Cannabis professionals from 48 U.S. states and 29 countries gathered at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., April 1-3, for the third annual Cannabis Conference. World-renowned speakers, cannabis industry leaders, representatives of some of the most successful cultivation and retail businesses, and exhibitors showcasing state-of-the-art technology, services and solutions, made up the record-breaking crowd for Cannabis Conference 2019.

Cannabis Conference is produced by the award-winning publications Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary. It is the only North American conference focused exclusively on cannabis cultivation and dispensary businesses. The conference is steered by an advisory board comprising cultivation and dispensary experts and featured more than 40 education sessions led by more than 90 industry experts. The 70,000-square-foot sold-out exhibit hall showcased technology and solutions providers serving cannabis cultivation and dispensary businesses and doubled as a networking space.

“The level of education was fantastic,” commented Emily Kowalski, director of cultivation for LeafLine Labs, who is also on the Cannabis Conference Advisory Board and moderated a session on how to “Lower Your Cost Per Pound While Maximizing Yield.”

William Morse of Total Health Cultivation said, “I was happy to see the heavy academic presence, and what I enjoyed even more was their interest in all of us cultivators who have been in the field for years, and all that we’ve learned from our experiences. This conference had the feel of cooperation, and of a genuine sense we all have to expand our knowledge about this miraculous plant, and all it can do for us, if we take care of it. … I look forward to attending this event in the future!”

Tina Gordon, founder and owner of Moon Made Farms, who spoke on a panel about Innovative Growing Techniques, said, “[Cannabis Conference 2019 was] an exceptional conference experience. Amazing presentations, deep connections and conversations.”

After its first two years as a cultivation-only educational conference, the addition of a dispensary track allowed Cannabis Conference to grow by leaps and bounds in 2019 and to bring a more diverse audience together in Las Vegas.

“The depth and breadth of the conference agenda was outstanding, and it gave both newcomers and industry incumbents the insights they need to make a meaningful impact to their business strategy,” said Guild Enterprises co-founder Claudio Miranda, who is also on the Cannabis Conference Advisory Board and a speaker.

“The information and first-hand knowledge being presented at the Cannabis Conference delivers a unique opportunity to get an education from experienced individuals in the cannabis industry,” said Nick Jack, Diego Pellicer—Colorado’s chief retail officer, who also served on the conference advisory board and spoke at the event. “The connections you can make are invaluable, and the conversations with other industry experts provide unique insight into the industry in other parts of the country.”