Cannabis Industry Pros Flock to Much-Anticipated MJBizCon in Las Vegas

It’s been two weeks since cannabis professionals from around the world convened at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 10th annual MJBizCon, one of the industry’s largest events for making connections, building brand awareness and closing deals.

The whirlwind 3-day event undoubtedly takes some time to recover from. With approximately 27,000 people in attendance, and over 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, there was a lot of ground to cover (an average of 4.5 miles/day, according to my iPhone). And while consuming cannabis products inside the convention center is prohibited, it was easy to catch a buzz off all the positive energy at this year’s event.

“I believe there’s energy at any cannabis event,” said Darren Lampert, CEO of GrowGeneration. “You can see the passion. People are smiling, happy and learning.”

Many businesses, clients—and even remote team members—reconnected for the first time since the 2019 MJBizCon. Last year’s live event was put on hold after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in March of 2020. 

“It’s exciting to see lots of brands we love still in business,” said Shelby Nelson, an Account Executive with Cannabis Now. “It almost has the same excitement of 3-4 years ago. Everyone seems rejuvenated.”

Break Out Brands

Taking the spread of COVID-19 into consideration, this year’s conference featured wider lanes with booths more spaced out. This made for a less congested, more enjoyable experience. It’s not possible to visit them all, but a few exhibitors stood out: Dutchie’s cleanly designed lounge space gave off feel-good retro vibes, inviting guests to sit down inside modern diner-style booths, complete with ceiling fans, wallpaper and comfy seating. Meanwhile, flat-screen TVs displayed facts about the company tech solutions. Who said software had to be boring?

Huber also beckoned us in with their neon signs, cannabis ice sculptures and free beer. Sitting down at their bar or taking a photo in front of the giant pot leaf carved from ice afforded patrons with a nice break after hours of talking business. Not to mention, it was a clever play on the “King of Temp’s” precise temperature control solutions.

After making the rounds, we checked in with several other leading brands to see what they’ve been up to since 2019, and how MJBizCon 2021 was going for them.

Fohse, Inc.

The first stop was under the bright lights of Fohse. In 2019, Fohse arrived at MJBizCon to unveil their flagship product, the A3i. Now, two years later, they utilized their time at the conference to share case studies that show off how that light is helping grows improve efficiencies while seeing bigger yields. “Last time we showed up to build a reputation, this time we showed up with a reputation,” James Bradley, Fohse’s CMO, said with a smile.

Beyond showcasing product, Bradley says the show is about connections.

“These shows are always a team bonding experience. Connections this time around are even more important,” he said, adding that there seemed to be a lot of pent-up energy at the conference. “People have been waiting for this live show. As far as differences, we can really only compare it back to 2019 because that’s the last time we were all in front of each other. I’d say this time around the excitement’s a little higher. People have been cooped up for two years.”

GrowGeneration

America’s largest hydroponics supplier, GrowGeneration, is another company that has seen tremendous growth since their first appearance at MJBizCon in 2017, when they walked the floor, getting a lay of the land. The next year, in 2018, they arrived with a 10X10 booth. And this year, they boasted a 40X40 booth that offered guests a space to relax while they showed off some of their top products, including ion light fixtures and the nutrient-boosting Power SI formula.

CEO Darren Lampert echoed Bradley’s sentiment on the importance of team building at the conference. GrowGeneration employees are spread out between 63 stores in 13 states, so MJBizCon provides a way for everyone to get together.

“The show has been fabulous,” he said. “It’s about showing customers new products and the solutions that Grow Generation provides and getting the staff together. It’s also about giving back.”

Grow Generation sponsored the Oct. 21 Blues Brothers concert, hosted by MJ Unpacked, a new executive level cannabis conference connecting brands and retailers. The fundraiser raised approximately $70,000 for the Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit dedicated to releasing those in incarcerated for nonviolent cannabis offenses. 

Looking ahead, Lampert says the future will bring tremendous product innovation, incorporating energy conservation and creating a product that is more consistent because, “that’s what people want.”

Boveda

Giving the people what they want is something Boveda’s Program Manager Claire Erickson also touched on, noting an overall shift in how companies are approaching their products more thoughtfully.

