It appears that we are out of the house and back at it with in person everything. 2021 was surprisingly packed with cannabis events and that took some by surprise. While others were buying tickets and making plans, others had no idea the world was back to normal so to speak, and missed out on planning ahead for some of the biggest cannabis events.
Our goal was to create something that we could publish in advance so that people can plan ahead. If 2021 was packed, 2022 will be loaded! Legalization is creating more space in more locations for cannabis events to be held. While this list doesn’t cover every event in 2022, it does cover a handful of events organized by region in the United States.
We want to hear from you all at the end. We need help making sure we keep this piece updated so that the community is in the know. If you know of a cannabis/hemp/cbd event happening near you that we didn’t list, please leave us a comment at the end. It takes a village!
East United States Cannabis Events 2022
Legal cannabis is still rolling out in New York, so events on the horizon for 2022 are mainly for cannabis businesses. That’s not to say there aren’t events for consumers and enthusiasts, but those events tend to be promoted shortly before the event- weeks, not months in advance.
Manhattan, NY: January 7 – 8, 2022
CannaCon is a national event hosting local conferences focused on state markets, and they’re bringing the action to NYC in January. This two-day conference will host education seminars to help new and aspiring cannabis business owners build a strong business foundation. Seminar topics include cannabis laws, securing business insurance, finding real estate, and using social media for lead generation.
March 26 – June 5, 2022 (dates vary by location)
Please visit the website to obtain more information due to the varied location and dates.
Manhattan, NY: June 2 – 4, 2022
The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCB) is one of the largest B2B expos for the cannabis industry on the east coast. This event promises to be a must-attend for entrepreneurs and new business owners to connect with other cannabis professionals, including dispensaries, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, and legal counsel.
Ensenada, Baja California Mexico: June 4-5, 2022
EXPO CANN will take place on JUNE 4 and 5, 2022 at the Riviera Civic and Cultural Center in Ensenada; in Ensenada, Baja California Mexico. The goal of EXPO CANN is to offer interpersonal connections and opportunities to network, share and learn from cannabis professionals and decision makers. Introduce yourself to the right people to generate more leads and position your organization, product or service in Latin American cannabis markets.
Brooklyn, NY: May 14 – 15, 2022
NECANN is the longest-running cannabis event series in the world, hosting locally-focused events across the country, and for the first time, they’re coming to New York! The show hosts attendees for two days in NYC, with industry sponsors showcasing their goods, cannabis industry experts hosting workshops, and lots and lots of networking. If you’re looking to get in without the admission price, their volunteer application form exchanges some set-up assistance for a pass to the show.
Rochester, NY: 2022 Weekend TBA
Impact the Weekend is a nationwide festival and expo to promote cultural diversity and community givebacks within cannabis. Over the course of 4 days, this event will cater to cannabis businesses as well as consumers with a conference, happy hour, workshops, brand expo, and dance party. Check out their website for the full schedule, and stay tuned for activation in a city near you.
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Get your planner out and add Pennsylvania to your plans. Philly and areas in Delaware close to Philly have a lot going on.
Philadelphia, PA: January 8, 2022
Let’s start the year off with some education. There will be 12 vendors who will be educating the community on cannabis and their products and demonstrating how to consume/apply various cannabis products. Discover new ways to consume cannabis, switch out a product you use for an infused one, or just come and connect.
Philadelphia, PA: Weekly, every Wednesday from 2p-5p
The Lair hosts a cannabis incubator for entrepreneurs to come together to share ideas, funding, and vending opportunities. If you’re an aspiring musical artist they host an open mic night hosted by Sunflower Spacecakes Records’s artist Miyki and Lei Vibes where the winner walks away with $100. Indulge in great vibes and cannabis while connecting with like minded people.
Kutztown, PA: April 23-24, 2022
The Renninger’s Antique and Farm, will host a family friendly event centered around cannabis, with hundreds of 420 vendors offering flower, edibles, accessories, infused drinks, and so much more! There are so many vendors and people you definitely need 2 days, and that’s not enough time to see them all.
Philadelphia, PA: June 14-15, 2022
You’ll be able to connect with industry professionals and learn about cultivating and harvesting equipment, wholesale cannabis and cannabis infused products, licensing, production strategies, and more! There will be 17 speakers and 53 exhibitors to expand your knowledge on cannabis.
Philadelphia, PA: Varying events and dates (TBD)
This place has events popping up all of the time. It’s best to follow them on social media and because of the ever changing climate of the pandemic, a lot of dates have yet to be determined. One big day and event celebrating it, to look out for at the One Arts Center is Juneteenth. This event will ensure that you enjoy the 4 C’s: culture, cannabis, celebrities, and connections on the important day.
New Castle County, DE: Dates TBD
Music, vendors, art, camping and advocacy is what it is about. Since 2017, this Delaware held festival has been a safe place for cannabis lovers to come together to network and have fun. Attendees can opt to camp at the site for the weekend which includes free parking and brunch. The festival is used to spark progress and change in cannabis reform. The dates are TBD, as many things due to the ever changing climate of the pandemic but, it’s a good idea to follow them so you are in the know as soon as they are announced.
Southwest United States Cannabis Events 2022
Though not recreationally legal, Oklahoma is medically legal and therefore has more cannabis-marijuana friendly events. In Texas– cannabis marijuana of any form isn’t legal so, the events there will likely be focused on cannabis hemp- CBD.
