Rocky Mountain Cannabis Company Fraser
Blue Sherbert, Peach Pie, Sour Orange Zkittlez, Sunset Drive
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Craig
Cherry Diesel, Forza Sans Souci, Gelato 41, Peach Pie, Scooby Snax, Sour Orange Zkittlez, Sour Rado, Veritas Cookies
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Dinosaur
Cherry Diesel, Forza Sans Souci, Gelato 41, Peach Pie, Scooby Snax, Sour Orange Zkittlez, Sour Rado, Veritas Cookies
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Naturita
Cherry Diesel, Forza Sans Souci, Peach Pie, Scooby Snax, Sour Orange Zkittlez, Tractor Beam
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Trinidad
Bananaghani , Cookies N Cream , Gas Tanker , Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
Rocky Mountain Georgetown
Scooby Snax, Sour Orange Zkittlez
Rocky Road Remedies Thornton
Cherry Diesel , Unicorn Poop
Roots RX Aspen
Cookies N Cream , Strawberries N Cream
SIMPLY PURE
Cherry Diesel, Cherry Diesel , Gas Tanker , Peach Pie, Slurricane , Sour Orange Zkittlez, Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
SOLACE MEDS LLC - FC
Cookies N Cream , Grape OZ , Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream
Solace Meds - WR
Cookies N Cream , Grape OZ , Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream
Solace Meds Broadway
Cookies N Cream , Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream
Solace Meds Colfax
Cookies N Cream , Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream
Solace Meds FOCO Medical
Biker OZ , Cherry Hills , GG4 , Papaya Cake , Sueno
The 404
Biker OZ , Birthday Cake , Cherry Diesel , Gelato 41 , Miracle Alien Cookies , Peach Pie , Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream , Super Sour Lemon , Zookies
The 64 Store
Cherry Hills , Papaya Cake , Slurricane , Sueno
The Dispo (REC)
Bananaghani , Biker OZ , Birthday Cake , Chemmy Jones , Cherry Diesel , Cookies N Cream , Garlic Breath , Gas Tanker, Gas Tanker , Ice Cream Cake , LA Kush Cake, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies , Scooby Snax, Slurricane , Sour Orange Zkittlez, Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop , Zookies
Tumbleweed Carbondale
Slurricane , Strawberry Guava , Wookie Fruit
Tumbleweed Debeque
Apple Fritter, Forza Sans Souci, Sour Orange Zkittlez, Tractor Beam, GG4, Layer Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Sherb Crasher
Tumbleweed Edwards
Bananaghani , Cherry Diesel , Cookies N Cream , Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, GG4 , Sour Orange Zkittlez, Veritas Cookies
Tumbleweed Frisco
Cookies N Cream , Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
Twin Peaks - REC
Cherry Diesel , Gas Tanker , Item #9, Peach Pie, Slurricane , Sour Orange Zkittlez, Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
VERTS
Cherry Diesel, Item #9, Milky Weigh, Peach Pie, Slurricane , Sour Orange Zkittlez, Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
Verts
Apple Fritter, GG4 , Sueno , Veritas Cookies, GG4, Grape OZ
WELLNESS CENTER OF THE ROCKIES INC
Cherry Diesel , Unicorn Poop
Zengolds - Lyons REC
Cherry Diesel , Gas Tanker , Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
5280 Weedery MED E 45th 402-01237
Cherry Hills , GG4 , Papaya Cake , Slurricane , Sueno , Tart Pops
A Cut Above - Springs med
Biker OZ , Cherry Hills , GG4 , Gelato 41 , Layer Cake , Papaya Cake , Sueno , Tart Pops , Unicorn Poop
BUDDY BOY - York St
Gas Tanker , Unicorn Poop
BUDDY BOY -38th
Gas Tanker , Unicorn Poop
Buddy Boy - S. Federal
Gas Tanker , Unicorn Poop
CANNACO
Cherry Diesel, Cherry Diesel , Gas Tanker , Scooby Snax, Veritas Cookies, GG4, Papaya Cake, Wookie Fruit
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY BROADWAY
Cherry Diesel, Cherry Diesel , Gas Tanker , Item #9, Koko Puffs , Peach Pie, Slurricane , Sour Orange Zkittlez, Strawberries N Cream , Tart Pops , Unicorn Poop
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY YALE
Cherry Diesel, Cherry Diesel , Gas Tanker , Item #9, Papaya Cake , Peach Pie, Peach Pie , Slurricane , Sour Orange Zkittlez, Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop , Veritas Cookies , Zookies
Canna Cabinet
Cherry Diesel , Gas Tanker , Grape OZ , Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
CannaCo II
Cherry Diesel, Scooby Snax
Cannabicare
Apple Fritter, Cherry Diesel, Cookies N Cream, GG4, Sour Diesel, Veritas Cookies
Cherry Peak
Apple Fritter, Chemmy Jones , Cherry Diesel, Cherry Diesel , Cookies N Cream , Garlic Breath , Item #9, Milky Weigh, Peach Pie, Peach Pie , Slurricane , Sour Orange Zkittlez, Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