“The focus this year is all about making the cannabis experience better for the consumer,” explained Erickson. She also discussed how expanding legalization is impacting Boveda’s product development and continual push for innovation.

“Shelf life is huge heading toward legalization,” she said, explaining that as shipping cannabis between states becomes a reality, preserving product authenticity, from the time it’s packaged to the time it reaches the consumer, will become even more paramount.

Root Sciences

Roots Sciences is a one-stop shop for all end-to-end solutions for the cannabis industry’s processing labs. Formed in 2015, Root Sciences started with distillation equipment and has migrated into extraction and end-to-end equipment solutions for the industry, explained the company’s CEO Forrest Didier.

“We’ve been here since the early days,” Didier said, adding that this year’s show has been better for them than the 2019 MJBiz Conference.

“2019 was kind of unique. The cannabis stocks in Canada—the big guys, the aurora and canopy stocks— had already started crashing in 2019, so we had already started seeing some capital drying up in the industry before the show. But it’s been better this year, it’s good to be back live, face-to-face with our clients…You can only explain so much online and digital marketing. You can’t beat the in-person experience of a show like this.”

And we must agree with Didier. Whether we were learning about new products and services or just catching up and sharing stories with new and familiar faces, nothing compares to being together. 

After Hours Connections

Half of the networking at MJBizCon happens outside of the convention doors. Pre- and post-show get-togethers give companies creative ways to show off their brands while getting to know the people behind the business.

On Thursday morning, we visited Pacific Stone’s 70s style “Hangover” suite inside Caesar’s Palace, featuring a complimentary oxygen bar and an IV hydration lounge. Fast forward to 4:20 p.m., after a day of networking and expo floor interviews, and Bhang’s CEO Jamie Pearson was welcoming us inside their Cosmopolitan suite for an infused happy hour. Cannabis chef and educator Travis Peterson, perhaps better known as “The Nomad Cook,” was serving up bite-sized portions of gazpacho; sesame wonton cones filled with vegetables; cordon blue cheese balls; and special Bhang cannoli blunts for dessert, featuring matcha ricotta, crushed pistachios and an infused Bhang chocolate sauce. The food was all nonmedicated, but guests could opt for 2.5mg infused garnishes if desired. 

DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill even made an appearance, showing his support for the Bhang brand, which he has helped give a sense of “street culture,” he said, adding that “you have to live it and breathe it—you can’t buy it.”

Looking at the Past, Present & Future

Whether in line for a taxi, riding up the elevator, sitting at the hotel bar or any one of Sin City’s restaurants, odds are you were in the company of a fellow cannabis industry professional.

Both inside and outside the expo, excitement and optimism for the growing industry permeated Las Vegas.

Themes of opportunity and responsibility were also evident over the course of the conference. While people were clearly optimistic about the future of cannabis, we were also reminded how we got here and how the history of the plant should not be lost in the pursuit of profit.

Hawthorne is one company taking corporate responsibility and setting the stage for other brands through their partnerships with social justice nonprofits in the cannabis space. Apart from their regular booth where they showed off product and met with current and potential clients, Hawthorne also hosted a social equity panel inside of a separate convention center room they called “Hawthorne House.” Fab 5 Freddy and Steve DeAngelo, along with other key advocates, discussed the importance of repairing the harms of the War on Drugs. They talked about what companies can do to take meaningful action and ensure that resources are spent on this important industry pillar.

“What Hawthorne’s doing needs to be replicated—giving back on the local and national level,” DeAngelo said.

Looking ahead to 2022, we are excited to see what comes out of this year’s conference and what kind of change these important conversations bring about. MJBizCon 2022 is slated for Nov. 15-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We hope to see you there.  

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Alcohol Yes, THC No? MJBizCon Highlights Inconsistent Cannabis Regulation

Yup, you read that correctly, at this year’s largest cannabis event, MJBizCon, the alcohol was flowing for guests and operators, but no THC was allowed on the floor. Why would this be the case? And at a weed convention specifically? Alcohol, but no THC at MJBizCon highlights the inconsistent nature of cannabis regulation, and how THC is still being treated as more dangerous than alcohol.

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What happened?

