Top 15 Annual Cannabis Events


Bethan Jenkins

February 7th, 2018

Policy


The marijuana movement is gaining serious momentum and the annual cannabis event calendar proves it.

Legislation has, as of 2018, extended far beyond the smoker’s paradise of Amsterdam to places like Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Jamaica, Portugal and 30 U.S. states. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the cannabis craze is new, however, because if you were to look at a historical timeline of marijuana, you’d discover how the use of this green plant dates back to A.D. 500!

Due to ongoing scientific research, pot advocates (like Morgan Freeman) supporting the herb, and governments loosening the formerly strict laws surrounding cannabis consumption, distribution and sales, the world has only recently become truly enlightened on the topic of lighting up joints.

It’s not just getting “high” that makes cannabis such a popular natural remedy. Boasting medical properties and cross-breeding potential, the cannabis plant is one of Planet Earth’s most valuable resources and is estimated to bring in $14.5 billion for America’s economy this year.

Annual Cannabis Events to Attend in 2018

With so many 420-friendly events taking place worldwide every single year, the opportunities for engaging in cannabis education, entertainment and shopping are boundless. Want to get in on the weed-friendly action? You don’t necessarily have to live in a destination with lax cannabis laws in order to participate in the pot festivities.

Below, we highlight 20 of the most eagerly anticipated annual cannabis events worldwide:

  1. High Times Cannabis Cup – Chances are, you’ve heard about this one already, but as a world-renowned cannabis event, it definitely deserves a mention! Strain developers present the dopest of genetics in a bid to win the golden trophy. Steven Hagar founded it in 1988 and it commences every November in Amsterdam. Locations have since expanded to Colorado, So-Cal and Michigan.

  2. Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo Taking place May 30-June 2 in New York, September 26-28 in LA and October 17-20 in Boston, this event is produced/managed by Leading Edge Expositions. The aim of the event is to bring industry leaders, sponsors and exhibitors together. There are opportunities for launching a business and for investing in one.

  3. Stepping High – Jamaica’s longest-running (and first ever) cannabis festival will get into full swing on March 2, 2018. The two-day affair welcomes hordes of ganja lovers to Negril, where the best locally-grown plants are displayed by area farmers. LIsten to live reggae music while you peruse the pot exhibitions.

  4. The CannaGrow Expo Taking place over two days (May 19 and 20, 2018) in Palm Springs, CA, the CannaGrow Expo focuses on educational networking. Over 125 vendors present their products at the expo, which also features cultivation sessions.

  5. Spannabis – This year mark’s Spannabis’ 18th anniversary. Held in the alluring city of Barcelona, this trade show exposes an endless array of horticulture, plants, cultivation, floriculture and cannabis products. The date to note in your diary is March 9-11, 2018.

  6. Cannafest – Attendees can enjoy the reading room, smoking chillout zone, professional conference, cinema, exhibitions and ‘Vapo’ lounge at this Prague-based event. Taking place from November 9-11, 2018, Cannafest also presents guests with live onstage entertainment.

  7. Hawaii Cannabis Expo Why not jet off to tropical Honolulu for this medical marijuana show? The 3rd annual event took place from February 9-11, but as an annual affair, you have the opportunity to watch presentations and seminars by industry leaders next year, too! This year’s expo featured talks about cannabis for cancer, delivery methods and techniques of dry ice extraction.

  8. Hanfparade – Promoting the legalization of cannabis, Hanfparade 2018 will commence on August 11 in Berlin. It is a high-energy pro-weed march that makes its way through the capital of Germany. Each year, between 10,000-13,000 people participate. Live musicians keep the atmosphere alive at the parade, which kicks off at 10am.

  9. The Emerald ConferenceOf all the cannabis conferences taking place worldwide, this one has to be the most technical-focused. The 4th annual affair runs from February 15-16, 2018 at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, San Diego, CA. Learn about cannabinoid extraction, marijuana concentrates and terpenoids at Emerald Scientific’s bash.

  10. Cultiva Hanfmesse – A well-established annual cannabis event that has gained popularity throughout Europe, Cultiva is set to begin on October 12 and conclude on October 14. The schedule includes workshops, live music from DJs, pool parties and cannabis dining.

  11. The Secret Cup Organizers of this event are on the hunt for the very best cannabis cultivators and hash makers in the states. A champion is crowned at the Australian competition finals in Sacramento, CA, which has been described as a “mini-version of the High Times Cannabis Cup”.

  12. Cannabis Business Summit & Expo – An award-winning Bay Area trade show led by the cannabis industry’s unique national trade association, this exhibition welcomes 150+ thought leaders and speakers, and 6,000+ attendees in a 120,000 square-foot space. The 5th anniversary event will take place from July 25-27, 2018.

  13. Champs Trade Show Since its inception in 1999, this three-day event has been gaining global attention for its exhibitor booths, ArtiZen style products and counterculture shows. The 2018 show will be held in Las Vegas from February 19-21, 2018.

  14. 420 Vancouver Cannabis More than 100,000 people are expected to attend this public event on April 20, 2018 in British Columbia. Since 1995, attendees have been celebrating cannabis culture, protesting and browsing the farmer’s market.

  15. Expocáñamo If you are free from May 11-13, 2018 and just so happen to be near the FIBES Palace of Exhibitions and Congresses in Seville, make an effort to attend this industrial and therapeutic hemp fair. Gaze in awe as chefs prepare pot-infused dishes at the Show-cooking area, watch live reggae performances and stroll around grow shops, where you can buy cannabis paraphernalia and fertilizers.

In addition to the aforementioned annual cannabis events, you might also consider attending Canna Con, Dispensary Next, CannaCool Lounge, the Private Investment Summit, Mary Jane Berlin, MJ Biz Con or the Cannabis Science Conference. Let’s not forget about MardiGrass  and Mecca’s 420 Wonderland! Get a full rundown of the best cannabis industry events here.

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Bethan Jenkins

About Bethan Jenkins

Bethan is a full-time wanderluster, traveler, and digital nomad with 7 years of experience in the freelance writing world. She has mastered the art of beating jet lag and using hammocks as an office for content curation.


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