The Phoenix Convention Center at night.

Gage Skidmore

Imperious Expo 2017 Coming to Phoenix, Arizona on April 12-13

The first Imperious Expo of 2017 is coming to the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona this April 12-13.

The Imperious Expo is one of the nation’s leading business-to-business cannabis conferences with an emphasis on the medical and industrial cannabis industries. Each conference boasts a unique array of cannabis industry speakers, and this year’s Phoenix, AZ location promises a blend of west coast, central, and east coast cannabis expertise. Furthermore, the extensive list of exhibitors who will be attending the Phoenix Imperious Expo includes industry representation from legalized markets around the U.S.

Expert speakers will give presentations on topics such as cultivation, extraction, insurance, legal issues, licensing, sustainability, water and more.

Arizona State Representative Mark Cardenas will deliver Wednesday’s keynote address and Shaping Fire podcast host Shango Los will be delivering Thursday’s keynote. Taylor West of the NCIA, Laura and Casey Rivero of Yerba Beuna Farms, Oregon and Nancy Whiteman of Wana Brands, Colorado will be speaking along with an array of national cannabis industry experts. You can view the full list here.

“Arizona cannabis entrepreneurs have a great opportunity. Not only do they have talented growers and extractors locally, but the state is so gorgeous that it is a great place to visit to get high and explore nature,” said Los. “I am excited to be speaking at the Imperious Expo event and have the opportunity to meet some of the state’s top cannabis players.”

David Murét, co-founder of Viridian Staffing, will take up the role of the event’s MC after playing a similar part at the inaugural Imperious Expo held last year in Tacoma, Washington.

“As with any enterprise, putting on a successful cannabis industry conference comes down to the quality of the team. And while relative newcomers to the cannabis industry, the team behind Imperious have been putting on successful tradeshows for years,” said Murét. “But, in an industry saturated with events, that isn’t enough. What ultimately won us over is their commitment to respecting the intelligence of their attendees and creating a valuable experience for all stakeholders. They aren’t just in it to turn a profit. We respect that.”

“We haven’t changed our focus or direction from last year,” said Imperious Expo founder Eric Norton. “We promote the legal medical and industrial benefits of cannabis, emphasizing the business sector, with a primary goal of connecting business to business (B2B).”

Norton says that Arizona’s thriving medical cannabis program is what originally caught his eye a few years back, but also that the state’s central location makes it more attractive to industry members who are further from the west coast. “Phoenix is only a few short hours by car to San Diego, LA, and Las Vegas — that makes it ideal for a trade show location in the cannabis industry,” he said.

Tickets are available online for the 2017 Phoenix Imperious Expo; two-day passes cost $148, a one-day pass costs $88.

If you are unable to attend the Imperious Expo in Phoenix, start planning now for their October Imperious Expo in Los Angeles.