The Great Green North: Canada has a Cornucopia of Cannabis Conventions

The weather across the Great White North is finally warming up, and with that thaw comes cannabis convention season.

This year, there may be a level of optimism never before seen in Canadian marijuana events due to the imminent end of pot prohibition expected later this summer.

“The energy is palpable,” Lift and Co. CEO Matei Olaru of told LiftT is one of the most influential cannabis events that Canada has to offer, he said, and its 2018 Expo in Toronto starts Friday, May 25, 2018. “There’s definitely a lot of interest, and it’s a sign of the times.”

Olaru went on to add that he has seen deals exponentially increase over the years, and the speed at which these contracts happen is much greater as Canada approaches national legalization later in 2018.

Lift and Co., although a very sizeable affair, is not the only game in town this spring and summer.

The Canadian Cannabis Summit on June 7 in Calgary is more of a “sit back and listen” event where attendees can hear presentations from experts on topics such as  effects of medical cannabis, tips on how to market a marijuana business, and more. Guests include chefs, economists, investors, doctors, and others.

Taking place concurrently is the O’CannaBiz Conference and Expo at The International Centre in Toronto. Attendees are invited to pre-conference workshops and networking events designed to give them a leg up on deals and discussions. There are also investor breakfasts, presentations from keynote speakers, and an event called Ms. Cannabiz, which is for women in the industry. Combine all that with a full expo floor packed with booths, and this one is a winner.

For someone a little more data-oriented, there is the Cannabis & Hemp Science Series in Vancouver on June 15. Scheduled discussions include the process of analyzing flower, trim, extracts, and other derivatives for pesticides, terpenes, heavy metals, and residual solvents. There will also be presentations on cannabis lab infrastructure, site requirements, and quality control techniques.

After all that corporate and scientific exposure, it may be time for some needed eye-candy. And that is where the Great Canadian Glass Gathering Tour comes in.

This six-city event — in Kelowna, British Columbia; Calgary; Winnipeg; Toronto; Montreal; and Moncton, New Brunswick — shows off unique cannabis glass creations and distinct glass-blowing techniques. Even if you are not a cannabis enthusiast but love to look at art of all kinds, this event is a must-see.

No matter where your cannabis interests lie this spring and summer, there is an event for you in Canada. Being on the verge of all-out legalization means that there are more reasons to celebrate than ever before. Check each event’s website for calendars of events and admission prices.

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