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Canna-Curious by Cleopatra Cohen: A Guide to MJBIZCON LAS VEGAS 2019 After-Parties

How and where to attend- and why these events are vital for networking at the largest cannabis conference in America.

Viva Las Vegas! Welcome to the most anticipated business conference in the North American cannabis industry. Among all of the glittering lights, showgirls, delicious smells, and 24/7 tempting opportunities to blow your holiday bonus, company executives and employees hope to walk away with one thing from this event: New 2020 opportunities to grow, profit and evolve…yielded from efficient networking, and aligning with the right companies or media to achieve their business goals. And of course, c’mon, it’s Vegas, so obviously to let loose and have a great time!

You could potentially change the course of your business if you make just 10 meaningful networking relationships made at this conference. With over 35,000 expected attendees though, how do you know who to talk to, without wasting a bunch of time and missing the real opportunities?

Company executives and industry leaders all know one very crucial secret about these very large and saturated conferences. It’s that the people you want to meet, the ones who can really make things happen, will be at the private after-parties. Consider it; when you are walking the floor of the conference and see a booth for a company that you are interested in speaking with, the chances that you will find and speak to an executive level employee in person are slim. 

Most companies have marketing teams that work these events, while the executives hang in the speakers area, or are taking meetings throughout the day. Their time is valuable, so it is usually limited to more private and curated events suited for the executive level audience. Being at the right parties and events can provide a more direct opportunity for networking directly with the decision makers of canna-business.

Enjoy this guide to some of the season’s most anticipated events, and be sure to create calendar reminders, because with all the canna-curious and canna-business people descending upon Las Vegas this year, there is a plethora to choose from. Not all events are free, some are charity focused, and not all are open to the public. These are some of the  industry insights and experiences I’ve had in the past, as well as a curated list of events that are so cool, even we at NUGL Media are sponsoring and promoting them.

National Women of Cannabis Conference

Event Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Event Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Event Location: Mansion 54, Las Vegas

Event Description: The National Women of Cannabis Conference is a female driven organization designed to provide events that engage and empower women in the marijuana and hemp industry.

Our National Women of Cannabis Conference in Las Vegas, will be a full day of networking, collaboration and empowerment while highlighting women entrepreneurs and addressing issues and progress in the cannabis industry.

This event is open to all seeking to create an industry of equality.


Bash for Veterans’ Cannabis Access, Sponsored by Surna Inc.

Event Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Event Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Event Location: Westgate Las Vegas Ballroom A, 3000 Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 89109

Event description: Join us as we celebrate the positive impact cannabis has had on many veteran lives and raise funds to help improve veterans’ access across America. Surna presents Operation Cannabis: A Bash for Veterans’ Cannabis Access, a fundraiser for Veterans Cannabis Project (VCP). The event will include drinks, hor d’oeuvres, remarks from special guests (TBD), live music, and the opportunity to connect with VCP executive director Doug Distaso and veterans who are dedicated to fighting for veterans’ cannabis access.


The Grasslands Party – Powered by Boveda

Event Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Event Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Event Location: Private

“Our annual party at MJBizCon is our single-biggest business development and marketing spend of the year, and so The Grasslands Party is our opportunity to reconnect with our industry-leading clients—and welcome our prospects, collaborators and friends into our PR agency’s ecosystem.” Grasslands specializes in public relations, thought leadership and content marketing for clients in cannabis, hemp and other highly regulated industries. “The Grasslands Party has always been more of a networking gathering than anything else. My colleagues and I are organic connectors, and our parties—which we’ve thrown at SXSW, NCIA, O’Cannabiz, MJBizCons in multiple states and elsewhere—are our opportunity to show our guests our unique perspective and singular ability to position them (and their brands) where they want to be seen.” – Ricardo Baca, Founder & CEO of Grasslands: A Journalism-Minded Agency.

Event Description: Back by popular demand, The Grasslands Party, powered by Boveda, is a high-level networking gathering for the modern cannabis and hemp professional produced by Grasslands, a leading public relations and thought leadership agency founded by AdCann Marketer of the Year, and two-time TEDx veteran, Ricardo Baca. Invited attendees will enjoy an open bar, passed apps, entertainment, and a whimsical assortment of activations, not to mention a guest list that includes high-level cannabis and hemp professionals from around the globe. 

MJBizCon attendees can apply for an invitation at, and because capacity is limited, preference will be shown to industry professionals registering via their brand’s email address. Only invited guests with confirmed RSVPs will be allowed entry.


