2023 is shaping up to be another action-packed year in the cannabis industry with yet more states launching legal marijuana markets.
New York and Connecticut are the latest states to launch legal cannabis sales, with Maryland and Missouri set to follow later this year.
Even though inflation has taken a heavy toll on businesses and consumers, the cannabis industry has proven itself to be resilient. Unsurprisingly, competition to receive cannabusiness licenses is fierce, and those businesses already operating in the legal marijuana space need to be at the top of their game to survive.
The best way, as a cannabis entrepreneur, to maintain or sharpen an edge on competitors and forge new partnerships is to attend and get involved at marijuana industry events.
That’s where the latest technologies and innovations are exhibited, and where bumper deals are struck. They are also the perfect opportunity for marijuana business owners to showcase their brand and learn from others.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of the major cannabis industry events taking place throughout 2023 for you to add to your calendar.
Before heading off though, make sure to read our tips on getting the most out of your marijuana conference ticket.
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
After establishing itself as one of the preeminent marijuana business conferences in the Eastern and Midwest, CannaCon is expanding into South and Western states with expos in Long Beach, Albuquerque, Biloxi and Oklahoma City.
CannaCon features hundreds of exhibitors covering the full range of cannabis offerings, from cutting-edge cultivation technology to extraction innovations. As well as this, marijuana business representatives from education, financial, retail and legal sectors will be there showcasing ancillary services to marijuana businesses.
February 8-11: Las Vegas
May 9-11: Atlantic City
June 6-8: Chicago
Styling itself as the “premier counterculture B2B expo since 1999,” CHAMPS has gained a foothold as one of the most lucrative marijuana business trade shows.
Expect more than 2,000 booths with left-field leaders of the marijuana industry; vape and smoke shops entrepreneurs, glassblowers, online marketers and cannabis influencers, and other pioneers of 420 counterculture.
November 28- December 1: Las Vegas
The largest cannabis expo in the calendar, MJBizCon will open its doors to 35,000 attendees, 1,400 exhibitors, and 180 speakers across 280,000 square feet of floor space at the Convention Center in Las Vegas.
There will be four distinct categories of businesses on show; cultivation products and services, processing, packaging and lab services, retail and dispensary, and business services. This is one not to be missed.
March 2-3: San Juan, Puerto Rico
May 3-4: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
June 28-29: Cincinnati, Ohio
October 26-27: Kansas City, Missouri
November 30- December 1: Las Vegas
CannaTech is the go-to event for all marijuana technology across the supply chain. This is where the latest IT infrastructure and software services, cultivation technologies, and manufacturing processes will be on display, as well as dozens of seminars on cultivation techniques, licensing, and cannabis banking.
If your marijuana business is in need of an update, CannaTech is the place to be.
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 boasts a packed schedule in 2023 of B2B marijuana conferences with cultivators, processors, wholesalers, retailers, attorneys, journalists, and accountants, among many other cannabis industry professionals.
Lucky Leaf isn’t just for industry veterans though. Prior to each expo, there is a crash course for budding marijuana entrepreneurs on the cannabis supply chain with a focus on launching a successful cannabusiness.