NEW ENGLAND CANNABIS NETWORK

The New England Cannabis Network (NECANN) was conceived in 2014 during a discussion lamenting the lack of established resource hubs for the rapidly expanding Cannabis industry in New England. Events where businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, educators, patients, advocates, and consumers could connect, learn, and grow were needed, and we felt a locally owned and operated convention model focused on the New England market (and each state’s medical and recreational status) would be a superior alternative to the existing corporate convention franchises. Rather than focusing on what the New England Cannabis Industry can do for us, we take a collaborative approach to our shows that has resulted in consistently high ROI for exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees, facilitating growth for all.

NECANN launched a series of successful events in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine in 2015, drawing more than 10,000 attendees, hundreds of vendors, and dozens of speakers. In 2016, we decided to focus on bringing every aspect of the industry together in Boston for one weekend in April, and the result was the largest Cannabis Industry event ever held in the Northeast, with 120 exhibitors and more than 4,000 attendees. We followed that up with a fall event in Portland, Maine that has also grown significantly since 2015.

As we prepare for our 4rd Annual conventions with recreational cannabis now legal in both Massachusetts and Maine, we are uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional value and exciting growth opportunities to every aspect of the industry.

CONVENTIONS 2018

BOSTON, MA

March 24 – 25

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RENO, NV

April 7 – 8

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BURLINGTON, VT

May 11 – 13

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SPRINGFIELD, MA

July 27 – 28

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MAINE

Oct 6 – 7

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RHODE ISLAND

Oct 27 – 29

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The New England Cannabis Convention is unique in that it serves both the B2B, B2C communities, as well patients and caregivers. Every single facet of the industry is represented, including: Accounting, Insurance, Marketing, Banking, Payment Processing, Botanicals, Patient Advocacy, Diversity & Inclusion, Storage, Packaging, Dosing Equipment, Patient Education, Medical Experts, Displays & Fixtures, Grow Lights, Hemp Industry , Hydroponics & Cultivation Products, Infused Products, Inventory Tracking, Legal Resources, Licensing Services, Medical Resources, Smoking, vaping, and dabbing accessories, POS & Management Software, Private Equity & Investment Resources, Training & Education, Security Services & Equipment, Testing & Lab Services, Tinctures, Salves, & Topicals.

We hope to see you at one of our conventions; if you see one of us, please feel free to introduce yourself and share your thoughts on what you would like to see at the next one! New England is our home, and we want to do our part to help make the cannabis industry here the huge success we know it can be!

THE NECANN TEAM

Marc Shepard

MARC SHEPARD

Co-founder, President

marc@necann.com

Marc is a registered Mass. MMJ patient, and member of both Masscan/NORML and the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance. During his 20 year publishing career he has created, promoted, and executed successful live events all over New England.   He has spoken for MMJ and Cannabis Legalization on many regional outlets including NECN’s BroadsideWAAF, the Worcester Business Journal, and Ganjapreneur.com. He is also a closet comic-book nerd and failed egghead still in search of a degree.

Jeff Lawrence

JEFF LAWRENCE

Co-founder, CEO

jeff@necann.com

Jeff is the Owner, and Publisher of digBoston (and digboston.com), the region’s’s loudest alternative-media voice since 1999.  A veteran local MMJ advocate, Jeff has served as a MASS CANN/NORML board member and made Dig Boston the first main-stream media outlet in New England to feature a weekly MMJ column.  Jeff is also an unrepentant nerd & egghead with various impressive degrees.

Beth Waterfall New England Cannabis Conventions

BETH WATERFALL

Managing Director

beth@necann.com

 

Beth is a marketing communications and event maestro with a background in the legal, financial services, nonprofit and hospitality industries. She’s written for the Boston Globe, Marijuana Venture, Ladybud and Freedom Leaf magazines, and is a frequent speaker at industry events. A graduate of Providence College, Beth is dedicated to educating, emboldening and connecting cannabis industry professionals, patients, advocates and newcomers through unforgettable event experiences.

