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Massachusetts Marijuana Summit II

/Massachusetts Marijuana Summit II

Massachusetts Marijuana Summit II

2018-03-02 19:30 - 22:30

Hosted by State House News Service

Friday at 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
10 Winter Pl, Boston, MA 02108-4733, United States

Event Capacity is Limited, Get your Ticket Today:

Join us for a keynote address by Cannabis Control Commissioner Shaleen Title, followed by expert panel discussions on the future of the Marijuana Business in Massachusetts:

A dynamic and controversial industry is only months from launching in the Bay State. The regulations are complex and the barriers to entry formidable. How can we make sense of the arrival of recreational marijuana, an industry that may soon exceed $1 billion annually?

The State House News Forum will hold its second Massachusetts Marijuana Summit on March 2, bringing together entrepreneurs, thought leaders and regulators to explain the opportunities and challenges of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. Once again, we’re assembling expert panel discussions on the nuances of this soon-to-bloom industry. The Summit will provide an in-depth examination of the core issues of emerging regulations, the potential consequences of a new federal enforcement posture, and the divergent approach of various municipalities as they weigh the pros and cons of legalization.

We’ll also explore the operational difficulties faced by cannabis business professionals, including accessing capital, banking, accounting and acquiring and training talent.

Keynote Address:
Shaleen Title, Commissioner, MA Cannabis Control Commission

Panel 1
State Regulations and Federal Threats: Pushing Forward Locally in Uncertain Times

Jim Borghesani

Aaron Bluse, Altitude Organic
Jim Smith, Smith, Costello & Crawford
Joe Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville
Meg Sanders, Revolution Clinics

Panel 2
Financial Hurdles: Cash, Credit and the Obstacles for Business Creation

Adam Fine, Vicente Sederburgh

Mitzi Hollenbeck, Citrin Cooperman
Kim Napoli, NETA
Andrew Thut, Mission Partners
Mike Dundas, Sira Naturals

Entrepreneurs face many challenges as they look to enter the industry, including finding credit and operating within an ambiguous regulatory landscape. How are entrepreneurs navigating the new complexities of the law – cash management, accounting, and leasing – all while finding the necessary personnel?

Over 250 people attended our first Massachusetts Marijuana Summit in November, and we expect a larger turnout as recreational legalization nears. The Massachusetts Marijuana Summit 2.0 will once again bring together leaders in the cannabis industry to provide critical detail and perspective on this exciting new era.

The State House News Forum, the events division of the State House News Service, is the state’s leading event series on public policy and politics. For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, contact Alex Dalsey at