Background info on MJBizCon

Raves: What attendees say about MJBizCon

Hotel, meals & transport: Spring 2017 DC details

The Show Itself: Sessions & Expo

Questions about attending MJBizCon

Registration questions

How it got started & who’s behind it

Back when MJBizDaily first launched, there was no national trade show for cannabis.

Our editors felt the industry needed a way to come together as a business community, hear about the latest advances and network in person. So, in 2012, we made history by launching MJBizCon, the industry’s very first national trade show.

Since then, MJBizCon has continued to set industry-wide attendance records. It’s by far the world’s largest gathering of executives and exhibitors each and every season. Shows in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 completely SOLD OUT.

The show continues to be curated by the editors of MJBizDaily, the industry’s most trusted professional news service. That may be why MJBizCon’s content is unusually strong and our attendance numbers continue to break records year after year.

What’s the difference between the spring (DC) and fall (Vegas) shows

The Fall show launched first, in November 2012 in order for executives to get together right after the elections.

As the industry began explosive change and growth, we realized the business community couldn’t wait an entire year for the next national event. (In fact MJBizDaily editors refer to six months as a ‘cannabis year.’) So, we added an annual Spring show in 2014.

The fall show is held in Las Vegas every November. 10,880 cannabis-related executives and financiers attended the 2016 show, making it by far the largest professional cannabis event in history.

The spring show is held in a different eastern or central city each year. 3,500-4,000 attendees are expected for 2017, making it by far the largest industry event of the first half of the year.

Both shows:

  • Are national in scope with attendees from all 50 states, plus more than a dozen countries
  • Feature different speakers and sessions
  • Offer large Expo floors, packed with hundreds of exhibitors.
  • Are attended by businesspeople and investors. (The general public is not invited to these business-focused events.)
  • Are the best networking forums you’ve ever encountered

Who attends MJBizCon Spring

In May 2017, we’re anticipating 3,500-4,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than a dozen nations (including a large Canadian contingent.) Attendees will include:

  • Mid-large wholesale growers
  • Dispensaries and recreational retailers
  • Infused product makers
  • Ancillary companies ranging from grow technology to legal services
  • Angels and VCs investing in privately-held firms

Raves: What attendees say about MJBizCon

What repeat attendees say

“This hands down is the must attend conference of the year if you are serious about the industry. Trust me, I’ve attended them all at some point – but this one is the one I won’t miss.”
Attendee from Colorado

“The conference is so valuable because it gets everyone in the industry to meet new people in the industry or just shore up relationships that are already going. It also lets you see everything that is in the industry from grow rooms, lights, extractors, and so on.”
Attendee from Florida

“Many of us work inside our own bubble in the industry and this was a chance to get out of that bubble and see what everyone else is doing and adjust accordingly.”
Attendee from California

“They put much more time into planning the workshops and presentations than other conferences I have attended.”
Attendee from Alaska

“This is my 5th MJBizCon that I have attended. This industry is moving very fast and each year the game has been stepped up. Every year I have been able to add at least one new technological advancement to our company that we were introduced to at this meeting.”
Attendee from Arizona

“It’s fantastic for already established businesses to further their knowledge on the new technology and the advances of scientific research in the field that can directly impact current operations for the better”
Attendee from Illinois

“Must attend for anyone serious about the marijuana industry and networking. You have all the key players in one area ready to discuss business and move the industry forward. How could anyone miss this?”
Attendee from California

What exhibitors say

“The Expo was set up and organized beautifully, and everyone we met was there solely to pursue their active business interests.”
Exhibitor from Canada

“At this past event, I watched a businesswoman in the hall sign a $250,000 contract on someone’s back…too cool!”
Exhibitor from California

“It is by far the most professional conference related to the cannabis industry.”
Exhibitor from Nevada

“I have attended trade shows for 30 years and have NEVER seen one this well organized and attended.”
Exhibitor from Nebraska

“A huge success for my company. We gained some partnerships and new customers from it that we may not have had otherwise. This conference is the biggest and best I’ve seen.”
Exhibitor from Denver

“We always meet many new leads for our business. It’s got much higher attendance from investors and potential customers.”
Exhibitor from Colorado

What new-to-industry executives say

“From dirt, lights, genetics to seeds, finances and hard core professionals, there is something to learn around every corner.”
Attendee from Nevada

“The amount of information I gained through speakers, workshops, networking and the conference floor could take months and months of research, but this way it was all under one roof.”
Attendee from Ohio

