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.


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 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

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:  A limited amount of tickets will also be available at the Hynes on the days of the shows.

Full Programming Schedule:

Montel Williams to Keynote Cannabis World Congress Los Angeles

NEW JERSEY: Montel Williams, media celebrity and medical marijuana advocate will deliver a Keynote Address at the 3rd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, in Los Angeles, California.  Taking place Sept. 7-9, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, CWCBExpo is the leading trade show and conference on the West Coast for the medical marijuana and legalized cannabis industries.

Montel Williams Keynote entitled, “We Can’t Forget ‘Medical’ Cannabis as Legalization Becomes a Reality,” will take place, Thursday, Sept. 8th at 2:00 pm.    His important speech will focus on why, with the tide turning on the issue of full legalization, it is critical to not forget patients who have very specific needs with respect to cannabis, including strains that are less profitable in the marketplace.

“It’s clear that the regulatory landscape is beginning to adapt as the number of states that have enacted cannabis reform grows. It’s an exciting time for those involved with the cannabis reform movement, but it is important that we all move forward together and that means not leaving patients behind” said Williams.

Montel Williams earned his media celebrity status as an Emmy Award winning television personality whom Americans invited into their homes for more than 17 years. He is a decorated former naval officer, inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur and advocate for patients worldwide.

Williams has been involved in many major initiatives aimed at helping others. His Living Well campaign and brand encourages and supports people trying to live their best lives with a focus on their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and financial health.

“We are thrilled to have Montel Williams deliver a Keynote at CWCBExpo LA.  This is a pivotal year in legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, and Montel’s personal story of medical marijuana use and advocacy will be inspiring to attendees,” said Christine Ianuzzi, Show Director, of CWCBExpo events.

In addition to Williams’ Keynote, CWCBExpo LA will have more than 60 educational sessions covering everything from “How to Build a World Class Cannabis Brand” to “Endocannabinoid System & Cannabinoid Therapeutics.” Thought Leadership Panels on “CTE, Concussions, and CBD” with top athletes and “Failure is Not an Option” with policy experts and industry leaders discussing the forthcoming Prop 64 (AUMA) initiative on the California ballot in November and the opportunities it will create are also part of the educational agenda.

New sessions added include “Addressing the Nation’s Prescription Opioid Addiction Epidemic with Cannabis” featuring one of the nation’s premier pain management specialists, professional athletes, and cannabis advocate for Native Americans. “Impact of Legalization on Your Business,” will feature Leafs by Snoop, Casa Verde Capital, Flower Shop and MERRY JANE.

All-day Add-On Workshops will take place on September 7th, with the Conference Program and Exhibits, featuring hundreds of cannabis innovations, taking place September 8th and 9th.  An After-Expo Networking Event, open to all badged attendees, will take place on September 8th, with a special screening of the short stoner comedy film: “Recalculating.”  A bonus day has been added on Saturday, September 10th with another Add-On Workshop and California’s largest industry Career Fair, hosted by Vangst Talent.

Registration is Open for 3rd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition June 15-17, 2016

NEW JERSEY: A majority of US states are poised to transition from cannabis prohibition to some form of regulated legal markets for recreational and medical cannabis this year, making the 3rd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) in New York a must attend event to learn about and see the latest innovations that will move the industry forward.

Taking place June 15-17, 2016, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, CWCBExpo’s ideal Northeast location taps into the country’s’ biggest financial, media, manufacturing, entrepreneurial and healthcare markets. CWCBExpo NY will offer an unparalleled learning agenda with subject matter experts in banking, pain management, healthcare, investing, regulations, law, emerging markets, and product development fields participating.

CWCBExpo NY attendees will gain the knowledge and tools needed to succeed in this hyper growth and dynamic industry including in-depth Add-On Workshops on June 15th that cover:

  • “Open or Purchase a Cannabis Industry,” a six hour certification program offered by Clover Leaf University
  • “Cannabis Growth Capital Conference and Investor Fair,” connecting investors with leaders in the cannabis public markets as well as up and coming private companies.

A bonus Add-On Workshop will take place the day after CWCBExpo NY, Saturday, June 18, with an all-day session on “Grow a Bright Future with a Green Collar Career: Don’t Miss the ‘Green Rush’,” presented by the Cannabis Career Institute.

The Conference Program on June 16-17 includes a headlining keynote speaker, thought-leader panel discussions, regulatory updates, NY dispensary owners, and specially crafted sessions in key business tracks focused on Creating Your Business, Running Your Business, High Finance, Opportunities, and Trends in High Growth Areas, including Industrial Hemp: Made in America and a CTE, Pain Management and Concussions panels.

