NECANN Expands Again In 2019

New England’s longest-running cannabis convention series expands to Springfield, Massachusetts and New Jersey

MASSACHUSETTS: NECANN, producers of the two largest cannabis industry conventions on the East Coast (in Boston and Portland, ME) announced the addition of two new events making it the largest cannabis convention series in the world. After adding three new markets in 2018 (Reno NV, Burlington VT, and Salt Lake City Utah), NECANN is adding new shows in Springfield MA (June 22-23) and Trenton, NJ (September 14-15) in 2019, to bring their total number of annual events up to 8.

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With the state’s recreational program now active and growing rapidly, NECANN is excited to bring its business and education platform to Western Massachusetts in June. “The marketplace for recreational cannabis use has exploded in Worcester County and throughout the Berkshires,” says President and Co-Founder Marc Shepard, “making Springfield a perfect location for a NECANN convention.

In New Jersey the Governor, Senate, and Assembly Committees are all on board for the legalization of adult use cannabis in New Jersey, possibly in 2019. “We’re excited to work with local leaders, advocacy groups, and businesses to host the first New Jersey Cannabis Convention,” says Jeff Lawrence, Co-Founder and New Market Director.

NECANN’s flagship Boston event (March 22-24), now in it’s 5th year, will see the programming and exhibit hall expand into a third day. Friday, March 22nd will introduce CannaBiz Friday, with a 100% focus on B2B. All speakers and sessions will be business-focused with special break-out networking sessions.

The Friday will also feature the first-ever New England Cannabis Community Awards. “There are so many organizations and entities who have brought the Massachusetts market online the right way,” says Managing Director Beth Waterfall, herself a long-time activist, “we can’t wait to shine the deserved spotlight on their efforts.” Proceeds from the event will go towards Veterans Alternative Healing and the New England Veterans Alliance.

New England’s Largest Cannabis Business Convention Returns To Rhode Island

Industry event set to draw over 2,000 for the emerging cannabis economy

RHODE ISLAND: NECANN returns to Providence for the 4th annual Rhode Island Cannabis Convention on October 20 & 21, at the RI Convention Center. This event is the final event in NECANN’s six-city schedule for 2018, making it the largest cannabis industry series in the United States.

As Rhode Island continues to edge towards legalizing recreational marijuana, the RI Cannabis Convention will explore how laws might be shaped, what business opportunities are available, and most importantly, how Rhode islanders can ensure that local economies benefit from this multi-billion-dollar industry. There will also be a large focus on the RI Medical Marijuana program, including opportunities and education for prospective patients. The convention will be the largest ever in Rhode Island, drawing more than 2,000 attendees, 125+industry exhibitors and more than 50 local and national speakers.

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The two-day convention highlights include former Patriots 2014 Super Bowl champ Eric Martin, a vocal medical marijuana advocate as keynote, as well as sessions on will feature a programming track for Cannabis Business, Careers & Medicine, and a track for DIY Cannabis. Session topics include: Legal & Compliant Cannabiz, Micro-dosing & cooking with Cannabis, how to maximize yields, Medical Cannabis Uses, and much more.

“The goal of this convention is to get everyone in Rhode Island who is in the cannabis industry, or would like to be, in one room for a weekend of networking, education, and relationship building,” said Marc Shepard, co-founder and president of NECANN. “The faster Rhode Island businesses get up and running, and the more local connections they make, the higher the % of cannabis revenue will stay in the state,”

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 online.

Must be 21+ to attend NECAN unless accompanied by an adult. NO smoking, vaping, dabbing, etc. ANYWHERE at the venue.

What:   2018 Rhode Island Cannabis Convention presented by NECANN

When:  Saturday, October 20- Sunday October 21, 2018

Where:Rhode Island Convention Center

Who:    Cannabis enthusiasts, doctors, lawyers, master growers, entrepreneurs, security experts, home growers, etc.

