$55 – $65

WBJ The Business of Cannabis Forum

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DCU Center

50 Foster St.

Worcester, MA 01608

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A Special Forum of the Worcester Business Journal

Cannabis - A new economic engine for Central Massachusetts

The state's newly regulated cannabis industry has taken off like a rocket and is expected to generate in excess of $1 billion by its second year. Opportunities abound for local entrepreneurs and innovative businesses looking to grow new revenue streams by creating cannabis-related businesses or services to support this important new sector.

Whether you’re impressed or concerned by the rapid growth of the Cannabis industry in Massachusetts, and want to know more about how to profit from its expansion you’ll want to attend this special forum.

This summit brings together some of the industry’s leading experts to provide a fresh perspective for entrepreneurs, municipal officials and other professionals interested in the latest Cannabis trends and opportunities in our region.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Kay Doyle, Commissioner, Cannabis Control Commission, State of Massachusetts

Commissioner Doyle will speak on the current “State of the State” of the Cannabis industry in Massachusetts - update/overview of the laws and regulations, current industry stats (# of dispensaries, current applications and more), the impact on municipalities and the sector’s overall economic impact.

PANEL BREAKOUT SESSIONS* (sessions to run concurrently):

Breakout 1: Building a Successful Cannabis Entity

This session is designed for prospective cannabis business licensees in Massachusetts. Includes overview of license types, corporate structures, building a team, and financing.

Speakers to date:

  1. Tina Sprega, President & CEO, GFA Federal Credit Union (Safe Harbor of Massachusetts)
  2. Jon Barooshian, Partner, Bowditch & Dewey

Breakout 2: Why Social Equity Is Important for Business and Your Bottom Line

The cannabis industry is being built on the backs of the victims of the War on Drugs. This session will explore the diversity requirements set forth for MA licensees and how businesses can partner with Economic Empowerment Applicants and other candidates to help create a diverse, inclusive, and financially successful industry for all.

Breakout 3: Hemp and CBD in Massachusetts: Business Opportunities for Farmers and Entrepreneurs

This session brings together leading hemp farmers and business operators selling CBD products. Learn why hemp is different and why so many people are increasingly turning to hemp and CBD everyday as business and wellness opportunities.

Breakout 4: The Cannabis Crystal Ball: Looking Ahead

This session will cover the new social consumption, events and delivery licenses being rolled out by the Cannabis Control Commission. Learn from experts what the future of cannabis looks like in Worcester and beyond.

*Panel topics are to date, and are subject to change.

Stay tuned... further details and speaker updates coming soon!


2:00PM Doors Open & Networking/Exhibitor Marketplace

2:30PM Welcome Remarks

2:45PM Keynote Speaker

3:10PM Panel Breakouts

4:20PM Wrap-Up Keynote Speaker

4:50PM Closing remarks

5:00PM Networking reception & exhibitor marketplace (incl. hors’ d'oeuvres & cash bar)

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