This year’s MJBizCon took place from October 20-22, 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada. The convention area was filled with all kinds of cannabis operators from product vendors, to extraction equipment producers, to insurance providers, and so on. Samples were being given out all around, some even containing CBD, but what should have been the main star of the show, especially in a legalized state, wasn’t there.

According to its rules, MJBizCon, the biggest cannabis convention in the US, did not allow vendors to give samples containing THC. While this might have been okay, and actually a decent measure to keep people from getting as stoned while conducting business (alright, let’s be honest, everyone was just smoking up right outside the doors anyway), it did come with an interesting and opposing factor.

Alcohol was being openly sold on the convention floor, while no THC was allowed. Perhaps if it hadn’t been a cannabis convention, this inconsistent cannabis regulation might have been overlooked, but that’s exactly where we were. A convention set-up and designed for cannabis-related products and businesses, and those businesses were not even allowed to give samples of any products containing THC, while alcohol was being sold right next to them.

MJBizCon

Does it have to do with the fact that the THC would have been given out and not bought? Does it have to do with the fact that the alcohol wasn’t a sample, but paid for? Was there a thought that an under-ager might access THC if provisions weren’t in place for vendors to check IDs (even though it was an adults-only event)? What exactly was the reason that at MJBizCon, THC was treated like a scary uncle who shouldn’t be invited, and alcohol got a free pass in?

Why was there no THC?

To start with, why was there no THC? One would think that one of the main benefits to holding a convention such as this in a legalized state would be the ability for a full range of products to be on display, and given as samples. After all, when going to a wine tasting, it’s not standard policy to not serve alcohol (and certainly not to deny this while allowing people to toke on joints next to booths with fake wine). If this were happening in Indiana, no THC would make sense, but this is Vegas, the city where anything goes, and a city in Nevada, which legalized the recreational use of cannabis in 2016, starting a market in 2017.

According to MJBizCon itself, the decision to not allow THC had to do with an agreement made between MJBizCon and the Convention Center where the event was hosted. The official language used states that “in accordance with the professional nature of the event, the use, distribution or sale of any products containing THC is strictly prohibited at the event, in the exhibit hall, conference sessions, or any other function space where the event is conducted. Any individual who possesses, transports or consumes any THC-based products is solely responsible for his/her compliance with local and state regulations.”

There’s something I find interesting about this statement. It cites the professional nature of the event as a reason not to have THC. This is funny because it’s a professional event concerning cannabis, which makes THC an actually necessary component. It also makes the designation, therefore, that while THC would be unprofessional, alcohol, is not. The more important factor, however, is that it mentioned compliance with state and local laws.

So, if someone was caught illegally dispensing THC at the convention, does that mean that they’d have to answer to Nevada state law about the use of cannabis? And does Nevada state law actually state that cannabis is more dangerous than alcohol?

Nevada cannabis law

As stated, Nevada passed its recreational cannabis bill on November 17th, 2017, which came through ballot measure Question 2 on the 2016 ballot. This opened an adult-use market for those 21 and above, and put in place a set of regulations for how cannabis can be used. These regulations include many things, from how a dispensary can sell its products, to taxation, to how cannabis can be used by the masses. And its here that a couple provisions come up, that back-up why MJBizCon really couldn’t legally allow THC.

cannabis Nevada

For one, according to Nevada cannabis law, it’s illegal to consume cannabis outside a private residence. Since the Convention Center is not a private residence, it technically does not fit the requirement of where a person can legally use cannabis. Though this last stipulation is true of Nevada in general, Las Vegas did, in fact, legalize the use of cannabis for public consumption in ‘social use’ venues, as a part of Assembly Bill No. 341. I can’t say whether the law technically has gone into effect yet, but it’s certainly due to.

However, even this wouldn’t make it automatically okay to smoke up in the Convention Center. In order for a location to be legal for public consumption, the establishment must apply for and receive an on-site consumption license. Even if the new law is in effect, it could not be expected that this was already done. Without such a license, smoking cannabis publicly in Nevada can incur a misdemeanor penalty of $600. In this way, the Convention Center indeed had no legal right to allow THC consumption on the property during the convention.

Yes alcohol, no THC, isn’t this inconsistent for cannabis regulation?