FIDDLERS GREEN LLC
Blue Sherbert, Cherry Punch , Grape OZ , Wedding Crasher, Layer Cake, Purple Papaya Punch
Golden Meds Colorado Springs
Amarelo , Apple Fritter, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Diesel , Cookies N Cream, GG4, GG4 , Garlic Breath , Layer Cake , Peach Pie , Sky 600 , Sour Diesel, Sour Rado , Strawberries N Cream , Sueno
Golden Meds Peoria
LA Kush Cake, Scooby Snax
Higher Grade 38th
Cherry Diesel, Cherry Diesel , Cherry Hills , Sueno , Veritas Cookies
Higher Grade Medical (at Galena)
Cherry Hills , Cookies N Cream, Sueno
KIND CARE OF COLORADO LLC
Biker OZ, GG4, Grape OZ, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Wookie Fruit
Kinfolk Farms
Cherry Diesel , Gas Tanker, Gas Tanker , Scooby Snax, Strawberry Guava
LIGHTSHADE - Sheridan
Bananaghani , Biker OZ , Cherry Diesel , Cookies N Cream , Gas Tanker , Grape OZ , Ice Cream Cake , Papaya Cake , Sherb Crasher , Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream , Tart Pops , Unicorn Poop , Wookie Fruit
LOVA - Arapahoe
Garlic Breath , Gas Tanker , Ice Cream Cake , Peach Pie , Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
LOVA - Colfax
Cherry Diesel, Gas Tanker, Gas Tanker , Grape OZ , Ice Cream Cake , Unicorn Poop , Veritas Cookies
MAGNOLIA ROAD - Boulder
Bananaghani , Biker OZ , Cherry Diesel , Cookies N Cream , Gas Tanker , Grape OZ , Ice Cream Cake , Papaya Cake , Purple Papaya Punch , Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
MEDICINE MAN - Aurora
Biker OZ, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, LA Kush Cake, Milky Weigh, OG Sin, Sour Orange Zkittlez, Sour Rado
MEDICINE MAN - DENVER
Durban Kush, Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream , Veritas Cookies
Makena
Cherry Diesel , Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
Medicine Man Thornton - REC
Cherry Diesel, Cookies N Cream , Durban Kush, LA Kush Cake, Milky Weigh, OG Sin, Papaya Cake , Peach Pie, Purple Papaya Punch, Scooby Snax, Slurricane , Sour Rado, Strawberries N Cream , Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop , Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
NATIVE ROOTS DILLON
Biker OZ, Grape OZ , Milky Weigh, Slurricane , Unicorn Poop
NATIVE ROOTS EDGEWATER
Grape OZ , Ice Cream Cake , Peach Pie, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop , Wedding Crasher
NATIVE ROOTS Frisco - rec
Bananaghani , Cherry Diesel , Gas Tanker , Purple Papaya Punch , Slurricane , Unicorn Poop
NATIVE ROOTS Grant St. REC
Cherry Diesel , Cookies N Cream , Gas Tanker , Peach Pie, Sherb Crasher, Slurricane, Slurricane , Unicorn Poop
NATIVE ROOTS LITTLETON
Cookies N Cream , Gas Tanker , Milky Weigh, Peach Pie, Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream , Super Sour Lemon, Unicorn Poop , Wedding Crasher
NATIVE ROOTS LONGMONT
Bananaghani , Slurricane , Unicorn Poop
NATIVE ROOTS SANTA FE
Cookies N Cream , Gas Tanker , Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
NATIVE ROOTS VAIL
Biker OZ , Grape OZ
Native Roots Austin Bluffs MED
Cherry Hills , Papaya Cake , Sueno , Tart Pops
Native Roots Colorado
Grape OZ , Purple Papaya Punch , Slurricane , Unicorn Poop
Native Roots Extracts
Bananaghani , Garlic Breath, Ice Cream Cake, Tart Pops
Native Roots Grant Street (Medical)
Papaya Cake , Slurricane
Native Roots Littleton MED
Cherry Hills , GG4 , Sueno , Tart Pops
Native Roots Tower
Cookies N Cream , Gas Tanker , Item #9, Milky Weigh, Peach Pie, Slurricane, Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
Native Roots Trinidad
Cookies N Cream , Gas Tanker , LA Kush Cake, Peach Pie, Slurricane, Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream , Super Sour Lemon, Unicorn Poop
PIG N' WHISTLE
Cherry Diesel , Slurricane , Strawberries N Cream , Unicorn Poop
RJJ Academy
Apple Fritter, GG4 , Sour Diesel, Sueno , Veritas Cookies
RJJ Edgewater
Cherry Hills , GG4 , Papaya Cake
RJJ Frisco
Sueno
RJJ Tejon
Cherry Hills , GG4 , Sueno , Tart Pops
RJJ Tower
Cherry Hills , GG4 , Papaya Cake , Slurricane , Sueno , Tart Pops
ROCKY MOUNTAIN - RIDGWAY
Cherry Diesel, Forza Sans Souci, Gelato 41, Peach Pie, Scooby Snax, Sour Orange Zkittlez, Sour Rado, Veritas Cookies
ROCKY ROAD VAIL
Cherry Diesel , Gas Tanker , Grape OZ
ROOTS RX BASALT
Cookies N Cream , Strawberries N Cream
ROOTS RX EDWARDS
Strawberries N Cream
Rocky Mountain Blaze
Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker , Item #9, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies , Peach Pie, Peach Pie , Unicorn Poop
Rocky Mountain Cannabis - Denver
Scooby Snax, Sour Orange Zkittlez

