2017 New England Cannabis Convention Is April 22-23 At Boston’s Hynes Convention Center

MASSACHUSETTS: The 2017 New England Cannabis Convention, hosted by the New England Cannabis Network, will return to Boston’s Hynes Convention Center on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23.

Medical and recreational cannabis sales in Maine and Massachusetts are projected to exceed 1.5 billion dollars by 2020, and this convention will focus on helping New Englanders get involved in this amazing growth opportunity.   With over 5,000 attendees, 150 industry exhibitors, and 100+ local and national speakers, this will be the largest Cannabis and Hemp Industry event ever in the Northeast.

NECANN_GreenBlackProgramming for the event will feature four separate tracks covering all aspects of the industry:

  1. Cannabis careers, businesses, and investment opportunities
  2. Marijuana as Medicine
  3. Live demos on growing, cloning, processing, and more
  4. An “Education Village” hosted by MassCan/NORML where attendees can get information and advice in a one-on-one setting on all industry-related topics.  Also new this year will be a live “Shark Tank” style Canna-Pitch Slam where local entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to a panel of cannabis industry investment professionals.

Speakers include a variety of leaders in the cannabis industry including:

  • Rob Kampia, – Executive Director, Marijuana Policy Project
  • Scott Greiper – President, Viridian Capital Advisors
  • Rob Hunt – Partner, Tuatara Capital 
  • Nichole Snow – Executive Director, Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance
  • Beth Waterfall – Chair of Women Grow: Boston
  • Nic Easley – Founder/CEO, Comprehensive Cannabis Consulting (3C) 

“Over the last 12 months, huge progress has been made towards the normalization of cannabis use in New England and around the country, said Marc Shepard, co-founder of NECANN.  “With legalization spreading throughout the region, we’re excited to be hosting the essential networking hub for local businesses, investors, and entrepreneurs to meet and grow, while also providing much-needed knowledge and resources for medical marijuana patients and advocates,” Shepard concluded.

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Attendees at the event will get the opportunity to network with the over 150 local and national Cannabis Industry businesses, talk with doctors and health care providers, explore investment & career opportunities, connect with advocacy groups, see the latest developments in lighting, soil, and growing equipment, and purchase a huge variety of the latest smoking, vaping, and storage accessories.

After hosting a series of four smaller successful events in 2015 (over 10,000 attendees), the New England Cannabis Network held its first event at the Hynes in 2016, attracting over 4,000 attendees from all over New England and beyond.

Registration for the event can be purchased online at www.necann.com.  A limited amount of tickets will also be sold on-site on the days of the shows.  The full programming schedule is available at  www.necann.com/programming.

Location

  • Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Hours

  • Saturday, April 22, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 23, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

*- Box office closes one hour prior to Show closing each day.

Admission

  • Patients, Advocates, Caregivers (PAC)
  • One Day Registration: $20 online, $25 onsite
  • Two Day Registration: $30 online, $35 onsite
  • Business, Investment, Career (BIC)
  • One Day Registration: $50 online, $60 onsite
  • Two Day Registration: $75 online, $85 onsite

*Must be 18+ to attend NECANN.  Children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.  ID is required.

NO smoking, vaping, dabbing, etc. ANYWHERE at the Hynes Convention Center.

 

New England’s Largest Cannabis Convention Returns To Boston’s Hynes Convention Center April 22nd-23rd

MASSACHUSETTS: The New England Cannabis Network will be hosting the 3rd Annual New England Cannabis Convention at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on April 22nd and 23rd. With over 5,000 attendees, 150 industry exhibitors, and 100+ local and national speakers, this will be the largest Cannabis and Hemp Industry event ever in the northeast. With medical and recreational cannabis sales in Maine and Massachusetts are projected to exceed 1.5 billion dollars by 2020, and this expo focuses on helping New Englanders get involved in this amazing growth opportunity.

Programming for the event will feature three separate tracks covering all aspects of the industry:

(1) Cannabis careers, businesses, and investment opportunities, (2) Marijuana as Medicine (3) Live demos on growing, cloning, tinctures, and more. There will also be an “Education Village” hosted by MassCan/NORML where attendees can get information and advice in a one-on-one setting on all industry-related topics.

This year’s event will also feature the premier of the New England Growers Cup, the region’s first ever competition for legal recreational cannabis home-growers. A live Awards Show will recognize winners in 13 categories including flower, extracts, edibles, vape pens, and non-solvent hash. Also new this year will be a live “shark-tank” style Canna-Pitch Slam where local entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas live to a panel of cannabis industry investment professionals.

Attendees at the event will also get the opportunity to network with the over 150 local & national Cannabis Industry businesses, talk with doctors & health care providers, explore investment & career opportunities, connect with advocacy groups, see the latest developments in lighting, soil, and growing equipment, and purchase a huge variety of the latest smoking, vaping, and storage accessories.