“There has never been a better time to start a business or grow an existing one in the legalized cannabis market.  This year is a tipping point for the industry and the CWCBExpo in New York will provide you with the best curated education, connections and products to get a competitive start and flourish,” said Dan Humiston, President of International Cannabis Association and Educational Director for CWCBExpo.

In addition to two days of full educational programming and the in-depth Add-On Workshops, CWCBExpo NY will also feature an exhibit floor (June 16-17) with suppliers in the industry showcasing cutting-edge products and services to marijuana cultivators, entrepreneurs looking to enter the market, dispensary owners, medical professionals, investors, and providers of professional services.  An Exhibitor Product Theater on the show floor will spotlight the latest products and services being introduced to the market.

An evening fundraiser, Fashion and Food on High, will offer another opportunity for networking and celebrating the industry. Taking place on Thursday, June 16th, at the Copacabana in Times Square, this special event will spotlight the growing hemp lifestyle and create awareness for advocacy groups promoting the health benefits of industrial hemp and cannabidiol extracts.

Featured exhibitors participating in CWCBExpo NY include Amercanex, Apeks, Cannabis Career Institute, Clover Leaf University, Conviron, Forever Flowering Greenhouses, Gradujuana, Helderpad, HighNY, Hiller, PC, Incredibles, International Cannabis Association, Jane, Medicine Man, MJ Freeway, MJIC, Nexus Corporation, Potbotics, The Cannabis Co Operative, Transcend Lighting, True Leaf, and many others.

CWCBExpo New York is also partnering with leading advocacy groups, associations, and media partners including Coalition for Access Now, Realm of Caring, B2B Wholesaler, Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Enterprise, Cannabis Financial News, Cann Media-mg Magazine, Hail Mary Jane, Marijuana Business Association, Marijuana Policy Project, Marijuana Venture, and Women Grow, to name a few.

Discounted conference rates are now being offered for advance registration.  For more information on the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in New York (CWCBExpo in NY) visit:    For more information on sponsoring or exhibiting contact the CWCBExpo NY sales teams at sreuter@leexpos.comor click here:


2016 Cannabis Collaborative Conference Is Feb 3-4 at Portland Expo

OREGON: The 2016 Cannabis Collaborative Conference (CCC), a two-day convention and networking event focused on the business side of the fast-growing cannabis industry, will take place February 3 and 4 at the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center (Portland Expo Center), according to CCC producer Mary Lou Burton.

Featuring more than 80 cannabis industry speakers, including a keynote address from former NBA All-Star/former Portland Trail Blazer and cannabis advocate Cliff Robinson, the CCC is expected to draw more than 2,500 attendees seeking to network and visit interactive workshops and hands-on demonstrations for the purposes of gaining knowledge and insight into one of the fastest-growing agricultural businesses in North America – the cannabis industry.

“Following on the heels of the Cannabis Creative Conference held this past summer, we are calling this a ‘working conference,’” Burton said. “Which illustrates we are growing collectively and are united to create a vibrant, successful industry.”

With more than 90 exhibitors, the CCC will showcase the newest available technology, from security systems to planting processes to retail point-of-sale. Additionally, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) will provide workshops on its new Cannabis Tracking System (CTS), in partnership with CTS vendor Franwell Metrc, and will have small group sessions and hands-on interactive demonstrations both days.

As part of the conference, CCC will host the Marijuana Investor Summit Boot Camp for more than 100 investors and entrepreneurs coming from all parts of North America. Produced in partnership with the Cannabis Collaborative Conference, Marijuana Investor Summit and Signal Bay, this half-day seminar, taught by industry experts and successful marijuana entrepreneurs and investors, will provide prospective investors and entrepreneurs insight on this rapidly growing market.

“This conference provides a recipe for success, essentially guaranteeing significant improvement for a cannabis-based business,” Burton said. “Anyone who’s interested in this industry or wants to become a real player in it will be here.”

The Cannabis Collaborative Conference hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, February 4. Those interested in attending can register here: 

Major sponsors of the Cannabis Collaborative Conference include Chalice Farms, CannaGuard Security, MRX Labs, DOPE Magazine, Cannley, and MJ Freeway Business Solutions.

The Cannabis Collaborative Conference and the Cannabis Creative Conference are produced by Portland-based Bravo! Event, which, for nearly 30 years, has produced large-scale corporate, trade and social events throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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COLORADO:  At the after-party for the National Cannabis Summit — an annual conference thick with entrepreneurs and business people, held in the bowels of the Sheraton in downtown Denver — eight of us attendees boogied alongside one of the more engaging speakers, the medical researcher Dr. Suzanne Sisley, who wore throughout the party a towering, purple velvet Mad Hatter’s hat. Remembering that in her speech she had said, “I’ve never tried marijuana in any form,” I wanted to whisper in her ear, “But your millinery tells a different story.”