Eve Marie Santana

EVE MARIE SANTANA

Programming Director

evemariesantana@gmail.com

With a background in event management from Johnson & Wales University, Eve Marie strives to inspire positive cannabis experiences. In her role at NECANN, she organizes educational programming to reflect regional/national cannabis policy updates, emerging leaders, and insights on DIY cannabis practices not limited to cultivation or infusion of foods. Eve Marie is excited about the development of the Cannabis industry and looks forward to serving the industry with time, talent and innovation.

DAVID GERTH

Exhibitor Sales Manager

gerth@paragonexpo.com

 

David spent 5 years in radio advertising and event marketing, focused on creating and executing customized marketing campaigns before joining Paragon Group in 2015 to manage exhibitor booth and sponsorship sales for NECANN.  David is passionate about the progression and growth of the Cannabis industry.  He’s an alumnus of University of New Hampshire and U Mass Dartmouth and known by his friends as a Dance Machine.

PARAGON GROUP

FULL-SERVICE EVENT PRODUCER

Paragon Group knows New England…and New England knows Paragon as the Northeast’s premier full-service event producer. From the New England International Auto Show to the Boston Flower & Garden Show and the National Golf Expo, Paragon Group has a reputation and distinguished track record for developing, marketing and operating exceptional first-class events and experiences. We work in partnership with NECANN to customize the show to fit the marketplace and achieve exceptional results for exhibitors and attendees. We grow events! ParagonExpo.com.

BOARD OF ADVISORS

NECANN is proud to work with some of the most knowledgeable and respected members of the New England Cannabis community. Representing all aspects of the industry across New England, our Board members help us create the most innovative and valuable event experience possible for our exhibitors and attendees.

Dr.Uma

Dr. UMA V.A. DANABALAN – MD, MPH, FAAFPA

Uplifting Health and Wellness

NECANN Health Advisory Consultant  –  Dr Uma is Board certified in Occupational Medicine, Medical Review Officer and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She recieved her Master’s Degree in Public Health specializing in Occupational & Environmental Medicine from the Harvard School of Public Health.  A Cannabis Therapeutics Specialist doing Medical Marijuana authorizations,at Uplifting Health and Wellness in Natick MA, her passion is in educating the public about cannabis and endocannabinoid system. Dr Dhanabalan states “Cannabis is not an entrance drug, it is an exit drug from pharmaceuticals and narcotics.”

Catherine Lewis

CATHERINE LEWIS

Director of education, Marijuana Caregivers of Maine

David spent 5 years in radio advertising and event marketing, focused on creating and executing customized marketing campaigns before joining Paragon Group in 2015 to manage exhibitor booth and sponsorship sales for NECANN.  David is passionate about the progression and growth of the Cannabis industry.  He’s an alumnus of University of New Hampshire and U Mass Dartmouth and known by his friends as a Dance Machine.

Nic Easley

NIC EASLEY

3C Consulting, LLC, CEO

Nic and 3C Consulting, LLC have helped more than 75 clients design, start up, build, and optimize their cultivation and commercial cannabis operations. 3C uses science, research, and education as guiding principles, prioritizing ROI, profitability and shareholder value while recommending both socially and environmentally responsible practices. Nic’s scientific background, combined with over 15 years of agricultural field and biological experience offers the industry new possibilities of, productivity, profitability, and professionalism. Over the past nine years – both in Colorado and nationwide – Nic has been asked to speak and keynote at multiple industry conferences and contributes to numerous industry publications. Nic holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology, and is a Veteran of the United States Air Force.

Jared Moffett

JARED MOFFETT

Director, Regulate RI

Jared is the Rhode Island Political Director for Marijuana Policy Project. Working to make Rhode Island the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislature, Jared leads Regulate Rhode Island, a coalition of citizens, community leaders, and organizations who support regulating marijuana similarly to alcohol. Before working for Marijuana Policy Project, Jared served as chapter president of Brown University Students for Sensible Drug Policy where he successfully lead the student effort to support passage of Rhode Island’s 2012 marijuana decriminalization law.

