Table of Contents

  1. Intro
  2. MJBizCon 2021: The 10th Anniversary
  3. MJBizCon Exhibitors and Sponsors
  4. MJBizCon Attendees
  5. MJBizCon Map
  6. MJBizCon Sessions and Events 
  7. MJBizCon After-Parties
  8. Final Thoughts on MJBizCon

Everything the Hybrid Team Learned from MJBizCon 2021

Are you wondering what to expect from your MJBizCon 2022 experience? Our recap of 2021's event will help you plan.

You might think it’s too early to start preparing for MJBizCon 2022, but November will be here faster than you realize, and there’s a lot to know before attending the cannabis industry’s largest conference. 

So, now’s the time to begin planning. 

We’re already making MJBizCon 2022 plans, so we thought it’d be an excellent opportunity to look back at 2021’s show and remind ourselves what it’s like to celebrate in person with thousands of the industry’s brightest minds. 

Keep reading to learn about our experience last year.

MJBizCon 2021: The 10th Anniversary

2021 marked a significant MJBizCon milestone: its tenth anniversary. 

The annual event started in 2011 when legal cannabis sales in the United States only brought in $1.5 billion each year. Always at the forefront of supporting women in cannabis, MJBizCon was founded by two women with backgrounds in business media who saw cannabis’ potential to become a significant industry. 

MJBizCon’s 10th anniversary gave cannabis veterans and newcomers a chance to celebrate the industry’s palpable growth, now reaching $100 billion yearly. 

The 2021 event was an exciting opportunity to celebrate the industry’s expansion with thousands of cannabis professionals. It was also a chance to network and explore the ambitious new direction shepherded by industry innovators.

MJBizCon Exhibitors and Sponsors

Cannabis industry events allow attendees to network with passionate professionals. And MJBizCon 2021 was no exception. 

The event was a whirlwind of conversation and discovery, as we checked in with long-term clients and made new connections. 

Over 1,000 exhibitors packed the event’s exhibitor gallery (1,247, to be precise). It’s virtually impossible to see everything with so many vendors and so much to do.

MJBizCon logo

Here’s our advice: determine what you’re most interested in and develop a strategy before the show to ensure you connect with your preferred exhibitors. Still, you shouldn’t fear spontaneity; don’t become so attached to your plan that you miss the opportunity for discovery.

There’s a lot to take in, but the amount of innovation on display at MJBizCon 2021 was stunning. Strolling through the “hall of flowers” gave us an inside look at where our industry is heading, and it was thrilling, to say the least.

It was overwhelming at first to have so much ground to cover. Still, we quickly slipped into a hypnotic rhythm (perhaps plant medicine-aided) as we dove in and out of flawlessly-designed booths from the cannabis industry’s most significant players – new and old.

If you see something that catches your eye this November, don’t hesitate to wander over and introduce yourself. Every MJBizCon attendee shares a passion for cannabis, and they’re all eager to connect with fellow pros.

MJBizCon Attendees

What kind of person attends MJBizCon?

In our experience, the diversity of attendees mirrors the variety of products, exhibitors, and vendors on display. There are folks representing every corner of the industry and every walk of life.

In general, cannabis industry professionals attend MJBizCon with three goals: making friends, networking, and developing fruitful business relationships. 

As a result, the conference environment is remarkably open. You can approach anyone and start a positive and potentially opportunity-creating conversation. 

We suggest that you develop a short pitch to introduce yourself to new acquaintances at the show. Describe who you are and your role in the cannabis industry, and tell people what you hope to accomplish at the conference. 

Of course, this isn’t an elevator pitch or canned speech – it’s just preparing yourself for helpful, productive conversations.

MJBizCon Map

Efficiency is vital at MJBizCon. According to the convention center’s official website, the event has around 2.5 million square feet of exhibit space. That’s a lot of walking! 

We found it took us almost an hour to take a simple coffee break. In addition, we clocked in well over 10,000 steps per day. 

You should bring comfortable walking shoes and a bag large enough to hold swag, professional materials, water, and a light snack. 

And to avoid becoming hopelessly overwhelmed (we have firsthand experience), download the official MJBizCon app to your mobile device. The application includes a geolocation services-connected map, so you can see where you are in the MJBizCon labyrinth at all times. 

We found the map helpful as we strategized to get to the next meeting or event on time.

MJBizCon Map

MJBizCon Sessions and Events

MJBizCon is the place to be for events and informational sessions that will serve your business all year long—which is why you must plan ahead. 

MJBizCon’s networking events sold out quickly in 2021, and with limited space, it’s more important than ever to book sessions ahead of time.

We love the diversity and sophistication of MJBizCon events, both in-person and virtual. 

There are fascinating talks from cannabis industry experts about topics ranging from the European cannabis market to the latest extraction technologies. You’ll find the perfect panel for every cannabis focus area you wish to explore. 

Our team enjoys meal-time networking events that join investors and the C-Suite, creating unique opportunities for relationship-building and business growth. Using the MJBizCon app, you can register for these events in advance like any other session.

MJBizCon After-Parties

We’re here to work, but when you attend a Las Vegas cannabis conference, you’ll want to participate in a party (or two), and MJBizCon more than delivers in the after-party department; get ready. 

There are celebratory events throughout the show, like meetups with cannabis A-Listers, awards ceremonies, and small hangouts between new professional connections. 

Still, the real fun starts when the work of the conference is done.

Each day at roughly 6 PM, parties open to all attendees, and exclusive invitation-only gatherings begin. 

Check out a sophisticated cocktail hour in the Vegas arts district, sip a drink in a lounge chair at one of the many pool-side parties, or take in the view from a rooftop as you sip infused canna cocktails. 

It’s an excellent chance to party with some of the most inspiring minds from cannabis.

mjbizcon 2021 after party

Final Thoughts on MJBizCon

Here’s the TL; DR. Is MJBizCon 2022 worth attending? We certainly think so. 

It can be an exhausting experience, but it’s also the best chance you’ll have to build professional cannabis industry relationships in an energetic and inspiring atmosphere. 

And if you take our advice and register for sessions, parties, and events in advance, you’ll reap the rewards of MJBizCon attendance well into the future. 

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