Last month, Grasshopper Kiosks travelled from Oakland to Las Vegas to attend MJBizCon, a conference sponsored by the news outlet Marijuana Business Daily. With over 18,000 exhibitors and attendees, it is one of the largest cannabis conferences in the world. This year we partnered with Keef Brands to sponsor a branded kiosk and demonstration for Keef Cola and Oilstix.
The constituents of this event might surprise the average cannabis user – there were no lit joints or free dab hits, as an attendee might see at the more public-facing Cannabis Cup. Instead, MJBizCon attracts the Wall Street and Silicon Valley types, those interested in bringing a corporate attitude to cannabis
Since its inception in 2012, MJBizCon’s immense and steady growth has shown the increase in business development and enterprise within the cannabis industry. With California’s recreational legalization going into effect in January of 2018, the conference was abuzz with excitement. George Blakenship, former executive at both Apple and Tesla, spoke about the promising union between technology and cannabis. "Sooner or later, you're going to be able to say, 'Alexa, send me an eighth of flower,’ ” he said during his keynote speech on the first night of the event.
As both a cannabis and retail technology company, Grasshopper Kiosks occupies an exciting space within the industry. 2018 will bring shifts in the landscape as California dispensaries prepare for the impending wave of recreational users. They will also have to compete with numerous delivery services by enhancing the brick-and-mortar experience. Grasshopper Kiosks aims to help dispensaries stay competitive by creating an automated express line for customers who know exactly what they want.
The range of business types at the conference went well-beyond traditional flower or concentrate companies. Some of our favorites included Futurola, a joint-rolling machine, Hippo, a luxury packaging company, and Genifer M, a cannabis jewelry brand. 2018 is poised to be an innovative and exciting year for the cannabis industry, and we’re thrilled to be at the forefront of what we might one day call the tech-cannabis revolution.