DoubleBlind launch event, LA. Photo credit: Harlee Case
Photo credit: Harlee Case
Are you experienced? Or have you ever wanted to become part of the cannabis/hemp/psychedelic experience? If only I had this list of interesting experiences earlier, I might have saved some time and money! When I was a young lad, I followed the Grateful Dead around the country. It didn’t matter where I was on the bus, the Grateful Dead was going to be there (wherever there was…) sooner or later. The same holds true for these industry expositions and experiences. Most recently, I was in California for a conversation amongst weed-heads close to San Francisco, in Mill Valley. In a couple of days, I’ll be attending the yearly event simply known as the Emerald Cup and earlier this year I attended Hall of Flowers. If you knew me as an executive assistant, you’d wonder if this was the same person. I got to follow my dreams! A list of this nature goes a long way towards experiencing the scene as an insider — the higher level, not the recreational level, but a place a bit higher up the food chain. This isn’t the liquor business. There are no secret codes to find enlightenment. Success? Ha! That takes time. But, how is this done? You just require an open mind, because cannabis demands it! Be real!
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CannaGrow — April 17 & 18: The 10th CannaGrow Expo, the ultimate event dedicated to the art and science of growing cannabis, is coming to Chicago, Illinois, featuring more than 25 cultivation-focused educational sessions led by world-class growers over two action-packed days, endless networking with cultivators from around the globe, and a 115+ vendor expo hall packed with the latest tools & technology for growing and extracting cannabis. “A big difference between CannaGrow Expo and other industry events is our focus on quality in-depth education for cannabis producers. Many conferences review industry basics or pitch products and services, but CannaGrow provides education that supports the leading growers, breeders, and manufacturers,” says Jessi Rae, COO of CannaConnections, producers of CannaGrow, DispensaryNext and Science of Cannabis Summit. “Patent your genetics. Explore cutting-edge cultivation and extraction techniques. Expand local operations to serve a global market. That’s how you maintain product integrity and elevate the craft of cannabis cultivation.” The CannaGrow Expo is open to all, 18+, and is intended for cannabis growers, grow managers, extractors, and grow enthusiasts to explore the latest cannabis cultivation technology, tools, and techniques. Pass prices range from $69 – $500. Hosted at the
Marriott Marquis Chicago. Up next: Cultivation Week 2020 & The 11th CannaGrow Expo November 9 – 13, 2020 in Palm Springs, CA. Reserve a booth.
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NoCo Hemp Expo — March 27 & 28: More than a conference – NoCo Hemp Expo is an experience. It’s the world’s most comprehensive hemp exposition and trade show. ”We couldn’t be more excited for the 7th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo as all aspects of the hemp industry supply chain converge in Denver at the National Western Complex for three days of collaboration, communication, cooperation and education,” says Morris Beegle, Co-Founder & President of WAFBA (We Are For Better Alternatives). “Join us as we solidify the foundation of a new planet-changing industry.” This is the perfect agriculture-inspired setting designed specifically for manufacturers, producers, retail and wholesale buyers, sellers, farmers and others involved in sales and marketing of hemp-related products. With up to 20,000 attendees, 200,000 square feet of event space and 400 exhibitors, it’s at NoCo7 where everyone will come together to positively impact our future. Oh, and be sure to check out Winter Hemp Summit in January and Southern Hemp Expo in September.
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DoubleBlind — Next year, much-buzzed-about psychedelic magazine DoubleBlind will begin hosting events, from Los Angeles to New York. They’ll range from a Psychedelic Seder (yes, you read that right) with the Disco Dining Club to an immersive show with Redhouse Productions, featuring live art, VR installations, and a meditation lounge for grounding and communing. “For us, DoubleBlind was never just a media company—it was a way to start meaningful dialogue about healing, and to build a community of people who care about plant medicines,” says Shelby Hartman, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of DoubleBlind. “We’re so excited to begin hosting events as a mechanism for doing that.” DoubleBlind is a biannual print magazine (pre-order issue 02) and digital media company at the forefront of the rapidly growing psychedelic movement. With contributors around the globe, DoubleBlind covers stories from South America’s ayahuasca tourism industry to the Silicon Valley microdosing trend and the groundbreaking research at leading universities. At the core of DoubleBlind’s reporting are some of the most important issues of our time: the depression epidemic, the corporatization of medicine, and the aching people feel for spirituality or some other collective sense of meaning—all presented in visually compelling, rigorous long-form features, poetry, art, and photo essays. In 2020, DoubleBlind debuts events, transforming these potent topics into community engagements for psychonauts and the psychecurious.
