2017 Calendar of American cannabis events and competitions

With cannabis legalisation gathering momentum across the USA, this year there are more cannabis events, competitions and expos than ever before. With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which to attend, so here we’ve outlined a few of the more important ones to look out for.

Indo Expo Denver, Jan 28-29th

Massive cannabis trade show in Colorado’s Mile High City with seminars, workshops, demonstrations, more than 200 exhibitors, thousands of attendees. Indoor, outdoor, greenhouse, production, processing and retail show.
https://indoexpo.com/

CannaCon Seattle, Feb 16-18

Creating a greener future for a global marketplace in education, horticulture, packaging, genetics and cannabis businesses, this is a trade show for innovators, educators, entrepreneurs and novices alike! Featuring vendors, exhibitors, seminars, keynote speakers and much more!

https://cannacon.org/seattle/

High Times Las Vegas Cannabis Cup, March 4-5

The first ever High Times Las Vegas Cannabis Cup will celebrate Nevada’s recent legalisation of recreational cannabis, featuring Ludacris, Chief Keef and B-Real playing live on the Saturday and J Boog performing on the Sunday. There will be a live grow room with High Times experts Danny Danko and Nico Escondido, a cannabis career fair, edibles village, topical massage spa, vape lounge, expert panels and seminars, demonstrations, exhibitors, vendors and more.

https://www.cannabiscup.com/las-vegas

HempFest Canada Edmonton, March 11-12th

The HempFest Cannabis Expo will provide an environment for business pioneers, patients, consumers, entrepreneurs, local leaders and job-seekers to come and learn more about this fast-growing industry. The expo will feature talks and presentations from top professionals and experts, with a wide range of exhibitors showcasing products and services including dispensaries, licensed producers, manufacturers, health providers and many more.
http://www.hempfestcanada.com/show-time

Las Vegas Hempfest, Apr 1

Featuring live music from Insane Clown Posse, Kottonmouth Kings, Bone, Thugs & Harmony, Sons of NWA and over 25 more bands performing, plus vendors, exhibitors, demonstrations and the Las Vegas Hemp Fest’s Grower’s Cup 2017, a competition searching for Nevada’s finest growers, bakers and producers, judged by the patients and the people at a private and exclusive event held on March 18-19th. /VjXLZ/

Cannabis Cultivation Conference, Mar 20-22

A conference in Oakland CA developed by cultivators for cultivators, it’s a meeting place for industry innovators and the brightest minds in cannabis cultivation to get together. Features speakers, presentations and seminars drawn from noted industry professionals.

http://www.cannabisconference.com/

CannaGrow Expo, Mar 25-26

This expo in Reno, Nevada is intended for growers, managers, dispensary owners and grow enthusiasts to explore the latest cannabis cultivation technology and techniques. As well as over 100 exhibitors and vendors, CannaGrow features 25 cultivation-focused educational sessions led by world-class growers.
https://cannagrowexpo.com/

CannaCon Santa Rosa, Apr 21-23

Creating a greener future for a global marketplace in education, horticulture, packaging, genetics and cannabis businesses, this is a trade show for innovators, educators, entrepreneurs and novices alike! Featuring vendors, exhibitors, seminars, keynote speakers and much more!
https://cannacon.org/santa-rosa/

Hempcon San Francisco/420 Freedom Fest, Apr 21-23

Hempcon San Francisco is a medical marijuana show catering to patients, with live music performances, plenty of exhibitors and vendors including dispensaries, caregivers, legal services, manufacturers, educational exhibits and much more. Also features a full weekend of seminars and presentations by industry leaders, advocates and attorneys.

http://www.420freedomfest.com/

High Times So-Cal Cannabis Cup, Apr 21-23

This live cannabis experience will be a celebration of California’s recent legalisation of recreational cannabis, featuring a live grow room with High Times experts Danny Danko and Nico Escondido, a cannabis career fair, edibles village, topical massage spa, vape lounge, expert panels and seminars, demonstrations, exhibitors, vendors and more.

https://www.cannabiscup.com/socal

Global Marijuana March, May 6

Also known as the Million Marijuana March, World Cannabis Day, Cannabis Liberation Day, this annual rally celebrates cannabis culture with marches, meetings, concerts and festivals attended by hundreds of thousands of people in over 829 cites across 72 countries worldwide since 1999.

https://www.facebook.com/GlobalMarihuanaMarch/

Marijuana Business Conference & Expo, May 16-19

America’s oldest and largest cannabis trade show returns to Washington DC this spring for another conference and expo featuring over 250 exhibitors and vendors from across the industry. The conference features speakers from inside the industry and deals with subjects ranging from cannabis business to cultivation and extraction to regulation and much more besides.

https://mjbizconference.com/

Lift Expo Toronto, May 26-28

Canada’s largest cannabis event, Lift expo brings together thousands of attendees and over 100 exhibitors including licensed producers, dispensaries, seed banks, manufacturers, medical clinics and more. Lift Expo features a conference with three full days of presentations and panel discussions covering a wide range of topics.
http://liftexpo.ca

High Times Nor Cal Cannabis Cup, June 3-4

Set in the heart of growing country, this live cannabis experience will be a celebration of California’s recent legalisation of recreational marijuana, featuring a live grow room with High Times experts Danny Danko and Nico Escondido, a cannabis careers fair, edibles village, topical massage spa, vape lounge, expert panels and seminars, demonstrations, exhibitors, vendors and more.