October 18, 2021

The Cannabis Industry Descends Upon Las Vegas For MJBizCon 2021

Lindsey Bartlett Contributor Vices I cover the cannabis industry, psychedelics, culture, and innovation. Follow Listen to article minutes.

MJBizCon returns to Las Vegas for its redemption song in 2021.
MJBizCon returns to Las Vegas for its redemption song in 2021. MJBIZCON

MJBizCon returns to Las Vegas for its first in-person conference in two years. The award-winning conference and largest cannabis industry trade show in the world will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 19 to October 22, 2021.

“I cant wait,” says Chris Walsh, CEO of MJBizCon and the founding editor of its publication MJBizDaily. “2020 was a miserable experience for many people. It was hard not to be able to get together and foster the growth of the industry as we do at MJBizCon. It’s been great to watch the industry deemed essential in many states and continue to thrive. Now we’re coming full circle with that missing piece of in-person events. That’s how the industry is built, it’s the energy you get from being around other people, the excitement from meeting people to work and collaborate with.”

Founded in 2011, the conference has been growing over the last decade to have been officially deemed the title of “MJBizCon week” from the city of Las Vegas. Attendees can expect to see 1,000 exhibitors across over 250,000 square feet for this year’s show. MJBizCon is known for its technology, industry-focused showroom floor. It has been lovingly called the ‘Comic Con of weed’ because of its sheer scope, and also because of its draw to entrepreneurs and celebrities alike. Past year’s attendees included Kevin O’Leary, Kelsey Grammer, Kevin Smith, Gene Simmons, and more.

Guests celebrate MJBizCon's opening day in 2018.
Guests celebrate MJBizCon's opening day in 2018. MJBIZCON

The show floor is joined by 80 speakers which will feature both panels and individual sessions. “I’m excited for our keynote this year,” says Walsh. “It’s Daymon John, he founded Fubu and he’s on Shark Tank. A couple of years ago, we tried to get him as keynote and he wasn’t ready to speak at a cannabis event. He didn’t want to go that route. Now, a couple years later, he’s ready for it. It shows you how much mainstream acceptance there is now. How the mainstream business world and the public have come around to cannabis in the last decade. You don’t have to be worried about attaching your name to cannabis and the stigmas around that.”MORE FOR YOUThe Making Of New York’s $150 Million ‘Cannabis Campus’Blackstone To Sell The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas For $5.65 BillionThe Feds Are Coming For Delta-8 THC

This year, alongside a keynote from Daymon John, expect to see sessions with Berner, founder of Cookies, Joe Bayern, CEO at Curaleaf, Joy BeckermanFounder & Principal Hemp Ace International, Chris Ball, CEO of Ball Family Farms, Jesce Horton, founder and CEO of LOWD, Wanda James, founder of Simply Pure, and more.

