Frequently Asked Questions

July 25–27, 2018
San Jose, CA

Have Questions About CBS2018?

We have answers.

General

CBS2018 will take place from July 25-27, 2018 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA. 

The projected attendance for CBS2018 is 7,500+ cannabis industry professionals, with 85% having purchasing power or decision-making authority. Read more about who attends CBS2018.

Expo hall hours will 11-7 on Thursday, July 26 and 11-4 on Friday, July 27. View more about our expo hall here.

We're very excited to announce James M. Cole, author of the recently rescinded Cole Memo and Former Deputy Attorney General of the United States. Visit our keynote speaker page for more details.

Pass Descriptions and Registration

  • Access to all keynote and breakout sessions of July 26-27, 2018
  • Customize your event experience by hopping between themed tracks to attend the sessions most relevant to you
  • Breakfast, lunch and networking reception access
  • Access to all available speaker slides and MP3s on-demand post-conference 
  • Access to Pre-Summit programs on July 25, 2018 required separate purchase
  • Access to all keynote and breakout sessions of July 26-27, 2018
  • Customize your event experience by hopping between themed tracks to attend the sessions most relevant to you
  • Breakfast, lunch and networking reception access
  • Access to all available speaker slides and MP3s on-demand post-conference 
  • Access to Pre-Summit programs on July 25, 2018 requires separate purchase
  • Access to more than 120,000 square feet of expo floor and more than 400 exhibitors on July 26-27, 2018
  • Breakfast, lunch and networking reception access on the expo floor
  • Access to all available speaker slides and MP3s on-demand post-conference

Of course! The more the merrier. We have group discounts available depending on how many team members you plan on sending. Contact Luke at luke@gsmiweb.com for more information.

No, discount codes do not apply to all products. Registration discounts apply only to the "Conference & Expo Pass" full ticket.

Yes. You may transfer your registration to your lucky colleague. Be sure to give us as much notice as possible, otherwise they’ll be wondering why their name badge has your name on it.

You should receive a confirmation receipt from registration@gsmiweb.com immediately after your transaction is completed. If you do not see the email in your inbox then please be sure to check your spam folder in case it got flagged as spam.

Yes. Not all sessions prepare PowerPoint presentations but for those that do, we be emailing a bit.ly link to you during the event so you can download the presentations slides in a PDF format. Don’t worry, we have several staff on-site that can answer any questions about any problems accessing conference materials online.

Hotel and Travel

Cannabis Business Summit & Expo 2018 will be held at the San Jose Convention Center located at 150 West San Carlos Street in San Jose, CA 95113.

Read more about the venue here.

Cannabis Business Summit & Expo 2018 has four official hotels:

300 S Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95110
 
301 S Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
 
170 S. Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
 
 
282 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95113
 
You may find more information about preferred rates and booking on our hotel and travel page.

You may find directions to the San Jose Convention Center here.

There is a paid lot parking at the Center as well as several other street and lot parking options in the area. See here for complete parking information.

Exhibiting

Please contact james.cross@gsmiweb.com to discuss pricing for expo space and sponsorships. All exhibitors must be National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) members to exhibit. Membership must be current and in good status at the time of the event date to set up on the show floor. There will be no exceptions to the membership requirement.

All available space on our expo floor may be viewed on our virtual Floor Plan.

You may get more information about exhibiting at Cannabis Business Summit & Expo here or by reaching out to James Cross, Exhibit Floor Manager, at james.cross@gsmiweb.com.

  1. NCIA events have the highest concentration of legitimate buyers and sellers over any other industry trade show
  2. Over 70% of our attendees have decision-making power, with the remaining 30% having influence over the decision-making process
  3. Have your company represented among the most successful and well-known companies in the industry
  4. Meet with attendees across all areas of the industry, including cultivation, extraction, science laboratories, infused product manufacturers, retail, and many more
  5. Join forces with the only national industry association representing YOUR business needs and advocating for cannabis reform at the federal level
  6. Be part of an award-winning event! Cannabis Business Summit & Expo was winner of Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Award in 2016, honoring the fastest-growing trade shows held in the U.S., the winner of The Denver Post’s The Cannabist Golden Pineapple Award in 2016 for Best Business Event, and #1 Fastest Growing Annual Trade Show in the U.S. in 2017.
  7. Cannabis Business Summit & Expo is one of only two cannabis industry trade shows to be recognized and verified by the Trade Show Industry.

For the past five NCIA conferences, exhibit floor space has sold out about 1-2 months in advance of the event date. We recommend securing your booth at least two months in advance. Please contact james.cross@gsmiweb.com. NOTE: All exhibitors must be National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) members to exhibit. Membership must be current and in good status at the time of the event date to set up on the show floor. There will be no exceptions to the membership requirement.

NCIA Membership

NCIA is the only national trade association advancing the interests of the legitimate and responsible cannabis industry. NCIA is leading the campaign to ensure our businesses are treated fairly under federal law. Below is an overview of NCIA member benefits. To learn more about membership, please visit NCIA's website.

Business intelligence

NCIA members receive exclusive free access to real-time consumer market data through the GreenEdge online portal, brought to members in partnership with BDS Analytics. The portal provides NCIA members with standardized measures of industry sales performance and growth from the four most developed adult retail marijuana markets: California, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon (more states to come!).

Recognition

NCIA members stand out in a rapidly growing industry because they are recognized as responsible businesses that have agreed to a basic code of ethics and are invested in the future of the cannabis industry through their support for NCIA’s work. Members are listed in our online membership directory (with higher level members getting prefered placement), which is a go-to resource for industry leaders. Members also receive a digital “member badge” for their website as well as a sticker and certificate to hang in their facility.

Speaking opportunities and Expert Calling Network

NCIA members may apply to present at any of the association’s national conferences or Quarterly Cannabis Caucuses. Members may also apply to participate in NCIA’s Expert Calling Network, which allows members to list themselves online and be paid by the hour for consulting calls. NCIA members looking to access experts in the network receive a discount on call fees.

Discounts and exclusive services

NCIA members are eligible for exclusive discounts on products and services within the association’s network. Many members report covering 100% of their membership dues or even a net-savings by joining NCIA and taking advantage of member discounts.

Also:

  • All NCIA members have placement in our membership directory on our website. Sponsoring and Sustaining members get their logo instead of just the name.
  • Member News Submission Form for press releases and company news.
  • Member Blog Posts, to be featured on our site and in our newsletter.
  • Free/discounted registration to our ever-growing list of events.
  • NCIA Committees including Infused Products, Legal & Banking, Marketing & Advertising, and more!

Networking Events

NCIA Members enjoy free and discounted registration to our ever-growing list of events, including our Quarterly Cannabis Caucus series. These Caucuses are held in the cannabis industry’s eight most active regions, on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the first month of each quarter. 

To learn more about how to become an NCIA member, please visit NCIA's Website or contact Membership Manager, Jon Dinh at Jon@TheCannabisIndustry.org.

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