So, now the question becomes, how is it that Nevada legally defines it as okay to drink alcohol in public, but not okay to ingest cannabis in the same public places? Nevada has no issue allowing alcohol anywhere, and it can be found in any place a bar can be set up, or any place a shelf can be put in place to hold bottles. This inconsistent cannabis regulation standard implies that alcohol is somehow okay – or less dangerous, and that THC is not okay, and more dangerous.

To be clear. No matter how many government smear campaigns there are, this will never be the case. While cannabis has no actual death toll related to it (save for cases where other ingredients were added for whatever purpose which made users sick), alcohol has one of the biggest death tolls worldwide.

Not only have studies come out showing absolutely no safe level of alcohol (and this in contrast to cannabis which has a wide-ranging medical market), but alcohol was found to be the 7th leading risk factor world-wide in 2016 for the disability-adjusted life year (DALY), a metric which measures the overall burden of disease in reference to numbers of years lost because of sickness, disability, and death.

Further to this, in the age group 15-49, alcohol was the primary risk factor for 2016 for death and disability. And further to this, according to the NIH, about 95,000 deaths a year are attributable to alcohol-related causes in the US. In the year 2014 alone, drunk-driving related deaths reached 9,967 in the US, which accounted for an entire 31% of all deaths related to driving for the year. 3.3 million deaths were attributed to alcohol globally in 2012. As of 2019, it was established that approximately 14.1 million adults in the US have a drinking problem, and nearly half a million children aged 12-17 do as well.

cannabis vs alcohol

In terms of damage, since the most that can be said for cannabis is that it might impair driving, and since no death count is related to it, and since it is widely used as a medicine whereas alcohol has never been found to have medical value, the comparison between them is almost ridiculous. And this begs the question, why is cannabis being more harshly regulated than alcohol?

Conclusion

Unfortunately, I can’t offer any answer to these questions. MJBizCon was legally correct in not allowing THC during the event, but the regulation measure they were forced to abide by highlights the inconsistent nature of cannabis regulation, especially when compared to alcohol. Hopefully, this crazy discrepancy will be noticed by more people, and hopefully with time, more logical regulations can be set. For now, we’re in a world where you can go to a convention specifically for cannabis, and yet not be able to access it, while a much more damaging substance is on-sale in the very same place.

At the moment, we’ll just have to deal with these legal and logical inconsistencies, and be glad that at least the laws of prohibition are changing, even if it takes time to really get it right.

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Lil’ Kim Enters Cannabis Space with superbad, CampNova Partnership

Hip-hop legend and fashion icon Lil’ Kim is the latest celebrity to enter the cannabis fray. Partnering with California pot brand superbad inc. and tech platform CampNova, the Brooklyn native joins the marketplace and a growing list of celebrity brands aiming to stake their claim in the booming cannabis game.

In addition to personal market success, Lil’ Kim and her business partners hope to inspire more Black and female entrepreneurs to join the industry as business leaders.

She spoke with High Times at the 2021 MJBizCon in Las Vegas, where all involved parties made the media rounds on its final day. Joined by superbad CEO Carlos Dew, Lil’ Kim said that the partnership comes after a lengthy but necessary process that involved market watching and a good deal of R&D from the Queen Bee. 

“We’d go back and forth throughout the years,” reported Dew, adding that they decided now was the time to move forward, with legislation and market developments trending upward.

Lil’ Kim, a 2017 headliner at the High Times Canada Cannabis Cup, agreed with Dew. The self-described hustler added that pot had always been a market she wanted to enter. She stated that other brands had approached her over the years, but she never felt ready to make a move on any opportunity. 

“I’ve been doing my homework and research on it,” said the artist and enthusiast.

She elaborated on why now was the time to get involved. “It’s the way of the world right now,” asking rhetorically, “Why not?” 

Product quality was just as important. Wanting to live up to the quality cannabis she’s been exposed to in Brooklyn and beyond, Kim said that the product had to be of the highest quality.

“I’m surrounded by cannabis smokers—everyone around me,” she stated. “I have expensive taste.” After sampling what superbad had to offer, Kim said she came across the gas she was looking to align with. 