Tickets: One-day general ticket- $20.00 | Two-day admission ticket- $30.00

The Wink In Weed: Why You Should Join Me At CCC PDX

By David Rheins

2018 will be a crucial year for the legal cannabis industry.  Five years after the first adult-use marijuana marketplaces opened in Colorado and Washington, our industry has grown large and gone mainstream.  Big and getting bigger, with the opening of the California and Nevada markets, Oregon is now part of a contiguous legal West Coast spanning from Canada to Mexico. CannaFest Destiny has never seemed more apparent, and competition never more fierce.

Legal cannabis production has never been higher, while wholesale prices have never been lower.  The harsh reality for an industry that is hyper-competitive, overtaxed and over-regulated, is that for most licensees profit margins have never been tighter.  Many mom and pops have already sold out, and many more are on that fence.  Add to this the recent saber rattling of drug-warrior-turned-Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, and it is easy to see that for many in the industry, 2018 has begun as a time of great uncertainty and anxiety.

CCCPDX issues an industry call to action

CCCPDX issues an industry call to action

As I wrote in my “Open Letter to Jeff Sessions,”  now is the time for industry leaders, businesses and supporters to stand united.  We must show that not only has our legal industry become a vital engine of reform and economic activity —  generating hundreds of millions in new tax revenues — but we have reinvigorated communities across the country by creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

The industry has arrived at a critical juncture in its evolution, and Oregon is on the front lines of the fight for an independent legal industry.  As the Cannabis Collaborative Conference’s Mary Lou Burton puts it, “The CCC has grown up with the industry in Oregon.  Now three years into full legalization, we no longer need to offer cannabis 101 education.  Now we are focused on education geared towards successfully and profitably operating in the current environment. ”

Differentiate: The commercialization and mainstreaming of the legal cannabis industry has put enormous pressure on licensees , who must focus on building brand equity and establishing effective marketing practices that will allow them to stand out from the competition.  I’m delighted to be moderating the marketing panel discussion at CCC this year, where along with canna-brand experts Stephen Gold, The Daily Leaf; Sean Lucas, NUG Digital Marketing; and Ryan Michael, KindTyme, we will discuss the top branding and marketing trends  that every canna-marketer must know. 

Activate: Congressman Earl Blumenauer will once again deliver a keynote speech at the conference. “This is a call to action.” he said in response to the Sessions announcement. “It’s time for anyone who cares about cannabis to mobilize to defend state marijuana laws.”

Burton added, “come together with fellow law abiding and tax paying professionals in the Cannabis Industry and unite!  CCC 4.0 provides the perfect opportunity to ban together and show the media and the world that we will not back down.”

REGISTER TODAY and receive $50 off (promo code: CCC50)

Post Sessions: CCC PDX Calls For Industry Mobilization

Congressman Blumenauer said in response to the Sessions announcement that this is a call to action. It’s time for anyone who cares about cannabis to mobilize to defend state marijuana laws
 
So…what can we do now?
Come together with fellow law abiding and tax paying professionals in the Cannabis Industry and unite!  CCC 4.0 provides the perfect opportunity to ban together and show the media and the world that we will not back down.
REGISTER TODAY and receive $50 off (promo code: CCC50)
 
WHY TO ATTEND?  It’s time to be profitable!
The CCC has grown up with the industry in Oregon.  Now three years into full legalization, we no longer need to offer cannabis 101 education.  Now we are focused on education geared towards successfully and profitably operating in the current environment.  
 
 
There’s something for everyone at the CCC 4.0.  Session topics include:
  • Growers meet Buyers – wholesale, retail, processors
  • Ask the budtender – find out what’s hot & what’s not
  • State of the Industry; Congressman Blumenauer
  • OLCC Updates, Seed to Sale training, Q&A
  • Cameron Forni and Matt Morgan- “The Journey of a Cannabis Business”
  • Energy Pavilion – Energy reduction costs & rebates
  • Banking Panel with Maps & Salal Credit Unions and OR Dept of Treasury
  • Cannabis Connex & Investor Lounge buying? selling? meet with cannabis valuation experts & investors
  • Moving across state lines – Expansion, licensing
  • Processing overview and post-extraction experts
  • Science utilization; DNA mapping, terpenes, scent control
  • Running the business more efficiently
  • Collaborate with 120 industry vendors
  • Product will be on display
  • Investor Forum: accessing capital, securities law, trademarks, attracting investors, California update, Investor due diligence & partnerships

