Riot Fest Brought the Good Vibes and a Love of Cannabis to Chicago

On day-one of Riot Fest, there was paranoia. Before music-lovers, which the Chicago-based festival attracts alone, entered the festival grounds, many were asking, “What about my legally acquired cannabis?!” I overheard that concern more than once, but those fears were soon laid to rest as festival goers bypassed the lovely security members and enjoyed their vices in a peaceful, three-day celebration of music and community. 

It was truly a celebration, too, with an endearing sense of community. People cared. Not only about quality music and good times, but about each other. Petty arguing and fighting, which are unfortunately common at festivals, were a rare sight, at least for my eyes. When someone was hurt or had a few too many, people helped.

Photo courtesy of Jack Giroux

During a booming set from cannabis enthusiasts Run the Jewels, when a man hit the ground, there was only concern, no laughter. People giving a crap about one another made the music and overall experience of Riot Fest all the more enjoyable. 

A few bands dropped out before the event, including Nine Inch Nails and the Pixies, but the lineup remained stacked. This year, a few of the headliners included Lupe Fiasco, Devo, Slipknot, The Flaming Lips and The Smashing Pumpkins. 

Sometimes must-see acts conflicted in the schedule, but more often than not, all the stages presented variety. Depending on one’s mood on the day, there was a band that would cater to it. After a long day, for example, Lupe Fiasco got the energy raised sky-high. The Chicago native performed “The Cool,” and it ruled. The artist’s voice was as beautiful as it sounds on a record. 

Artists were delighted to be back on stage. Several acts admitted to the crowd they hadn’t performed since the pandemic started. Many, such as Run the Jewels, worried they’d show signs of rust. Not the case. Every artist, except Machine Gun Kelly, brought nothing but joy and their A-game to the festival. 

A bit of clarification: Machine Gun Kelly took a swipe at Slipknot as the band performed on another stage and dedicated the show to one of its founding members, Joey Jordison. Kelly mocked the group. In the end, Slipknot had the last laugh because people were actually talking about their performance the next day, while people just groaned about Kelly.

Every day was an embarrassment of riches in terms of acts to catch. K.Flay was a dominant force on stage. Along with her band, she held nothing back. She was thrilling. Sublime ignited a wave of nostalgia in the audience. 

“I used to smoke weed listening to this in college!” a friend shouted. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Living Colour brought it, as well. Those bands have such an infectious on-stage chemistry together. It radiates off the stage and consumes the audience. 

On the more rock side, nobody left Thrice or Taking Back Sunday disappointed. Disappointment was not common at Riot Fest. The massive crowd, which needed to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to attend, had nothing to complain about. 

Riot Fest
Photo courtesy of Jack Giroux

Shoutout to the attendees, whose phones were not always up and selfies didn’t run rampant. People were respectful of the performances. There was a tangible passion among the crowd there. Everyone, based on my experience, was there for the music alone. 

The audience was maybe at its most rowdy when Run the Jewels hit the stage. The two-man hip hop group, El-P and Killer Mike, have always been known to put on a helluva show. The hype is correct. Their music isn’t even to my taste, but what a fantastic performance the self-admittedly high duo delivered.

Both spontaneous and choreographed, Run the Jewels had an army of music fans on their feet and moving. There were nonstop cheers, especially when Killer Mike said cannabis prohibition needs to stop. He also gave a lovely shout out to his wife in the audience. She, too, was high, Killer Mike noted. 

Riot Fest didn’t stop after the headliners performed. There are late nights after shows to catch around Chicago. I only caught one myself, but it was one worth catching. The feverish punk group from Los Angeles, The Bronx, had my ears ringing in delight at The Cobra Lounge. The band even gave me an excuse to finally put my long hair to good use and bang it around a bit. They hadn’t performed in a long time, but you’d never know it. 

Riot Fest was such an enjoyable experience full of good times that it’s impossible to list off all the damn fine acts that livened up not only the weekend, but the year, for many in attendance. Fever 333, Anti-Flag, Body Count, which is fronted by Iced-T, and many other groups brought nothing but joy to Chicago. This year’s Riot Fest was yet another reminder of why live music is just good for the soul. 

