Press Release: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Coming June 20: Massachusetts' Expanding Cannabis Economy -- a MassCBA economic forum

Jobs, entrepreneurship, tourism, and the challenges ahead. Join investors, entrepreneurs and regulators for important conversations on the future of the emerging cannabis industry.

With Massachusetts’ new era of legalization only weeks away, its full economic impact has gone largely unexplored and unappreciated. Thousands of new jobs will be created. Soon, tourists will flock in from all over the world. Meanwhile, hundreds of new businesses are in the process of formation, and they are creating the need for a wide range of services, from construction and security to trucking and accounting. Is Massachusetts ready for the onslaught of economic activity, and is the scope of the new industry fully understood?

An important new trade group — the Massachusetts Cannabis Business Association (MassCBA) â€” has been formed to provide focus on education, best practices and broader appreciation for the emerging industry. Join the State House News Forum — the events division of the State House News Service — and co-host MassCBA to hear industry leaders who will explore the widespread business potential of the Massachusetts cannabis economy.

Opening remarks: Shawn Collins, executive director, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

Panel 1: Cannabis and the Massachusetts economic impact: How big, how soon?
A panel of experts will discuss the expanding cannabis industry's statewide potential in the years ahead, including investment, job growth, tax revenue, real estate and tourism. How strong is the case for rapid growth? Where and when will the direct and ancillary impacts come full force on the Mass. economy?
Panelists: Rob Hunt, founder of Shingle Hill, a cannabis consultancy; Tim Keogh, president and CEO of AmeriCann. Moderator: Kim Napoli, director of diversity programs at NETA.

Panel 2: Sizing up entrepreneurship opportunities in a new industry
As business formation in the Massachusetts cannabis industry expands, where's the action and what are the obstacles? Are there opportunities accessible for all? A panel of experts on the front lines of the industry weigh in.
Panelists: Shaleen Title, a commissioner with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission; Shawn Cooney, co-founder of Corner Stock Farm; Keith Cooper, CEO of Revolutionary Clinics. Moderator: Andrea Cabral, CEO of Ascend Cannabis and former Suffolk County Sheriff.

When: June 20, 7:30 am-10 am (networking from 7:30-8:15 am; program 8:15 to10 am)
Where: Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education center, 10 Winter Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing)

David Art
Associate Publisher,