NECANN Launches FREE Cannabis & Hemp Virtual Seminar Series

With conventions on hold nationwide NECANN and its partners are creating online networking and education programs

MASSACHUSETTS: The New England Cannabis Convention today announced it has launched a free series of Cannabis and Hemp virtual seminars in partnership with NECANN Boston convention exhibitors and sponsors.

The weekly series of free webinars, virtual meetings, instructional videos and educational content is designed to help fill the current void in cannabis industry networking opportunities created by the cancellation or postponement of business meetings, trade shows and conventions nationwide as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

“Our network of NECANN exhibitors, sponsors, attendees and followers have been incredibly responsive to this,” said Marc Shepard, President and Co-Founder of NECANN. “We are all in this together as an industry and as a nation. It’s unclear exactly when large-scale events and conventions will be able to resume in full. That’s why we are working together as the NECANN community to stay connected through high-quality virtual seminars and other networking and education opportunities.”

The first NECANN Cannabis and Hemp Virtual Seminar Series program was a webinar with Nic Easley of 3C Consulting on the actions cannabis business operators should be taking to maintain essential operations, ensure safe patient access to cannabis and manage through mandatory closures.

The Green Cannabis Packaging Series, a YouTube video mini-series created by Contempo Specialty Packaging, will educate participants in eco-friendly and sustainable packaging and packaging best practices. NECANN is also offering the instructional video  Home Growing – produced by Trifecta Natural Solutions. The program delivers expert guidance on handling mold, mildew and pests with preventative maintenance using Trifecta Crop Control. And Heady Vermont – also in partnership with NECANN – is moving the Women in Cannabis Summit to an all-virtual online format on Saturday, April 11th.

Other programming in the NECANN Cannabis and Hemp Virtual Seminar Series will be announced through weekly email updates every Monday, and a full list of offerings can be found in the free content section at and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

NECANN Boston 2020 has been rescheduled to June 27, 28 and 29 at the Hynes Convention Center. NECANN will honor all vendor registrations, pre-sale tickets, and sponsor commitments on the convention’s new date. The New England Cannabis Community Awards, The Diversity Supplier Expo/Job Fair, and the first-annual NECANN Competition awards will remain as featured programs during the rescheduled three-day cannabis trade show. A full list of all NECANN show reschedule dates is also available at

OLCC Revised Agenda March Commission Meeting

OREGON: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we are abbreviating our agenda and holding our commission meeting via conference call. An audio recording of the meeting will be posted on our website after the meeting.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.


OLCC Commissioners:

Chairman Paul Rosenbaum
Jennifer Currin
Kiauna Floyd
Michael Harper
Matthew Maletis
Hugh Palcic
Marvin Révoal

For more information, contact: 503-872-5006 / 1-800-452-6522

NECANN Boston 2020 Rescheduled To June 27-29

Illinois convention also postponed; new dates pending

Action was necessary as part of public-health response to COVID-19

MASSACHUSETTS: The New England Cannabis Convention announced today it has rescheduled its NECANN Boston 2020 show to June 27, 28 and 29 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.  The annual meeting of the New England Cannabis industry – originally scheduled for March 20-22 – was postponed this week as concerns escalated over the global COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on public health and safety.

NECANN will honor all vendor registrations, pre-sale tickets, and sponsor commitments on the convention’s new date. The New England Cannabis Community Awards, The Diversity Supplier Expo/Job Fair, and the first-annual NECANN Competition awards will remain as featured programs during the rescheduled three-day cannabis trade show.

“We are facing a world health crisis, and every community in New England and beyond needs to work together and make the right decisions to control this outbreak,” said Marc Shepard, Co-Founder and President of NECANN. “We are working closely with the Hynes Convention Center to plan for these new dates in June. And of course, as the situation with Covid-19 evolves, we will assess with the Hynes and the City of Boston the status of public health and safety measures as we approach June 27. Nonetheless we are grateful to have new dates in place for the premier cannabis industry trade show in the Northeast.”

The Illinois NECANN convention originally planned for April 3-4 has also been postponed. The NECANN team is working with local organizers, the City of Chicago and our venue, the Chicago Hilton, to identify new dates for that show.

NECANN’s goal is to maintain as much of each show’s original programming as possible. Any changes to speakers and programming will be announced as soon as possible.