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2nd Annual Cannabis Drinks Expo Leverages Beverage Industry

The Cannabis Drinks Expo is a unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor of one of the fastest-growing industries in the world.

For anyone curious about the future direction of the cannabis beverages industry in the United States, the place to be in 2021 will be the second annual Cannabis Drinks Expo hosted by the Beverage Trade Network. This event is taking place November 11, 2021 in San Francisco, and November 15 in Chicago.

This year’s Cannabis Drinks Expo is expected to be the largest global gathering of cannabis drinks professionals ever, bringing together drinks producers, manufacturers, dispensaries, cannabis distributors, brand owners, distilleries and brewers all in one place for a spectacular one-day expo in both San Francisco and Chicago.

The major theme of the Cannabis Drinks Expo will be on growing your business and growing your bottom line. So, if you’re a brand owner, or a distillery or brewery looking for an on-ramp to the very aggressively growing U.S. cannabis industry, this event will provide the perfect platform for growth.

If you are a cannabis distributor or a dispensary, you can expect to discover fast-growing cannabis beverage brands.

Opportunity Is Here. Are You In? 

“From hemp-based sports drinks to cocktails that get you high, science has finally cracked the code to making cannabis beverages that don’t taste awful,” said Jonathan Bloom from NBC Bay Area News.

The first Cannabis Drinks Expo took place July 25, 2019, and was a huge success that gave the worldwide drinks industry — and North America, in particular — the chance to come together and look at ways it can address legalized cannabis. 

Hosted by the Beverage Trade Network, this expo shined a spotlight on the skyrocketing legal cannabis market and provided insight into a future brimming with opportunity. A must-attend event for those curiously eying the future of the burgeoning U.S. cannabis industry, it also covered key issues surrounding the likelihood and timescale for legalization in other countries, as well as the impact of legalized cannabis on the traditional alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks markets. Read on for more info about the 2021 show and how to get your tickets.

When and Where

Visitor registration is now open. Get your passes now and save with early bird tickets before pricing goes up on Sept. 1. Learn all about the cannabis drinks industry and source fast-growing brands. Note that these are trade-only events, meaning cannabis consumption and samples are prohibited. 

San Francisco: November 11, 2021 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. San Francisco tickets available here.

Chicago: November 15, 2021 at the Midwest Conference Centre. Chicago tickets available here.

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The USA CBD Expo – So Much More Than Just CBD!

What better place to host the nation’s largest hemp and CBD expo, than in the Windy City, home of the nation’s largest convention center in the recently legalized state of Illinois? This year, The USA CBD Expo will be covering so much more than just CBD, including delta 8 THC, psilocybin, THCV, and so many more exciting cannabinoid products. We’ll see you there October 28th to 30th!

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Most of us are pretty amped up to finally get back to these largescale industry events. The opportunities to learn and build connections at in-person trade shows, compared to virtual events, are unparalleled. If you want to stay up to date on all the latest innovations and industry trends, conventions are a must. I learned so much as the last USA CBD Expo I attended, and this one is expected to be significantly busier, with a much larger variety of products than ever before.

It’s still The USA CBD Expo, so expect to see a lot of hemp and CBD products. However, this event is sponsored by 3chi so there will be a lot of Delta 8 THC, as well as CBN, CBG, CBC, and even THCV. If it’s hemp-derived, you can expect to learn about it at the convention.

Another thing that will be unique about this year’s show is that it will include psilocybin too! Psilocybin is the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, and over the last few years there has been a growing focus on using this compound for therapeutic purposes, especially in the treatment of anxiety and depression. A lot of cities and states have mushroom legislation in the works, and it is prime time to start learning about it.

