October is peak season for marijuana growers’ expos, and there’s a big one coming to Colorado at the end of the month.
The CannaGrow Expo, hosted in Denver from Oct. 29-30, is a gathering for cannabis cultivators who want to learn about the “art and science of growing,” organizers say. The two-day educational event will provide professional insight into the growing business and the agricultural techniques behind it.
The Expo is open to all adults 18 and older, but it’s targeted toward cultivators, grow managers, pot shop owners, and cannabis enthusiasts who want to learn how to grow and harvest the plant. Topics include cultivation technology, tools, and techniques, organizers say on their website.
The event will feature 25 classes focused on cultivation, each taught by “world-class growers.” Networking and an open expo hall with vendor displays will also be included.
Educational sessions will include a lecture on “Cultivation 101,” a beginner’s class offered once each day of the expo. The 85 vendors sponsoring the event include major cannabis-themed companies such as Leafly, as well as dozens of cultivation companies, pot shops, marijuana processors, and laboratories.
“If you care about cultivating world-class cannabis, you need to be at the CannaGrow Expo,” the website says.
Sadly, however, no toking will be allowed at the CannaGrow Expo. Marijuana is legal in Denver, as it is in the rest of Colorado, but the expo is not licensed for pot consumption, and the venue also wouldn’t allow it.
But that means adults between the ages of 18 and 21 are welcome to attend, with or without a medical marijuana card. The event is open to the public, but organizers stress that it’s a professional gathering designed to spread information about effective grow methods.
Organizers have reserved a block of rooms for visitors at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Hotel & Convention Center, at a discounted rate of $129 per night. The hotel is also the site of the expo and is located 10 minutes from Denver International Airport. It’s 20 minutes from downtown Denver.
Costs for attending the CannaGrow Expo itself vary. A full two-day pass runs $499 per person, while a single-day pass (either Saturday, Oct. 29 or Sunday, Oct. 30) costs $229 per adult. Interested growers may also purchase the full set of slides and other educational materials presented at the expo for $1,195. That cost does not cover attendance at the event itself.
Check-in starts 9 a.m. Saturday in the lobby of the hotel. Two 50-minute lectures are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., with three choices offered during each session. Lunch runs from noon to 1 p.m., followed by three classes at 1 p.m., two classes at 2 p.m., and an ice cream break at 3 p.m. Saturday’s events will finish with a networking round table and a cocktail hour starting at 5 p.m.
Sunday’s events starts at 9 a.m. with registration and coffee. Classes begin at 10 a.m., following the same schedule as Saturday until 3 p.m., followed by a tea hour and two final panel discussions. The expo closes at 5 p.m.
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