NECANN Returns To Rhode Island Convention Center October 28 & 29

RHODE ISLAND: Following up on recent events in Boston, MA and Portland, ME (the two largest Cannabis Industry conventions ever on the east coast), NECANN will return to Providence for the third annual Rhode Island Cannabis Convention on October 28 & 29,  at the RI Convention Center.

As Rhode Island continues to edge towards legalizing recreational marijuana, the RI Cannabis Convention will explore how laws might be shaped, what business opportunities are available and most importantly, how Rhode islanders can ensure that local economies benefit from this multi-billion-dollar industry. The convention is expected to be the largest ever in Rhode Island, drawing more than 2,000 attendees, 90+ industry exhibitors and more than 70 local and national speakers.

The two-day convention will feature a programming track for Cannabis Business, Careers & Medicine, and a track for DIY Cannabis. Session topics include: Careers in Cannabis, Legal & Compliant Cannabiz, Micro-dosing & cooking with Cannabis, Medical Cannabis Uses and much more. Attendees will also be able to register for a six-hour business course offered through Clover Leaf University.

“The goal of this convention is to get everyone in Rhode Island who is in the cannabis industry, or would like to be, in one room for a weekend of networking, education, and relationship building,” said Marc Shepard, co-founder and president of NECANN. “The faster Rhode Island businesses get up and running, and the more local connections they make, the higher the % of cannabis revenue will stay in the state,”

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/ri.

Must be 18+ to attend NECAN unless accompanied by an adult. ID is required. NO smoking, vaping, dabbing, etc. ANYWHERE at the venue.

 

What:    2017 Rhode Island Cannabis Convention presented by NECANN

When:   Saturday, October 28- Sunday October 29, 2017

Where: Rhode Island Convention Center

Who:     Cannabis enthusiasts, doctors, lawyers, master growers, entrepreneurs, security experts, home growers, etc.

Tickets: One-day general ticket- $20.00  |  Two-day admission ticket- $30.00

 

Reverend Al Sharpton To Keynote CWCBExpo In LA & Boston

NEW JERSEY:  Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo) is pleased to announce that civil rights leader and founder of the National Action Network, Rev. Al Sharpton will be continuing his Keynote Address series at the upcoming 4th Annual Los Angeles event, September 13-15, at the LA Convention Center and at the premiere of the CWCBExpo Boston, October 4-6, at the Hynes Convention Center.   CWCBExpo events are the leading trade shows and conferences for the legalized cannabis, medical marijuana and industrial Hemp industries.

DECODE Cannabis, the New Civil Rights Movement for Cannabis Legalization and Inclusion Continues National Coast-to-Coast Roll-Out

In June at the CWCBExpo NY, Rev. Sharpton spoke publicly for the first time in a powerful Keynote Address about the disproportionate number of marijuana arrests of people of color in this country, including the unintended or intended consequences of national marijuana laws, as well as the need for greater inclusion of underrepresented communities in the fast-growing cannabis industry, which is expected to exceed $20 billion in 2020.

Also as part of Rev. Sharpton’s Keynote at CWCBExpo NY, was the launch of DECODE Cannabis Education Fund (DECODE) a national mobilization campaign to educate Americans on the social benefits of a federal mandate removing cannabis from the Schedule I.

The CWCBExpo LA event will also host the inaugural DECODE Cannabis Education Fund Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 13 and a stakeholders breakfast on Thursday, September 14, before Rev. Sharpton’s Keynote Address.  Both events will be attended by politicians, celebrities, and cannabis influencers supportive of federal legalization, decriminalization, and expanding inclusionary opportunities for all.

Rev. Sharpton founded the National Action Network (NAN) in 1991 and is President of the not-for-profit civil rights organization with over 100 chapters nationwide, including a Washington, DC Bureau and regional offices across the US.

