Posted by Brittany Anas on June 19, 2017
Whether you’re new to growing or a gardening veteran, networking with green team members can be a boon for your hobby or business. And a conference is a perfect place to start.
While cannabis-centric conferences happen throughout the country, many are concentrated in the west, a region that has pioneered marijuana legalization. Case-in-joint, err point: A Cannabis Wedding Expo where floral crowns with marijuana buds in them and THC-laced cakes are on display or Fore Twenty Golf Tournaments which brings golf and cannabis lovers together.
Some can be pricey (albeit a great investment), but usually offer an “a la carte” route, customizing an agenda of panels and discussions that fit your goals.
We sifted through conference schedules to find the five greatest ones for growers.
What: The Cannabis Science Conference helps propel the science behind cannabis. Experts Research scientists, doctors, nurses and policymakers from around the world offer inspiration, methods, leadership, trends and more.
When: Aug. 28 – 30, 2017
Where: Portland, Oregon
Sample of panel titles: “Cannabis in Personalized Nutrition” and “Toxicity Studies of Pesticide Exposures in Cannabis Users.”
Cost: $40 to $400.
What: At America’s biggest (and oldest) marijuana trade show, you’ll find more than 14,000 cannabis leaders and innovators. Growers might want to plan around the “cultivation sessions.”
When: Nov. 14-17, 2017
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Sample of panel titles: No line-up confirmation yet, but last year’s panels included “Tips & Techniques: Insights from lead cultivators” and “Starting a Cannabis Grow: Costs and Key Considerations.”
Cost: All-access, early registration is $948. Access exhibits for $399.
What: The Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo is a business-to-business event that brings together industry experts and entrepreneurs.
When it is: Oct. 12 – 14, 2017
Where: Phoenix, Arizona
Sample of panel titles: The schedule for this year’s conference isn’t online just yet, but the theme is “The cannabis World of Tomorrow.” More than 300 exhibitors will be there.
Cost: Daily pass is $50
What: This conference is intended for cannabis growers, grow managers, dispensary owners and grow enthusiasts. It explores the latest and greatest cannabis cultivation technology, tools and techniques.
When: Oct. 28-29, 2017
Where: Denver, Colorado
Sample of panel titles: The 2017 schedule isn’t quite up, but past years have had a sharp focus on growers, including roundtables and panels like “The Science of Spectrum: LED Lighting Uncovered”, “Becoming Brilliant at the Basics of Home Cultivation” and “Protecting Your Cannabis Intellectual Property: Understanding the Types of IP Available to Breeders and Growers.”
Cost: Single day pass is $199, 2-day pass s is $299.
What: If you are a commercial grower, mark this one on your calendars. It’s a premier business conference for the cannabis industry.
When it is: Sept. 13-15, 2017
Where: Los Angeles, California
Sample of panel titles: “So You Can Grow The Best Cannabis, Now Go Sell It,” and “Scaling Up: From Small to Large Grows.”
Cost: Prices range is $60 to $499, but you can save big by registering in advance.