The Cannabis Collective

Event Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Event Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Event Location: Classic Jewel Vegas

353 E Bonneville Ave, Las Vegas

Event Description: Join the diversity and inclusion conversation as our special guests! Take part in an informative panel discussion with cannabis business owners and operators, community leaders and policy makers, be the first to screen a groundbreaking series produced by award winning Urban Grow Media and get a glimpse into the future of social responsibility. The Cannabis Collective is a private event for the media, industry influencers and our sponsors.

Click Here to Learn More and Register

The IJCA Kosher Fundraiser at MJBizCon 2019

Where my Jews at? What up Tribe—little do most know, we have been smoking the Sacrament for Ages- studying its health benefits, and keeping cool, beneath the radar during the war on drugs…like we do when persecution is upon us. Now we can really enjoy the High Holy Days- openly, as the tolerant, nature loving culture that we are. Check out these Kosher cannabis activities, with one of the most progressive religious and cultural organizations in the world. Besides, in the true spirit of our culture- they offer you a discount – the proper Jewish way to approach any purchase. (I speak from experience.)

Event Date:  Thursday, December 12, 2019

Event Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Event Location: Jerusalem Mediterranean Chef’s Table

Presentations By: Rabbi Cohen

The International Jewish Cannabis Association is hosting an event during MJBizCon Las Vegas uniting the kosher and halal cannabis community and everyone in-between! This will be the ultimate destination before the MJBizCon awards! Join us to celebrate our unifying mission and outreach efforts that have:

– Educated thousands of people this year on the risks and benefits of cannabis

– Empowered multiple communities of veterans and seniors to consider cannabis as an alternative to prescription medications

– Brought together clergy, consumers, research scientists, physicians, and passionate entrepreneurs by providing a platform to give back to a unifying social cause.

~Whole Kosher Services; Ben Temer

~ The IJCA Special Guests : CannaTech, Tripping Kosher

Tickets include: a high-end steakhouse buffet with vegetarian options and salad bar, an all-you-can-drink open liquor bar, with indoor and outdoor seating areas and music provided by a live DJ. This promises to be the premier event to connect with thought leaders, researchers, investors and other like-minded entrepreneurs. Donations raised will directly benefit the non-profit mission of The International Jewish Cannabis Association.

18% discount code for MjBizCon attendees: MjBizCon

Click Here to Learn More and Register

A Cannabis and Cocktails Networking Event: presented by Shannabis

Event Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019

Event Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Event Location: King Solomon’s Table Las Vegas, Nevada

Event Description: Directly following the MJBizDaily Awards, you’re cordially invited to a cannabis and cocktails networking event. Presented by Shannabis in affiliation with MJBIZCON. Come network about cannabis while we feast and sip on cocktails. Welcoming the first recipients of the “Puffy Awards!” Thursday, December 12th, 2019, 4pm-7pm at King Solomon’s Table, Las Vegas, Nevada

Hosted by: Melissa Skipworth, Misty Lee, Jennifer Mendoza, and Joseph Bancheri

$70 per person. Includes 1 adult beverage, food, and entertainment.


DREAM Hosted by WOW Organics

Event Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019

Event Time: 10:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Event Location: The MEET Las Vegas

Editor’s Note: I attended this event last year, and it was probably the most extravagant theatrical immersive experience, of all of the events I attended. This is more of a great time than a business networking mixer- but also expect to meet a bunch of interesting people. Expect long lines at the doors and bars- with an exciting energy throughout the event. Disclosure: NUGL Media is an official sponsor of this event.

Event Description: Directly following the MJBizDaily Awards, this is a fun networking event for professionals to officially launch WOW Organics, a hemp extraction company with a focus on health, wellness, and anti-aging products.

We’ve created an immersive networking experience to delight all six senses. Beautiful visuals await the eyes. A story that unfolds from beginning to end will delight the mind. Inside, you’ll find sensory delights and a spectacle all throughout the night. 

This will be a high-end, classy, and professional event that speaks to the highest values within our industry. We’re connecting the cannabis and hemp industry professionals for a night of networking and relaxation within an environment to step the networking party presentation to a new level.

+ Acrobatic performances to embody the elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Wind, and Spirit

+ 40 foot “Nature Dome” to bring you into our elemental oasis

+ Fully immersive experiential event to explore, discover, and network

+ Ice Sculpture Garden

***Who is WOW Organics?

WOW Organics was founded on the ideals of selfless service and devotion to Veterans and the women of our world. Together, we endeavor to help improve public health and make a positive impact on the people and global communities we serve.