Courtesy of Lil’ Kim

What to Expect from Lil’ Kim in Cannabis

The trio focused on grander goals while saving product specifics for a later date.

Dew said that plans are in motion, but that they’d prefer to hold off on releasing any more information for now. “We’re going to do everything in phases; then it’s going to hit,” he stated. The trio did not announce when the next phase of news would roll out.

CampNova Co-founder Emery Morrison stated that Kim’s partnership would include promoting products through various video and audio efforts. CampNova is a tech e-commerce platform that he says is “socializing the process of ordering.”

In essence, Morrison stated that the platform functions like a combination of UberEats, Fashion Nova and Weedmaps, offering customers access to in-demand products through tiered membership. Customers can use the service for free or subscribe to monthly paid tiers for discounts and bonuses. 

Lil’ Kim joins a roster of notable partner brands in and out of cannabis, currently offering between 30 and 40 brands on the platform. The star joins a CampNova roster that includes 2 Chainz, Cann, Mickey Hart, Carlos Santana, Lamar Odom, Jay-Z, Ricky Williams, Mike Tyson, Jerry Garcia and several others.

The company is also involved in the branding and product selection side, depending on the brand’s preferred sales and marketing plan. CampNova’s recent efforts include online social media promotion as well as physical activations.

In August 2021, the company linked up with Lil Wayne’s GKUA brand, giving free VIP livestream access to his show at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with every purchase of GKUA’s Ultra Premium product made through CampNova. 

The group did not expand on what activations Lil’ Kim would be involved in. Offering a top-level overview, Dew stated that customers could expect an offering that equals Lil’ Kim’s status as a fashion and music icon. 

With hope, Lil’ Kim will continue to push the California-based brand into iconic status as well. The premium millennial-focused indoor line is currently sold in four Southern California counties, offering flower, pre-roll joints and badder. Officially launched in October 2020, the L.A.-based superbad touts itself as “the brand of the culture,” asking consumers, “How bad are you?”

The cannabis brand’s desire to be “the perfect accent” to a modern lifestyle fits right in with Lil’ Kim’s brand. Dew discussed how his company’s vision aligned with Lil’ Kim and CampNova. 

“Our whole thing is quality. So, Kim is going to bring a super quality,” he stated. 

Kim elaborated, stating that she opted to partner with superbad after determining the brand was “sophisticated, classy and well-thought-out.” She added that she didn’t intend to slap her name on a brand, a move that often seems to be the case with specific celebrity endorsers. 

Carlos Dew, Founder & CEO of superbad inc. – Courtesy of superbad inc.

Influencing Other Women and Girls to Become Business Leaders

The partnership between Lil’ Kim, superbad and CampNova carries additional significance, with all principles involved being Black entrepreneurs. 

Morrison, whose background is in marketing and branding, working with top names like T Mobile and Monster Audio, highlighted the collaborative partnership between the three. 

He said all parties are committed to ensuring each brand sees continued success, a strategy CampNova applies to each partnership. Doubling down, Morrison said it’s essential to support a project highlighted by a high-profile Black female hip-hop artist. 

“There’s no other brand out there like that,” he stated. 

If the venture does succeed, Morrison sees it creating an influence on other young Black girls, including his three daughters.

“I want them to see someone that’s a Black woman handling her thing so that they can dream,” he explained. 

Dew offered a similarly optimistic view on Lil’ Kim’s potential impact. He stated, “I think she should be able to show the path forward for how women can start getting into the cannabis community and build their own businesses.” 

Lil’ Kim delved into a similar ideal outcome. “I want to empower women to get more involved.” More specifically, she emphasized that she wants to let women know that they can do anything. 

The Queen Bee Enters Cannabis 

Small in stature and enormous in presence, Lil’ Kim has been a fixture in the entertainment and fashion worlds for decades. With explicit lyrics and a persona dripping in sex appeal, Lil’ Kim was one of the early female rap artists to help push and normalize female written sexually charged lyrics to a level where men often went with much less criticism. 

Her debut album Hard Core went double platinum in the U.S., helping propel a career that includes a collaboration with Missy Elliot, Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Mýa on “Lady Marmalade,” and five studio albums. She has sold over 15 million albums and 30 million in singles throughout her career. 

The Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn native was also part of the famed Junior M.A.F.I.A trio consisting of her, Lil Cease and the legendary Notorious B.I.G., who discovered Lil’ Kim in 1994. Lil’ Kim joins a cannabis market that includes B.I.G.’s son, C.J. Wallace, who launched his cannabis brand Think BIG in 2019. 

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MJBizCon CEO Chris Walsh Talks Success After Pandemic

As CEO of MJBizCon, the largest cannabis industry trade show in the world, Chris Walsh sure looks like a happy man past the halfway mark of this year’s iteration of the must-attend expo.

“I’m excited,” he said, looking around at the more than 1,000 exhibitors spread out over the cavernous 250,000 square-foot Las Vegas Convention Center. Just as he says this, boxing icon and cannabis super entrepreneur Mike Tyson walks by with a small army of security guards and handlers en route to the Futurola booth (the former heavyweight champ signed the first international cannabis co-branding deal for Tyson Farms with the Dutch company in 2019).

In 2021, for the first time in its history, the city of Las Vegas designated “MJBizCon Week” as the conference continues to earn its reputation as a best-in-class expo. In fact, many continue to refer to MJBizCon as the “Comic Con of weed” for its scope and importance to the cannabis industry.

As for this year’s conference, the first in two years due to the global pandemic, Walsh is clearly pleased.

“The enthusiasm at this year’s event is off the charts,” he said. “Not only is excitement a couple of levels higher than ever before, but so many of the attendees this year are the true decision makers in the industry. More than ever, the leaders of these companies are here in person.”

When asked about any lingering misconceptions about MJBizCon out there, Walsh shrugs his shoulders and said, “Some people believe that MJBizCon is a stereotypical stoner event or festival — and that couldn’t be further from the truth.”

As evidenced by Tyson’s entrance moments earlier, Walsh says that a few years ago when rock legend Gene Simmons attended the award-winning conference that, too, created quite the stir. “He was something else,” Walsh said.

Walsh, who’s also the founding editor of the conference’s publication, “MJ Biz Daily,” says he’s very happy the conference is Las Vegas-based, but there may be a chance of expansion outside the U.S. “Right before the pandemic, we were having conversations about possibly holding events in Bogotá, Copenhagen and Canada. We’ll see what happens.”

When asked for something he hasn’t told anyone yet about this year’s conference, the executive laughs and says, “Well, let me think about that for a moment. I’ve had 17 Red Bulls since the event started, and I should hit 19 by the end making it approximately a 27% increase from the number I had in 2019.”

As Walsh concludes the conversation, the glint in the executive’s eye can’t be denied: MJBizCon is back—and how.

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COVID Vaccines in the Cannabis Industry

On September 13, 2021, proof of vaccination became an entry requirement for a number of businesses, social events, and activities. For consumers, the rules are clear but for employers, they’re not. When it comes to employee vaccine requirements, it’s up to the discretion of each employer; even in the case of essential businesses. The only […]

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35k+ Cannabis Professionals Descend Upon Las Vegas for MJBizCon 2109, the Industry’s Largest Conference

Despite an impressive turnout, many major industry players in attendance, and high-profile keynote speakers, an air of caution loomed over MJBizCon 2019.

Compared to last year’s conference and the general vibe of 2018 – when retail CBD product companies dominated the industry – this year there was strong focus on agriculture, automation, and smart business solutions. The exhibit hall at the massive Las Vegas Convention Center was full of companies offering systems for minimizing business costs and increasing plant productivity. There were also a handful of software companies promising to streamline POS and business management.

One notable difference between this and other conventions is
that major CBD brands who were at the forefront of the retail industry were
nowhere to be found. Only a couple very established names – Isodiol and
Elixinol – made an appearance.

Also gone was the ‘glass-ceiling’ vibes of last year’s event, with speakers at the investor forum warning entrepreneurs to be cautious with their money and cut as many overhead costs as possible. Indeed, as we head into 2020, the next decade of the blossoming cannabis industry, solid ceilings are inevitable for some major industry players.

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Public cannabis shares are down 40 to 50 percent from last year. Panelists agreed that heading into the new decade, 2020 will be a year of consolidation for the cannabis industry and a “true test for market leader success”. Various factors such as changing regulations and the unwavering black market, especially in key states like California, continue to be a problem for bottom lines in the legal industry.

