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US (LV): Sold out Marijuana Business Conference surrounded by excitement

This week the global cannabis industry gathered at the Rio in Las Vegas for the 5th edition of the annual Marijuana Business Conference & Expo. The sold-out event, which is hosted by Marijuana Business Daily and attracted more than 10,000 visitors, really illustrated today's potential of the U.S. cannabis industry.

Especially now that more states have voted a 'yes' for legalization, the U.S. marijuana industry is more booming than ever. While some in the industry say that they are experiencing legal uncertainty after the election of Trump, most of the entrepreneurs clearly aren't moving away from the huge opportunities that this fairly new investment market has to offer them.

In fact, while the event expected to welcome about 7,500 visitors, the organization eventually sold more than 10,000 entry passes. Only business people and investors were allowed in and had to buy an entry ticket which were on sale starting at 399,- USD. Eventually it even became too crowded in the Rio, that the organization eventually did not allow more people in due to fire safety regulations.

The Las Vegas event was surrounded by excitement around the recent recreational legalization of marijuana in the states of Nevada, California, Massachusetts and Maine. These states followed in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington state, which legalized recreational pot in 2012, and Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia, which did so two years ago.

Dutch horticultural supplier Marcel Schulte of HollandGaas visited the show and submitted these pictures

The more than 300 exhibitors at the trade show were active in the field of cannabis real estate, investment, climate technology, post harvest processing equipment, crop protection, fertilizers, supplemental lighting, general hydroponic and greenhouse supplies as well as consultancy agencies and complete turn key project management. Besides the trade show an extensive seminar and panel discussion program was organized, alongside hundreds of side events with a focus on the burgeoning commercial cannabis industry.

Marketing Manager Stella Thomas of Ludvig Svensson, Inc. was so kind to send us a few pictures of the event. Thomas spoke of a very successful event and said it was one of the busiest trade shows that she has ever been to since she joined the company. Click here to see her photo report

Exhibitors spoke of a very successful event and informed us that there are 150 new exhibitors on the waiting list for the next edition of the event, which will be held at a bigger Las Vegas Convention Center on 15-17 November 2017. For more information, please visit