As one of the nation’s most-renowned civil rights leaders, Rev Sharpton has been praised by President Barack Obama as “the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden.”  Rev. Al Sharpton also hosts a daily radio show as well as a national cable news television show, and he is an established author.

“CWCBExpo remains committed to DECODE and looks forward to Rev. Sharpton continuing to share his powerful voice and insight on this at our Los Angeles and Boston events.  We are fully supportive of DECODE’s mission and its efforts to ensure equality and inclusion for all,” said Christine Ianuzzi, Managing Partner, CWCBExpo.

 

NECANN Announces Board of Advisors, Adds Vermont & Nevada Shows

MASSACHUSETTS: The New England Cannabis Network (NECANN), is growing with the announcement today of their plans to expand their popular cannabis conventions in Boston, Providence and Portland to two new markets active in the adult use and medical cannabis states – Vermont and Nevada.  Marc Shepard, NECANN’s President and Co-Founder made the announcement.

With the addition of these two new events to the existing conventions they have been hosting annual in Boston, Portland, and Providence since 2015, NECANN will be the largest cannabis industry convention series in the US.

The upcoming schedule of conventions is as follows:

  • Oct 14th-15th, 2017                         3rd Annual Maine Cannabis Convention
  • Oct 27th-29th , 2017                            3rd Annual RI Cannabis Convention
  • March 16th-18th, 2018:                     Reno Cannabis Expo (Premiere edition)
  • March 23rd-25th, 2018:                   4th Annual New England Cannabis Convention
  • May 4th-6th, 2018:                        Vermont Cannabis and Hemp Convention (Premiere edition)

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Separately, Shepard also announced the formation of a 12-person Board of Advisors composed of canna-business and medical cannabis leaders that will help guide the company as NECANN continues to grow its series of B2B and B2C cannabis conventions throughout the US.

The formation of the 12-person Board of canna-business and medical marijuana leaders will guide the company as NECANN continues to grow its series of B2B and B2C cannabis conventions.  NECANN’s Board of Advisors will provide input and guidance for event programming and speaker selection. The Board members are appointed for a two-year term.

“We are honored to be working with some of the most knowledgeable and respected members of the Cannabis community,” said Shepard.  With Advisory Board members representing all aspects of the industry across New England and beyond, we are confident they with be a tremendous asset in helping help us continue to create the most innovative and valuable business and educational experiences possible for our attendees and exhibitors.”

The following individuals have been named to the Board of Advisors:

  • Dr. Uma V.A. Dhanabalan, MD, MPH, FAAFP – Uplifting Health and Wellness
  • Catherine Lewis – Director of education, Marijuana Caregivers of Maine
  • Nic Easley – CEO,  3C Consulting, LLC
  • Jared Moffett – Director, Regulate RI
  • Paul McCarrier – President, Regulate Maine
  • Beth Waterfall – Chair of Women Grow: Boston and Principal, Beth Waterfall Creative
  • Chris Faraone  – Editor, Dig Boston, & Director, Boston Institute of Non-Profit Journalism
  • Shanna Souza – President, New England Cannabis Consulting
  • Nicole Snow – Executive Director, Mass Patient Advocacy Alliance
  • Marta Downing – COO, Canna Care Docs
  • Eli Harrington – Co-founder, Managing Editor, Heady Vermont
  • Cole Markus – Co-Founder, President, The Reno Expo

This Week: 4/20 At CannaCon in Santa Rosa

Reposted From Cashinbis

The question is simple: Where will you be on 4/20 this year? The possibilities are endless. After all, it is the BIGGEST holiday for the cannabis community. However, if you’re a cannabis professional or more specifically, a producer or processor, your answer will most definitely be, “Santa Rosa, CA for CannaCon’s 3-day expo + seminar series”. Being that it’s their debut event in the state, founder Bob Smart and his dedicated team have secured a value-packed lineup of speakers and topics for their upcoming seminar series and 200+ exhibitors showcasing in their expo hall.

