Cannabis Events Calendar: The Top-Five Must-See Marijuana Conferences, Events, and Trade Shows Coming This March
Cannabis Cultivation Conference
Oakland, March 12-14
Hosted by the Cannabis Business Times, the Cannabis Cultivation Conference in Oakland is an education and business management event for cultivators. The event is billed as “for cultivators, by cultivators” with an advisory board that claims some of the best cultivators in the sector today, including Leif Abel, the co-founder of Greatland Ganja. It is an event designed to help cultivators grow their business through education and the development of better business practices.
The exhibit hall will have some of the best-known cultivation companies in the cannabis industry, including, Advanced Nutrients, AG Gas, and Americover. Participants will have the opportunity to network and learn about the latest in cultivation techniques and technology. At the same time, event-goers will learn important lessons about running their cultivation business from the ground-up.
The two-day event has a host of speakers and breakout sessions to help any cultivation business grow. Session topics include “Optimizing Nutrients in Commercial Grows,” “Environmental Sustainability and the Cannabis Industry,” and “Expanding Your Business/Brand: Interstate Expansion.” It is this year’s event for those in the cultivation sector.
Registration Fees: Full Conference Registration $450 (Early), $595 (Full); Group Registration $400 (Early), $545 (Full); Trade Show Only Registration $275 (Early), $350 (Full)
Cannabis At Work
Edmonton, March 13-14
With cannabis moving out of the shadows and into the mainstream, the industry is eagerly looking for its next generation of career professionals. Cannabis At Work is Canada’s go-to organization for recruitment and training in the marijuana sector. With recruitment services, online industry training, and even workplace impairment training, Cannabis At Work is helping to turn legal weed into a lifelong career for up-and-coming professionals.
The two-day Cannabis At Work Conference, held in Edmonton at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel on March 13 and 14 tackles the issue of managing medical marijuana in the workplace. As medical cannabis becomes more acceptable as a form of treatment, organizations require specialized knowledge of the subject, including workplace policy and case law. On top of that, employers now need to know how to weave in the issues of recreational cannabis.
Day one of the conference looks to hold a host of breakout sessions, with informative topics such as “Demystifying Medical Cannabis” and “Legal Update on Cannabis in the Workplace.” The day includes a talk with MedReleaf Corp. Director of Human Resources Jason Fleming. On day two, participants are invited to take part in a Master Class (space is limited) where they will have the opportunity to evaluate and update their workplace drug and alcohol policies.
Registration Fees: Day One - Regular $275/Early Bird $225; Day One and Two - Regular $650/Early Bird $570
Tel Aviv, March 19-20
An all-encompassing live event, CannaTech brings together players from every sector of the cannabis industry to talk, share ideas, and discuss the future of marijuana. Industry leaders representing the fields of science, finance, medicine, government, technology, cultivation and more will be in attendance. The event is an opportunity for industry insiders to network, negotiate, and make deals.
This year’s flagship event is held in Tel Aviv, Israel for two days from March 19 to March 20 and looks to focus on new opportunities in the area of medical cannabis. The speaker list is a who’s who of thought leaders from the marijuana sector, including Neil Closner, CEO of MedReleaf and Chuck Rifici, Chairman and CEO of Wheaton Income. In total, the conference boasts representatives from over 40 countries.
The two-day event will have two stages, with two different tracks that cover every sector in the industry. Participants looking for something a little extra can come a day early and take the CannTech Master Class series. Options for the class include the Plant Science and Medicine class and the iCAN and Tress Capital Master Class Investor Series.
Registration Fees: CannaTech Israel $750; CannaTech Israel VIP $1,750; CannaTech Israel plus Master Class $850
California Cannabis Industry Association 3rd Annual Policy Conference
Sacramento, March 20
The California Cannabis Industry Association is a marijuana advocacy group at the state and local level in California that works to better the social, economic, and legal environment. Their 3rd Annual Policy Conference is a one-day event designed for stakeholders in the area and beyond to discuss topics related to cannabis in the state. The all-day event includes workshops, networking opportunities, and an evening reception.
Only one day, the conference is still packed with a full schedule that includes a host of speakers and workshops. The morning begins with a welcome from Kristi Knoblich Palmer, President of the California Cannabis Industry Association and follows with an overview of California’s cannabis industry from Lindsay Robinson, the Association’s Executive Director. The event’s highlight is a keynote address from Lori Ajax, Chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control.
The workshops for the day are plentiful and include topics of interest to California and the larger cannabis industry. Some topics of note include “Insurance in the Cannabis Industry,” “Workforce Relations,” and “Cultivation & Environmental Impacts.” It all ends with a networking reception in the evening.
Registration Fees: CCIA Conference Registration $300
Hempcon - Heart of Nature Music Festival
Santa Rosa, March 24-26
A music festival at heart, Hempcon’s Heart of Nature event is also one of the largest medical marijuana conferences to happen this year, dedicated to those who benefit from the use of medical marijuana. Held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California, the event will host a slew of exhibits as well as seminars and speakers. The event is billed as being both fun and educational.
Hempcon’s Heart of Nature event will include exhibits from medical marijuana dispensaries as well as collectives. Participants can seek out caregivers, evaluation services, legal services, and educational institutions. As the event is only for those 18 years of age and older, doctors will also be available for evaluations.
In addition to the exhibits and the music, there will also be a whole host of educational seminars from some the top industry leaders in the medical marijuana sector. Patients in need can also speak with advocates and attorneys if necessary. The three-day hopes to help those already using medical marijuana and to teach those looking to learn more about it.
Registration Fees: Tickets sold at the door