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34 Cannabis events you should attend in 2024

April 19, 2024

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The cannabis industry continues to flourish, with sweeping changes across North America and beyond. As of writing this article, all of Canada, 24 states in America, and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational cannabis use. Conversely, only 11 states still ban cannabis completely. 

This number is dropping rapidly. 

In fact, Ohio, Minnesota, and Delaware all voted to legalize recreational cannabis use in 2023.

It can be hard to keep track of the rapid changes in legalization. There are many regulatory hurdles, especially relating to the need to maintain your cannabis growers’ or dispensary license. 

Cannabis security planning and compliance is another major consideration. From needing to provide a sitemap detailing security, to ensuring the various locations are properly set up for video monitoring, compliance regulations are tedious, evolving quickly and may vary from state-to-state, or county-to-county.

One of the best things you can do to monitor these growing opportunities is attend a cannabis conference in 2024. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the cannabis events annually since 2022.

To see our cannabis events 2023 list, click here.

What is a cannabis conference?

A cannabis conference is an event where people from across the cannabis sector come together to discuss the rapid growth of the legal cannabis market. Exhibitors and attendees include cultivators, dispensaries, and all the companies that service the industry. 

What is it like at a cannabis convention?

We polled some of our event marketers and sales staff to hear exactly what it is like at cannabis events. The most common word was “excitement.” That excitement stems from this opportunity to build businesses in a completely new industry. 

Here’s how Tyler Spence, the Cannabis Team Lead at Solink, put it: 

“There are a lot of young people at cannabis conferences. They see this new industry as a way to use their entrepreneurial skills to start a business and are really excited to learn about this growing market.”

Why should you attend a cannabis expo?

Cultivators and extraction operators looking to sell products and retailers looking for products to market will get a lot out of attending cannabis conferences.

You’ll find all the products and services both cultivators and dispensaries need to manage their business, from grow lights and sensors to the security solutions offered by Solink. 

If you do not currently own a cannabis company but are looking to get into the market, you’ll find helpful contacts willing to walk you through the entire process. You will also be able to get a clear understanding of the financial investment needed, the regulatory requirements, and more.

Looking to better benchmark your cannabis business? Read our helpful guide to cannabis dispensary metrics.

Do cannabis and CBD industries host different events?

Sometimes CBD events and cannabis events are separate, but most events have a mix of the two, as well as those exhibiting medical products and MIPs. It is important to read the descriptions of the conferences. The list below has both CBD expos and cannabis expos. Be sure to explore the events’ websites before committing to attending a convention.

Where are cannabis industry conferences usually held?

Cannabis conventions are held across North America. However, there are more events found in locations that have historical ties to the fight for cannabis legalization (e.g., British Columbia in Canada and California and Colorado in America). 

In addition, you find a lot of events in the traditional conference cities (Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and New York City). These events are usually held at the same venue every year, including MJBizCon, which is the Super Bowl of cannabis conferences.

Finally, in 2024, cannabis seems to be heading to the beaches! Following the post-pandemic trend from other industries, cannabis events are increasingly taking place in warm destinations like South Florida as they can attract a lot more attendees looking to mix business with pleasure.

List of cannabis events in 2024

Here is a list of every cannabis event in 2024. (If you are the host of an event and don’t see it on this list, please contact us, to have it added.) 

January
2024

Event: Lift Vancouver

When: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC

Where: 12-13 January

About: Lift Vancouver is a premier cannabis industry conference, showcasing the latest innovations and trends. Vancouver, known for its vibrant culture and stunning waterfront, provides an ideal backdrop at the acclaimed Vancouver Convention Centre, renowned for its modern design and sustainable practices.

February
2024

Event: Champs Trade Shows

When: 14-17 February

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, LV, NV 

About: Champs Trade Shows in Las Vegas is a leading event for the cannabis industry, featuring a diverse range of exhibitors and products. Las Vegas, famous for its entertainment and hospitality, hosts this event at the Las Vegas Convention Center, a hub of global business events.

Event: Lift San Francisco

When: 23-23 February

Where: SVN West, San Francisco, CA

About:  Lift San Francisco offers a unique platform for cannabis professionals to connect and learn. San Francisco, renowned for its innovation and dynamic culture, presents this event at SVN West, a historic venue known for its architectural beauty and tech-savvy facilities.

March
2024

Event: Hall of Flowers Ventura

When: 13-14 March

Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds 

About: Hall of Flowers Ventura is a notable event focusing on cannabis brands and networking. The event takes place in Ventura, a city celebrated for its beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, known for hosting diverse large-scale events.

Event: NECANN Boston

When: 22-23 March

Where: Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

About: NECANN Boston is a key gathering for cannabis industry stakeholders, offering a wide range of exhibits and sessions. Boston, rich in history and culture, provides an engaging setting at the Hynes Convention Center, situated in the heart of the city known for its accessibility and state-of-the-art facilities.

