NECANN Announces Largest Digital Cannabis Industry Event In The World

NECANN Online Debuts September 14-16

Three fall NECANN shows in VT, MA and NJ rescheduled to 2021

MASSACHUSETTS: The New England Cannabis Convention (NECANN) today announced it will host the largest Digital Cannabis Industry Event in the world September 14-16, while also rescheduling three fall conventions to new dates in 2021.

NECANN Online will feature over 500 exhibitors and 50-plus programming sessions covering all aspects of the industry. Participants will also receive a virtual swag bag and 2020 cannabis industry resource guide, and the all-digital event will feature live feeds from the 2020 New England Canna Community Awards Show and the NECANN Cannabis Competition Awards.

“As disappointed as we are to be moving three of our upcoming conventions into next year, we are incredibly excited to be presenting our exhibitors and attendees with NECANN Online, the largest and most content-packed digital event ever in the cannabis and hemp space”, said Marc Shepard, President of NECANN.

Programming will include four tracks running all three days, including expert speakers and panels from around the country speaking on technology & innovation, growing and extraction, business and careers, hemp, CBD, medical marijuana, and social justice & equity.

NECANN’s 2020 Burlington, VT, Springfield, MA and Atlantic City, NJ shows have been rescheduled to 2021. New dates are: May 29-30, 2021 for Burlington; June 19-20, 2021 for Springfield; and Sept. 10-11, 2021 for Atlantic City. NECANN’s 2020 conventions in Portland, ME, Chicago, IL and Boston, MA are still scheduled for respective dates in October, November and December.

“NECANN Online will feature much more than the virtual booths and webinars most shows present. We will have live awards shows, virtual gift bags and even a few surprise guests,” Shepard said.  In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the COVID 19 situation around the country and hope to be seeing everyone in-person again soon”.


NECANN 2020-21 Convention Schedule

NECANN ONLINE (Sep 14-16, 2020


Portland, Maine (October 17-18, 2020)

Chicago, IL (Nov. 20-21, 2020)

Boston, MA (Dec 10-12, 2020)


Burlington, VT (was Sept 29-27 2020), rescheduled to May 29-30, 2021

Springfield, MA (was Oct. 24-25, 2020), rescheduled to June 19-20, 2021

Atlantic City, NJ (was Sept 11-12, 2020), rescheduled to Sept 10-11, 2021


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.”

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.


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  A limited amount of tickets will also be sold on-site on the days of the shows.  The full programming schedule is available at


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


  • 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.


  • 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.