Dallas, TX: March 31-April 1, 2022
This event only comes once a year in various cities; however, it is in Dallas in 2022 and hosted at the Hyatt Regency. The event will consist of presentations by experts who have been in the cannabis industry, who will speak about various topics. The topics will include: laws, marketing, regulations, holistic medicine, trends, and technology
Cibola County, NM- April 15- 17, 2022
Western New Mexico’s 1st Annual Ganja Freedom Fest on 20-acres of heavily wooded mountain forest. The Ganja Freedom Fest is sponsored by Nique’s Creative Side, Crooked Arrow Farm and the Indigenous Cannabis Council. This is a family-friendly event with live music, food, you do not want to miss! Some of the performances include: Kruz Official, Meezy, and Sol Graves to name a few.
Austin, TX: Friday – Saturday, October 7-8, 2022
This event takes place in 4 locations in the United States and in the south, they take place in TX and OK. The Expo in Austin, Texas, is at the Austin Convention Center; they will have guests at the convention, Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller, and from Growing Up Hip Hop, Angela Simmons.
Oklahoma City, OK: March 31-April 1,2022
This event is like Comic-Con, but with Cannabis. This Expo has six locations: Northeast NYC, South OKC, Midwest Chicago, Midwest Detroit, West Denver, South Virginia Beach
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Midwest United States Cannabis Events 2022
The Midwest is a varied pot of cannabis good, bad, and corporate. While Illinois is very corporate and what many consider bad, Michigan is referred to as good. Whatever the case, these events show you industry and allow you to decide for yourself.
Chicago, IL: January 29-30, 2022
Cannifest includes nationwide festivals, cultivation competitions, and other exciting events for the cannabis community, and focuses on providing educational talks and networking opportunities with some of the most powerful organizations in the cannabis community.
Rosemont, IL: October 22-23, 2022
Indo Expo is a full spectrum cannabis and hemp event that puts a focus on building business to business (B2B) relationships by providing a professional platform. They encourage companies, brands, and product lines from every corner of the industry to be a part of their events – which normally draws upward of 400 exhibitors and over 10,000 industry attendees.
Des Plaines, IL: March 12, 2022
This full-day training seminar is a 6 in 1 program that contains all the information and materials from Leafy Green Agency’s six most popular seminars plus a special bonus of a 2 hour state-require Illinois Responsible Vendor Training and certification testing are included at no extra charge.
Mount Pleasant, MI: April 20-21, 2022
This event is said to be the largest Cannabis Business Expo in the Midwest focused on Cannabis business, hemp, laws, and regulations. Additionally, Cannabis Industry Suppliers will be on the show floor exhibiting the latest in Cannabis production technology.
Lansing, MI: April 23-24, 2022
This event is all about cannabis and music and attendees can consume! National headlining acts will be hitting the stage as well as Cannabis Vendors, local boutique vendors and local food vendors as well.
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Southeast United States Cannabis Events 2022
Florida is the state in the south puting the region on the cannabis map. It’s also one of the largest markets in this country, and it’s a medical only market. Most events will be there, but there are a few gems in other locations. And of course, because of legality (Tennessee, Georgia, and Louisiana), many events in this region will be hemp- CBD.
Orlando, FL: October 6-7, 2022
Happening at the Hilton Orlando, this CBO Expo is focused on business to business engagement. It’s called the “world’s premier trade show for cannabinoids”, and the tradeshow floor is described as a place that hosts hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of attendees, and expert presentations focused on topics like: laws, regulations, marketing, holistic medicine, medical trends, and technology.
Nashville, TN: August 18-20, 2022
At the Nashville Fairgrounds, the Southern Hemp Expo is focused on bringing balance back to Mother Earth. It’s also huge for how to “Rethink Hemp”. It’s an event that educates through a list of powerful leaders in the industry that will take the stage to discuss: agriculture, business and investing, technology and innovation, wellness, textiles, fiber, food and beverage, composites and building materials- the whole supply chain of opportunity in hemp.
Atlanta, GA: May 13-14, 2022
This is a 2 day event centered around medical use and practices, business opportunities in the industry as well as scientific advancements, local, state, and national legislation regarding the budding cannabis and hemp industry.
New Orleans, LA: Date, TBD but 2022 is confirmed
This event is presented by Black Canna Business Magazine and is focused on the black and brown cannabis industry. It’s the only B2B conference for black professionals in cannabis.
Photo Credit: Hip Hop Golden Age
West/ Westcoast United States Cannabis Events 2022
Some of the largest events that have been going on for a decade or more, take place in the west- the largest legal cannabis region in the country. The entire west coast is legal for both medicine and recreational consumption and holds the country’s cannabis mecca, California. Many of these events are like none ever seen, like a major one hosted in Nevada every year.
San Diego, CA: February 27- March 1, 2022
In the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, the Emerald Conference produced by MJBizScience, is described as the original, longest running interdisciplinary cannabis science event. The days of the event are filled with things to do and see like: networking, keynotes, roundtables, and science interests like: research, cultivation, alternative strategies, and testing solutions.
Palm Springs, CA: Dates TBD
This is one of the only, licensed- industry only events. The goal at Hall of Flowers is for businesses to do business with other businesses. For example, as stated on their site: “The key decision-makers, including buyers and purchasing managers, that represent these businesses attend in search of the latest and greatest cannabis products to stock their shelves.”
Las Vegas, NV: November 15-18, 2022
The biggest cannabis event is MJBizCon. This is an award winning show that holds down over 250K square feet of space loaded with speakers, exhibitors, and attendees. They say that in 2022, over 30K executives are expected to be in the building.
So, what cannabis events do you think need to be added to this list?
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