“Knowledge is power, and after leaving this event, my brain was full.”
Attendee from Oregon

“I thought this event would be like SXSW for the cannabis industry. Instead, I had more business cards from interesting and exciting folks in day one than I had during a whole week of SXSW.”
Attendee from New York

“It’s the only way to get a perception of where the market is headed. Or to see what the market is lacking.”
Attendee from Tennessee

“So many people to meet!!! Endless conversations and so much education being passed. It’s great to rub elbows with some of our industry’s best.”
Attendee from Illinois

“A wealth of information for people new to the cannabis industry as well as seasoned professionals. Fantastic networking opportunities from every sector of cannabis.”
Attendee from California

Hotel, meals & transport: Spring 2017 DC details

Hotel

Spring 2017 will be held at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, MD an all-inclusive, waterfront destination on the banks of the Potomac River with views of Washington DC.

National Harbor also includes 40 restaurants so there are plenty of places to meet privately with your fellow conference attendees. Or you can grab a water taxi or cab to downtown Washington DC just 15 minutes away!

All hotel reservations for this conference should be booked directly with the venue itself. (Note: MJBizCon does not use Housing Bureaus, nor are any authorized to call on our behalf.)

Meals provided

Your MJBizCon registration includes a lunch served buffet-style on the Expo Hall floor for all three days of the show, Wednesday May 17 – Friday May 19th. Yes, vegetarian options will be provided. Got questions about the food? Contact us at (401) 354?7555 x1 or CustomerService@MJBizDaily.com.

As for our pre-conference workshops on May 16th, the New Investor Crash Course starts with a continental-style breakfast and the Marijuana Business Crash Course includes a buffet-style lunch.

Lastly, your ticket to our official show Mixer, Wednesday evening 5-7pm which includes a drink and hearty appetizers. Plus 100% of your ticket price goes directly to support non-profit organizations supporting the future of the cannabis industry.

Grabbing a bite to eat elsewhere is easy at MJBizCon. National Harbor features 40 restaurants within walking distance of the conference venue.

Transport

If you are one of the thousands of attendees coming from out of town, you probably will not need to rent a car for this event.

The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is located 15 minutes by cab from Washington DC.

The DC area is served by three major airports, all of which offer cabs and other transport options to National Harbor:

  • Reagan National Airport (DCA) – 8 miles away
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD) – 35 miles away
  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) – 39 miles away

You can also reach DC by Amtrak train, and then take a cab from DC’s Union Station.

The Show Itself: Sessions & Expo

Example Show Guide PDF

It can be hard to comprehend just how large and packed MJBizCon is until you experience one for yourself. However, this past official Show Guide PDF can give you a feeling for it.

Click here to download a PDF copy of MJBizCon Fall 2016 Show Guide, including details on 200+ past exhibitors offering professional goods and services to the cannabis industry.

Session recordings

Sorry, MJBizCon sessions are *not* recorded for the purposes of distribution or public viewing. Past show recordings are not made available. In part this is because the industry is moving quickly, so you need to attend the current show to get the latest information. Also, much of the value in attending the show is in simply being there – networking with your fellow session attendees and meeting speakers in person.

Please note: Attendees are not allowed to make their own recordings of sessions as neither the speakers nor your fellow attendees have given formal permission for that.

Speaker selection

All speakers for our Spring 2017 show have been selected, so we are no longer accepting nominations. Click here to see who has been confirmed to date.

If you would like to speak at our Fall show, that speaker nominations form will be available in mid-April 2017. For a full FAQ on speaking, click here.

Unlike many other shows, MJBizCon does not allow ‘pay for play’ (the practice of offering speaking gigs based on paid sponsorship.) MJBizDaily’s editorial team selects all speakers without reference to who is exhibiting and/or sponsoring. This separation between content and sponsors is a core pillar of our business philosophy and we do not deviate from it.

We give strong preference to leaders working directly in plant-touching sides of the industry, including:

  • Dispensaries and rec shops
  • Cultivation operations (especially large scale)
  • Infused product companies

We also look to feature speakers who reflect the diversity of our industry, including all races, genders, levels of experience and locations. Our attendees come from all 50 states and a dozen countries after all.

As for topics, MJBizDaily’s reporters who are continually in touch with cannabis executives throughout America and elsewhere, are in charge of setting a fresh, completely-revamped agenda for each show. Click here to see the sessions planned for Spring 2017.

