On June 8th and 9th, mere days before the Canadian government approved the legalization of adult-use cannabis, thousands of eager industry entrepreneurs and thought leaders gathered outside of Toronto, Ontario for the aptly-named O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo. Covering all sides of the industry, including topics such as cultivation, policy, wellness, and finance, the event is a must-attend for anyone looking to be a part of what is projected to be a CAD$9.2 billion dollar industry by 2025.
“If we’re looking at the world’s hottest cannabis cities of 2018, Toronto rests firmly in the top three,” said Ricardo Baca, founder of full-service public relations agency Grasslands and the marijuana news site The Cannabist. “And nestled between mega-conferences MJBizConInt’l and Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo was O’Cannabiz, solidifying Toronto as perhaps Canada’s most important marijuana business hub in these historic months leading up to federal implementation.”
“O’Cannabiz 2018 was the best show yet! Our attendance doubled over last year,” exclaimed Neill Dixon, President of O’Cannabiz.
Speakers Focus on Emerging Market Trends, What’s Ahead
Attendees of O’Cannabiz were treated to a well-rounded group of speakers and panelists representing various sectors of the industry.
“I have really enjoyed participating as a speaker at O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo for the past two years,” said Joshua Crossney, President & Founder of CSC Events, LLC, hosts of the upcoming Cannabis Science Conference. “I feel that cross-border relationships and collaborations are crucial to the growth of the global cannabis market, especially given the federal classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug in the U.S. on the Controlled Substances Act.”
Cannabis Now Senior Editor and fellow speaker Ellen Holland called the energy at the event “electric.”
“A highlight was activist Jodie Emery discussing how the new law fails to provide amnesty for Canadians previously arrested for marijuana,” Continue Reading