After New York State’s first year of legal cannabis sales, the country’s largest city, New York City, is already making a mark by being the global leader in cannabis consumption. In addition to that, the state is ramping up legal dispensary openings with a projected total of 122 shops by the end of 2024. A large number of new dispensaries means new faces in the industry and a larger cannabis community. As the community continues to grow, cannabis events and expos become increasingly important to keep the industry diverse, educated, and connected.
With the growth of the cannabis industry continuing to take off this year, it’s no surprise that many cannabis events will be held in the Empire State. Keep reading to explore what’s going on in the New York cannabis scene in 2024!
With 2023 making the first year of legal cannabis sales in New York, the industry is still facing some growing pains. Presented by the CFA Society New York, Cannabis 101 gives you the opportunity to join cannabis industry experts to discuss topics such as challenges, opportunities, and trends that affect business owners in the industry.
Location: 1540 Broadway, 10th Floor (Hybrid-CFA Society NY) in New York, NY
Date: February 1, 2024
Price: For members: $40 in-person, $30 livestream access. For non-members: $80 in-person, $60 livestream access. Details can be found here.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of cannabis with the Finger Lakes CannaMarket. They host a variety of different events, such as their classic CannaMarket, Joints and Jokes, and Puff and Paint. These are all fun-filled events where cannabis enthusiasts can all get together as a community and enjoy the festivity of cannabis culture.
Location: Ithaca, NY, and Liberty, NY depending on the event.
Dates: Multiple events are hosted all year long. A full list of events can be found here.
Price: CannaMarkets are free to attend, but online RSVP is highly encouraged. Joints and Jokes tickets range from $20-25. Puff and Paint tickets range from $50-80. Check out the full list of events for more information on tickets.
The New York City Cannabis Parade & Rally, or NYCCPR, started in 1973 with the Yippies in Washington Square Park. This year, the parade hits the streets of New York City and will include three main components, the parade, rally, and after-party.
Location: New York City Cannabis Parade begins on the East side of Broadway between 32nd Street and 33rd Street. The Rally will take place at Union Square Park after the Parade.
Date: May 4, 2024
Price: Events are free to attend. More information can be found here.
The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, or CWCBExpo, is a B2B trade show event leader in the industry. The goal of CWCBExpo is to help cannabis businesses develop their brand, increase efficiencies, and find potential investments. On top of their general two-day exhibit, they offer additional seminars and networking events, such as a networking mixer, a women in cannabis luncheon, and an industry yacht party.
Location: Jacob Javits Convention Center, Hall 1C in New York, NY
Dates: June 5 - 6, 2024
Price: Prices range from $100 up to $700 to attend depending on how early you purchase your ticket and how many add-on events you’d like to attend. Details can be found here.
CannaCon is one of the nation’s leading B2B cannabis conferences with a focus on education and responsible community involvement. Their mission is to work with businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, and partners in cannabis so you can learn about tech and trends in the industry.
Location: Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY
Dates: June 20 - 21, 2024
Price: $100 for a one-day pass and $150 for a two-day pass. Tickets are not yet on sale, but will be available soon. Details can be found here.
The 2024 New York Cannabis and Hemp Convention hosted by NECANN is known as THE top pick of cannabis events to attend in New York. NECANN has been hosting cannabis conventions across the USA since 2014. NECANN stands out as the sole convention dedicated to the New York market! Instead of only focusing on what the cannabis industry can offer us, NECANN adopts a collaborative approach by engaging with local industries and communities for its conventions.
Location: NYS Fairgrounds (Center of Progress Building) in Syracuse, NY
Dates: October 25 - 26, 2024
Price: TBA. 2024 convention tickets have not yet been released. Stay up to date on ticket releases and prices here.
With New York’s legal cannabis market projected to be worth $4.2 billion by 2027, there’s no doubt that the industry is expected to grow at an astonishing rate. Attending events in the cannabis space can help you expand your network and stay updated on industry trends. Not only are cannabis events great for business growth, but they are a blazing good time too!
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