There are tons and tons of marijuana events out there these days. But not all of them are created equal. Many events are just glorified bong flea markets or claim to have ‘experts’ in speaking or in attendance, but when you look at the names you don’t recognize any of them. The people behind this website have been to more marijuana events than most, and below are some events that we vouch for. It includes industry events, entertainment events, and reform events:
Jan 28-30: Virginia Cannabis Conference - REFORM: Legalization activists from NORML and SSDP, as well as families seeking access to medical cannabis, meet annually to discuss legislative strategy, learn the latest cannabis science, and hear from experts from states with medical and legal marijuana.
Jan 31-Feb 1: NCIA Seed to Sale Show (Denver) - INDUSTRY: This National Cannabis Industry Association show was ranked the best b2b expo by Denver’s The Cannabist.
Feb 15-16: Cannabis Collaborative Conference (Portland) - INDUSTRY: The third annual industry event for the Pacific Northwest features a business expo and informative panels and keynotes.
Feb 16-17: International Cannabis Business Conference – San Francisco - INDUSTRY: The longest-running cannabis business conference in California has the perfect blend of industry insiders, business networking, and entertaining after-parties.
Mar 10-12: Spannabis - INDUSTRY: Europe’s largest pro-cannabis festival features the continent’s best growers, information on European cannabis laws, and efforts to end prohibition.
Apr 11-12: International Cannabis Business Conference – Berlin - INDUSTRY: The ICBC’s second international exhibition goes overseas for the first time, featuring the cannabis industry experts from Europe and North America, leading European reform advocates, and the best after-party in Germany!
May 6: Global Cannabis March (cities worldwide) - REFORM: Over 300 cities worldwide participate in the Global Cannabis March on the first Saturday in May. Many a marijuana activist’s career (including our own “Radical” Russ) began by networking with fellow reformers at the Global Cannabis March.
May 18-20: Patients Out of Time Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics (Berkeley) - REFORM: The premiere conference for those seeking the latest scientific, medical, and legislative information on the use of cannabis as medicine.
Jun 12-14: NCIA Cannabis Business Summit and Expo (Oakland) - INDUSTRY: NCIA’s summer b2b event in Oakland brings together the top leaders in the West Coast cannabis industry for informative sessions and business expo.
Aug 18-20: Seattle Hempfest - REFORM: The largest continuously-running political protest and celebration in the world! The Seattle Hempfest is three days in 1.6 miles of waterfront park with six stages of music, hundreds of vendors, and about 150,000 attendees smoking legal marijuana with no hassle from police.
Sep 16-17: Boston Freedom Rally - REFORM: The East Coast’s largest hempfest has been ongoing a couple of years longer than Seattle’s and draws about 50,000 people to the Boston Common for two stages of music and scores of vendors.
Oct 11-14: DPA International Reform Conference (Atlanta) - REFORM: The biennial Reform Conference held by Drug Policy Alliance covers the broad scope of drug law reform beyond just marijuana legalization and features the top experts in the world and panelists and attendees from all inhabited continents.