Also covered was the issue of “rebounding” from the ongoing
vape epidemic, which has been quite a hit to certain brands in the industry.
According to Antonio Frazier, vice president of operations for CannaSafe in Los
Angeles, the most important thing to keep in mind is to remain compliant with
regulations, which was another common theme in the 2019 conference.

“Testing, properly understanding your hardware – just
getting your clients and patients more information about why your products are
safe and what it means to be safe,” Frazier said  during an MJBizCon panel on Friday. “It’s
really an education thing that’s going to fix this for a lot of us, especially
with the regulators.”

It’s not all bad news, however. MJ Biz president Chris Walsh said he expects “continued success at state legislatures and ballot boxes in November 2020,” – namely in New York,  New Jersey, Virginia, New Mexico, Florida, Arizona, and North Dakota.

All-in-all, it was a great conference. MJBizCon 2019 was informative and educational, well-organized, and rife with networking opportunities and materials to help grow your business. Looking forward to next year’s conference.

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Your Guide To MJBizCon Las Vegas – December 11th to 13tth

Are you headed to MJBizCon in Las Vegas this month? If so, we’ve put together a helpful guide to help you survive one of the biggest cannabis industry convention in the world.

Hosted by the editors of MJBizDaily, this conference will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from December 11-13, 2019. MJBizCon is the premier B2B cannabis industry event to attend if you want to network and expand your business. With other 35,000 attendees, 1,300 exhibitors, 1,250 investors, and more big names and important people – there will certainly be many opportunities to grow your brand.

If you’ve never been to an event like this, or better yet, if you’ve never been to Las Vegas, there’s a few things you should keep in mind if you want your cannabis-industry, desert adventure to go as smoothly as possible.


A Few Things To Keep In Mind At MJBizCon:

  1. Wear Comfy Shoes! In my opinion, this is one of the most important things about going to the convention center and I really can’t stress it enough – wear comfortable shoes! The convention hall is huge and with over 1,500 exhibitors, you can imagine there will be quite a bit of walking to do. Do yourself a favor and wear shoes that don’t leave you with blisters and bruises.
  2. Network As Much As You Can. It goes without saying that events like this are for networking. But with some many interesting product booths and educational lectures and seminars, it can be easy to get distracted and leave with less connections than you hoped for. Remember, the relationships formed at these events can lead to important business ventures as well as lifelong friendships.
  3. Check Out The Other MJBiz Events. In addition to the main conference, there will be various satellite events that are not only important to attend, but also very fun. A few of the activities include the Associations Day Program, MJBizDaily Awards, Investor Intelligence Conference, and more. For a full list and to learn more about attending these events, click here.
  4. Make Transportation Plans. Cabs can be hit or miss in Las Vegas, so you’ll probably want to grab a Lyft or Uber while you’re here. If you’re staying at one of the dozen or so hotels that are part of the Las Vegas Monorail System, you can take that instead, as the monorail has a stop at the convention center. Just make sure to allow some extra travel time as with will be quite crowded around the main tourist areas of Las Vegas.
  5. Stay Hydrated. Luckily, this event is during the winter, so we don’t have to worry about the blistering Southwestern heat. But regardless, this is still a desert. Just because it isn’t hot doesn’t mean that it isn’t dry. It’s easy for dehydration to sneak up on you and cause feelings of dizziness, nausea, and overall discomfort. To avoid all this, just make sure to drink water regularly.
  6. Have Fun. Although this is a business occasion, Las Vegas doesn’t get its reputation for no reason. It’s a fun city with so much to do. And you don’t have to just stay on the strip. From Mount Charleston and Summerlin to the West, to the eclectic Fremont Street, to the red rock canyons on the eastern side of town, there is something to do for everyone. Make sure to enjoy a bit of Nevada’s finest.

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Helpful Links:

In addition to the list above, we’d like to hook you up with some helpful links, just to make everything that much easier for you. Below we’ve put together a list of a some of the most important URLs for your MJBizCon weekend.  

We hope you enjoy your week at MJBizCon, see you there!

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