Whether you’re looking for marijuana yoga, budtender parties, industry conferences, or professional development, the January calendar is loaded in L.A.
January is the beginning of California’s new recreational cannabis era, and SoCal is smoking with bushels of marijuana events. We’ve hand-picked a potent list of the best cannabis events in southern California and the greater Los Angeles area in the first month of the new year. Powwow, network, or smoke up with new friends and cannabis industry bigwigs at these parties, festivals, industry night events, conferences, or professional seminars intended for you and your fellow marijuana or industry enthusiasts.
TUESDAY, JAN. 2
Free LA Budtender Appreciation Party
The price is right for this budtender appreciation party being thrown at a luxurious private location that’s fully stocked with a pool, hot tub, foosball table, ping pong table, and a PlayStation with a big-screen TV. Catered light food and non-alcoholic beverages will be served, and dispensary partners will be on hand with plenty of donated samples to distribute. The event, naturally, is intended exclusively for active and current budtenders with present industry affiliation.
7 p.m., Beverly Hills, CA, Address provided with RSVP
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3
Yoga and Cannabis in Beverly Hills
On the first Wednesday of the new year — and every Wednesday, for that matter — a luxurious private venue hosts a professional yoga team to help you build your body and expand your mind. Admission includes a high-end vape pen and a free oil cartridge to warm you up for yoga.
7 p.m., Beverly Hills, CA, Address provided upon ticket purchase
SATURDAY, JAN. 6
Cannabis Compliance and Regulation Group
Whether you’re a grower, a budtender, a distributor, a dispensary operator, a packager, or a delivery person, you’re welcome to join this professional meetup specific to playing by the industry’s new rules in California.
10 a.m., Coffee Bakery House at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino, Bell Gardens, CA
Cannabis 411: Build a Cannabis Business in California’s Legal Market
Get firsthand advice from cannabis attorneys, tax experts, compliance consultants, and financial advisers at this all-day networking and coaching event for cannabis professionals.
10 a.m., Santa Monica, CA, Address provided on ticket purchase
FRIDAY, JAN. 12 – SUNDAY, JAN. 14, 2018
Cannabis Women’s Empowerment Summit
Women occupy leadership positions in the cannabis industry far more than in most others. Kalogia, a sort of LinkedIn for cannabis professionals social network, is hosting this weekend-long summit to “address the topics of leadership, branding, sales, and finance” within the industry.
$99 advance, $139 at the door
6:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1615 16th St., Santa Monica, CA
THURSDAY, JAN. 18 AND FRIDAY, JAN. 19
Cannabis Compliance Educational Seminar
Attend either Thursday or Friday’s seminar that provides expert legal, regulatory, real estate, and banking guidance from the industry specialists at JLD Network.
9 a.m., Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel, 6101 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24 – FRIDAY, JAN. 26
Extraxx Conference & Expo
Billing itself as “the only Expo and Conference dedicated to the manufacturing segment of the marijuana industry,” Extraxx has a stellar line-up of CEOs, consultants, safety experts, and industry celebrities for this three-day professional conference and expo. Learn techniques and best practices from leaders in the fields of oils, concentrates, food products, and topicals. This is a non-consumption, business-to-business events with no display, sale, trade, or usage of marijuana or cannabis products permitted onsite.
Single-day passes $100, Full registration $599
8 a.m, LA Mart — The Reef, 1933 South Broadway Street, Los Angeles, CA
SATURDAY, JAN. 27
California Marijuana Dispensary Agent (Budtender) Training
Select your choice of two separate four-hour sessions of professional training (8 a.m-Noon or 1:30-5:30 p.m.) to boost your budtending resume and equip you with the skills and vocabulary to succeed in California’s new recreational marijuana workplace. Even if you have no legal experience in the industry, you’ll stand out as a candidate with this crash course in cannabinoids and terpenes, the human body’s endocannabinoid system, how to manage point-of-sale and inventory systems, and how to greet and interview patients or customers.
8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn LAX/El Segundo, 2100 East Mariposa Avenue, El Segundo, CA