Cannabis events that are either canceled or postponed due to COVID-19

Published Mar 22, 2020 01:00 p.m. ET
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It’s been a huge shock for us to hear about the cancellation of some of our most beloved activities. The biggest sports leagues have already canceled the entire season, and travel plans are being kyboshed left right and center, which has left thousands of interested participants and vendors awaiting the official release of information.

Here we’ve done our best to bring you updates in regard to the largest, most highly anticipated 420 friendly cannabis events, so if you’ve got plans, you can make sure that they haven't been either canceled or postponed.

Alpha Women Entrepreneur Conference – Cancelled

The AWEC was initially set to take place in just a couple of weeks on March 24th in Toronto, Ontario, but the event has been completely cancelled due to fears surrounding the Coronavirus in the region.

Baltimore Cannabis Relief Festival – Cancelled

The Baltimore Cannabis Relief festival that was set to take place on March 28 has been cancelled indefinitely. Participating vendors have been directed to seek reimbursement of sign up fees due to the looming threat of COVID-19.

Cannabis Wedding Expo – Postponed

The Cannabis Wedding Expo has rescheduled the Colorado, Massachusetts, and Nevada area shows with concerns surrounding large gathering crowds that were expected. Nevada has moved from late March to August 30th, Colorado’s will take place on October 25th, and Massachusetts has yet to receive notice of a scheduled date in the future.

CannaTech & PsyTech – Postponed

Both of these cannabis events were expected to take place in Tel Aviv Israel, where sanctions have been put into place to keep large crowds from gathering, which could increase the potential spread of COVID-19. We don’t have a new date yet, but organizers have announced that they expect to resume operations at some point in June.

CCIA Annual Policy Conference – Postponed

The CCIA Conference was scheduled to happen in Sacramento on March 18th, and though there is no new date quite yet, organizers have promised the public that they will continue to look for ways to engage interested participants in smaller groups throughout the community, so stay tuned for further updates on the matter.

Conversations in Cannabis – Postponed

Massachusetts is one of the hardest-hit regions in the US, which is why this cannabis event has been postponed from March 19th to an undetermined date later in 2020.

Hall of Flowers – Postponed

California’s Hall of Flowers is one of the world's largest cannabis gatherings, and it was scheduled to take place in early April from the 1st to the 3rd. Though they have yet to release a future date, event organizers remain optimistic and are saying that no matter what, all contracts at the very latest will roll into next year's festivities.

Hash Bash – Postponed

The 49th annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash Festival has been postponed without any future date set in stone. Originally Hash Bash was expected to take place on April 4th at the University of Michigan, but since the region is in a state of emergency, it’s not likely to be happening anytime soon.

High Times Cannabis Cup – Postponed

The Sacramento Cannabis Cup competition and festival were initially planned to begin on April 18th, running well into the next day, but so far, we know that it has been postponed. There has yet to be a release for a planned make-up date. This cannabis event brings huge crowds, so unless it’s absolutely necessary, we are expected a brand-new day to be announced soon.

Institute of Cannabis Research Conference – Postponed

The ICRC, which takes place annually in Pueblo Colorado, has officially been postponed. Though there is no current date set for the future, the organizers of this event have eluded to the possibility of it happening in August later this year, assuming that the spread of the Coronavirus is quelled.

International Cannabis Business Conference – Postponed

Europe is another hard-hit country, which is why the date for the International Cannabis Business Conference in Berlin has been changed. The original date was set for April 31st to the 3rd, and for now, organizers have announced a tentative rescheduling date of July 29ththrough the 31st.

Napa Valley Workshops – Postponed

These informational workshops are revered by cannabis enthusiasts as a useful tool, but unfortunately, this special list of events has also announced that they are postponing operations until further notice. Though they do hope to have a new date soon, it’s far too early to tell how long this spell will last, so they have chosen to wait until they know for certain that gathering will be safe for all participants.

Natural Products Expo West – Postponed

This natural product trade show was supposed to happen between March 3rd and 7th, but sanctions to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 forced organizers to postpone to a later date that has yet to be provided to attendees or vendors.

New England Cannabis Convention – Postponed

This regional conference has grown exponentially over the last few years, and leaders of the cannabis industry had originally planned to gather from March 20th to the 22nd. Pre-purchased tickets and registration fees will be kept and honored once the event is rescheduled, but right now, we aren’t sure exactly when that will be.

NoCo Hemp Expo – Postponed

This Hemp Expo in Denver was initially planned for the 26thof March, and it was supposed to run until the 28th, but now it is set to take place from August 6th to the 8th at the same original location.

Southern Hemp Expo – Cancelled

Hemp Expos have become much more popular since the big CBD boom, but unfortunately, the Southern Hemp Expo has been postponed indefinitely from its original date of August 14th and 15th. Event organizers have promised a make-up date in the future, so stay tuned for further updates as the situation unfolds.

Spannabis – Postponed

This amazing annual pot festival happens at the same time every year in Barcelona, Spain, and it was intended to begin on March 13th, but instead, organizers have promised a rescheduled date at some point in the fall later this year.

SXSW – Cancelled

For the first time in 34 years, SXSW organizers have had no choice but to completely cancel on interested participants. Despite hopeful announcements, earlier that seemed to imply it would go on no matter what, the city of Austin Texas shut it down on March 5th, with no plan to reschedule amid Coronavirus fears.

420 Broward Festival – Postponed

This 420 friendly bash normally has a huge turnout, and though organizers are sure that it will happen at some point in 2020 in Florida, it has been postponed with yet a new schedule date.

420 Toronto Festival - Postponed

Toronto's 420 festival is one of the biggest in the region, but unfortunately, this year, instead of an April celebration, the event won’t take place until July 4th, exactly one month after its original scheduled date.

420 Vancouver – Cancelled

British Columbia is one of the few provinces to entirely ban large gatherings of more than 250 people, and as a result, the organizers of the 420 Vancouver festivals have decided to cancel the annual celebration altogether in the best interest of all attendees.

Do you know of any other impacted cannabis events in the world? If so, feel free to drop a comment down below to spread the word to those who might be eagerly awaiting news. Cancellations are expected to continue, so this list will grow exponentially in the weeks to come.

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