Arcane Revelry x California Cannabis Coalition/ @Jerome Baker Designs 

Event Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Event Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Event Location: Private

Editor’s Note: Exclusive networking provided by a nationally known private event series. From coast-to-oast, these events are notorious for lavish themes, attention to detail, their incorporation of The Arts, for social justice driven missions. This event is for brands looking to network and schmooze with,decision makers from all parts of the industry, city council and government officials who are pro cannabis, media moguls, celebrities, and musicians. Expect a few hundred guests, invite only, networking heavy, great food and drinks to keep you with us, private location allows smoking, and a few celebrity sightings, and DJ. Disclosure: I have a working relationship with this company. 

Event Description: Come together with the most exclusive producer of Cannabis Events -Arcane Revelry along with Mobile Media Kings and Green Holdings- at MJBIZCON Las Vegas. Premium networking with the biggest and most sustainable industry leaders, unite in change to collectively explore like – mindedness and shared goals from leaders across the world. Your attendance and donations to support the leader in cannabis policy reform, the California Cannabis Coalition in its lobbying efforts.

Our signature co-branded events will feature some of the biggest brands and companies with thought leaders, influencers, celebrities, and c – suite professionals. Network with the best at the largest Cannabis conference in the country.

MJBizCon goers can apply for an invitation HERE

Capacity is limited, preference will be shown, so feel free to reach out directly to the California Cannabis Coalition for more details. Only invited guests with confirmed RSVPs will be allowed entry.

Golden Key 3.0- by Golden Key Ventures

Event Date: Dec 12th, 2019

Event Time: 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

Event Location: Secret Locale, Las Vegas

Editor’s Note: Want to attend the Golden Key 3.0 event? Well, good luck to you. Getting into this event, is like the Arcane Revelry events, where exclusivity is the basis of the event series. For celebrities and influencers, they do not want to be at a place where everyone can go. It has to be special. The Golden Key 3.0 event hosts a myriad of great food, tech, networking, brands,  and the feeling of something “really special”. Mingle with some of the greatest minds in luxury, during the conference… if you can get in.

Event Description: The Golden Key Party offers a highly exclusive, multi-sensory-immersion experience for founders, executives, investors, and influencers in the cannabis and hemp industries. This year, we will ask our guests to journey through the history of cannabis culture. Our title sponsor, Gateway Proven Strategies, will provide guests a personalized passport to guide them through the experiences as they travel along the “Silk Road” following the spread of cannabis throughout history. Each of these cultural experiences will have a communal element at the core to “break the ice” between our guests.  

Our title sponsor, Gateway Proven Strategies (GPS) is Headquartered in Denver, Colorado and serves both the international hemp and marijuana industries. GPS was founded by two of the top cannabis industry leaders, Bob Hoban and Charles Feldmann, merging their respective consultancies HLG Global and Feldmann Worldwide Cannabis Advisors. These guys work with world leaders across the globe to help stimulate economies by leveraging hemp as an export. They are literally paving the way for a global cannabis economy. 

 Coupling a carefully curated guest list of decision-makers and influencers, with an immersive, educational and absolutely memorable experience, the Golden Key Party aims to cultivate strong partnerships amongst both guests and sponsors. 

This is one epic adventure you won’t want to miss! Do you have the key?


Chef Matt at The Tyson Ranch Estate Mansion 

Event Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2019

Event Time: 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Event Location: Tyson Ranch Estate Mansion-Las Vegas 

Editor’s Note: If you have ever met Chef Matt, you would quickly realize that he is one of the most likeable people on the planet. If you don’t agree, this is not the party for you. Based in Los Angeles, Chef Matt brings southern style recipes and techniques, and creates a curated upscale demonstration of his unique talents. Two parts passion to one part loving care. I can not confirm if the tiger will be at the Tyson Mansion, but I can confirm I will be there to support this industry leader, and eat all of his delicious offerings.

Event Description: We are honored and excited to share our upcoming event to be held at the ONLY 420-friendly venue in Las Vegas! This venue holds up to 400 people with smoking allowed inside the Mansion! We are looking for current LEADERS in the industry, such as your organization, to collaborate with during this EPIC evening and week of MJBIZCON events. Please click on the link below to see the deck. Please note that packages can be edited to fit the needs of your organization. We appreciate you considering our proposal for sponsorship. 

We only have a few vendor spots left! Don’t miss out…


The Las Vegas annual conference has grown exponentially since its inception since 2012.. It remains one of the most anticipated events in the industry; a place to unite, and opportunity to blossom. Even if you have to sleep for a month when you get home, from this  3-day marathon in ostentatious desert. Be sure to check out these events; they are a cornerstone of the cannabis industry and one of the greatest experiences you will have at the conference…if you are lucky enough to attend. 

By: Cleopatra Cohen

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