Leading B2B Smoke Shop Trade Event CHAMPS Fully Acquires Marijuana Retail Report

CHAMPS also will expand its trade show offerings with Dispensary+


CHAMPS Trade Show, the leading B2B trade event for the smoke shop industry, announces the purchase of cannabis industry leading media organization Marijuana Retail Report (MRR)




LOS ANGELES, CA – December 12, 2018 – Gage Enterprises, owner of CHAMPS Trade Shows, the world’s leading B2B counter-culture event producer for the past 20 years, announced today that they have reached an agreement to acquire all assets of one of the cannabis industry’s leading B2B media organization’s, Marijuana Retail Report (MRR).


Jeff Hirschfeld and Peter Gage have presented the CHAMPS Trade Show since the first show in 1999. Over the course of nearly 20 years they took great strides in forging successful business relationships with thousands of clients across a broad spectrum – manufacturers, distributors and retail buyers. The CHAMPS Trade Show has stood by Gage’s principles of Fairness, Consistency and Quality both in words and in practice, maintaining the level of honesty and integrity that their friends and associates have come to expect and helping solidify the CHAMPS Trade Show as the premier counterculture B2B wholesale expo.


“We couldn’t be more excited to announce our acquisition of MRR.” Said CHAMPS’ CEO Jeff Hirschfeld. He continued, “MRR has proven itself to be one of the top thought leaders and primary sources of B2B news and content for the multi-billion dollar and ever-expanding cannabis industry. We see adding MRR and their team as a natural progression in CHAMPS’ growth strategy.”


Bill Slapin, MRR’s Publisher commented, “We have worked tirelessly for nearly two years to establish MRR as a leading source of valuable and actionable content geared towards helping dispensary operators grow their businesses.” He added, “Although we effectively reach over 30,000 industry professionals daily through our newsletters, Special Reports, and website, we identified early in our business development that the key element to truly delivering comprehensive value to our readers and advertisers would be bridging the gap with  face-to-face engagements. For 20 years, CHAMPS events have proven themselves as the essential B2B expo for retail accessory exhibitors and attendees, by merging with CHAMPS we can now fulfill our mutual visions and deliver clients value both online and in-person.”


The MRR team will immediately join the CHAMPS team to focus on growing the B2B cannabis audience. Additionally, CHAMPS will be be premiering it’s Dispensary+ section of it’s upcoming CHAMPS Winter Show in Las Vegas Feb 27 – March 1, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center which will include manufacturers, distributors and service providers for the cannabis industry.


Interested exhibitors and attendees are encouraged to learn more by visiting




For the past 20 years, CHAMPS has grown into the world’s largest and most popular convention for the industry bringing hundreds of exhibitors face-to-face with thousands of retail and wholesale buyers from all over the globe five times a year. Shows are in the spring and summer in Las Vegas, the annual east coast show, CHAMPS EAST, held in Atlantic City in May, CHAMPS Orlando, Florida held in September, and finally CHAMPS Denver, Colorado, held in October to close out the year.



Marijuana Retail Report, or ‘MRR’, is a multifaceted B2B media company that provides content via a national daily online trade publication serving retailers of marijuana products and accessories. News and information are geared strictly to select retail channels, with distribution limited to licensed dispensaries, accessories retailers, wholesalers, distributors and industry professionals.



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