WeedWeek High Society — Vegas, October 2021

By Alex Halperin
Nov 4, 2021
Machine Gun Kelly, Photo by Sam Cahill @samcahill

Cannabiz tribes gathered in Vegas last month for the industry’s largest jamboree since December 2019. Back then there was only one tentpole conference, MJBizCon, and none of us had heard of the coronavirus. This year, tens of thousands of industry professionals returned to MJBizCon while also checking out a new rival conference, MJUnpacked, at the Mandalay Bay.

Of course there were dozens of parties, dinners, networking free-for-alls, not-so-secret seshes, brunches, awards ceremonies and other chances to celebrate how far the industry has come, and to plan for the road ahead. Here are a few of our favorite pics from the festivities.   

And remember, do your part to make High Society possible, get vaccinated.


Machine Gun Kelly performs at the launch for Audacious, a new brand at AUSA Corp., an MSO led by CEO Terry Booth, who previously started Canadian operator Aurora

Photo by Sam Cahill


Brian Vicente (left), founding partner of powerhouse law firm Vicente Sederberg and board president of the National Hispanic Cannabis Council, speaks to the group at a Las Vegas gathering.  


In a power huddle, Christopher Jorge, marketing and social media coordinator of diagnostics company bioMérieux; Lisa Buffo, CEO and founder of Cannabis Marketing Association; Emily Wells, membership coordinator of Cannabis Marketing Association; Maggie DiSantis, Strategic Growth Marketing, Cannabis/Nutraceuticals at bioMérieux; and Durée Ross, president and CEO of PR firm Durée & Company.

Photo courtesy of Duree and Company


Jacqueline McGrane, SVP business development at extraction system company Boulder Creek Technologies, hangs out at the Grasslands party.

Photo courtesy of Grasslands


Supplier Item Grabber Green‘s Scott Martin and Pat Johnson, CEO of Mimo Cash Handling Solutions on the floor at MJBizCon.

Courtesy Mimo Cash Handling Solutions


Jake Wall, Chief Innovation Officer at Maison Bloom and House of Puff CEO Kristina Lopez Adduci at KIKI at the COPA, the first in an event series the companies are hosting together. This one was at the Velveteen Rabbit, a cocktail bar in Vegas’ downtown arts district.



The Darwin Brands lion gets acquainted with cannabis icon Tommy Chong at MJUnpacked. (Reprint)

Courtesy: Darwin


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