Event Preview: New England Cannabis Convention
April 6, 2017
In a couple weeks, thousands of cannabis enthusiasts and entrepreneurs will converge in downtown Boston at the Hynes Convention Center for 2 days of education, inspiration, and industry knowledge sharing, at the New England Cannabis Convention (NECANN). Now in its’ third year, NECANN has grown exponentially from around 50 exhibitors and 20 speakers in its first year, to over 200 local and national organizations and a speaking lineup which boasts over 100 cannabis industry professionals from varying niches.
At its core, NECANN has always focused on activism through education. This year they have taken the education element a step further and partnered with MassCann/NORML’s mobile Education Village to provide attendees with an interactive, educational experience highlighting key issues during the weekend of April 22-23.
“Many generations of leadership support our event, and this year, we are really excited to include the Education Village as an extension of our programming,” said Program Director, Eve Marie Santana. “We hope that people will use the information being shared to rise up to the challenges faced in business settings and also in the realms of activism.”
What used to be a very consumer-focused show has evolved into the premier business conference for people who are, or want to be, involved in the New England cannabis market. There are other shows in the region, but they are mostly comprised of national companies focused on seeking investments rather than creating strong, localized relationships in an area with a rich cannabis history. Considering the unprecedented rate at which cannabis reform legislation is making its way through eastern states, the shift of this event’s focus from consumers to business owners and entrepreneurs came at a crucial time when the education resource is needed most.
“We are very excited about our 3rd edition of NECANN,” says Barbara Pudney, Vice President of Paragon Group, the show’s producer. “The convention has grown to encompass two halls this year and based on pre-registrations, we expect attendance to be almost double. With the passage of recreational legalization, we are seeing a tremendous increase in interest in the business of cannabis.”
In addition to over 200 exhibitors, the event will feature live, hands-on demonstrations, Q&A panel discussions, and a keynote address delivered by Catherine Lewis of Marijuana Caregivers of Maine. Other familiar faces include Jaime Lewis, CEO of Mayflower Medicinals in Colorado, Mike Fitzgerald from New England Grass Roots Institute, and Mowgli Holmes, Ph.D. of Phylos Bioscience, who will be speaking about tracking cannabis genetics.
In addition to the event’s keynotes, BioTrackTHC will be speaking on multiple industry panels and presentations discussing careers in cannabis and sharing thoughts and advice from their years of experience in the cannabis industry. Come see us at booth #415 to meet our Sales Executives, Steve Flaks and Taylor Jones, and our Director of Marketing, Greg Welch. They’ll be demonstrating the BT Command Center; an analytics dashboard for your licensed cannabis business. Make sure to grab a BioTrackTHC pin while you’re there and tag #wheresthepin!
Convention admission starts at $20 for patients or advocates. Attendees wishing to attend the educational tracks will need to purchase Business, Investor, or Career (BIC) passes starting at $50.
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