RENTON, Wash. — More than 40 of the top marijuana retail stores in Washington will have face-to-face meetings with producers, processors and wholesale reps at the Fall Interchange, a fast-paced, buyer-seller networking event on Nov. 9-10 at the Renton Pavilion.
The event, hosted by Marijuana Venture, expands on the success of the first Interchange, where about 50 state-licensed businesses participated in June.
“Interchange was a huge success because the industry here needed a show like this to happen,” says Greg James, publisher of Marijuana Venture.
Because producer/processors significantly outnumber retailers in Washington, many growers have a tough time setting up face-to-face meetings with retail buyers. Meanwhile, retailers don’t have enough time to meet with every grower or test every sample. Interchange offers a solution for both sides of the industry, saving buyers and sellers time.
“Normally growers would have to book appointments weeks in advance to meet with just one buyer,” James says. “Then they have to compete for the attention of buyers who are busy managing the store.”
Producer/processors attending Fall Interchange will have more than 20 scheduled meetings with retail buyers from all over Washington, plus networking opportunities during and after the event.
James says the primary goal is to facilitate sales for Washington’s cannabis industry and save operators the time and expense of driving all over the state.
Breakfast and lunch are included for attendees, and there will be a hosted cocktail hour after the first day.
All attendees must comply with Liquor and Cannabis Board regulations.