The leading educational event for plant-touching businesses drew some 2,500 attendees nearly all 50 states and 30 countries to connect and learn, have honest conversations about business pain points, and share potential solutions to persistent problems that cannabis cultivators and retailers face each day.

More than 100 speakers provided expertise on topics ranging from the latest in cultivation research, facility design, and selecting the best genetics to marketing and budgeting tips, how to leverage customer and sales data, and how to optimize the extraction process.

New challenges, like historic inflation, compounding the already perennial problems of the 280E tax burden and federal illegality of cannabis were noted frequently throughout the event. Many recognized that this made it an even more important time to gather and discuss paths for moving forward.

In a post-event survey, Cannabis Conference attendees commended the value of both the educational program and the more than 180 exhibitors with solutions curated specifically to plant-touching businesses.

“By far the best show of the year,” one attendee wrote.

“The conference was exceptionally educational, and it provided ample opportunities for networking,” shared another.

Although it’s impossible to fully encapsulate, the 2022 event delivered numerous lessons and quotable moments. Here, Cannabis Business Times editors share some key takeaways.

“We need advocacy so that the industry can reach its full potential.”

— Noelle Skodzinski, Editorial Director, Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Conference