How To Plan Your Marijuana Meeting Strategy

The legal status of marijuana in a growing number of states poses new challenges for meeting planners.

Cannabis Legalization Meetings 2020

When Illinois became the 11th state to legalize the recreational use and sale of cannabis this past June, the move was seen by many as a tipping point.

"It's a major milestone," said one supporter, predicting that, with the Prairie State on board, this once taboo activity could go mainstream. By January 2020, when the Illinois law goes into effect, 30 percent of the U.S. population will live in a place where it's legal for adults to possess and consume marijuana for recreational use. It's also legal in the District of Columbia, and another 22 states permit it for medical purposes only.

The boom poses questions for the meetings and events industry. Will we be seeing bud bars at receptions or marijuana-laced edibles in swag bags? Will pot tastings be the new wine tastings? 

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