2020 Cannabis Conferences

As legal cannabis markets grow, so do opportunities for expos, events and conferences, and in 2020 the Midwest will get some time in the cannabis conference spotlight.

 

As well as conferences in new adult-use states of Illinois and Michigan, the Democratic National Committee in Milwaukee will bring national cannabis advocates to Wisconsin.

 

We’ve gathered together a list of hemp and cannabis conferences, with a focus on the Midwest, worth putting on your 2020 calendar – and we’ll continue adding to the list when details of more events are released.

January 2020

Indo Expo Trade Show and Conference

25-26 January 2020, Denver

INDO Expo Trade Show is a cannabis and hemp event focused on business to business relationships. The event features 400 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees.

February 2020

WI Cannabis Expo

Wisconsin Cannabis Expo

Feb 8, Milwaukee, WI

This business-to-business and business-to-consumer, one-day expo will feature approximately 100 exhibitors and a variety of presentations from the leading experts in the cannabis, CBD, and hemp industry.

Cannabis Packaging Summit

Cannabis Packaging Summit

Feb 11-12, Anaheim, CA

A one-and-a-half-day summit exploring packaging challenges and opportunities facing cannabis manufacturers. Speakers will include legislative, regulatory, educational, technology and industry leaders. Networking sessions and tabletop exhibits will be a part of the agenda on both days.

March 2020

South by Southwest

South by Southwest

Mar 16-22, Austin, TX

This year’s South By Southwest fest features a cannabis track with topics on cannabis marketing, lessons from Canada, social equity and the war on drugs and a panel titled ‘The Future of the Cannabis Industry is Colored’ with Wanda James and Kelly Perez.

NOCO Hemp Expo

NoCo Hemp Expo

Mar 27 – 28, Denver, CO

The seventh annual hemp-focused expo expects 20,000 attendees including manufacturers, producers, retail and wholesale buyers, sellers, farmers and others involved in sales and marketing of hemp-related products.

April 2020

Hall of Flowers

Hall of Flowers

April 1-2, SoCal

Hall of Flowers is an industry-only, curated B2B trade show specifically designed to facilitate the trade of premium licensed cannabis products across flower, concentrate, edible, topical, and accessory categories. The show is the first of its kind to deliver an experience that elevates the cannabis industry to a new level of cultural significance.

CannaCon - Detroit

CannaCon Midwest

April 3-4, Detroit, MI

CannaCon returns to Detroit for the third year. The event is a one-stop shop, from cultivation supplies, the newest industry innovations, world class genetics, business and legal advice, retail displays, extraction technology, scientific and financial trends, marketing, branding and more.

CannaGrow Expo

Canna Grow Chicago

April 17-18, Chicago, IL

CannaGrow Chicago is focused on growers and cultivators. It will feature a selection of cultivation-focused educational sessions over two days, as well as networking opportunities and a vendor hall.

NECANN

Illinois Cannabis Convention

Apr 3-4 Chicago, IL

This convention will be one of the first expos to be held in Illinois after recreational legalization. Attendees will include cannabis growers, consumers and business cultivators across the region.

Women in Cannabis Summit

Women in Cannabis Summit

April 11, Burlington, VT

This one day summit is a full-day leadership and business conference taking place on the Burlington, Vermont waterfront. Programming topics will include social justice, brand building, raising capital, advocacy, sustainability, gender parity and more.

May 2020

CannaCon - Oklahoma City

CannaCon South

May 29-30, Oklahoma

With one of the largest number of medical cannabis licenses of any state, Oklahoma promises to be a cannabis market worth watching. CannaCon will provide an interactive gathering of like-minded professionals uniting leading pioneers and entrepreneurs with investors and experts discussing the latest industry developments.

Luxury Meets Cannabis

May 28, New York, NY

The third annual Luxury Meets Cannabis conference is a one-day, B2B event that brings retailers, global media, and investors together with leading luxury brands in the Cannabis space, and includes matchmaking events and product launches.

June 2020

July 2020

2020 DNC

Democratic National Convention

July 13-16, Milwaukee, WI

The biggest political event of the year will take place in Milwaukee in July. While the convention itself takes place in the Fiserv Forum, hundreds of political advocacy events will be taking place throughout the week, including events focused on cannabis reform and social justice.

CannaCon - Chicago

MidWest CannaCon

July 17-18, Chicago, IL

This event will provide an opportunity to see that state of the Illinois recreational industry six months into legalization. Attendees will include entrepreneurs, farmers, distributors, equipment specialists and more.

CBD Expo Tour Midwest

CBD Expo Midwest

July 26-27, Chicago, IL

Themes of this CBD focused expo include CBD Applications, Medical Advancements, and Industry Trends!. As well as exhibitors, presentations and panel discussions, the event includes cooking classes, workshops and CBD sales.

Cannabis Drinks Expo

Cannabis Drinks Expo

July 30, San Francisco, CA

Hosted by the Beverage Trade Network, this one-day expo focuses on the impact of legalized cannabis on the traditional alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks markets – from hemp-based sports drinks to cocktails that get you high. The Expo is designed for anyone involved in the development, production, distribution and retailing of cannabis and related products.

Cannabis Food Show - San Francisco

Cannabis Food Expo

July 31, San Francisco, CA

The day after the cannabis drinks expo is this new cannabis food expo. The exhibition will bring the food and cannabis industries together with a mission to grow the fast-emerging cannabis food category in its own right.

August 2020

Cannabis Drinks Expo - Chicago

Cannabis Drinks Expo Midwest

Aug 3, Northlake, IL

The sister event of the San Francisco show. This one-day expo focuses on cannabis and hemp beverages in the Midwest market. The Expo promises is designed for anyone involved in the development, production, distribution and retailing of cannabis and related products.

Cannabis Food Show - Chicago

Cannabis Food Expo Midwest

Aug 4, Northlake, IL

The day after the cannabis drinks expo is this new cannabis food expo. The exhibition will bring the food and cannabis industries together with a mission to grow the fast-emerging cannabis food category in its own right.

NCIA's Cannabis Business Summit Expo

Midwest Cannabis Expo

Aug 26-27, Detroit, MI

The inaugural Midwest Cannabis Business Conference aims to be the place for cannabis business executives, cultivators, and innovators seeking to immerse themselves in the new, booming Midwest market.

September 2020

Indo Expo - Chicago

Indo Expo Trade Show and Conference

26-27 September 2020, Chicago

Denver’s Indo Expo is heading to Chicago as another new Midwest cannabis conference. The first day will be B2B only, and the second day is open to the public.  

October 2020

CWCBExpo

Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo

October 21-22, Boston, MA

The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition is a business-to-business trade show event for the legalized cannabis industry. It is held 3 times per year in the largest media, financial, and business markets: New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. It is the leading forum for dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, legal counsel, and entrepreneurs looking to achieve business success and identify new areas of growth in this dynamic and fast-growing industry.

November 2020

December 2020

MJBizCon

December 16-18, Las Vegas, NV

The nation’s largest cannabis conference and exhibition returns to Las Vegas. Over 35,000 people and 400 exhibitors attended in 2019, and at this event, the after-parties are where the real networking gets done!