“All exhibitor registrations and pre-sale tickets have been transferred to the new dates for Boston, and the same will be done for Illinois,” Shepard said. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding, patience and support. We are all in this together, and hope that the steps being taken have a positive impact on controlling this outbreak and protecting the health and safety of our communities.”

WSLCB Notice of Continued Public Hearing WSR 20-07-052

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has continued the public hearing on WSR 20-03-176 regarding marijuana quality control rule revisions, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

As a result of this continuance, the public comment period has been extended to the close of business on April 1, 2020.

This notice and other relevant rulemaking materials may be viewed at under Proposed Rules.

The Liquor and Cannabis Board encourages your participation in the rulemaking process by giving input on this rule. The board will hold at least one public hearing before the rules are adopted.

Public Comment

Please forward your initial comments to the Liquor and Cannabis Board by mail, e-mail, or fax by April 1, 2020.

By mail:   Rules Coordinator                 By e-mail:              By fax:

                Liquor and Cannabis Board    360-664-9689

                P.O. Box 43080

                Olympia, WA  98504-3080

Public          April 1, 2020

Hearing:       10:00 a.m.

                    Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board – Board Room

                    1025 Union Avenue

                    Olympia, WA  98501

March 18 WSLCB Board Meeting Cancelled, Quality Control Testing Hearing Postponed

WASHINGTON: The public hearing for Quality Control Testing rules is currently on the March 18, 2020 Board agenda.

Given COVID-19 concerns, the Board voted yesterday to cancel tomorrow’s Board meeting, and continue this public hearing until the next scheduled Board meeting at 10 a.m. on April 1, 2020.

Kathy Hoffman, Policy and Rules coordinator, will file an updated CR 102 with the Code Reviser confirming this change.

Other rule-making items that were tentatively scheduled during tomorrow’s cancelled meeting (CR 102 for Alternating Proprietorships for Distilleries and Craft Distilleries; Supplemental CR 102 for Special Occasion Licenses Rules Review) have also been postponed.

Please contact with questions regarding rule-making timelines.

NECANN Boston To Be Re-scheduled Due To COVID-19 Concerns

MASSACHUSETTS: Due to the increasing concern and public health crisis due to the COVID-19
outbreak, the NECANN Boston convention, scheduled for March 20-22, is being postponed.
We are working with our venue partners and city officials to select a new date in 2020 and will update everyone as soon as we have specific information and details to share. All vendor registrations and pre-sale tickets will be honored for the new date. Please be advised that this postponement will impact the convention, the NE Canna Community awards show, and the NECANN Competition awards.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and support during this incredibly difficult time and this decision, and look forward to working with everyone to make this year’s event as successful as it has been for the last five years.
If anyone has any questions, please understand that we are still actively working with our partners to secure the new date and address this change, and ask that you wait before contacting us until we know exactly the new details and dates.
Thank you again on behalf of the NECANN family. We will see everyone soon and get through this together.
Marc Shepard, Co-Founder
Jeff Lawrence, Co-Founder

Listen And Learn Forum RESCHEDULED: Draft Conceptual Rules Regarding Voluntary Licensee Consultation And Education Program Rules

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has rescheduled a Listen and Learn forum about draft conceptual rules regarding the voluntary cannabis licensee consultation and education program to accommodate concerns around the COVID-19 outbreak. 

WASHINGTON: The meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 20020 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. has been changed to Wednesday, March 17, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. via zoom only. This meeting is being conducted in a virtual environmentin alignment with guidance and recommendations issued by the Governor’s office.

As you may recall, the Board began to consider revisions to existing enforcement guidelines by initiating a formal rule inquiry under in October, 2018. Those efforts were extended by the passage of Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (ESSB) 5318 during the 2019 regular session of the Washington State legislature, and a completely redesigned penalty rule framework was adopted on January 22, 2020.

ESSB 5318 emphasized a strong focus on compliance, education, and enforcement in the oversight of the regulated cannabis market. The bill mandated that in addition to revising existing penalty rules, that the Board adopt rules to perfect and expand existing programs for compliance education for licensed cannabis businesses and their employees. The program must include recommendations on abating violations described in chapter 69.50 RCW, and be developed in consultation with licensees and their employees. The Board approved the filing of a CR101 on July 17, 2019 as WSR 19-15-074 to begin this work.