https://www.cannabiscup.com/norcal

Cannabis Business Summit & Expo, June 12-14

Organised by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), this Oakland, California expo is the largest cannabis industry association trade show in the US and brings together top industry professionals. Over three days of networking and education via seminars, presentations and panel dicussions, industry leaders, entrepreneurs and newcomers will learn best practices and gain knowledge on emerging topics and policy issues.
http://www.cannabisbusinesssummit.com/oakland-2017/

High Times Midwest Medical Cannabis Cup, June 24-25

This event for medical patients only will feature a live grow room with High Times experts Danny Danko and Nico Escondido, a cannabis careers fair for job opportunities, top chefs working in the edibles village, a relaxing topical massage spa, vape lounge, expert panels and seminars, demonstrations, exhibitors, vendors and more.
https://www.cannabiscup.com/clio-michigan/

International Canna Pro Expo, June 24-26

This medical cannabis conference held in Philadelphia features industry and medical professionals providing education on the scientific findings, legal and historical aspects, and recommendations regarding to therapeutic cannabis. Panels will discuss subjects ranging from the medical cannabis industry of the future to the latest scientific breakthroughs.

https://internationalcannaproexpo.com/

Chalice Cup California, July 7-9

Annual cannabis concentrate competition organised by Hitman Glass, Chalice Festival has become a reference for the newly emerging ‘dab culture‘, which as well as the competition with categories for concentrates, edibles, and flowers also features live glassblowing demonstrations from top glass artists, extract artists demonstrating the atest technology and innovations, live music, exhibitors and vendors.
https://www.chalicecalifornia.com/

Indo Expo Portland, 5-6 Aug

With it’s ideal location on the west coast, and now that both medical and recreational cannabis are legal in Oregon, Portland is the perfect place for a dedicated trade & B2B (Business to Business) show, pulling in over 4,000 attendees and 250 exhibitors from up and down the western seaboard, including leading seed banks, producers, growers, processors and many other companies. Saturday is industry only while Sunday’s show is open to the general public.

https://indoexpo.com/portland/

Cannafest Canada, Aug 10-12

A three day festival of cannabis and classic rock music held in Grand Forks BC and attended by over 8,000 enthusiasts, featuring vendors, exhibitors, live music and the 2017 edition will introduce a new educational section with seminars etc.

https://cannafest.ca/

Seattle Hemp Fest, Aug 18-20

2017 marks the 25th annual Seattle Hemp Fest, the largest annual cannabis policy reform event in the world, and this year the free 3-day waterfront event will be bigger and better than ever, with live music, Ric Smith Memorial Hemposium featuring press conferences, panel discussions and keynote speakers as well as 400 exhibitors/vendors of arts, crafts, food and educational information.

https://www.hempfest.org/

Cannabis Science Conference, Aug 28-30 Portland OR

This historic event held in Portland, Oregon is the world’s largest cannabis science expo and pulls together industry experts, manufacturers, laboratories, research scientists, medical practitioners, policy makers and interested novices. Aimed at improving cannabis science, the conference features keynote speeches, presentations, panel discussions and exhibits dealing with everything from cultivation, extraction, sample preparation, analytical testing, edibles, manufacturing and more.
https://www.cannabisscienceconference.com/

High Times Rhode Island Cannabis Cup, Sep 9-10

New England’s biggest cannabis event features a live grow room with High Times experts Danny Danko and Nico Escondido, a cannabis careers fair for job opportunities, top chefs working in the edibles village, a relaxing topical massage spa, vape lounge, expert panels and seminars, demonstrations, exhibitors, vendors and more.
https://www.cannabiscup.com/rhode-island/

Boston Freedom Rally & Hempfest, September

Since 1989 the annual Freedom Rally has been one of the largest organised pro-cannabis events in the country, with guests coming from all around the country in a peaceful call for legalisation. The festival features live music, educational information, vendors and food.
http://masscann.org/rally/

Hempfest Canada Calgary, Sep 30 – Oct 1st

The HempFest Cannabis Expo will provide an environment for business pioneers, patients, consumers, entrepreneurs, local leaders and job-seekers to come and learn more about this fast-growing industry. The expo will feature talks and presentations from top professionals and experts, with a wide range of exhibitors showcasing products and services including dispensaries, licensed producers, manufacturers, health providers and many more.
https://www.hempfestcalgary.com/

Emerald Cup, December (dates tbc)

Called ‘The Academy Awards of the cannabis industry‘ by Rolling Stone magazine, it’s no exaggeration to say that The Emerald Cup is the most prestigious cannabis competition in the US, and wih every year it grows larger and more exciting. Focussed on organic, outdoor grown cannabis and with competitors drawn mainly from the ‘Emerald Triangle’; the three Californian counties of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity, The Emerald Cup is a celebration of all that makes Northern Californian cannabis culture so special and integral to the global movement. Hundreds of vendors and exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees enjoy good vibes, live music performances, seminars, panels and much more.
https://theemeraldcup.com/
We?ll be updating this post if, and when we have further events, dates and places confirmed? Stay tuned for more!

February 22, 2017 | News and Events
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