April
2024

Event: The Emerald Conference

When: 1-3 April

Where: Loews Coronado Bay, San Diego, CA

About: The Emerald Conference is renowned for its focus on science and technology in the cannabis industry. Set in San Diego, a city celebrated for its beautiful coastline and vibrant culture, this conference takes place at the picturesque Loews Coronado Bay, offering stunning views and top-notch facilities.

Event: CannaCon OKC

When: 5-6 April

Where: OKC Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK

About: CannaCon OKC is a leading cannabis industry event, known for its comprehensive trade show and networking opportunities. Held in Oklahoma City, a locale famous for its rich heritage and lively atmosphere, the event is hosted at the OKC Convention Center, a state-of-the-art venue in the city’s heart.

Event: MJ Unpacked

When: 9-11 April

Where: Hard Rock Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ

About: MJ Unpacked in Atlantic City is a unique event focusing on cannabis brand and retail strategies. Atlantic City, known for its iconic boardwalk and vibrant casino scene, provides a dynamic setting at the Hard Rock Hotel, a venue synonymous with entertainment and luxury.

Event: Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference

When: 16-17 April

Where: The Diplomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL

About: The Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference stands out for its focus on cannabis finance and investment. Located in Hollywood, Florida, known for its gorgeous beaches and scenic beauty, the conference is hosted at The Diplomat Beach Resort, renowned for its elegant ambiance and first-class amenities.

Event: National Cannabis Festival

When: 19-20 April

Where: RFK Campus, Washington, D.C.

About: The National Cannabis Festival is celebrated for its cultural and educational impact on the cannabis community. Taking place in Washington D.C., a city steeped in history and political significance, the event is held at the RFK Campus, known for its expansive outdoor spaces and historical importance.

Event: Lucky Leaf Minneapolis 

When: 26-27 April

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN

About: Lucky Leaf Minneapolis is a prominent event in the Midwest cannabis market, offering insights into industry trends and innovations. Minneapolis, renowned for its vibrant arts scene and beautiful riverfront, hosts this event at the Minneapolis Convention Center, a facility known for its modern architecture and sustainable practices.

May
2024

Event: NECANN Maryland

When: 3-4 May

Where: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD

About: NECANN Maryland is a significant event for cannabis industry networking and innovation. Baltimore, known for its rich history and vibrant harbor, hosts this event at the Baltimore Convention Center, a premier venue for major events in the region.

Event: Cannabis Science Conference

When: 7-9 May

Where: Kansas City Marriott Downtown, KC, MO

About: The Cannabis Science Conference focuses on the scientific and medical aspects of cannabis. Held in Kansas City, a city celebrated for its jazz heritage and barbecue, the event takes place at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, a venue known for its elegant charm and central location.

Event: Champs Trade Shows

When: 7-9 May

Where: Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ

About: Champs Trade Shows in Atlantic City is a leading cannabis industry event, renowned for its diverse exhibits and networking opportunities. The event is set in Atlantic City, famous for its casinos and beaches, and takes place at the Atlantic City Convention Center, known for its spacious and modern facilities.

Event: CannMed 24 

When: 12-15 May

Where: JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Marco Island, FL

About: CannMed 24 is celebrated for its focus on cannabis medicine and science. Marco Island, known for its stunning beaches and luxury resorts, hosts this event at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, offering a breathtaking beachfront setting.

Event: CannaCon Albuquerque

When: 17-18 May

Where: Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM

About: CannaCon Albuquerque is a key event for cannabis business and cultivation insights. Albuquerque, famous for its rich cultural heritage and scenic landscapes, hosts this event at the Albuquerque Convention Center, a venue known for its modern amenities and expansive space.

Event: Grow Up Toronto

When: 27-29 May

Where: Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre, Toronto, CA

About: Grow Up Toronto focuses on cannabis cultivation and business strategies. Toronto, a diverse and dynamic city, hosts this event at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre, known for its convenient location and comprehensive facilities.

Event: NECANN Illinois

When: 30 May-1 June

Where: Schaumburg Convention Center, Chicago, IL

About: NECANN Illinois is a premier event for the Midwest cannabis community, offering a platform for industry networking and knowledge sharing. Located in the Chicago area, known for its vibrant culture and architecture, the event is held at the Schaumburg Convention Center, a top-tier venue for conventions and expos.

June
2024

Event: Hall of Flowers Toronto

When: 4-5 June

Where: Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON

About: Hall of Flowers Toronto is a leading cannabis trade show, showcasing the latest in industry trends and products. Hosted in Toronto, a city known for its cultural vibrancy and diversity, the event takes place at Exhibition Place, a historic site known for its stunning waterfront views.

Event: CWCB Expo

When: 5-6 June

Where: Javits Convention Center, NYC, NY

About: The CWCB Expo in New York City is a major cannabis business conference, known for its comprehensive programming and networking opportunities. NYC, a global hub of culture and business, hosts this event at the Javits Convention Center, renowned for its large-scale, state-of-the-art facilities.

Event: NECANN Vermont

When: 14-15 June

Where: Champlain Valley Expo

About: NECANN Vermont is a key event for the New England cannabis community, focusing on industry developments and networking. Held in the scenic Champlain Valley, the event takes place at the Champlain Valley Expo, known for its picturesque setting and versatile event spaces.

