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

The New England Cannabis Network (NECANN) was conceived during a discussion lamenting the lack of an established resource hub for  the rapidly expanding Medical Marijuana industry in New England. Events where patients, advocates, businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, educators, and consumers can connect, learn, and grow.  We decided that a locally owned & operated  Convention focused on the New England market (and each state’s current medical and recreational status) would be a superior alternative to an outside corporate giant dropping a generic, National-Business focused “canna convention” on New England.

NECANN hosted 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, NECANN focused on bringing every aspect of the industry together for one huge show in Boston on April 23rd and 24th. The event was even more successful than we could have imagined, and the 2017 convention will feature even more exhibit space and programming!

About the Founders

Jeff   Jeff Lawrence    |      jeff@necann.com     |     @29thousand    jeff2

Founder, Owner, and Publisher of digBoston (and digboston.com), the city’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   Marc Shepard   |   marc@necann.com   |   @mockshepid   

Currently serving as Associate Publisher at DigBoston,  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 is a former AAN board Member, and served on the Portland, ME. Creative Economy Committee.  He is also a closet comic-book nerd and failed egghead still in search of a degree.

Our Team

ellen (2)   Ellen Brown – Programming Director

A cannabis educator and activist, Ellen has spoken all over the world from the Boston Freedom Rally to the High Times Jamaica Cannabis Cup.   She has taught thousands of students, patients and caregivers all over the country from large classroom settings to freelance consulting.  Her experience also includes managing the Nature’s Nexus Dispensary in California, where her roles included lead cultivator, budtender and patient education adviser.  

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.


Beth Waterfall-McSweeney headshot (2)     Beth Waterfall-McSweeney – Editor, NECANN.com

Beth is a writer, marketing communications consultant and medical cannabis  activist. As editor of the New England Cannabis Network’s “Weed Blog” she leverages her background in legal and financial services marketing to help the industry grow in Massachusetts. Beth is co-chair of Women Grow’s Boston chapter and a 2015 graduate of the New England Grass Roots  Institute.

beth@bethwaterfall.com     |     @bethwaterfall     |     bethwaterfall.com