As the marijuana industry continues to boom, sub-industries are emerging from within it. The amount of cannabis products out there grows every day, and there is an event for nearly every one of them.
The events range from cannabis cups to cannabis wedding expos, and everything in between. There is no better time to get yourself out there into the cannabis community than this year, given how enormous 2015 was for legalization.
If you have been a cannabis enthusiast for a while now, and are looking to share your enthusiasm with others, marijuana events are the best way to do it. We’ve compiled a list for you of the best marijuana events of 2016. Chances are there’s one near where you live at some point in the year!
1. Cannabis Wedding Expo
This one is special because it is the first of its kind all over the world. It’s going to feature all kinds of cannabis wedding products, from cuisine containing cannabis to cannabis flower arrangements. Weed sculptures, weed alcohol, weed cupcakes – you name it, it will be there. This expo is being held on January 17th in Denver, and begins at 11am. For more information about the time and location, visit their website here.
2. High Times SoCal Cannabis Cup
High Times is returning to California with the 2016 High Times SoCal Medical Cannabis Cup. This event is about all things cannabis, including all the different ways, shapes and forms to ingest cannabis. Of course, to be in accordance with Californian law, if you plan to consume cannabis on the site you will require a medical cannabis card or doctor’s recommendation. However, if you just want to attend you do not require anything! It will be held over two weekends this year – January 30-31 and February 5-7 in San Bernardino, California. For more information, go to their website.
3. The Oregon Marijuana Business Conference
This is a good one if you are looking to invest in the marijuana industry. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will begin accepting applications for wholesalers, growers and retailers and if you’re looking to invest, this business conference will give you all the information you need. You’ll be able to learn about legal factors, taxation and general insight into all the things you might need to know before starting your marijuana business. It’s being held on April 24, 2016. To find out the location go to http://oregonmbc.com/ This event is for 21s and over!
4. Spring Marijuana Business Conference and Expo
This is the largest and oldest running national marijuana conference in the USA. It’s beneficial for anyone involved in the medical marijuana industry, and is aimed at the dispensaries, the growers and the patients. It is both a conference for those looking to invest, as well as an expo for those just looking to attend and get more information. The exhibition is from May 9 – 11, and is being held in Orlando, Florida. Check out their website for more information!
5. Boise Hempfest
The Boise Hempfest, not surprisingly, is going to be held in Boise, Idaho. It is a complete cannabis education event, aiming to bring a new approach to cannabis, especially in Idaho. They will feature entertainment that is cannabis friendly to promote legalization in Idaho. Dates are April 23, 2016. To apply to be a vendor or volunterr, or if you want to buy tickets, click here!
6. Denver High Times Cannabis Cup
Because High Times is looking to bring marijuana all over the USA, they will also be hosting a Cannabis Cup in Denver. It will be something like the Cannabis Cup in California, holding a space to get excited about all things cannabis. High Times never fails to put on an amazing expo, so it is surely not one to miss. It’s coming for April this year, but dates have not yet been confirmed. Stay up to date with the Denver Cannabis cup by checking up their website every now and then!
7. Seattle Hempfest
There will also be a Hempfest hosted in Seattle this year on August 19, 20 and 21. It will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. This event is an educational event about cannabis and hemp, all the different applications of this plant, as well as education about its legal status and legal use. It is held on the Seattle Waterfront during the Summer, and is a perfect way to spend the afternoon. For more information about location visit http://www.hempfest.org/about/mission/.
8. Cannabis Business Summit and Expo
This is another Californian event being held in Oakland this year. It’s being coined America’s most important cannabis event this year, because you will have the opportunity to meet national policy makers and those with major influence in the marijuana industry. There will be all kinds of speakers and mini events happening within the expo to give you all the knowledge you need before entering the marijuana industry. It will be held June 20-22 in Oakland, and you can get more information here.
9. Boston Freedom Rally
This will be Boston’s 27th Annual Freedom Rally event. It’s focus is to end prohibition and give people all the information they need so that they can make the switch and sign the petition. There will be bands, speakers, vendors and more. It is a cannabis reform event and everyone is welcome. It will be held on September 26th and 27th in Boston Massachusetts. To stay up to date with their events and for more information about this one, you can visit their Facebook page.
10. The Great Midwest Harvest Festival
This event will be held in Madison, Wisconsin and is a celebration of the harvest season in October. The festival features music events as well as two days of exhibitions at the Library Mall in Madison. The point of this festival is activism and supporting the reform of marijuana laws in the USA. From October 2 – 4, there will be music, vendors, speakers and more. For more information check out the Harvest Fest website!