York edition, on May 28-30, will cover a broad range of subject matter relevant for dispensary owners and entrepreneurs, growers and cultivators, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, regulators, and legal counsel. Moreover, there will be hundreds of exhibitors with new products and new techniques to teach.
This is the flagship event of the Cannabis Europa series and will take place in London, England on June 1-2, 2020. With over 1,200 European experts expected to attend this year, attendees can expect to learn about the politics, business, science, and culture of the cannabis industry in Europe. Dozens of keynote speakers will provide the latest news and data from the European industry while discussing challenges that this unique market faces in the future.
Since 2016, Mary Jane Berlin has been one of Germany’s leading cannabis expos and festivals. From the 12-14 of June, 30,000 visitors will attend Mary Jane Berlin to see over 300 international exhibitors, 35,000 products, and hear from hundreds of keynote speakers. There will also be a number of cultural events, live concerts, food stalls, and educational sessions on using cannabis and hemp as food, cosmetics, as a building material, medicine, and more.
Seattle Hempfest is one of the largest cannabis events in the world and will be celebrating its 28th year of activity, August 16-18 in Seattle, Washington. This year’s Hempfest will have celebrations over 3 stages with hundreds of speakers, music, and 400 food, arts, crafts, information, and product vendors. If you are in the Pacific Northwest, this is an event that you should plan to attend.
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