Over the last handful of years, the marijuana/cannabis business has become one of the fastest growing and most exciting areas of entrepreneurship in the parts of the world where its use has been legalized for either medicinal or recreational use. The last decade has seen a consistent easing up of marijuana laws in many places where it was once a criminal act to engage in the production of, sale and use of marijuana.
There was once a point in time where the Netherlands stood out as the one place where marijuana could be enjoyed on a recreational basis without the threat of possible arrest. The truth is, even in Amsterdam, where the consumption of marijuana has been a relatively legal activity for decades, production and distribution has continued to exist in a grey area.
Throughout the vast majority of the world, the recreational use of marijuana continued to be highly illegal and those caught in the possession of marijuana were subject to prosecution. For a number of years, it was nearly as difficult to find places on the map where a person could use marijuana for medicinal purposes.
The good news is that this all seems to be on the right track as far as change is concerned. In 2018, there are currently nine U.S. states in which adults can legally purchase and consume marijuana for recreational purposes. Forty-six of the 50 states in the U.S. also allow for some level of medical marijuana use for patients who have a prescription from their doctor.
Recent developments in places like Spain, where so-called cannabis clubs are popping up, are also cases that give the impression that the world is on the right track in terms of its marijuana policies. The battle is far from being won, but the developments of the last decade, particularly in the United States – once a major leader in the oppression of marijuana use – make for a very hopeful attitude for members of the marijuana community.
In light of this new marijuana tolerant world that has begun to arise, the opportunity for business ventures related to cannabis has never been more relevant. New marijuana and marijuana-related businesses are popping up on a constant basis, ranging from dispensaries to seed companies. There are companies that are producing edibles as well as companies producing different types of marijuana-related products such as CBD oils and topical creams.
Another phenomenon that is becoming more common in the United States, as well as in many other locations around the world, are the numerous marijuana business conferences that industry people can attend in order to keep up with the latest and greatest bits of news and entrepreneurial insight that they can use to help them grown their business endeavors. With this in mind, here are 10 of the best marijuana business conferences that are coming up for the remainder of 2018.
These Awesome Marijuana Business Conferences Cover A Wide Range Of Issues Related To The Marijuana Industry:
1. Medical Cannabis Pioneers Picnic – July 22, 2018, Cleveland, Ohio
This event is being put on by the Midwest CannaWomen and focuses on the medical side of the marijuana business. The event features speakers on numerous medicinal marijuana topics and marijuana business topics. There will also be featured vendors and a focus on some amazing nonprofit cannabis related organizations.
2. The NCIA Cannabis Business Summit & Expo – July 25-27, 2018 San Jose, California
This event is one of the top cannabis trade shows in the United States. The summit and expo offer entrepreneurs in the marijuana business some amazing opportunities to make networking contacts and pick up some great new marketing skills.
3. CannaCon – July 27-28, 2018 Boston, Massachusetts
CannaCon will be held in the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. This awesome marijuana industry conference is going to feature 35 different speakers from within the business and will also host 24 amazing seminars, plus much more.
4. U.S. Cannabis Conference & Expo – August 24-26, 2018 Miami, Florida and October 4-6, 2018 Phoenix, Arizona
The US. Cannabis Conference and Expo is a series of events that brings together some of the top people in the marijuana industry. Attendees will have the benefit of learning from some of the brightest minds in the industry and gain valuable insight into how the industry is quickly evolving.
5. Cannabis Industry Institute Infused Products Conference – August 27-28, 2018 Los Angeles, California
The Infused Products Conference is an awesome marijuana business conference that focused on the infused products side of the industry. This conference will focus on topics such as edibles, topicals, wax, tinctures and vaping among other areas. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge in the areas of manufacturing, science and business know-how.
6. Cannabis Science Conference – August 27-29, 2018 Portland, Oregon
This awesome marijuana business conference will be held in the amazing Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. The event is the world’s largest convention that focuses on the science behind the marijuana business and brings together a number of industry manufacturers, experts, and scientists as well as policymakers and medical practitioners.
7. Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition – September 26-29, 2018 Los Angeles, California and October 17-20, 2018 Boston, Massachusetts
This series of marijuana business expos is ideal for business owners who want to gain valuable networking connections while learning from the leading experts in the industry.
8. Cannatech – October 29-30, 2018 Sydney, Australia
This awesome international marijuana business conference will showcase amazing presentations from some of the top leaders in the industry today. Topics will range from the medical side of the business to international regulations and investment.
9. International Conference On Cannabis And Medicinal Research – November 15-16, 2018 Osaka, Japan
The International Conference on Cannabis and Medicinal Research is another awesome international marijuana business conference. The theme of this event will focus on the important research that is currently being done on the medicinal side of the marijuana industry.
10. Ark-La-Tex Cannabis Business Expo – December 12-13, 2018 Little Rock, Arkansas
Ths Ark-La-Tex Cannabis Business Expo will take place at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. This awesome conference focuses on the promotion of the benefits of medical and industrial cannabis in the business sector. The emphasis is on connecting businesses with each other.