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2021 Cannabis-Industry Events Guide

After a complete wipeout in 2020 due to Covid-19, cannabis-industry conferences and festivals have been making a comeback in 2021.  

However, people have begun to test positive for Covid after attending events. Many people openly share joints as if the Delta variant was not spreading like a Western wildfire.

The events listed below are subject to change. When the first in-person events began happening in March and as more Americans were vaccinated, a plethora of events were and continue to be announced. It’s unclear how many events have acted as spreaders. CHAMPS in Las Vegas (July 27-29) boasted 19k attendance, and some who were there tested positive. The same goes for several attendees of the Chem Comp in New York on July 31.

With new indoor regulations going into effect in various states and cities, planners and producers need to reconsider the size and scope of their events, making further safety precautions or even postponing once again and taking events back online. We'll let readers know as best as we can which events require vaccinations and which don't. 

Here's a list of scheduled events and events that have already occurred in 2021:

 

2021 Events  

The Stone Age - New York 10/1-11/30

According to the website, this immersive event is a "multi-faceted, sensorial journey... exploring the unique connections between plant medicine, creativity, awareness, arousal and more." Read our review here.

 

MJBizCon - Las Vegas 10/19-22

Photo by Joe Gurreri

The cannabis industry's biggest convention draws 30,000 attendees and more than a thousand exhibitors. Their 2020 event was postponed and moved to a virtual format. MJBizCon is 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. According to the website, "Attendance is exclusive to cannabis retail and brand executives with the title manager and accredited investors." On October 21, the Blues Brothers will perform at the House of Blues, which is part of the resort. 

 

High Times Cannabis Cup - Massachusetts 10/24; Nevada 12/19

Image via Cannabis Cup

High Times' live Cup event returned in Arizona in August and Oklahoma in September. Their next event is in Massachusetts in October. The newest wrinkle is People's Choice awards where consumers purchase judge's kits or competing products at participarting stores. 

 

USA CBD Expo - Chicago 10/28-30; Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3/11-12/22; Medellín, Colombia 5/21-22/22

This mega-show at McCormick Place will have hundreds of exhibitors, plus panel discussions featuring industry experts like Dr. Mary Clifton and Tara "Misu" Sargente. Their previous event was in Atlanta in June. 

 

Tokes 'N' Treats - Eugene, OR 10/31

via Tokes ’N’ Treats

The Motet is headling this Halloween concert at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene. Get a passport, visit the nine participating dispensaries and win a free ticket. 

 

The State of Cannabis - Los Angeles-area 11/4-5 CANCELLED

This California event is returning in November. Cannabis will be the focus on the opening day and psychedelics on the second. Attendees take a field trip to West Hollywood on the final day. There will also be a masquerade ball.

 

Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo - New York 11/4-6

CWCBExpo at Javits Center in New York

The CWCBE's flagship event at New York's Javits Convention Center is scheduled for November 4-6. CWC's other events in Boston and Los Angeles have yet to be rescheduled. 

 

25th Anniversary of Prop 215 Celebration - San Francisco 11/5

Join California NORML in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the passage of medical-marijuana initiative Prop 215 at The General Residence at Ft. Mason.

 

Lucky Leaf Expo - Houston 11/5-6; Albuquerque 2/25-26/22; Detroit 3/25-26/22; Richmond, VA 11/11-12/22

The Texas-based event is exanding to neighboring states like Oklahoma (September) and New Mexico (February 2022). They were in Oklahoma City in September and will in Houston in November.

 

Florida Cannabis Festival - Mt. Dora, FL 11/6-7

via Florida Cannabis Festival

The Pennsylvania Cannabis Fesitval is expanding to other states, like Florida. This event at Renninger's Twin Markets will have plenty of music, including Space Kamp, Mendo Dope and The Kushness.

 

Meet Delic - Las Vegas 11/6-7

This two-day psychedelics event at Area15 features panels, keynotes and music by Sporeganic and more. 

 

Wonderland - Miami 11/8-9

Top experts, researchers and industry leaders will discuss the latest developments and innovations in the psychedelics industry at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. 

 

Hemp Grower Conference - Orlando, FL 11/8-10

This hemp/CBD event will take place at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando in November.

 

RAD Expo - Seattle 11/9-10

RAD is back. This Retail and Dispensary Expo produce by Marijuana Venture magazine will take place at the Seattle Airport Marriott.

 

Cannabis Drinks Expo - San Franciso 11/11; Chicago 11/15

Hosted by the Beverage Trade Network, this expo shines a spotlight on the skyrocketing legal cannabis market with a major focus on beverages. Their NorCal event will take place at South San Francisco Conference Center. The Illinois event is at Midwest Conference Center in Northlake,

 

Black CannaConference & Expo - New Orleans 11/18-20

Sponsored by Black CannaBusiness magazine, this event will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions with industry experts discussing cannabis business opportunities, innovative industry solutions, social equity and professional development for those seeking a career in cannabis.

 

Lift & Co. Expo - Toronto 11/18-21

This Canadian event in Toronto has been moved from July to November.

 

CannaCon - Virgina Beach 11/19-20; ; New York 1/7-8/22

Based in Seattle, CannaCon is expanding East and South. They're already held shows thie year in Oklahoma City (May 27-28), Detroit (June 25-26) and Chicago (August 6-7). Next CannaCons are scheduled for Virgina Beach (November) and New York (January 2022).

 

The Grow Up Conference & Expo - Niagara Falla, ON 11/30-12/2; Victoria, BC 6/20-22/22

Scotia Bank Convention Center will host this three-day featuring "top growers, suppliers, manufacturers, extraction equipment/services, hundreds of top speakers/keynotes and thousands of delegates together to bring you up-to-date on proven methods, innovations and technology," accoring to the website.

 

NECANN - Chicago 12/4-5; Tulsa, OK 4/23-24/22; Brooklyn, NY 5/14-15; Burlington, VT 6/11-12/2022 

What NECANN started in Boston has expanded to events all over the country. They held shows in Boston in September and Atlantic City and Portland, Maine in October. Other upcoming events include Chicago, Tulsa and Burlington, Vermont. They also hosted BeanCon in Orange, MA in June.

 

Hall of Flowers - Palm Springs, CA 12/8-9

After taking place in San Francisco and Santa Rosa, this California event expanded to Palm Springs for 2020, but that event was canceled. The Santa Rosa event was rescheduled for September (vaccinations were not required) and Palm Springs for December.

 

Emerald Cup - Los Angeles 12/11-12

The popular Northern California judging contest is going South to Los Angeles in December. In April, awards were handed out by B-RealZiggy MarleyMelissa Etheridge, Michael Franti, Abdullah Saeed and many more. Check out the winners here.

 

NCIA Cannabis Businesss Events - San Francisco 12/15-17

via NCIA

The NCIA's Midwest Cannabis Business Conference at the TCF Center in Detroit in September featured keynotes by former Lions Calvin Johnson Jr. and Rob Sims. Vaccinations were not required. Their flagship event, the Cannabis Business Summit & Expo, takes place at Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco in December.  

 

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of CelebStoner.com, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.