Cannabis Conference Welcomes Attendees on Day One

Las Vegas in August isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. But for cannabis insiders, there is one compelling reason to visit Nevada this time of year. The Cannabis Conference is a powerful educational and networking event for cannabis professionals.

Like-minded attendees are eager to discuss their expertise and educational seminars offer quality insights into the industry. The annual event is produced by Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary, and Hemp Grower.

This year’s Cannabis Conference is hosting more than 90 industry experts in 40 sessions. Educational tracks include cultivation, hemp, extraction & research, and dispensary. 

Day One Educational Seminars

Day one offered seminars featuring industry experts from companies such as New Frontier Data, Headset, Trulieve, and Surna Cultivation Technologies. The keynote presentation from Chris Conrad and Mikki Norris offered insights from decades in cannabis advocacy.

Conrad worked with Jack Herer to create the best-selling book The Emperor Wears No Clothes, a work widely credited with being foundational in the cannabis and hemp legalization movements.

Norris authored Shattered Lives: Portraits of America’s Drug War, detailing the devastating impacts of the War on Drugs. The book looked at cannabis offenders as political prisoners and helped create a global dialogue around the unjust persecution of non-violent cannabis offenders.

Norris said the publication helped her discover the power of the personal story to give life to abstract statistics around non-violent incarceration rates.

Cannabis Conference Looks at the State of the Industry

Leading up to the keynote, the Welcome Address discussed the state of the industry from the perspective of Noelle Skodzinski, editorial director for Cannabis Business Times.

Some important takeaways included the industry’s prolific job creation (more than 400,000 jobs in the U.S.), with more opportunities becoming available each day.

Skodzinski also noted that while industry sales have decreased from their pandemic highs, they are stabilizing to pre-pandemic growth levels with continued growth year-over-year. Sales are expected to double by 2025

The event is hosting more than 180 exhibitors in an 85,000-square-foot exhibit hall. The expo floor opens on day two of the conference and is sure to facilitate connections between investors, start-ups, and many of the industry’s largest brands such as FOHSE, Accelerated Growth Solutions, Rocket Seeds, and Agrify. 

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  • Patricia Miller is an executive editor at Innovative Properties Worldwide. She explores science, technology, and policy shaping the legal cannabis sector. Follow her work when you subscribe to Cannabis & Tech Today at or visit her website

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