Top 3 Must-Do’s at Santa Rosa CannaCon:

1.    Attend at Least 1 of 6 Cannabis Infused Cooking Demos

Start your morning learning the basics of infusions with a cup of cannabis-infused coffee in hand. Take a seat with Chef Jeremy Cooper and indulge in a handful of infused truffle popcorn while learning dosage scaling, flavoring, and masking.

Take it easy and learn about crafting a product line of CBD-infused products for consumers looking for non-psychoactive infusions.

2.    Grab a Seat for Kevin Jodrey’s Seminar on Genetic Testing, The Future of the Cannabis Supply Chain

Genetic testing is the future of the cannabis supply chain. Strains are more often than not misnamed or renamed, meaning that buyers and consumers never know what they’re getting. How can we resolve this problem? Learn how new testing technology can reintroduce trust and certainty into your products.

3.    Bring Your Questions to CannaCon’s Legislative Update Q&A

Confused by current regulations or laws pertaining to your business? Join the

panel discussion on California’s legislative landscape and get all your questions answered by vetted experts and professionals.

No plans for the night of 4/20? Celebrate with like-minded cannabis consumers at CannaCon’s Official Mixer Party!

Haven’t Bought Your Ticket Yet? The Details:

When: April 20 -22, 2017

Where: Santa Rosa, CA | Sonoma County Events Center

Tickets: ($40 – $420) Online Pre-registration *Open* Limited-Time Only | Buy Tickets

CWCBExpo & The Marijuana Show Offer Aspiring Ganjaprenuers Chance At $20 Million “High-Finance” Fund

NEW JERSEY: Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo) have officially partnered with The Marijuana Show, an Amazon TV Series, dubbed the “Shark Tank” of cannabis, with over 250 million reach, to offer innovative canna-businesses the opportunity to pitch their new ideas. Pitching opportunities to The Marijuana Show judges will now be available at the CWCBExpo coast-to-coast market leading events in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. The CWCBExpos provide the latest information, education, and products for medical and recreational marijuana, CBD, industrial hemp and more.

“By partnering with The Marijuana Show, exhibitors of CWCBExpo will gain access to funding for new and expanding businesses. This gives CWCBExpo another prime opportunity to help move the industry forward and provide a springboard to success for innovators and entrepreneurs who are seeking mentorships and capital,” said Scott Giannotti, Managing Director, CWCBExpo.

The first set of auditions will take place at CWCBExpo NY on June 15th at the Javits Center. Select ganjaprenuers will have 2 to 10 minutes to pitch their ideas to the show’s judges in the Exhibitor Showcase Theater sponsored by Folium Biosciences. Those pitching will vie for a chance to be on The Marijuana Show, garner top notch industry mentors and a piece of the $20 million “High-Finance” fund in addition to legal and marketing guidance.

“We are very excited to partner with the CWCBExpo in order to find the next big marijuana millionaires.  Their events bring together highly motivated canna-businesses and that’s exactly who we are searching for,” said The Marijuana Show’s Producer and Director, Wendy Robbins. “With so much to gain in this industry, we are proud to assist hopeful canna-business owners to take their ideas to the next level though our TV show and our on-demand live streaming education program, Bud Camp,” added Robbins.

The CWCBExpo NY, June 14-16, taking place under one roof in the financial and media capital of the world, will also host an expanded exhibit floor (June 15-16) with suppliers in the industry showcasing cutting-edge products and services to those in the business, entrepreneurs looking to enter the market, medical professionals, dispensary owners, retailers, investors, and providers of professional services.   The educational programming includes Add-on Workshops (June 14 and June 17) presenting information on becoming medical marijuana provider, opening a business, investing in cannabis, making hemp great again, and the art of the cannabis sommelier.  The CWCBExpo conference program will include more than 70 sessions and over 100 expert speakers covering everything from seed to sale including cultivation, processing/extraction, sales, ancillary business, advocacy legislation and more. To register for CWCBExpo NY, go to www.cwcbexpo.com.

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.