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IMPORTANT: due to the global health crisis surrounding COVID-19, many cannabis events in Europe and the US have been either canceled or postponed. For that reason, the dates of the conferences below may not be accurate.
International cannabis business events are a fundamental factor for spreading and accelerating cannabis adoption around the globe. Such events are typically attended by thousands of cannabis enthusiasts, hundreds of established cannabis businesses and dozens of experienced cannabis experts that are holding speeches.
Whether you want to obtain the latest information about and around the marijuana hype, connect to the leaders of this novel, yet promising industry, or find new customers or investors for your exciting business idea: a cannabis conference can help you with all that, and even more. Because of this, serious cannabis investors and entrepreneurs are advised to attend at least one cannabis-focused business event per year.
The following is a list of the most prospective cannabis business events in the first half of 2020.
Date: 15-17 May 2020
City: Bern, Switzerland
CannaTrade is Europe’s oldest hemp trade fair. The B2B-event was first held at the BernExpo in 2001, and now, 12 years after CannaTrade last took place there, the event is coming back to Bern. With more than 250 exhibitors showcasing cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) products as well as services on an exhibition area that is larger than 12,000 m2, CannaTrade 2020 is the place to be.
There are also going to be a Hemp Food Festival and a Joint Rolling Championship. More importantly, however, 48 producers registered 66 different strains for the CannaSwissCup 2019/20 and the winners will be announced during the B2B-event.
Business Visitors are able to register online, and CannaTrade will grant each cannabis-related company two 3-day-tickets for free.
Date: 26-27 June 2020
City: London, United Kingdom
The Europe Canna Expo (ECE) is a hybrid business and consumer cannabis event that showcases leading international brands, senior-level insights and global scientific research.
ECE London 2020 will be even bigger and better than the very successful 2019 event. This time around there will be over 90 speakers, 125 exhibitors and thousands of attendants.
The cannabis event will attract an international audience of senior representatives from industry, government, medicine and press as well as consumers who are looking to learn more about the latest developments and benefits of CBD, cannabinoids and medicinal cannabis.
Date: Postponed until January 2021 because of coronavirus pandemic
City: London, United Kingdom
The CBD Show will have about 100 international suppliers and around 50 international professional speakers attending. The international CBD show/expo, which is held in London, will be available to all.
Trade passes include two full days, the 1st and 2nd of May 2020, that are exclusively dedicated to industry and trade professionals. You can join head buyers from luxury and major retailers, global e-tailers, distributors, national and European wholesalers as well as pharmacy stores and e-commerce owners.
There will also be policy experts, government officials, trade organisations and councillors at the event.
Unfortunately, the event is postponed because of the coronavirus. Fortunately, The CBD Show will still be held at Olympia London, however, as the event was almost sold out, the hall is now getting upgraded, which means it will be even bigger and better than what was planned for 1st May 2020.
Date: 23-25 April 2020
The O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo will take place from April 23 to April 27, 2020, in Canada’s biggest metropole Toronto.
As advertised on the website, the event is planned to welcome thousands of cannabis business people, which will leverage O’Cannabiz as a highly effective B2B networking event. The spacious expo floor will provide room for hundreds of exhibitors that want to showcase their visions of conducting business in the world of cannabis.
Keynote speakers include many experts like Bruce Linton and Cam Battley as well as several other industry leaders.
Date: 6-7 February 2020
City: San Francisco
The sixth annual International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) will be held on February 6 and February 7, 2020, in the beautiful city of San Francisco, California.
The event provides an expo floor for international cannabis-related companies and aims to feature several speeches by cannabis experts from around the world. As cannabis expert, and ICBC 2018 attendee, Dr. Carl Hart commented on the event, ‘I found this conference to be one of the most comprehensive; there were talks on cannabis, social justice, human rights and science.’
Date: 21-23 April 2020
City: Las Vegas
From April 21 to April 23, 2020, the fourth Cannabis Conference will take place in Las Vegas.
The event will open its gates to speakers, exhibitors and attendees in order to support the cannabis industry through B2B networking and educational presentations. As stated on cannabisconference.com, ‘The educational program for Cannabis Conference is developed by professional cultivators and industry leaders who comprise the 2020 Cannabis Conference advisory board, in partnership with the editorial team behind Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary and Hemp Grower.’
