This year, the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, NV will be held from November 15th through the 17th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The first convention was held in 2012 as the first national trade show for the industry. Over the past several years, as marijuana has gained more acceptance and legality for medical use, as well as for recreational use in many states, the convention has grown. Each year, they have seed larger turnouts with the executives and the exhibitors, and the shows from 2013 through 2016 all sold out.
The Spring 2017 Show Was a Success
The conference is held twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. The May 2017 show had visitors from all 50 states and countries around the world. In all, there were around 3,500 attendees including those who were running dispensaries and recreational retailers, those who made infused products, mid to large wholesale growers, tech companies, legal services representatives, and many more.
November is set to be a much larger show, bringing in far more attendees and more exhibitors. In fact, there should be around 650 exhibitors at the expo and around 14,000 attendees. It will be some of the most exciting and enlightening days in the industry, as we get to learn about new advancements, innovative technologies, and more. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the things that will be happening in November.
What Does the Fall Show Bring?
On the 14th, there will be several preconference workshops held including the Marijuana Business Cash Course, the Business of Hemp Forum, and the MJBizCon Science Symposium.
The floor of the convention center will be jam-packed with exhibitors including Ideal Harvest, Jade Systems, Agency THC, Lennox Industries, Big Sky Packaging, Black Dog LED, and more. With all the various exhibitors on the floor, there will be plenty of interesting stops for those who are in attendance. The exhibitors will be there for the duration of the conference.
One the first day of the conference, there will be many speakers and programs that touch on a range of areas in the industry.
On the 15th, the first program of the day is Industry Insights: Data, Trends & Forecasts with Chris Walsh. Walsh is the vice president of editorial and strategic development for Marijuana Business Daily.
Following the first talk and starting at 9:45AM is Big Thinking: Innovation & Success Strategies from Amazon, Apple, and Tesla with George Blankenship. This should prove to be a popular program, as it helps those who are in this burgeoning field learn from companies that have mastered innovation and marketing. Blankenship is a former executive from Tesla Motors, Apple, and Gap, so he is speaking with a vast amount of experience in this area.
Another interesting talk begins right after at 10:45AM. Jeanne Sullivan will present Opportunity & Irrational Exuberance: What the Cannabis Industry Can Learn from the Dot-Com Boom and Bust. Again, this should be a very interesting discussion, as those who are in this industry do not want to follow the same mistakes as so many during the dot-com period. Jeanne Sullivan is the cofounder and chief inspiration officer of StarVest Partners, Sullivan Adventures.
From Nixon to Trump: Marijuana and the Presidency begins at 11:15AM, and the speaker will be Kenneth T. Walsh. This will provide some information on how officials in the current administration are trying to oppose marijuana legalization and how they are attempting to make it a part of the new culture war. It also delves into the history of marijuana in politics, as well as in culture and business. Walsh is someone who knows this area well, as he is the Chief White House Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report.
On Thursday, November 16th, there are many different types of programs running simultaneously. They cover a range of different areas including retail, infused products, cultivation, industry insights, investing and funding, the business of cannabis, taxes, and even special programs for those from Canada. The programs run through most of the day, and those who attend need to make sure they are aware of which programs they want to attend so they can get there on time.
Some of the talks being given on Thursday for cultivation include Applying Big Ag Techniques to Cannabis Cultivation by Dan Gustafik, Staying Small & Competing in the Ade of Big Grows by Matt Sampson, Brooke Sinclair, Siobhan D. Darwish, and Amy Andrle, and Maximizing Production in Your Cultivation Facility by Sam Thoman.
Retail sessions include Packaging Considerations: Choosing the Right Materials & Machinery by Keren Sookne and Jim Chrzan, Retail Tutorial: Boosting Dispensary Revenues Through Patient & Physician Education by Chanda Macias, and Retail Data Download: Stats, Trends & Analysis by Chris Mitchem, Bryan Hill, Eli McVey, and Pete Kadens.
These are just a few of the many wonderful options available for the second day of the conference, and Day 3 has even more in store.
Extraction sessions for Day 3 include Scaling Your Extraction Business: Costs, Processes & Technology by Andy Joseph and Ron Gershoni, and Extraction Deep Dive: Supercritical Carbon Dioxide & Product Pipelines by Mark June-Wells.
Tax and legal programs includes Law & Order: Legal Update & Trends by Adam S. Fayne, Henry Wykowski, and Alyssa B. Samuel, along with Deep Dive: Regulation and Compliance Tips & Tactics by Robert Morgan and Emily Leongini.
The industry insight sessions include Tapping the New $4B California Market with Morgan Paxhia, An-Chi Tsou, Amanda Reiman, Graceila Castillo-Krings, and Lori Ajax, along with Exclusive Research Results: Types of Cannabis Consumers & How to Effectively Target them by Ana Hory.
In addition, each of the days offers networking lunches and other networking opportunities. Those who are in the industry know that this is the premiere conference each year, and it is one that should not be missed. It is the ideal place to learn more about the industry and to get involved.