Press Release


Three-Day Industry Leading Event for Plant-Touching Cannabis Businesses Expands Educational Programming; New Sessions Include Dedicated Track For Cultivation and Sale of Hemp and Hemp-Derived Products

CLEVELAND, Ohio (July 15, 2019) – The 2020 Cannabis Conference, presented by Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary, will bring industry stakeholders together to address the biggest opportunities and challenges facing the legal cannabis market. The three-day event will be held at Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., April 21-23, 2020.

Initial details are available now at More information—including speakers, sessions and other conference events—will be announced in the coming months.

The Cannabis Conference will expand on the successes of previous events’ cultivation and dispensary education and will include for the first time a track dedicated to the cultivation and sale of hemp and hemp-derived products. The conference will feature in-depth educational programming on cannabis cultivation and business operations, as well as the most informed industry perspectives on retail management and customer engagement.

The Cannabis Conference exhibition hall will feature industry-leading technologies, solutions and services for professionals in cannabis cultivation and dispensary businesses.

"This premier industry event will offer unprecedented insights into the dynamic cannabis space at a time when business growth and legalization are intersecting in new markets almost every day," says Jim Gilbride, Group Publisher of Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary and the Cannabis Conference. “Senior management at cannabis cultivation and retail businesses will gain solid insights to help ensure their companies are successful over the long term.”

The educational program for the Cannabis Conference is being developed by professional cultivators, retailers and industry leaders who comprise the 2020 Cannabis Conference advisory board, in partnership with the editorial team behind Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary.

A survey conducted after the 2019 conference in Las Vegas, Nev., revealed that attendees and exhibitors found tremendous value in the industry-leading breadth and depth of the educational sessions. In addition, attendees noted the “excellent networking opportunities with helpful, knowledgeable members of the vibrant cannabis industry.” The 2019 conference drew approximately 2,000 attendees from throughout North America, in addition to 29 countries worldwide.

Booth space and sponsorship opportunities for the event are now available. More information on these can be found at

Attendee registration is open, and Opening Registration rates are now available until August 30, 2019. Registration information can be found at

Jeremy Plumb delivering the 2019 keynote—“Wayfinding: Re-Envisioning Cannabis Consumer Relationships for a Post-Prohibition Era,” on Tuesday, April 2—that brought audience members to tears. Plumb talked about educating consumers on the “ensemble effect”—a twist on the commonly referred to “entourage effect”—which suggests the plant’s many other cannabinoids and terpenes share an equal role with THC in therapeutic possibilities. Photo by Jake Gravbrot

About the 2020 Cannabis Conference

The 2020 Cannabis Conference is presented by Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary, owned by GIE Media Inc. The company debuted its annual conference in 2017. Sign up for conference alerts here. You can also sign up to subscribe to CBT’s monthly print magazine here or the e-newsletter here. You can sign up to subscribe to CD’s bimonthly print magazine here or the e-newsletter here.

Conference Contact: Irene Sweeney, Marketing Director; 216-393-0280;;

Media Contact: Patrick Taylor, 59Media, 917-653-4785;