Article by Emma Spears, London Free Press
The coronavirus has affected many aspects of the cannabis community, from individuals to the industry. The fear of contracting or spreading COVID-19 has spurred cannabis enthusiasts to change their consumption habits, increase the amount of cannabis they consume, rethink product manufacturing habits and even attempt to score toilet paper that is in short (or shorter) supply.
Some conference organizers have opted to cancel their scheduled events in the name of caution, whereas others are postponing them until the pandemic is downgraded. Some, however, have thrown caution to the wind and are moving full steam ahead with planned events.
Here’s a list to help you make, break or alter your cannabis-centred travel plans.
Alpha Women Entrepreneur Conference: Originally set to take place on Mar. 24 in Toronto, the event has been cancelled “due to the COVID-19 situation,” according to the company’s website. A related workshop, however, will move forward as planned.
Baltimore Cannabis Relief Festival: The patient-focused conference and competition scheduled for Mar. 28 has been “postponed indefinitely,” and organizers say “all vendor payments will be refunded due to the coronavirus health threat.”
CannaTech Tel Aviv : Originally scheduled for Mar. 30-31, the Tel Aviv conference has been rescheduled and will now take place June 15-16. “Our number one concern is the health and safety of our attendees and speakers, our partners, our colleagues and our vendors. While we are disappointed to postpone both CannaTech Tel Aviv & PsyTech Summit, we are very confident it will be worth the wait,” i-CAN CEO Saul Kaye said in a statement.
Natural Products Expo West: The product trade show was scheduled to take place Mar. 3-7 in Anaheim, Calif., but has been postponed to a date that has yet to be determined. “We know the impact of the postponement across the natural & organic products industry has been significant, and we are committed to doing all we can to alleviate that impact,” organizers stated.
Hall of Flowers: Scheduled for Apr. 1-2 in Santa Rosa, Calif., the conference has been postponed. “We want to assure you that we are already developing our contingency plan to reschedule this postponement and will announce the dates as soon as they are secured,” reads a statement posted to the conference’s website.
High Times 4/20 Cannabis Cup: Scheduled for Apr. 20 in Sacramento, Calif., the renowned competition has been postponed and will take place at a later date. “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we delay this event — our festival celebrating our favourite day of the year — but the safety of out patrons is our first priority,” reads a statement from organizers posted to Instagram.
Institute of Cannabis Research Conference: Slated for Apr. 4-6 in Pueblo, Colo., the University of Colorado-sponsored conference will likely take place this summer. “We do intend to reschedule the conference for some time over the summer (tentatively Aug. 2020), but are working on the logistical details that would impact the specific date,” reads a statement from conference staff.
International Cannabis Business Conference: The Berlin ICBC, originally scheduled for Apr. 1-3, has been rescheduled and will instead take place on from July 29-31. “After much thought and deliberation, due to the recent coronavirus outbreak in Europe, we have made the decision to reschedule the ICBC Berlin for July 29-31. We are very sorry for this inconvenience,” organizers stated.
NCRMA2020: Scheduled for Mar. 20-24, The National Cannabis Risk Management Association’s planned conference in Las Vegas will be rescheduled for sometime in the fall, with dates to be determined. “Our responsibilities as a risk manager transcend our passion and desire to bring our membership together,” chairman Rocco Petrilli noted in a press release. “Though we are disappointed to have to postpone our event, as our leadership continued to monitor the developments, it became abundantly clear that this was the correct course of action.”
New England Cannabis Convention: Originally slated to take place Mar. 20-22 in Boston, NECANN will be rescheduled for a later date. “We are working with our venue partners and city officials to select a new date in 2020 and will update everyone as soon as we have specific information and details to share. All vendor registrations and pre-sale tickets will be honoured for the new date,” reads a statement posted by event co-founders to conference’s website.
NoCo Hemp Expo: The Denver-based conference has been rescheduled to Aug. 6-8 from its original slot on Mar. 26-28. “The decision to shift the timing of this year’s expo has not been an easy one,” producer Morris Beegle explained. “The health and safety of all participants remains a top priority.”