If you ever attend more than one event in the marijuana industry, you will likely notice a range of similarities: The same speakers from the same companies talk about the same subjects to the same audience members. Despite this, weed events are skyrocketing in popularity, with everyone claiming their cannabis business summit unique, even though they seldom are.
This is why, in just the United States alone; there are now over 500 listings for industry events. The same applies to investor-focused conferences, of which more than 200 now occur in the United States each year. Even with all the repetition, tickets for these events cost a small fortune. Expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $2,000 to attend them. Since most cannot afford to go to them all, one must choose.
Picking a Cannabis Investment Summit
With so much ado about these cannabis business events, which ones are actually worth forking out a tidy sum to attend? Where can you go to learn something new about the industry, perhaps have a few new speakers from different cannabis business portfolios? Will you meet new people or find the usual attendees again? We have done the research for you. These five events are worth their tickets:
Kahner Global’s Private Cannabis Investment Summit
Founded by Noa Kahner in 2015, Kahner Global has fast become a leading conference and consulting company. It holds several conferences each year, all in different locations, including San Francisco, Toronto, Fort Lauderdale, Beverly Hills, and New York. These events form part of the company’s Cannabis Private Investment Summit Series.
You will find high-net-worth investors at these events, specifically those interested in the marijuana industry, of which are very few. Most hedge funds are avoiding cannabis business until laws stabilize and the federal government legalizes nationally. If you are interested in Kahner Global’s upcoming events, the next one is on February 26, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale and on May 1, 2019, in Beverly Hills.
Cowen & Company’s Boston Cannabis Summit
With its century-long history, Cowen & Company is a well-established financial services company. Vivien Azer, its near-famous analyst, has made the firm particularly notable in the marijuana industry. Every year, Cowen hosts a series of investor-focused events for those high-net-worth individuals interested in cannabis business, as well as other up-and-coming, potentially lucrative industries.
On November 28, Cowen & Company will host its cannabis investment summit in Boston. This event in Massachusetts will be the second marijuana-focused event that the company will host this year. Its 2nd Annual Cannabis Summit occurred earlier this year, on April 9 in Los Angeles, California. It was such a success that its Boston Cannabis Summit will likely attract a horde of interesting speakers and guests.
Institutional Capital & Cannabis Conference, or IC3
The Institutional Capital & Cannabis Conference, more famously called IC3, is an event hosted by the Information Management Network, or IMN, a global company responsible for organizing more than 50 investment conferences around the world every year. It does a stellar job of it, with its IC3 events anticipated by cannabis business enthusiasts worldwide.
The next IC3 conference will take place in Los Angeles, California, on May 9 and May 10, 2019. The main topic up for discussion is the legalization of cannabis in California. Speakers will talk about what it means for individual cannabis business, as well as for the industry as a whole. With more than 400 people attending its event in New York earlier this year, IC3 is among the biggest events for cannabis investors.
Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference
As far as conferences go for cannabis business entrepreneurs, the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference is among the very best of them in all of North America. After an extremely successful first event in Toronto, Canada, Benzinga, a financial media company, will host another event from January 14, 2019, and January 16, 2019, in Miami Beach, Florida.
The conference will feature exclusive presentations by several important investment figures, including Tim Seymour, CIO of Seymour Asset Management, Giadha Aguirre de Carcer, Founder and CEO of New Frontier Data, Vic Neufeld, President and CEO of Aphria, Brett Roper, CEO of Medicine Man Technologies, Derek Peterson, Founder and CEO of Terra Tech Corporation, and others.
Green Market Summit
Launched by the Green Market Report’s Debra Borchardt, a financial news firm focusing specifically on marijuana economics, the Green Market Summit is a popular series of weed-focused conferences attended by many in the industry. The series’ first event occurred on September 14 in New York City, at the One World Trade Center.
That conference attracted influential speakers in the cannabis space, such as Cynthia Salarizadeh at Green Market Report, Emily Paxhia at Poseidon Asset Management, Matt Karnes at Greenwave Advisors, Jim Cramer from The Street’s, and Danny Moses, an investor made popular by “The Big Short” movie. Its upcoming conferences promise a similar mix of surprising speakers.
If you have interest in joining the marijuana industry, as an entrepreneur, business consultant, or investor, then attending a cannabis investment summit is necessary. However, you do not need to go to all of them, just those that really do offer some unique speakers and networking opportunities. Since some occur in other states and cost a mite much, it may be wisest to stick to those that appeal most.
So, now that you know what our favorite cannabis investor conferences are, tell us: which are yours?