Paul McCarrier

PAUL McCARRIER

President, Regulate Maine

Paul  has been involved with cannabis policy since 2011, when he worked successfully with a Republican House, Senate and Governor to pass the landmark reform bill “An Act to Protect Patient Privacy”. He has lobbied every cannabis related bill in Maine since 2011 and has been instrumental in shaping state and local policy concerning cannabis in Maine . In November 2014, Paul started Legalize Maine, the grass roots legalization group that merged with Maine’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in November 2015. and launched Pi Consulting  to help guide cannabis clients and their investors with government relations and business development in Maine and beyond.

Beth Waterfall

BETH WATERFALL

Chair of Women Grow: Boston and Principal, Beth Waterfall Creative

Beth Waterfall is a marketing communications and business development strategist applying sophisticated experience in the legal, financial services, hospitality and not-for-profit industries to help cannabis executives and companies grow. She has written for the Boston Globe, Ladybud and Freedom Leaf magazines and is a frequent speaker at events, including the Women Grow Leadership Summit, CannaCon and NECANN. Beth is chairwoman of Women Grow: Boston, founder of Massachusetts Mothers for Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana, and member of the NECANN Advisory Board.

Chris Faraone

CHRIS FARAONE

Dig Boston Editor, & Director, BINJ

A long-time local medical marijuana advocate, Chris  is a  veteran (and modern legend) of the alternative news scene.  As a staff writer at the Boston Phoenix from 2008 to 2013, he covered everything from rap music and political movements to cults and the state legislature, and won a number of awards including several from the New England Newspaper & Press Association and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.  Currently the Editor of DigBoston and the Director of Editorial for the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism,  he is also the author of four books including ’99 Nights with the 99 Percent’ and ‘Heartbreak Hell.’

Shanna Souza

SHANNA SOUZA

President, New England Cannabis Consulting

She became a volunteer for MMCM in early 2014 with the 3rd annual Homegrown Maine as well as informational sessions and classes that MMCM hosted working with many advocates for the MMJ community. She became very passionate about keeping the medical program protected and she was selected to become a board member and the Treasurer of MMCM in September of 2014.  In addition to being am the President of New England Cannabis Consulting and the CFO of Homegrown Healthcare of Maine, Shanna is a Maine MMJ patient and Caregiver specializing in cancer, working with Veterans and treatment of many other medical conditions.

Marta Downing

MARTHA DOWNING

COO, Canna Care Docs

After founding a Massachusetts team that successfully received a Registered Marijuana Dispensary license in Massachusetts Marta now leads, as COO, the largest medical marijuana evaluation center in the US. She honed her business acumen on Wall Street as a block trader covering small cap value funds but found the world of Wall Street to lack the passionate authenticity found in the fantastically dynamic cannabis space. Marta is committed to building a cannabis industry that is inclusive of traditionally underrepresented groups in tech, corporate medicine and finance. She is an accomplished ski mountaineer, surfer and road cyclist. Marta splits her time between Portsmouth NH, and NYC where her partner Amy lives.

Michael Latulippe

MICHAEL LATULIPPE

Development Director, Mass Patient Advocacy Alliance

Michael has an educational background in political science and a professional background in branding, community organizing and Web development. He is the President and Co-Founder of the Cannabis Society of Massachusetts which is a membership based non-profit social club focused on organizing groundbreaking events around marijuana and its medicinal and creative purposes. Michael is also the Development Director at the Massachusetts Patient Michael Advocacy Alliance and is on the Board of Directors at the Northeast Cannabis Coalition and the Cannabis Business Alliance of Massachusetts. Dedicated to safe access and breaking down barriers to cannabis use, Michael continues his mission of changing perspectives with every event and interaction.