Event: CannaCon Rochester

When: 20-21 June

Where: Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, NY

About: CannaCon Rochester is an important event for cannabis industry professionals in the Northeast, offering diverse exhibits and networking. Rochester, known for its rich history and cultural offerings, hosts this event at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, a venue celebrated for its prime location and excellent amenities.

Event: Lift Toronto

When: June 2024

Where: TBD, Toronto, CA

About: Lift Toronto is a flagship event in the cannabis industry, known for its comprehensive coverage of market trends and innovations. Toronto, a bustling and diverse metropolis, will host this event at a to-be-determined venue, ensuring a top-tier experience for attendees.

July
2024

Event: Stargazer Cannabis Festival

When: 26-28 July

Where: Wisteria Event Site, Pomeroy, OH

About: Stargazer is a three-day outdoor retreat and celebration of cannabis culture near picturesque Hocking Hills, at Wisteria Event Site in Pomeroy, OH. Set on over 80 acres of breathtaking natural beauty, the event features a cannabis farmers market, educational workshops, top music acts, and social/networking opportunities. Whether you are a casual consumer or operator in the cannabis space, Stargazer offers something for you or your company. 

August
2024

Event: CannaCon St. Paul

When: 16-17 August

Where: Saint Paul River Center, St. Paul, NM

About: CannaCon St. Paul is a premier event in the Midwest, focusing on the latest trends and innovations in cannabis. St. Paul, known for its rich history and cultural landmarks, hosts this event at the Saint Paul River Center, celebrated for its scenic riverfront location and modern facilities.

September
2024

Event: NECANN New Jersey

When: 6-7 September

Where: Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ

About: NECANN New Jersey is a key cannabis industry event on the East Coast, featuring a wide range of exhibitors and speakers. Atlantic City, famed for its entertainment and beachfront, hosts this event at the Atlantic City Convention Center, known for its spacious, state-of-the-art facilities.

Event: NECANN Michigan

When: 20-21 September

Where: Devos Place, Grand Rapids, MI

About: NECANN Michigan is a leading event for cannabis professionals in the Great Lakes region, offering networking and educational opportunities. Grand Rapids, celebrated for its vibrant arts scene and breweries, hosts this event at Devos Place, a top-notch convention center in the heart of the city.

Event: Lucky Leaf Albuquerque

When: 27-28 September

Where: Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM

About: Lucky Leaf Albuquerque is an essential event for cannabis industry insights in the Southwest. Albuquerque, known for its unique cultural blend and stunning landscapes, hosts this event at the Albuquerque Convention Center, a venue famed for its modern amenities and expansive spaces.

Event: Hall of Flowers Santa Rosa

When: 27-28 September

Where: Sonoma County Fairgrounds

About: Hall of Flowers Santa Rosa is a notable event for cannabis brands and networking in Northern California. The event is held in Santa Rosa, renowned for its wineries and natural beauty, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, known for hosting diverse, large-scale events.

Event: Grow Up Alberta

When: 29 September-1 October

Where: Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton, AB

About: Grow Up Alberta focuses on cannabis cultivation and industry trends. Edmonton, known for its vibrant cultural scene and festivals, hosts this event at the Edmonton Convention Centre, a facility celebrated for its stunning river valley views and sustainable design.

October
2024

Event: CannaCon Cleveland

When: 3-4 October

Where: Huntington Convention Center, Cleveland, OH 

About: CannaCon Cleveland is a significant event in the Great Lakes cannabis market, showcasing industry leaders and innovations. Cleveland, known for its rich musical history and arts, hosts this event at the Huntington Convention Center, a modern venue in the city’s downtown.

Event: NECANN Connecticut

When: 4-5 October

Where: XL Center, Hartford, CT

About: NECANN Connecticut is a pivotal event for the New England cannabis community, offering a platform for industry growth and networking. Hartford, rich in history and cultural heritage, hosts this event at the XL Center, a venue known for its central location and versatile event spaces.

Event: NECANN New York

When: 25-26 October

Where: NYS Fairgrounds – Center Of Progress Building, Syracuse, NY

About: NECANN New York is a key gathering for cannabis industry stakeholders in the Northeast, featuring a variety of exhibits and sessions. Syracuse, known for its educational institutions and cultural richness, hosts this event at the NYS Fairgrounds, a venue famous for its large-scale events and historical significance.

November
2024

No cannabis events scheduled for November 2024 have been found yet. Please reach out if you are hosting a cannabis conference in November 2024.

December
2024

Event: MJBizCon

When: 3-6 December

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, LV, NV

About: MJBizCon in Las Vegas is the largest cannabis business conference globally, renowned for its comprehensive exhibits and networking opportunities. Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, hosts this event at the Las Vegas Convention Center, a hub of global business events known for its expansive, state-of-the-art facilities.

Summary

Cannabis events are a great place to make strong connections within the cannabis community. We hope to see you at one of the events we’re attending in 2024. 

If you can’t wait until the next cannabis expo to get your security needs met, sign up for a demo today.

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