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 generic national canna-convention franchises. Rather than focusing on what the New England Cannabis Industry can do for us, NECANN takes a collaborative approach to our shows that has resulted in consistently high ROI for exhibitors, sponsors, patients, 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. Since then, we have added events in Vermont, Western Mass, and a partnership event in Reno, making NECANN the largest cannabis industry convention series in the U.S. In 2017, our Boston, Portland, and Providence events were the three largest (in terms of exhibitors & attendees) cannabis industry events in New England. As we prepare for an eight-convention series in 2019 in seven different states, we are uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional value and exciting growth opportunities to every aspect of the cannabis and hemp industries.
The New England Cannabis Convention is unique in that it serves both the B2B and 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 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 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.
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 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.
Kris has a long history of event and media sales in the Maine, Mass, and RI markets, along with event management and program execution. He’s rumored to have been an exceptional baseball and basketball player in his youth, but that seems like such a long time ago.
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 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.
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 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.”
Director of education, Marijuana Caregivers of Maine
In 2011, Catherine Lewis joined the board of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine Trade Association as the Director of Education and in 2015, she became the President of the Board, helping to shape legislation and communication with the overseeing State Departments and Municipalities. She volunteers many hours in the community and at the State House testifying for the medical cannabis program. With the help of many others, they created the largest East Coast Medical Industry Trade Show that has run for the last 7 years. She also sits on the Board of Advisers for New England Cannabis Network (NECANN). Catherine has been educating others with classes and workshops through a variety of Industry shows, town hall meetings, fairs and the University of Maine at Augusta (Klahr Center), with MMCM and now at their Learning Center in Winthrop Maine. Enabling people to learn the laws, patient/caregiver rights, business rules, cultivation and preparation of cannabis for better health and natural wellness. Catherine most recently helped in the crafting and recent passing of LD 1539 and LD 238. These two bills will help improve Maine’s Medical Cannabis program. Creating a new legitimacy for the businesses within the program. She will be presenting these at NECANN so that all may be updated to help patients, caregivers and the public can stay in compliance.
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.
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.
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.
Executive Director, ELEVATE Northeast, and Principal, Beth Waterfall Creative
Beth Waterfall is on a mission to use education, compassion and advocacy to break the stigma against people who use and work with cannabis. Recently named to the Boston Journal’s 2018 40 Under 40 list, Beth is founder and executive director of ELEVATE Northeast, managing director of the New England Cannabis Conventions, and founder and president of cannabis marketing and events consultancy Beth Waterfall Creative.
As a marketing advisor, Beth helps cannabis executives and companies grow through effective communications, strategic connections and unforgettable event experiences. She is also a passionate educator dedicated to positive public relations for cannabis, and is an ardent advocate for inclusion, leadership and ownership in the cannabis industry for women, LGBTQA+ and other traditionally marginalized groups.
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.’
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.
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.
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.