Date: 3-4 June 2020
City: New Orleans
MJBizConNEXT is the place for cannabis business executives, lead cultivators and extractors and innovators in the industry seeking a forward-looking view into what’s NEXT in the cannabis industry.
Learn about next-generation innovations and technology that are shaping the future of the cannabis industry on the immersive show floor. Gain actionable conference content from industry leaders to prepare for the unthinkable, the unplanned and the unimaginable in this rapidly growing industry.
Date: 29 February – 1 March 2020
The Hemp & CBD Expo is back again! And it aims to provide an industry-leading, professional atmosphere for the UK cannabis industry.
Both B2B (80 percent) and B2C guests (20 percent) will attend the event, however, its main objective is to provide a platform for business to business networking conversations. This is reflected in its marketing towards UK companies stocking or interested in hemp and CBD products.
Date: 22-23 June 2020
From the 22nd to the 23rd of June 2020, the leaders of the medical cannabis industry will gather at the Southbank Centre, London’s world-class cultural hub, in the heart of the city. Cannabis Europa London will bring together over 1,200 European experts from politics, business, science and culture.
In June 2020, this European cannabis conference will host exciting and innovative discussions from the world’s leading cannabis experts. Moreover, key stakeholders and operators will provide the latest news, data and insights from the emerging European cannabis industry to address the challenges and opportunities presented by this truly unique market.
Date: 12 March 2020
As one of the European pendants to the ICBC San Francisco, the Spain-based version of the International Cannabis Business Conference will be held on the 12th of March 2020 in the Catalonian metropole Barcelona.
Similarly to the event in San Francisco, the ICBC Barcelona will host an expo floor for international cannabis-related companies and aims to feature several speeches by cannabis experts from around the world.
Date: 13 March 2020
Spannabis is the reference trade show for the cannabis sector worldwide. Sixteen years of culture, innovation and cannabis industry, hand in hand with the most outstanding brands of the current market.
In 2020, it has partnered up with ICBC Barcelona to provide a top-notch B2B-event at the World Cannabis Conferences.
Date: 1-3 April 2020
The annual International Cannabis Business Conference Berlin is the largest B2B cannabis event in Europe with attendees from well over 70 countries.
This year, the ICBC Berlin is proud to bring back its unique blend of policy, advocacy, industry and networking to Berlin from April 1-3, 2020. Germany is home to the largest economy in the European Union, and it is poised to serve as the cannabis capital of Europe going forward.
Over 2,500 leading cannabis entrepreneurs and policymakers from around the globe will attend the ICBC Berlin 2020.
Date: 25-26 April 2020
City: Frankfurt a.M.
The HempsFair will be attended by distributors from the economically strong area of Rhein-Main, national service providers and international business visitors. There will be 120 exhibitors and 10,000 visitors.
It will provide interested parties innovations and product highlights relating to hemp.
Date: 21-23 August 2020
The cannabis industry in Europe and Germany has experienced a noticeable upswing in recent years. Now, the time is ripe for a cannabis fair in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s biggest state and one of the most populous areas of Europe.
The CannaFair 2020 would like to contribute to this upswing trend and offer all cannabis companies the best possible platform to present themselves and their products. Last year, the fair had 110 exhibitors and more than 8,000 visitors.
Date: 13-14 May 2020
The International Cannabis Business Conference is, once again, teaming up with CannaTrade, which is Europe’s oldest cannabis fair, to form a super-conference that will provide unparalleled educational and networking opportunities.
After the Swiss government lifted the prohibition of cannabis containing 1 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or less, the country established itself as a world leader for low-THC, high-CBD cannabis.
If cannabis entrepreneurs want to know what future European cannabis policy might look like, they should definitely focus on Switzerland. And there is no better place to do so than the International Cannabis Business Conference Bern.
Cannabis business events are regularly connecting serious cannabis entrepreneurs and businesses around the world. If you know about other cannabis business events that take place in 2020 and are not listed on this post, let us know in the comments.