Benzinga Celebrates the Winners of the 2nd Annual Cannabis Awards

CHICAGO, IL, September 28, 2023 – At the culmination of the first day of the highly-anticipated Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference, the world’s premier cannabis investing and finance event, the winners of the 2nd Annual Benzinga Cannabis Awards were announced. These awards spotlight the industry’s trailblazers, advocates, and innovators, celebrating their commendable achievements.

Among the winners was Leaf Trade + Sweed, which received the award for Best Cannabis M&A Deal.

“We’re grateful for the Best Cannabis M&A Deal award. It highlights our dedication to advancing the cannabis industry through tech-driven solutions. Merging Leaf Trade and Sweed reflects our shared commitment to progress. Together, we’re ready to push the industry forward, delivering value to customers and fostering growth in the cannabis sector.” – Brain Ward, CEO, Leaf Trade + Sweed

Held at the Magnificent Mile Marriott in the bustling heart of Chicago, this two-day event drew a record number of attendees, with participation surpassing last year’s by 30%. Among the distinguished speakers were Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr., Former Sen. Cory Gardner, Former Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Eminence Capital Founder & CEO Ricky Sandler, Trulieve’s CEO Kim Rivers, and Curaleaf’s Chairman of the Board, Boris Jordan.

Benzinga CEO, Jason Raznick, expressed his elation, “The overwhelming response and the caliber of attendees underscore the event’s significance in the cannabis sector. This year’s conference was a testament to the burgeoning interest from both policymakers and investors in the dynamic cannabis landscape.”

Throughout the conference, attendees had the opportunity to engage with over 60 data companies, lenders, brands, and finance service companies on the expo floor, designed not for sales, but to foster partnerships. A highlight was the inaugural Deal Floor – an invitation-only space, where buyers and sellers came together, resulting in numerous fruitful business interactions and potential deals.

Raznick added, “In these times, community and collaboration have never been more crucial. We’ve convened the industry’s luminaries and stakeholders, fostering dialogues that we believe will set the trajectory for the future of cannabis.”

For those who missed the awards ceremony or wish to delve deeper into the winners’ achievements, Benzinga will soon release detailed profiles of each recipient, showcasing their contributions and impact.

About Leaf Trade

Leaf Trade is a technology company driving the future of wholesale buying and selling in the cannabis sector. As a trusted partner to the largest multi-state cannabis operators across 25 states, Leaf Trade leverages technology to streamline business operations throughout the entire ordering, payment, advertising, and post-sale reporting process. Leaf Trade’s innovative product-focused, user-centric platform gives business partners the powerful tools they need to grow, excel, and scale in the highly regulated and increasingly competitive cannabis industry. Leaf Trade is in a unique position to leave a large footprint on the emerging cannabis industry and takes pride in supporting cannabis companies that are changing the marketplace. Learn more at

About Sweed

Sweed is at the forefront of revolutionizing cannabis retail management with its innovative technology platform. Offering a comprehensive suite of solutions, Sweed covers every aspect of cannabis retail operations, including point of sale, inventory management, eCommerce, in-store kiosks, last-mile delivery, analytics, loyalty, marketing, and payments. What sets Sweed apart is its specialization in serving dispensaries with multiple locations and vertically integrated cannabis companies. With a commitment to partnership, Sweed actively collaborates with its clients’ internal technology teams to swiftly address their key operational challenges. Learn more at

About the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference

Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference holds the distinction of being the globe’s largest and most successful cannabis investing and finance gathering. It proudly boasts representation from over 80% of the cannabis industry’s market capitalization. Offering attendees unmatched networking opportunities and access to private deals, Benzinga continues to be the go-to platform for cannabis industry insights and collaborations. For more insights and future events, visit