The Pre-Conference Events take place on the 23rd of March 2018 and features three exciting workshops,  “How to Win a Cannabis Business License in Massachusetts”, “Home Cultivation” with Ellen Brown and “Cannabis Wellness Immersion” featuring Marijuasana.

Join us before the official event as we kick off the Boston Conference with special pre-conference event!

Note that tickets for these workshops are separate from the weekend tickets.


10am- 1pm

NOTE: This is a separate ticket to a pre-convention 3-hour cannabis business licensing workshop. Entrance to this workshop is NOT included in any NECANN ticket, and purchase of this ticket does NOT include access to NECANN.

NECANN Boston Friday, March 23, 2018 11am – 1pm

Ticket price: $199

Are you hoping to obtain a cannabis business license when applications become available in Massachusetts this spring? Curious if you and your team have what it takes to submit a successful application?

NECANN is proud to offer a timely, high-value, pre-conference workshop featuring some of the Commonwealth’s most experienced legal and business advisors discussing:

  • The different types of licenses
  • Financing and fundraising strategies
  • How to optimize your corporate structure from the start
  • An overview of the state licensing process
  • Tips for building an effective and diverse team
  • The importance of grassroots efforts and community outreach
  • Liaising with municipalities to secure approvals
  • Local zoning and land use considerations and roadblocks
  • Opportunities for small and family-run businesses

Workshop attendees will leave with clarity about the application process, along with strategies and tips for building and sustaining a cannabis business in Massachusetts. Licenses will be available soon! Don’t miss this timely, unique opportunity to learn how you can stand out from the pack and win a cannabis business license.

*Note that this is a separately ticketed event. Tickets for Saturday/Sunday are available here.


Adam D. Fine, Managing Partner (Boston), Vicente Sederberg LLC

Adam Fine helps individuals and businesses navigate the numerous licensing, corporate and regulatory matters involved with opening cannabis dispensaries and related ancillary businesses. As managing partner of Vicente Sederberg’s Massachusetts office he currently represents several medical marijuana dispensaries and prospective marijuana business licensees, and chairs CLE events to educate other lawyers about marijuana law. Adam also contributed to the development of the Commonwealth’s cannabis industry as a co-drafter of the successful Question 4 ballot initiative.

Shanel A. Lindsay, Attorney, Inventor and Chairwoman of the Market Participation Subcommittee of the Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board

Boston-based lawyer and patient advocate Shanel Lindsay founded Ardent LLC and invented the precision medicinal cannabis tool, the Ardent Decarboxylator, along with Ardent’s suite of wellness and beauty products. Shanel drafted Massachusetts’ adult use cannabis law, is a founding member and co-chair of the Northeast Cannabis Coalition and counsel to the Massachusetts Patients Advocacy Alliance. She was both recently appointed to the newly-formed Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board, where she will work with the Massachusetts government to develop and implement regulations for the medical and adult use markets, and honored by the Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” for 2017.

Scott D. Moskol, Partner and Co-Chair, Cannabis Business Advisory, Burns & Levinson LLP

Since 2013, Scott has been providing corporate counsel to clients in the cannabis industry. His nationwide base of clients in this growing practice includes investors, lenders, operators of cultivation and dispensary facilities, consultants and family offices. Scott is often retained for capital raises, structuring appropriate vehicles for investment in the industry, drafting operative documents, and for general business advice given his involvement as an executive team member of one of his operating entity clients.

Michael P. Ross, Partner, Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Michael P. Ross’s experience solving complex problems and bringing disparate parties together as a legislator now extends to his practice as an attorney, where he focuses on commercial real estate, strategic advice, and government relations. Mike served for 14 years as a Boston City Councilor, as well as serving as the President of the body. In 2013, he entered the race for mayor, sharing a bold vision for the city’s future. Mike’s legal practice has focused on the successful permitting of several commercial real estate projects throughout the downtown neighborhoods of Boston and beyond. He also successfully permitted Boston’s first medical marijuana dispensary. He regularly appears before government boards and agencies in order to advance the needs of his clients.

Frank Perullo, Chief Executive Officer, Novus Group

Frank Perullo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Novus Group, a leading public affairs and government relations firm that provides strategic services to some of the nation’s best known and some of Boston’s fastest growing companies. Frank began his career at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office, where he was the director of the nation’s first centralized voter registration system. In 2002, he founded Sage Systems, one of the leading providers of web-based campaign management software. Sage’s ListManager tool empowered thousands of campaigns across the country to make data driven micro-targeting decisions, giving clients the edge they needed to achieve victory. Notable clients include former Governor Deval Patrick, United States Senator Sherrod Brown, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, the Ohio Democratic Party, and former Delaware Governor Jack Markell. Frank has served as the general consultant and pollster on hundreds of successful campaigns and has been named by Campaigns and Elections as one of the nation’s most powerful political influencers. Frank is a serial entrepreneur, always looking for the next innovation.

