We dove into preparing this issue for press just as we returned from Cannabis Conference 2019 (produced by Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary) in Las Vegas, Nev. While we launched the show three years ago, this was the first time we incorporated dispensary education and exhibitors into what was previously a cultivation-focused event. The landmark three-day conference united plant-touching businesses under one roof. The results were, for me, unforgettable.

Few opportunities exist where you can get together with not only your peers, but also your retail counterparts in this industry, and have the forum to learn together and have in-depth discussions about the challenges and opportunities you face. There was a definite spirit of collaboration throughout the entire event. Breeders and cultivation experts, scientists and extraction innovators, business owners and operations managers, university professors and researchers, dispensary owners and senior staff hailing from businesses of all scopes and sizes came together to share their passion for the cannabis plant, this industry and their roles in it.

"If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room."

Thanks to your valued feedback and that of our advisory board and speakers, this year stood out to me as nearing the pinnacle of education for plant-touching businesses. There is a saying, “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” As I sat in sessions, visited the speaker lounge and walked the exhibit hall to chat with attendees and exhibitors, I knew I was definitely in the right room.

But there is always room for improvement, and the Cannabis Conference team is already working to make Cannabis Conference 2020 the best one yet. (Save the date: April 21-23, 2020, at Paris Las Vegas!) If you have suggestions you’d like to share, feel free to email me anytime.