Again, The USA CBD Expo will be held at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, IL, from October 28th to 30th (plus events in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Medellin, Columbia in 2022). We’re expecting to see over 10,000 attendees, more than 50 speakers, and upwards of 300 exhibitors at the event, and we at CBD Testers are very excited to attend!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// Cannabis taxes save 350 jobs in Chicago (Leafly)

// Colorado summer cannabis sales thrive despite collapse of state’s tourism industry (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Bidens Marijuana Decriminalization Plan Is ‘Not Enough’ Cory Booker Says In New Documentary (Marijuana Moment)


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// Trulieve Continues To Flex With Strong Revenue (Green Market Report)

// Curaleaf Q3 Revenue Increases 55% to $182 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Canadian producer Supreme Cannabis turns small profit in first quarter (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Illinois cannabis industry seeks end to MMJ-recreational retail relocation rule (Marijuana Business Daily)

// C3 Industries Raises $45M To Support Expansion In Missouri And Massachusetts (Benzinga)

// Aurora moves ahead with ‘social justice’ marijuana delivery plan (Sentinel Colorado)

// FDA Is Hosting A Conference On CBD Sex And Gender This Week (Marijuana Moment)


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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// 75 pot shop licenses to be awarded in lottery that includes just 21 applicants; losing firms ‘shocked’ (Chicago Sun-Times)

// USDA Reopens Public Comment Period On Hemp Rules Following Intense Industry Pushback (Marijuana Moment)

// Vermont Lawmakers Make Key Compromises On Marijuana Sales Legalization Bill As Deal Nears (Marijuana Moment)


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// Pennsylvania GOP leader tosses cold water on marijuana legalization plan (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Report: ‘No Evidence of Bias’ in Awards of Medical Cannabis Licenses (Maryland Matters)

// Psychedelic Company Numinus Files $4 Million Offering (Green Market Report)

// Quebec cannabis stores post quarterly profit as sales grow (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Virginia Lawmakers Approve Another Round Of Marijuana Reforms While Broader Legalization Is Studied (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana Research Bill Scheduled For Key Congressional Vote Next Week Committee Announces (Marijuana Moment)

// Cannabis companies secure fresh funding deals as investors wade back into capital markets (Marijuana Business Daily)


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Friday, August 28, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// Nebraska Medical Marijuana Initiative Heads To Ballot After Secretary Of State Rejects Challenge (Marijuana Moment)

// DEA’s Hemp And CBD Rules Raise Concerns About Potential Crackdown, Industry Insiders Say (Marijuana Moment)

// Florida medical marijuana sales expected to rise as edibles approved (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Columbia Care to close on major deal to acquire Colorado marijuana retailer (Marijuana Business Daily)

// California Legislature still weighing significant marijuana and hemp bills in final days of session (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Oregon’s marijuana sales continue to soar during coronavirus pandemic (Oregon Live)

// Vireo Health Revenues Rise, But So Do Losses (Green Market Report)

// Jushi Holdings Q2 Revenue Increases 73% Sequentially to $14.9 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Study: Vaping-related lung illnesses much lower in states with legal cannabis (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Elephant Will Be Given CBD To Treat Stress After Death Of Companion, Zoo Says (Marijuana Moment)


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Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// Mass. regulators release 619,000 aging marijuana vapes for sale despite lead contamination concerns (Boston Globe)

// Top Senate Democrat Pushes USDA To Delay Hemp Rules Until 2022 (Marijuana Moment)

// A man who was sentenced to life in prison for selling $30 of marijuana will be freed (CNN)


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// Arizona adult-use marijuana initiative wins key legal battle (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Canopy Growth Still Reporting Elevated Losses (Green Market Report)

// Tilray Q2 Cannabis Revenue Slips 2% From Q1 to $30.2 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Columbia Care Q2 Revenue Increases 8% from Q1 to $28.4 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Vermont Democrats Call For Decriminalizing Drugs And Legalizing Marijuana Sales In Draft 2020 Platform (Marijuana Moment)

// USDA approves hemp plans for Maryland and Lower Sioux tribe (Hemp Industry Daily)

// Former Tribune publisher Tony Hunter to head McClatchy newspaper chain (Robert Feder)


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