After hosting a series of four smaller successful events in 2015 (over 10,000 attendees), NECANN hosted its first event at the Hynes in 2016, attracting over 3,500 attendees from all over New England and beyond. The legalization of recreational cannabis use in both Maine and Massachusetts last November will bring an enormous increase in national attention to the region in 2017. “Over the last 12 months, huge progress has been made towards the normalization of cannabis use in New England, and around the country.  With legalization spreading throughout the region, we’re excited to be hosting the essential networking hub for local, businesses, investors, and entrepreneurs to meet and grow, while also providing much-needed knowledge and resources for medical marijuana patients and advocates” said Marc Shepard,

Co-Founder of NECANN. “For anyone who is interested in seeing the true scope of this industry, including the opportunites and enormous potential, this is the place to be.”

The convention is 18+ (children under 18 must be accompanied by adult), and no smoking or vaping is allowed in the building. Registration for the event can be bought online at: www.NECANN.com.  A limited amount of tickets will also be available at the Hynes on the days of the shows.

Full Programming Schedule: www.necann.com/programming

Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition Coming To Boston Oct 4-6

NEW JERSEY: Massachusetts and Maine are the first states on the East Coast to legalize recreational marijuana creating a growing market for cultivation, manufacturing and retail.  Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition is expanding its footprint t in the Northeast with CWCBExpo Boston, October 4-6, 2017, at the Hynes Convention Center. The show will be produced by Leading Edge Expositions, LLC, who already produce the Los Angeles and New York events.

“The Massachusetts recreational and medical cannabis market alone is estimated to exceed $1.1 billion in 2020. Now is the time to demystify the legalities, regulations, and business challenges surrounding the industry and provide people in the Northeast with direct access to experts, information, products and resources to prosper in this new commercialized cannabis industry,” said Scott Giannotti, Managing Director, CWCBExpo.  “The Boston event is well-positioned to become the must attend trade show and conference for any business and government entity seeking to enter, support or expand in the densely populated Northeast.”

CWCBExpo Boston will open with a full day of deep educational programming with workshops that cover “How to Open and Operate a Cannabis Business,” “Investment Opportunities and Strategies,” “Navigating the Cannabis Control Commission Rules for the Sale, Packaging and Labeling of Recreational Pot,” and accredited sessions for healthcare professionals. The conference and exhibits at CWCBExpo Boston will take place on October 5th and 6th.

The CWCBExpo Boston conference program will feature more than 100 experts and thought-leaders in a mixed format of lectures and panels conducive to audience participation and intense learning. The exposition hall will feature innovative companies in the cannabis, marijuana and hemp industries including extraction equipment, cultivation systems, grow lights, fertilizers, CBD, edibles and infused products, and ancillary services including supply chain management, business software, legal and real estate advisors, banking solutions, accountants, security firms, lab testing and branding, marketing and retail experts.

New England Cannabis Convention Coming to Hynes Convention Center April 23-24

The New England Cannabis Network will be hosting the 2016 New England Cannabis Convention at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston April 23 and 24.  With over 120 industry vendors, and more than 60 local and national cannabis experts and health care speakers, this will be the N.E. Region’s largest cannabis industry event in 2016. Industry growth is explosive, with legal Cannabis sales in the U.S. projected to gross $16.7 billion dollars in 2016, and grow to over $20 billion by 2019. The Convention will focus on helping New Englanders get involved in this amazing opportunity.

Programming for the event will feature four complete tracks covering all aspects of the industry:

(1) Cannabis careers, businesses, and investment opportunities, (2) Marijuana as medicine, (3) Live demos on growing, cloning, tinctures, and more, and (4) Opportunities in the hemp industry. The event will also feature the first annual N.E. Cannabis Film Festival, showing a curated selection of short cannabis-related films from around the world.

Attendees at the event will also have the opportunity to network with the over 120 local and national cannabis industry businesses, speak with doctors and health care providers, explore investment and career opportunities, connect with advocacy groups, see the latest developments in lighting, soil, and growing equipment, and shop a huge variety of the latest smoking, vaping, and storage accessories.

“Over the last 12 months, huge progress has been made towards the normalization of cannabis use in New England, and around the country. With legalization votes possible in as many as four New England states in 2016, we want to help create a networking hub for the local caregivers, patients, advocates, businesses, investors, and entrepreneurs to meet and grow,” said Marc Shepard, Co-Founder of NECANN.

“For anyone who is interested in seeing the true scope of the local cannabis industry, including its benefits and enormous potential, this is the place to be.”   The show is 18+ (children under 18 must be accompanied by adult), and no smoking or vaping is allowed in the building. Registration for the event can be bought online at: www.NECANN.com. A limited amount of tickets will also be available at the Hynes Convention Center on show days.

