Coronavirus outbreak leads to postponement of NoCo, Southern hemp expos

More hemp industry events have been postponed, including the NoCo Hemp Expo this month in Denver, after the rapid spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

Originally slated for March 26-28, the expo has been rescheduled for Aug. 6-8 in the same locations in Denver, the event’s organizers said in a statement.

As of last week, Morris Beegle, founder of the NoCo Hemp Expo and owner of the Colorado Hemp Co., said he was “moving forward as if the show is going to happen.”

But in announcing the postponement Monday, Beegle said participants’ health and safety were the top factors in a tough decision.

The shift in date for NoCo will also affect timing for the organizer’s other event, Southern Hemp Expo, which also has been put on hold for now.

More information will be forthcoming for the Nashville, Tennessee, event, scheduled for Aug. 14-15.

Last week, organizers canceled Austin, Texas-based South by Southwest (SXSW), a massive event with a cannabis business track that included speakers from Hemp Industry Daily and Marijuana Business Daily,

Additionally, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) postponed indefinitely the upcoming Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress that was scheduled for April 14-15 in Portland, Oregon, and the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Berlin has been moved from early April to July.