Know before you go! If you have plans to attend the numerous hemp or cannabis expo this Spring, check again. Multiple cannabis and hemp business conferences have been postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The lists the NoCo Hemp Expo in Denver, Colorado; the group’s planned Southern Hemp Expo; and the National Cannabis Risk Management Association in Las Vegas, Nevada. The announcements mark at least the fourth or fifth cannabis industry events to be affected by the spreading COVID-19 virus.
With the threat expected to wane in the warm summer months, organizers for The NoCo Hemp Expo has been rescheduled for August, while new dates for the Southern Hemp Expo and the NCRMA have not yet been announced. Colorado’s Hemp Expo is in its seventh year, while the Southern Hemp Expo, originally scheduled for August in Nashville, Tennessee, is in its third year.
According to Morris Beegle, producer for the NoCo Hemp Expo, “The health and safety of all participants remain a top priority. We want to provide attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff, industry partners, and others involved in the Expo enough time to rework their schedules and plan accordingly for the newly announced August dates. … We look forward to creating a robust, powerhouse event in August and appreciate everyone’s support.”
Organizers for Spannabis and the New England Cannabis Convention have postposed the events amid coronavirus fears, bringing the total of postponed cannabis industry events to at least seven. NECANN was scheduled for later this month at the Hynes Center in Boston, Massachusetts; Spannabis was scheduled to take place in Barcelona, Spain this weekend, from March 13-15.
Spannabis decided to postpone the event after “extraordinary measures” were announced by top officials in Catalonia, Spain. “Much to our regret, …. gatherings of more than 1,000 people at indoor or outdoor events have been banned, in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus in Catalonia. … We have tried as hard as possible to hold Spannabis normally, but under these circumstances, we have no alternative.”
NECANN still lists dates for planned conventions in Chicago, Illinois, Burlington, Vermont, Springfield, Massachusetts, Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Portland, Maine.