Full Programming Schedule:  www.necann.com/programming

SHOW DATES/TIMES: Sat. April. 23rd, 11am-6pm.  Sun. April 24th, 11am-6pm.

Attendees can be register online at http://www.necann.com and at the event on the day of the show

$15 general admission, $35 for all programming.

 

Demand Soaring At State’s Lone Marijuana Dispensary

MASSACHUSETTS:  The executive director of the state’s first and only medical marijuana dispensary said this week that in just two months of operation, it provided cannabis to 1,500 patients — the first measure of consumer demand for the product in Massachusetts.

That dispensary, Alternative Therapies Group in Salem,was granted permission by state regulators on Wednesday to expand its offerings, receiving permission to fill orders for first-time products such as marijuana oils and baked goods, which many patients prefer over smoking marijuana.

Regulators also moved Wednesday to allow a second dispensary to open. A Brockton company, In Good Health, was issued a temporary state waiver to sell cannabis that has not been fully tested for pesticides and other contaminants. Laboratories in Massachusetts are still struggling to complete quality testing required by the state health department under rules considered to be among the most stringent in the country.

 

Medical Marijuana Coming to Boston

WASHINGTON:  “We will be good neighbors.”

After two years of bitter controversy over a proposal for Boston’s first medical marijuana dispensary, that’s the promise Patriot Care executive vice president Dennis Kunian made Tuesday – hours after the Zoning Board of Appeals approved their bid to use an ex-bank branch at 21 Milk Street.

The location is footsteps from Washington Street and Downtown Crossing and some of the most expensive office space in the Financial District – but, more important to Patriot Care, it’s no more than five minutes’ walk from all four MBTA subway and rapid transit lines, making it highly accessible for people seeking marijuana to deal with cancer treatment, glaucoma, chronic pain, and other illnesses.

 

Boston Mayor Willing To Lead Charge Against Legalized Marijuana

MASSACHUSETTS: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he’s more than willing to lead the charge against the legalization of pot in Massachusetts.

Supporters of legalized marijuana are working to put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide in 2016.

Walsh told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Monday that making pot legal would be a “slippery slope.”

“Not everyone that smokes marijuana becomes an addict,” said Walsh, who is a recovering alcoholic. “But most of the folks that I know that are having issues with drugs started with marijuana.”

Four states currently allow for recreational marijuana use, while the Bay State has legalized pot for medicinal purposes only.

Boston Mayor Willing To Take Lead In Fight Against Marijuana Legalization

MASSACHUSETTS:  Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he’s willing to take the lead in the effort to fight the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts.

Walsh, a recovering alcoholic and a passionate advocate for those struggling with drug addiction, tells The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1I0TGQU) “it would be a mistake to legalize marijuana,” saying people with serious addictions to destructive drugs often start by smoking pot.

Advocates for legalizing marijuana hope to get a ballot question approved to put to voters in November 2016. Polls have shown that most Massachusetts citizens support legalization.

 

Massachusetts Overhauls Rules For Medical Marijuana Outlets

MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts health authorities Friday dramatically overhauled the process for granting licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries, aiming to streamline the system and remove politics.

Regulators from the administration of Governor Charlie Baker said the revamped licensing strips away the subjectivity and secrecy that had tainted the system under former governor Deval Patrick’s tenure. Controversy surrounding the previous system sparked more than two dozen lawsuits, leaving patients without any dispensaries 2½ years after voters approved marijuana for medical use.

“This change creates a more streamlined, efficient, and transparent process that allows the Commonwealth to maintain the highest standards of both public safety and accessibility,” Dr. Monica Bharel, the state’s public health commissioner, said in a statement.

Financial District Marijuana Dispensary Pushed

MASSACHUSETTS:  A New York-based medical marijuana chain is one step closer to opening a pot dispensary in Boston’s Financial District — and just blocks from Millennium Tower, the new $680 million luxury skyscraper going up in Downtown Crossing — after regulators yesterday gave it the green light to move to the final stage of the state’s approval process.

Patriot Care Corp. plans to rent a five-story, former Liberty Bank and Trust branch building at 21 Milk St. where it will sell medicinal cannabis seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to company spokesman Dennis Kunian, who added the pot shop could be open by the spring.

“We are in the heart of the city because of the fact that there are 12 subway lines that go directly into Downtown Crossing, which is only two blocks from us,” Kunian said. “We are in the business of helping people with debilitating conditions. … When we open, you will not see lines around the corner. This is not recreational. This is not Colorado.”

The proposed pot store did not sit well with Rosemarie Sansone, president of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District.