2021 Cannabis-Industry Events Guide

White Label CBD & Hemp Expo - Las Vegas 9/1-2

This two-day event at the Las Vegas Convention Center is the "biggest gathering of CBD products sellers and hemp-related resellers," accroding to the website.


Southern Hemp Expo - Raleigh, NC 9/2-4

The same people who produce the NoCo Hemp Expo in Denver also have a Southern event. This year it will take place in Raleigh.


Great line-up: Cypress Hill and Method Man & Redman at the Cultivators Cup

Cultivators Cup - Somerset, MA 9/3-4

This judging contest/music festival is co-produced by Solar Cannabis, the Massachusetts retailor and cultivator that recently drew the ire of Sacha Baron Cohen for using his Borat image on a billboard. The second day will feature a Cypress Hill/Method Man & Redman doubleheader. 


Cannabis Science Conference - Baltimore 9/13-15

Specializing in analytical science, medical cannabis, cultivation and hemp, this event has expanded from its original Portland, Oregon base to Baltimore (September) and Long Beach (February 2002).


Weedstock 2021 - Townsend, DE 9/17-18  

Delaware NORML continued their push for adult use in the medical-marijuana state with this traditonal rally-style camping fest featuring speakers, vendors and bands.


Boston Freedom Rally - Boston 9/18 


The Freedom Rally dates back to the early '90s when all cannabis use was illegal in Massachusetts. Thanks to activist events like this one, the laws have changed dramatically in the Bay State over the years. It's a one-day event on the Boston Common rather three days a few years ago. This year, due to Covid, there was a smaller than usual crowd. Immortal Technique was the headliner.


NJ Insider Fall Conference- Carteret, NJ 9/23 

A full day of keynotes and panels at the Carteret Performing Arts Center featured Dianna Houenou, Ed DeVeaux, Tara Sargente, Ngiste Abebe, Jessica Gonzalez, Leo Bridgewater, Ken Wolski, Laury Lucien, Rob Meija and more. 

The New York Cannabis Arts & Music Festival
 - New Lisbon, NY 9/24-26 

This Upstate New York camping event featured a full slate of local bands, plus the New York State Growers Cup and plenty of vendors.


Farm Aid 2021 - Hartford, CT 9/25  

Founded in 1985 by Willie Nelson, Farm Aid returned after year off. Hartford's Xfinity Theatre hostest the longrunning event that benefits America's small farmers. The usual cast - Nelson, Dave Matthews and John Mellancamp - were joined by Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lukas Nelson and more. Neil Young sat this one out due to Covid concerns.


Women in Cannabis Expo - Reno, NV 9/27-29 

This canna-women event was rescheduled to Reno, Nevada in September.


CHAMPS Trade Show - Denver 9/28-29 

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From Las Vegas to Atlantic City, CHAMPS is one of the top cannabis B2Bs. They returned to Orlando in March, Las Vegas in July, Atlantic City in August and Denver in September. The AC show was impacted by Hurricane Ida. The show required attendees to wear masks.


The Business of Cannabis- New York, NY 9/29 

Prohibition Partners teamed up with The Business of Cannabis on this exclusive New York event for upcoming players in the new legal market.


Meadowlands - Navarro, CA 9/30-10/3 

This unique outdoor NorCal retreat in Mendocino County went digital last year but was back in person at Camp Navarro in September/October.


ExpoWeed - Mexico City 10/1-3

It's a good time for this Mexico City event at Expo Reformer. Mexico is on the verge of regulating and taxing marijuana. There was much to discuss.


Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival - Kutztown, PA 10/2-3 

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Held at Renninger's Farmers Market in Kutztown, this two-day outdoor event takes place twice year. Their April event drew than 20,000 people, including Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. Fetterman participated in a panel discussion moderated by CelebStoner's Steve Bloom at the October event.


Great American Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival - Madison, WI 10/3

One of the longest running cannabis events in the country, dating back to the '70s, the fest begzan at 11 am on State Street Mall with speakers and bands. At 4 pm, the crowd marched to the Capitol. 


International Cannabis Business Conference
 - Barcelona 10/7

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ICBC returned to Europe in 2021, first to Berlin and Zurich and then to Barcelona in October. Their first-time ICBC Austin took place on May 6.


The Jack Herer 2nd Annual Golf Tournament - Littleton, CO 10/8

Who knew that the tireless hemp activist Jack Herer was into golf too. But it's true. The tourney fees at Arrowehead Golf Club raised funds for the  Jack Herer Foundation.


Spannabis - Barcelona 10/8-10

Europe's largest marijuana event attracts 35,000 attendees. It's a seed buyer's paradise. Smokers have congregated in Barcelona each March for Spannabis since 2002. The 2021 event was moved to October.


NY Harvest Festival & Freedom Fair - Afton, NY 10/8-10

New York's long-running cannabis fest returned in 2021. The event, which included bands, vendors and a judging contest, took place at the Echo Lake Resort in Upstate New York.


Cannabis Grand Rounds Conference - online 10/10

Grand rounds are formal presentations of clinicals issues. Dr. Ethan Russo and Drs. Jessica and Rachel Knox and others spoke  at this online event where professionals received one CME unit for attending.


Mondo NYC - hybrid 10/12-15

This music industry event featured four cannabis-related panels on Ocotber 15. 


Real Cannabis Entrepreneur Conference - Newark, NJ 10/15-16

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This two-day event at the Rennaisance Hotel in Newark featured canna-experts like Tara Sargente, Rico Lamitte, Robert Tankson, David Paleschuck, Dasheeda Dawson, Kim B and more.


Fantastic Fungi Global Summit - online 10/15-17

Hosted by the director of Fantastic Fungi, Louie Schwartzberg, this three-day digital event featured more than 40 experts in the field of psychedelic drugs, including Dr. Andrew Weil, Rick Doblin, Michael Pollan and Paul Stamets.


NYS Cannabis Expo & Conference - Albany, NY 10/17

Legislators in Albany, New York State's capitol, passed cannabis legalization in March. This event at the Albany Capital Centre is focused on helping New Yorkers to break inot the state's nascent legal industry. Speakers have yet to be announced.


MJBizCon - Las Vegas 10/19-22

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The cannabis industry's biggest convention drew more than 20,000 attendees and had up to a thousand exhibitors. Their 2020 event was postponed and moved to a virtual format. MJBizCon returning to the Las Vegas Convention Center in October.


MJ Unpacked - Las Vegas 10/21-22

This first-event at the Mandaley Bay Resort & Casino was "exclusive to cannabis retail and brand executives with the title manager and accredited investors." On October 21, the Blues Brothers performed at the House of Blues, which is part of the resort. 


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