Farechild, an all-inclusive event production and marketing platform for the emerging cannabis industry and beyond, is the newest venture from James Zachodni and David Tran. “The plant has been connecting people for a long time. Its very nature is about inclusivity, community, and sharing,” says Tran. “As founders of Dope Magazine, we have been fortunate to create some of the most impactful events in the cannabis industry—events that created opportunities for cannabis consumers and businesses to align and grow together. Building Farechild allows us to continue to be in the center of the cannabis universe, empowering an amazing ecosystem.” If you’re attending MJBizCon this month, check out the very first Farechild produced “Dream House” presented by Dutchie. Farechild, and its partners (Lady Jays, Kalvara, Hollister Cannabis Co to name a few) will host guests in an elaborate 10,000sf space just a stone’s throw from the famous Las Vegas Strip. Guests will be transported to a world of eccentric opulence as they peruse the many different rooms of the “Dream House.” Activations include a grand-bar in the foyer, a king’s table adorned with delicacies in the dining-hall, unforgettable photo-ops, and an outdoor courtyard where guests will be able to experience a once-in-a-lifetime activity that will be sure to leave them on a high.
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PsyTech — March 29 & 30. “The future of medical care will expand beyond traditional pharmaceuticals, and cannabis, as well as psychedelic treatments, will give patients access to a wider range of treatments,” says Saul Kaye, iCAN founder and CEO. “PsyTech will lead the way in research, education and innovation in psychedelic medicine, building a global ecosystem to support better treatment and access for patients who can benefit from better treatment options.” PsyTech will bring together scientists, innovators, regulators, investors, and advocates from around the world to expand minds to the potential of psychedelic medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) — San Francisco, California (February 6-7), Barcelona, Spain (March 12), Berlin, Germany (April 1-3), Bern, Switzerland (May 13-14), Vancouver, British Columbia (September). No other event series on the planet combines cannabis policy, industry, and networking opportunities like the ICBC. ICBC events are attended by entrepreneurs and policymakers from over 60 nations. “The International Cannabis Business Conference series has contributed to countless successful and lucrative business partnerships that have helped create and shape the landscape of the global cannabis ecosystem. After successful runs in Canada and the U.S., many of my colleagues questioned my decision to bring the event to Europe,” says Alex Rogers, CEO and Executive Producer ICBC. “This skepticism was abruptly quelled as Europe rapidly became the world’s most prominent emerging market.”
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Meet Delic— May 2 & 3: “Meet Delic is the first ever psychedelic wellness summit designed to educate while entertaining a mainstream audience at an award winning venue in the heart of Hollywood,” says Jackee Stang, Delic Corp Founder and Creative Director. Meet Delic brings together leading minds in wellness education and psychedelic sciences at Wisdome.la, an immersive entertainment art park. You’ll gain practical information about the latest in psychedelic wellness and dive into a world of fun while learning and interacting with some of the most engaging visionaries of our time. Psychedelic wellness is for everyone.
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CannaTech — CannaTech Davos (Jan 20-24) & CannaTech Tel Aviv (March 29-31). Davos 2020 will highlight the economic role of cannabis in the future of healthcare, international trade and investment, and environmental and resource security. “As cannabis takes its place on the international stage, it clearly plays a role in many of the initiatives at the core of the World Economic Forum,” says Saul Kaye, iCAN founder and CEO. “From impacting the future of healthcare, international trade, and investment, to playing a part in the global need for environmental and resource security – cannabis as a medicine and a commodity has a huge role to play in shaping the future of our world.” Then, there’s CannaTech’s Flagship event in Tel Aviv. It’s a next-level medical cannabis conference bringing together industry titans, change agents, and thought leaders to discover, connect, and accelerate medical cannabis innovation. With dynamic networking events, speakers from every sector of the industry, and pitches by up-and-coming medical cannabis entrepreneurs, CannaTech offers a unique platform to propel cannabis medicine into the future.
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High End Creatives — Events for 2020 include a collaboration with West Elm, LA Pride, Museum of Latin American Art, Hall of Flowers, and many more exclusive experiences. High End Creatives is a minority, women led creative agency, based in Los Angeles and Miami specializing in strategic multimedia and experiential marketing. “We’re really excited for 2020, as brands that have been able to weather legalization are now entering into a new, mainstream playing field. We have a full calendar of exciting, interactive events planned with new musical, artistic and educational partners that will be premiering their presence in the industry,” says Valery Sepúlveda, High End Creatives Co-founder. “Some events will be open to the public, but others will be strictly coveted and invite only. Our main objective for 2020 is to reach the masses via educational, creative and never before done experiential activations. Both myself and co-founder Dane Diseth will especially be driven to community build by aligning with key decision makers, talent and brands that will ultimately change policy in coming years.”
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Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo (CWCBExpo) — New York City (May 28-30), Los Angeles (September 16-17), Boston (October 21-22). CWCBExpo is a business-to-business trade show and conference for the legalized cannabis and hemp industry. It’s held three times a year in the largest business, financial, and media markets. It’s a 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. The CWCBExpo New York educational program will be an unmatched learning experience providing conference delegates with market specific information as well as current trends, science, and information to navigate this ever-evolving industry. “CWCBExpo New York has moved upstairs to the third level of the Javits and we expect it to be the premier East Coast event for the latest information, resources and business connections for the cannabis industry,” said Greg Marco, President, Leading Edge Expositions, producers of CWCBExpo