The redemption song of MJBiz’s flagship event expects somewhere in between 20,000 and 30,000 attendees, with masks and social distancing in place. Before the pandemic in 2019, it reached nearly 35,000 attendees. Its CEO Chris Walsh sees a similar pace this year. “It really legitimizes the industry for people,” says Walsh. “A couple years ago, founders who came as attendees, are now running bigger, more established companies.

Chris Walsh, CEO of MJBizCon, speaks at the opening sessions of the conference.
Chris Walsh, CEO of MJBizCon, speaks on the state of the industry at the opening session of the ... [+] MJBIZCON

“As we come out of the pandemic, there are forces at play that haven’t been there before,” says Walsh. “We’re not worried how this industry is going to show up. They’re eager to be out there again. This industry thrives in-person.”

MJBizCon speaker sessions will also aim to tackle some of the new challenges that have come up for the industry since the pandemic began. Other innovations on the floor in 2021 include a Hall of Flowers partnership. “We’re looking to hook up with one of the other leading event brands in the industry, to use both our strengths,” says Walsh. “Really connecting the brands with retailers in a new way. You can get lost in the sea of people at MJBizCon. We wanted to carve out a space.”

As far as health and safety measures go, the MJBizCon team has followed along strictly with the CDC guidelines and Las Vegas guidelines. “We spaced things out this year,” says Walsh. “We expanded into the north hall with more exhibits to make sure people are spread out.” Expect lighter isles with more space to move around. Masks will be required on the showroom floor.

The crowds at MJBizCon in year's past will be spread out into more space at the 2021 MJBizCon event.
The crowds at MJBizCon in year's past will be spread out into more space at the 2021 MJBizCon event. MJBIZCON

After parties in Las Vegas have evolved into their own draw entirely, with companies going all-out to be a part of the week. “This has been the best news of the year by far,” says Dave Tran and James Zachodni, founders of Farechild Events. “We can't tell you how ecstatic we were when we heard the news of Las Vegas MJBiz Con coming back.”

Farechild is throwing an after party called The Zodiac Party with Sensi Magazine. The party will feature a circular “calendar” reflecting the Zodiac wheel, with each sign having a different theme and sponsor. Guests can also expect musical performances from Lil Debbie, New Constellations, and DJ Kelly J. Farechild says that each guest who attends will be given a Mooselabs Mouthpeace to act as an oral barrier against germs when consuming.

“This industry in particular is built on connecting with one another,” say Tran and Zachodni. “This philosophy is rooted in the plant and how it's always been part of a communal culture. We all did our best to pivot to a virtual world last year but frankly, we all miss being together. There was definitely a void we had to get through in 2020.”

A scene from the last MjBizCon party thrown by Farechild Events in Las Vegas.
A scene from the last MjBizCon party thrown by Farechild Events in Las Vegas. FARECHILD EVENTS

“I’ve seen first hand the huge wave of interest that across the spectrum of other industries at getting involved in cannabis,” says Walsh. “Everything from traditional retail to agriculture to packaging to technology. We’re going to welcome a lot of new people who are putting together their plans to enter the industry. It’ll be nice to see the old guard and then the next wave.”

Who is part of the next wave entering the cannabis industry? Dale Katechis, for one, an investor in Veritas Fine Cannabis and a craft beer maverick. He’s the founder of namesake craft beer Dale’s Pale Ale and brand Oskar Blues Brewery.

“A weed conference in Vegas? What’s not to look forward to about that!” says Dale Katechis. “The cannabis industry has been very intriguing to me for several years, and now that I’ve joined the Veritas Fine Cannabis team as a strategic partner, I’m very excited to attend my first MJBizCon.”

“From my point of view, most of us in the craft beer space are entrepreneurs at heart,” says Katechis. “As I began evaluating opportunities to join the cannabis industry, I found a lot of similarities between the cannabis and craft beer industry’s entrepreneurial spirit. In craft beer, many of us started as home brewers and in the cannabis industry, the same can often be said about home growers. What attracted me to the cannabis industry, especially the team at Veritas Fine Cannabis, is that shared entrepreneurial spirit. As budding entrepreneurs, we are always looking for opportunities to express ourselves in the name of having fun and making the world a better place, and the cannabis industry provides the means to do so.”

MJBizCon has offered a discount code for those who may want to attend. Forbes readers can use MJBIZVEGAS10 at checkout for 10% off registration.