In some countries, just the word “cannabis” or “marijuana” is considered taboo. But in a growing number of places, the people’s freedom to use cannabis is celebrated. In fact, various conventions and expos are held around the world in honor of marijuana.
There are conventions and conferences where major players in the cannabis industry from different parts of the world get to meet, build business networks, and learn from each other. And when we say major players, we are talking about professional cannabis producers, investors, scientific and medical experts, innovators, and legal experts. These events are also a venue for cannabis companies to showcase and promote their cannabis products and technologies.
Then there are the less formal trade fairs and expos where people get to see what’s new, celebrate the progressive changes, and just have some fun with other supporters of the marijuana movement.
What are the biggest cannabis conventions and other cannabis events across the globe?
Cannafest (Prague, Czech Republic)
Cannafest is an international trade show centered on the cannabis and medical herbs industry. It is considered the biggest cannabis fair not just in Europe but in the world and is currently on its 8th year. Held for five days in November at the PVA Expo in Prague-Letnany in the Czech Republic, the event will give visitors an interesting array of expositions by exhibitors from all over the globe. Experts will be on hand to discuss about marijuana culture, the legal aspects, cultivation technology, seeds, fertilizers, and everything pertaining to cannabis and medical herbs. You will also see a wide display of cannabis and hemp products, from smoking accessories, to cosmetics, to clothes, to food.
MJBizCon (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
The Marijuana Business Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, allows you to meet serious players in the cannabis industry. Now on its 6th annual run, MJBizCon is, by far, the biggest, longest-running, and most respected event for the cannabis industry in the United States. Listen to more than a hundred speakers talk about a wide range of cannabis-related topics, connect with more than 10,000 cannabis business leaders and investors, and check out more than 600 exhibitors.
Spannabis (Barcelona, Spain)
Spannabis is one of Europe’s oldest professional conferences. Now on its 13th year, this Spanish cannabis event features a unique forum of scientific, medicinal, national, and international businesses and individuals. The event draws tens of thousands of attendees from all over the world.
O’ Cannabiz Conference & Expo (Toronto, Canada)
The O’ Cannabiz Conference & Expo in Toronto, Canada brings together experts in the field to discuss practical investment opportunities in the rapidly growing international cannabis industry. The expo showcases cutting-edge cannabis technologies, products, services, and practices, and features an impressive lineup of speakers.
Cultiva Hanfmesse (Vienna, Austria)
Now on its 10th annual run, the Cultiva Hanfmesse in Vienna, Austria, is a gathering of cannabis experts and specialists in Europe. The conference highlights various activities and talks about the industry in general, the medical field, the legislative framework, and other important issues surrounding cannabis. There will also be a fair that features a wide selection of exhibitors, as well as a live music festival.
ExpoGrow (Ficoba, Spain)
ExpoGrow is one of the biggest events centered on cannabis culture. There will be different trade shows and exhibits spread out in four pavilions. These exhibits showcase seeds, paraphernalia, fertilizers, and other products related to cannabis cultivation and production. The exhibition will surely attract businesses, experts and professionals, and even individual marijuana users. Now in its 5th edition, ExpoGrow in Ficoba, Spain will also feature a V Social and International Cannabis Forum with speakers and experts discussing cannabis normalization in a global platform. There will also be a concert and a wide variety of activities.
Cannabis Cup (multiple cities)
The Cannabis Cup is considered to be one of the world’s premiere cannabis events. Organizers have been putting on the Cannabis Cup in various venues, including Jamaica and Amsterdam, for decades now. The Cannabis Cup boasts a state fair atmosphere and is open to cannabis growers, extractors, branders, producers, and dispensaries that want to display their products. There are outdoor smoking areas for people who are legally qualified to smoke weed, and there are lots of speeches, art, shows, exhibits, and products for everyone to enjoy.
Cannabis Liberation Day (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Already on its 9th year, the Cannabis Liberation Day is a free event held at Flevopark in Amsterdam, which is considered the “greenest” park in the Netherlands’ capital city. This event celebrates the international hemp and cannabis culture and features speakers from around the world, as well as music and entertainment, a wide array of exhibitors, and a cannabis university.
Stepping High Festival (Negril, Jamaica)
This event in Jamaica has been taking place every year since 2003 and is the longest-running cannabis festival in the Caribbean. For 11 years, it has been held underground and relied on “word-of-word.” But now, the organizers can already take advantage of the recent global cannabis reforms. Cannabis farmers, entrepreneurs, and supporters can now come together in Negril to celebrate cannabis every March and enjoy exhibits, parties, and music.
Hoping to see you in at least one of these conferences!