All presentations are new and exclusive to MJBizCon. You won’t see tired content or the same old/same old speech from other conferences. You also won’t hear sales pitches from the podium as speakers are strictly forbidden to be self-promotional.

Parties

Click here for tickets to the official show Mixer, held by MJBizDaily at the event. Most speakers and exhibitors will be at the Mixer, as well as more than 1,000 of your peers. Also included: hearty appetizers, live entertainment and a drink. Plus all ticket proceeds go to non-profits supporting the industry.

Additional private parties and off-site events are held in coordination with the show. You can see a list of officially authorized, show partner events here. Please note: as the official Spring host location, the Gaylord is authorized to turn down any gatherings that are not officially recognized by MJBizCon. To apply for recognition, go here.

Bringing your own brochures and/or samples

In a word, don’t. You may bring business cards, but that’s it.

Exhibitors and sponsors, whose backing make the show possible, are the only ones allowed to bring brochures and (non-THC) samples.

Solicitation of products and services, and distribution of literature/samples, is strictly limited to exhibitors within their designated booth space.

Attendees engaging in such activity risk removal from the event without refund.

Videography

Also a no. No one aside from official MJBizCon personnel, and authorized press accompanied by an MJBizDaily PR rep, are allowed to make videos of any part of the show, including the exhibit hall and sessions.

Attendees engaging in unauthorized videography risk removal from the event without refund.

Photography

Session photography is not permitted without a formal Press Pass issued by event organizers. Failure to respect this rule will result in revocation of event access, without refund.

By attending, you acknowledge that your image may be captured on video or in photos taken on behalf of the event organizers, MJBizDaily, a division of Anne Holland Ventures Inc. You further provide event organizers the right to use candid group photos or videos without securing additional permission, provided those images are not accompanied by further personally-identifying information. Out of respect for your privacy, we will seek permission prior to identifying the image’s participants in captions or other ways.

Cannabis consumption policy

With the unique challenges and undeniable scrutiny of a marijuana-focus trade show, 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.

Registration questions

Show badges

All participants must present valid photo ID matching the registration in order to pick up their badge. Pre-registered attendee badge pick-up lines are often shorter and quicker – so pre-registration is worthwhile.

All MJBizCon participants must have their official show badge visible on their front torso at all times. There are no exceptions to this rule for any participant.

This rule will be enforced at all official Conference functions, including The #MJBizCon Mixer. Any participant without a badge will be escorted to the registration area until their badge can be located or replaced.

Replacement badges are available for a $50 reprint fee. The participant must show a photo ID matching the registration. The original badge will be deactivated. The participant may need to wait in line for a reprint, and risk missing key conference activities while the reprint is processed.

Due to these rules, we strongly recommend all participants keep their badges on the provided lanyard around their neck at all times.

Remember: No Badge = No Fun!

Exchange & cancellation policy

Plans changed? You may change the name on your registration to a different person from your organization until May 10th at no charge by contacting CustomerService@MJBizDaily.com or calling (401) 354?7555 x1.

Note: you may not sell your registration to a third party. Any registration sold outside of our ordering system becomes automatically invalid.

Registrations are non-refundable with the exception of bereavement, medical emergency, or military duty. Cancellations must be received in writing by May 10th at CustomerService@MJBizDaily.com and must include official supporting documentation.

To change hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly.

Press passes

A limited number of press passes are available for approved, accredited members of the press. Please apply for a pass as early as possible via this form.

No sales of any kind will be allowed. Sessions may not be filmed or recorded. Filming or live shots on the property may be subject to prior approval by the hotel.

  • Only working members of the press such as journalists and camera-people may qualify. Publishers, sales, business development, upper management, audience development, etc. do not qualify.
  • Passes will not be given to those intending to film exhibitors for promotional purposes.
  • Passes are limited to no more than one person or one videography team per news outlet.
  • National news, national business press, and national and local broadcast media are first in line for passes when availability is limited due to reasons of space.

Registration options

We strongly recommend pre-registration for three reasons:

  1. Savings – various discounted registrations are available until April 23rd.
  2. Guaranteed Place – MJBizCon has completely sold out and turned away would-be attendees at the door many times, including in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Even if you can get into the show, we cannot guarantee space in all of the various add-on events and workshops.
  3. (Slightly) Shorter Lines – Reality is, there’s always a crush at registration to pick up badges on the first day of the show. (It’s inevitable with thousands of people all showing up at the same place at roughly the same time.) You can avoid the worst of the lines, though, by pre-registering.