About NECANN

2017 Convention Details:  Sat, April 22: 11am – 6pm  Sun, April 23: 11am – 6pm


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.  We felt a locally owned & operated  Convention model focused on the New England market (and each state’s medical and recreational status) would be a superior alternative to a corporate convention-chain cloning their generic, national-business focused “Mc-Canna Convention” in New England.  Rather than focusing on maximizing revenue, we take a collaborative approach to our shows that has resulted in consistently high ROI for both exhibitors and speakers.

NECANN launched a series of successful events in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine in 2015, drawing over 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 ever in the North East, with 120 exhibitors and 4,000+ attendees.  We followed that up with a fall event in Portland, Maine that also grew significantly over 2015.   As we prepare for our 3rd Annual conventions with recreational cannabis now legal in both Massachusetts and Maine, we are are uniquely positioned deliver value and growth opportunity to every aspect of the industry.

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, 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.

Our Team

Jeff   Jeff Lawrence, Co-founder    |      jeff@necann.com     |     @29thousand    jeff2

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.  

   Marc Shepard  Marc Shepard, Co-founder   |   marc@necann.com   |   @mockshepid   

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, Marc 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 Broadside, WAAF, the Worcester Business Journal, and Ganjapreneur.com. He is also a closet comic-book nerd and failed egghead still in search of a degree.

evemarie_headshot (2)   Eve Marie Santana – Programming Director

With a background in entertainment and event management from Johnson & Wales University, Eve’s  passion for connecting others to educational resources has led to an amazing array of  relationships within the cannabis industry, a great asset in her role of securing guest speakers and educators from across the country to participate in the interactive program of the NECC.