Ellen Taylor Brown
Ellen Taylor Brown
Founder, Sinsemilla Seminars


FRIDAY, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

$125 – Limited Seating

Are you ready to grow your own organic cannabis? Looking to improve upon last year’s crop? Or curious to learn just how involved a home grow can be?

NECANN is partnering with Ellen Brown of Sinsemilla Seminars to present a 3-hour in-depth class that will show you how to set up, maintain and harvest your home grow from seed to cure. And with spring right around the corner, this workshop will cover both indoor and outdoor cultivation. Additional topics to be covered include:

– Picking the best genetics for you
– Siting your ideal indoor and outdoor grow space
– Understanding home cultivation laws in your state
– Equipment and nutrients
– Germinating and cloning
– Setting up for perpetual harvest
– Harvesting and curing
– Importance of testing, labeling and proper storage

This class will make learning to grow cannabis at home an enjoyable and empowering experience. Exercise your right to grow!

Carolyn Kaufman
Carolyn Kaufman
Health Coach,
Carolyn Kaufman is a writer, inspirational speaker, and cannabis advocate who works with patients suffering from ...


FRIDAY, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

$50- Limited Seating

Kick off NECANN Boston with Cannabis Wellness Immersion featuring Marijuasana

Join us on Friday, March 23 for a first-of-its-kind addition to the NECANN Boston schedule: The Cannabis Wellness Immersion.

This two-hour workshop features speakers and wellness practitioners who are harnessing the health and healing properties of the cannabis plant with other complementary herbs and activities to guide their clients and loved ones to a higher state of wellness.

After brief presentations from our speakers on integrating cannabis into your wellness routine through yoga, meditation, healthy munchies and other tips, attendees will experience Marijuasana, a CBD-infused yoga practice. This slow, sensual style of yoga will engage your attention and leave you feeling amazing – the perfect kick-off to a long weekend of learning, networking and growing at NECANN!


Workshop Presenter Bios

Stacey Mulvey

Stacey Mulvey loves teaching movement, viewing it as a spectrum of energy – from yin to yang and everything in between. Growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mulvey left the Mormon church at 21 in protest over its discrimination towards the LGBTQIA+ community, women, and minorities. Overweight and unhappy, she began practicing and teaching mindful movement in Callanetics after having an epiphany about mortality and taking control of her own quality of life. Eventually, Mulvey discovered that cannabis helped her concentrate and enhanced her motivation.

Upon moving to Colorado, she began teaching pole dancing at Boulder Spirals while training directly under second-generation Pilates instructors and founders of the internationally renowned Pilates Center of Boulder, the world’s foremost teacher training school for classical Pilates instructors. Mulvey continued her studies at Naropa University in yoga, painting, and psychology. After completing her coursework honing her skills in mindful and meditative practices, Mulvey launched Marijuasana where she now travels the U.S. and internationally, teaching all-inclusive classes fusing the wonders of cannabis with yoga, flow, and mindfulness meditation.

Janet McAllister

Janet is a cannabis activist and homeopathic wellness consultant in Maine. She created Hippy Chick LLC in 2015, after losing her husband to the pharmaceuticals used to treat his Crohn’s disease. She specializes in essential oils, aromatherapy and topical uses in combination with CBD. Janet has won several awards in both Maine and New Hampshire for her tinctures and CBD lollipops. She is very focused on comprehensive and whole-person care, and has developed a product line that helps people in many ways. Janet has worked tirelessly in her community and supports several nonprofit organizations, including JD Foundation for suicide prevention, United Bikers of Maine Ride to End Cancer, The Santa Project, providing Christmas gifts for underprivileged families, and New England Veterans Alliance (NEVA).

Carolyn Kaufman

Carolyn Kaufman is a writer, inspirational speaker, and cannabis advocate who works with patients suffering from inflammatory illnesses to manage their stress and build health confidence. She believes that mmj patients are negating the anti-inflammatory benefits of cannabis by turning to processed foods when they get the munchies and wants to explain the tools she’s used to prepare and overcome the urge when the cravings hit.

Carolyn has learned her techniques through years of study and self practice. She has lost over 140 lbs while managing Multiple Sclerosis and uses cannabis as an integral part of her wholistic plan. She has used a wellness plan that took her from living with debilitating daily symptoms to having minimal or no symptoms day to day.

Carolyn has a bachelors degree in Holistic Psychology from Lesley University and a health coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She feels passionately about using stress management skills and confidence building to develop and strengthen a positive healthy mindset for health and wellness success. Carolyn has been featured in a variety of different blogs and had her own exclusive article on