As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to spread across the globe, there have been over 118,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths attributed to the virus. Of the nearly 1,000 confirmed cases in the United States, thirty have thus far been fatal. In response to the pandemic, many governments and companies have been closing tourist attractions and cancelling events in an effort to slow the spread of the disease. In the cannabis and hemp industries, several large events already have been cancelled or rescheduled, with many more changes expected in the coming weeks.
To help you plan ahead, mg put together the following list of known cannabis event changes. More will be added if/when information becomes available.
MARCH 16, 2020 – UPDATED EVENT INFORMATION
Canadian conference and expo O’Cannabiz has been rescheduled from April 23 – 25 to October 27 – 29 at The International Centre in Toronto.
The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) postponed all of its remaining Cannabis Caucus Series events scheduled for March. News dates have yet to be announced.
MARCH 11, 2020 – UPDATED EVENT INFORMATION
Originally scheduled for April 1 – 2 in Palm Springs, California, Hall of Flowers has postponed its first Southern California show. All attendee registrations and brand contracts will carry over to the rescheduled dates which have yet to be determined.
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) moved this year’s Unity Conference from an in-person event set for March 25 – 28 to an online conference that will take place March 27.
The Cannabis Marketing Association (CMA) postponed its March 16 panel discussion to an undecided date in July.
WeedClub moved its March 24 in-person networking event, @420 pitch by WeedClub. The event will now take place online. Streaming information is not yet available.
The city of Austin, Texas, cancelled South by Southwest (SXSW). Slated March 13 – 22, the annual event included cannabusiness among its special business tracks this year. In its thirty-four-year history, the event has never before been cancelled.
According to The Austin Chronicle, SXSW laid off about one-third of its staff as a result of the cancellation.
Natural Products Expo West, slated March 3 – 7, was postponed with the intention of being rescheduled for mid-April. New dates have not been announced.
The National Cannabis Risk Management Association (NCRMA) postponed NCRMA2020. The event was originally scheduled for March 22 – 24 at the Bally’s hotel and resort in Las Vegas. New dates and venue will be announced at a later date.
Originally scheduled for March 26 – 28 in Denver, Colorado, the Seventh Annual NoCo Hemp Expo will now take place August 6 – 8 in Denver.
The Southern Hemp Expo, originally scheduled for August 14 – 15 in Nashville, Tennessee, has been postponed until further notice.
The annual International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Berlin has been rescheduled from April 1 – 3 to July 29 – 31.
ICBC Barcelona, scheduled for March 12, has been cancelled due to US/Europe travel restrictions.
Originally scheduled March 20 – 22, the NECANN Boston convention, NE Canna Community awards show, and NECANN Competition awards have been postponed. News dates have not yet been announced.
The California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) postponed its fifth annual policy conference. Originally set for March 18, the event has not yet been rescheduled.
The Stepping High Festival, originally slated March 20 – 21 in Negril, Jamaica, has been suspended until further notice.
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) postponed its Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress originally scheduled for April 14 – 15 in Portland, Oregon. New dates have not been announced.
Ed. Note: This is a developing situation, more information about event changes and cancellations will be added as it becomes available.