Following recruitment of licensees, WSLCB held two meetings to develop the draft conceptual rules we’ll be discussing during this Listen and Learn session. These draft conceptual rules reflect an engaged and inclusive developmental process that embodies not only WSLCB’s commitment to regulatory stability and consistency, but the intent of ESSB 5318, and the input of licensees.

An agenda is attached to help you prepare. Please come prepared to offer feedback and suggestions regarding this new rule section and the draft conceptual rules.

Please remember that we are still in the developmental phase of rulemaking, and these are not proposed or final rules. To help you prepare for this listen/learn/contribute forum, please review the guidance document prepared for this and future forums.

Questions? Contact Kathy Hoffman at

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CannaTech Tel Aviv & PsyTech Summit Postponed

New Dates

PsyTech Summit: June 14-15, 2020

CannaTech Tel Aviv: June 15-16, 2020

ISRAEL: In light of developing circumstances with the COVID-19 coronavirus and based on recommendations from the Israeli Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CannaTech Tel Aviv and PsyTech Summit are postponed.  PsyTech Summit will take place June 14-15 and CannaTech, June 15-16, 2020.

Saul Kaye, CEO of iCAN: Israel-Cannabis commented: “Our number one concern is the health and safety of our attendees and speakers, our partners, our colleagues and our vendors. While we are disappointed to postpone both CannaTech Tel Aviv and PsyTech Summit, we are very confident it will be worth the wait.

“We thank our sponsors and attendees for their understanding and wish all those affected by the virus our very best. We are fully committed to create beautifully crafted events in June that will showcase the brands and solutions that fuel this industry.”

Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee March 2020 Meeting Notice


OHIO: The Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on March 5, 2020.


The Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee is coordinated by the Board of Pharmacy. The Committee may develop and submit to the Department of Commerce, State Board of Pharmacy, and the State Medical Board any recommendations related to the Medical Marijuana Control Program and the implementation and enforcement of the related Ohio Revised Code. Its membership includes the following:

  • Megan E. Marchal, Pharm.D., (Chair), practicing pharmacist and member of the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
  • Stephanie M. Abel, Pharm.D., practicing pharmacist.
  • Tony E. Coder, Jr., representing persons involved in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction.
  • Michael G. Hirsch, representing agriculture.
  • Sheriff John Lenhart, representing local law enforcement.
  • Jason Kaseman, representing labor.
  • Megan Lawrence, representing caregivers.
  • Dr. Jerry W. Mitchell, Jr., practicing physician.
  • Nancy Walsh Mosca, CNP, practicing nurse.
  • Marcie Seidel, representing persons involved in mental health treatment.
  • Dr. Amol Soin, practicing physician and member of the State Medical Board of Ohio.
  • Michael E. Stanek, representing employers.
  • Gary L. Wenk, engages in academic research.
  • Christopher Stock, representing patients.

OLCC Notice of Public Hearing: OAR 845-025-5760 Audit, Compliance, And Random Testing


OREGON:  OLCC Notice of Public Hearing.

What: OAR 845-025-5760, Audit, Compliance, and Random Testing

When:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2020

Where: Oregon Liquor Control Commission, 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Portland, OR 97222

Public Notice & Proposed Rule Draft

The national outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) has resulted in more than 2,800 hospitalizations and 68 deaths, including 2 deaths in Oregon. At this time neither the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nor the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have determined the cause of the illness outbreak in Oregon. While studies using cases in other states have identified Vitamin E acetate as one likely cause in those states, there is no evidence of Vitamin E acetate being linked to cases in Oregon and the CDC and FDA have not ruled out other potential causes of the illness outbreak.

This rule is needed to assist the OLCC and OHA in the ongoing investigation of the cause of EVALI cases in Oregon as well as to prevent and respond to potential future outbreaks or risks to public safety due to additives, adulterants, microbiological contamination, heavy metals, or other contaminants.

In addition to the recent EVALI outbreak, undisclosed ingredients and additives have been discovered in marijuana products in violation of Commission rules. These ingredients and additives cause public health and safety issues and decrease transparency for members of the public using these products. These rule amendments will allow the OLCC to sample the products of marijuana licensees to determine whether they contain ingredients or additives. Further, the ability to randomly test acts as a deterrent and discouraging licensees from making marijuana items with illegal or unknown indigents, additives, solvents or pesticides.

Public comment period ends Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 11:55PM