The 3rd Annual Spring Cannabis Business Expo is produced by MJIC Media and sponsored by the Marijuana Investor Summit. This event has been recognized as a leading forum in one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. This year our expo will be held in San Diego, California at the Sheraton Marina. With Southern California covering nearly 60% of California’s entire population and the passing of Proposition 64, we are looking forward to large turnout in support of this year’s CCBE event.
When – March 5 – 8, 2017
History – The first Marijuana Summit and Business Expo held in Denver in April of 2015 received accolades from all in attendance; followed by the CCBE in San Francisco which drew 1700+ attendees. The energy, networking, education and business created at these shows firmly places the CCBE as a leader in the industry. The San Diego California Cannabis Business Expo will be bigger, better and provide the highest quality networking and education held in the cannabis industry. Our goal is to be the BEST professional B2B event in the industry while providing the most value for each and every person that attends and participates.
Where – The California Cannabis Business Expo will take place at the Sheraton Marina in San Diego. The expo, located in the Pavilion, features 20,000 square feet of space for the best quality networking. There is a separate networking arena that will feature early stage cannabis businesses, infused product manufacturers, and cultivation supply companies. Educational sessions for owners, operators and investors will take place in our ballrooms that feature covered, outdoor lounge areas overlooking the marina. Participating sponsors will have access to private rooms with capacities ranging from 20 to 200 attendees, for meetings, private events and presentations to further specific business goals and objectives; or, rent one of the luxurious marina catamarans for an evening party for select clients and employees.
Why California? Beyond the recently passed proposition to make recreational cannabis use legal in California; the medical cannabis market remains the largest in legal cannabis in North America today, dwarfing other legal markets like Colorado and Washington.
New regulations have already been started in California, and the regulatory changes will be a key opportunity to participate in discussions with possible sponsors and exhibitors attending the show. Businesses will need new infrastructure, new software, new technologies to compete. Cultivation is a HUGE piece of this industry as well – the cultivators are currently the largest source of income and sales for ancillary products from lights and construction to environmental and nutrients.
Truth is, there just is no better place to have a Cannabis Business Expo than California!
Who Attends – Since our inaugural event on 4-20-2015 in Denver, our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers read like the “Who’s Who” in cannabis! Connect with corporate officers from publicly traded companies, management of the largest providers of ancillary products, owners and operators for cultivation and dispensaries, companies, qualified investment funds, private equity firms, family offices, leading angel investors, up and coming entrepreneurs, emerging brands, award winning infused product producers, expert service providers from accounting to legal firms to compliance – you name it, we will have it!
Key California and National groups including the Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, California Growers Association, California Cannabis Industy Association, NORML and Minority Cannabis Business Association often participate in CCBE and promote to their members.
Media Coverage – We partner with leading media outlets to promote this event to cultivators, dispensary owners and other operators not only throughout California, but throughout the Western U.S. Print advertising, social media and online news outlets with access to an audience of more than 3 million, will be heavily promoting the California Cannabis Business Expo and in attendance at the event to capture lead stories in the industry.
Access Capital – The cannabis industry needs investment to grow, and is locked out from traditional banking and financial sources. Integral to the CCBE is the attendance of many of the largest investors in the cannabis industry and a substantial number of angel investors. These groups are at the show to learn about the industry opportunities and are known to have large holdings in the industry already; they are always on the look-out for how to leverage their investments with new products, suppliers and partners.
California is a hotbed for startup activity and now ranks as the most popular market for entrepreneurs starting cannabis companies. Kauffman Foundation estimates that 48% of the total U.S. venture and angel investment capital comes from California. The California Cannabis Business Expo will significantly increase exposure for ALL participants wishing to gain access to capital, whether you are just starting out or funding a large expansion of your existing business.