Outside in a cordoned-off area of a parking lot at the marijuana growers’ supply warehouse where the party was held, hundreds of attendees were smoking and vaping. The conference’s essential leitmotifs — self-promotion and schmoozing — reasserted themselves.

A man who had spent a good part of the conference selling his outhouse-size turbine (to help marijuana growers “get off the grid”) was pitching it to anyone within earshot; another guest’s party banter ran, “The five reasons to consider a pen vape are high quality, safety, consistency, discretion, and … I can’t remember the fifth reason.” Then he picked up a glossy promotional card listing these five reasons and told me: “Oh, and purity. Purity’s important.” Dude.

Highlights From The National Cannabis Summit in Denver

COLORADO: The first National Cannabis Summit, the inaugural show from MJ Conferences’ Bruce and Andy Passen, was held October 12-13th at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Approximately 500 Cannabis Industry Professionals gathered for the first-time trade event, most to attend an impressive lineup of panelists and speakers, including: Andrew Freeman, Director of Marijuana Coordination for the State of Colorado; Dixie Elixirs CEO Tripp Keber; Privateer Holdings founder Brendan Kennedy; Paul Campbell, Leafly; Nurse Heather Manus; 420 Investor Alan Brochstein; Dr. Sue Sisley, and the MJBA’s David Rheins.

Event Producers Bruce and Andy Passen

Event Producers, MJ Conferences’ Bruce and Andy Passen

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The 2015 Cannabis World Congress Was So Square It Was Accidentally An Anti-Drug PSA

by Jeff Weiss

CALIFORNIA: Nothing is more suspect than a man in a suit talking about drugs. Unless he’s your attorney, he’s inevitably police. And even if he’s not literal law enforcement, he’d flip in an instant if you got caught with a brick of cocaine, weed, or insider information about Sour Diesel futures.

Enter the 2015 Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition, which turned out to be the trade show equivalent of watching hedge fund managers cover Sublime songs for hours on end. If you’re old enough to drink, you probably remember public perception of “chronic” before it became possible to purchase organic green juice infused with psychotropic greens. You can still find the High Times wookie stoner at HempCon or a String Cheese Incident concert, but we’re living in a future where imminent legalization has incubated a gold rush mentality among the nascent marijuana industry, and the suits have inevitably followed the money.

It’s been nearly 20 years since California passed its landmark Proposition 215, allowing people to grow and obtain marijuana for medical purposes—a law easily manipulated by fly-by-night Dr. Nick Riviera types so eager that they’d dole out a prescription to grapple with the agony of a ruptured carburetor.

I’ve had a cannabis “recommendation” for years, but whenever it’s time to get renewed, I forget what I told the doctor in the first place. Excuses have included: anxiety, insomnia, back problems, arthritis, and the neuroses incurred from being Jewish. On the morning of the Cannabis Congress, my excuse for smoking was that I needed to cope with men in suits talking about drugs. So in the interest of pain relief and professionalism, I incinerated a roach while walking up to the venue.

It’s All Business At Marijuana Convention In Vegas

NEVADA:  There’s no tie-dye, no free samples and no stereotypical stoners: marijuana is going mainstream and nowhere is that more evident than what’s being billed as the world’s largest marijuana convention.

The conference here has drawn close to 3,000 people, many of them middle-aged men in suits eagerly discussing the latest legalization efforts, trading tips on distilling pot into hash-infused oil, and debating the finer points of child-resistant packaging.

But even though nearly half of the states have legalized some form of marijuana, the cannabis industry still struggles with both its identity and reputation. One example: The casino hosting the event has asked reporters not to mention its name. And this is an industry experts say will be worth $8 billion annually within five years.

“I’m seeing a definite skew toward the legitimate businesses and less and less of that weird factor,” said Joe Hodas, a spokesman for the Colorado-based edibles manufacturer Dixie Elixrs. “These are real, valid business opportunities.”

Cannabis Business Hopefuls Flock To Tacoma For CannaCon

WASHINGTON:  The new marijuana laws in Washington are driving new innovation in business. Thousands of cannabis hopefuls are flocking to the CannaCon held at the Tacoma Dome to share ideas and get their names out in this new industry.

Organizers have called the CannaCon 2014 event a home and garden show with a twist. Participants might not be able to sell or smoke marijuana, but they can find elements for edibles or new innovations related to this relatively new industry, where innovators are already seeing growth.

The 2014 CannaCon brings together more than 100 vendors that are catering to the cannabis industry, from soil producers and hash oil extractors to growing rooms. Businesses can both share ideas and sell products.

“Basically CannaCon is your first business-type expo where you’re just doing business; no smoking, no doing live music, no activism or all that and that the public is allowed to come into,” said organizer Bob Smart.