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.

 

The Top 10 Marijuana Policy Victories of 2015

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: In 2015, state legislators considered bills to legalize marijuana in 21 states, decriminalize marijuana possession in 17 states, and legalize medical marijuana in 19 states.

Most of the action in 2015 was aimed at achieving substantial victories in 2016, which is slated to be the most successful year in the history of the movement to end marijuana prohibition.

With this in mind, the Marijuana Policy Project is hereby releasing its top 10 list for 2015. I’m excluding international and scientific developments, instead focusing on policy developments in the United States.

10. Local Decriminalization Measures: In Florida, seven local governments (including Miami-Dade County) opted to allow officers to cite, rather than arrest, adults found in possession of marijuana. And in Michigan, an average of 55% of voters in East LansingPortage, and Keego Harbor decriminalized marijuana possession.

9. Everything In Texas: The Texas Legislature and governor’s office — all controlled by Republicans — enacted a bill to allow specially licensed businesses to sell low-THC marijuana to patients with intractable epilepsy, thereby setting the stage for a broader medical marijuana bill to pass in 2017, which is now more possible since a principal opponent of medical marijuana in the state House announced her retirement. Just as significantly, the key House committee passed a pair of bills toremove criminal penalties for marijuana possession and to legalize marijuana like jalapeños; there were enough votes to pass the former bill on the House floor, but the legislature ran out of time.