MJ Biz Con is a large international cannabis conference focused on business-to-business interactions. The show started off in Toronto with a pre-conference day (Wednesday June 4th), which consisted of a series of panel talks on different topics through out the day. The room was small but decorated nicely for the attendees with awaiting MJ Biz Con branded notebooks.
The start of the conference was surprisingly busy for a business-to-business event. The majority of people and companies attending were from America. It’s always interesting to see the differences between the Canadian and American markets and products presented. The first company that caught my eye was a terpene company, Floraplex. I’ve seen and tried terpenes for a few years now, but this was the first time I saw a large terpene company at a conference looking for deals. Good timing as concentrates and edibles will soon be entering the Canadian market.
PAX had quite the booth, offering free PAX ERAs with live custom engravings for those who sign up for their email list. The PAX ERA is their new pod based device launched a year ago in certain US states, and should be launching in Canada in December. PAX ERA already has deals with Aphria, Aurora, Organigram and Supreme Cannabis who is known for their high-end cannabis cultivars.
The conference included a large buffet lunch for all attendees on both days, including rolls, salad, soups, hot entrees and desserts. I met some new people from the industry over lunch, as there were very few people from the Toronto cannabis community in attendance. One of the groups I met was from Konehedz, a Canadian owned environmentally friendly cone company.
The first day of the event winded down towards 3pm as the people took a break before the drinks on the expo floor happening later on. The second day, the crowd was noticeably smaller but still a decent number of people going around. From the home grower perspective or personal consumer, this conference was over your head and wouldn’t have been relevant. For company owners looking for large packaging equipment and vacuum sealers it would have been a great place for connections and potential product leads.
I made sure to stop by our friend Vaughn from Integra Boost, the two way humidity controller made with only glycerin so it imparts no flavour to your cannabis as it keeps it fresh. They were showing off their new smaller humidity packs for a few grams each. They also had terpene infused humidity packs to add flavour to your cannabis. It seemed like this product would take off when it launches in a couple months.
Over all I had a god time at the conference, as it’s always nice to see the new products coming out and hear how things are progressing in the US. If you’re a business owner you should stop by MJ Biz Con next time it’s in Toronto.