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Top 5 Events: September 2018

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Stay connected with your local cannabis industry.

Each month, MRCC compiles a list of the top 5 cannabis events happening in Massachusetts. These events often provide opportunities to expand your network, access educational seminars, workshops, recreational gatherings, and festivals in Massachusetts. Scroll down to see what’s in store for this month.

1. Boston Freedom Rally

FRIDAY  Sept. 14 @ 3pm-8pm
SATURDAY Sept. 15 @ 12pm-8pm
SUNDAY  Sept. 16 @ 12pm-8pm
Boston Common
Charles St, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Cost: FREE

We are nearing three decades of civil disobedience on the Boston Common with the 29th annual Boston Freedom Rally. With legalization in Massachusetts for over a year, we celebrate planting the seeds and getting started whether it be in a garden, activism, education, or opening your mind to the thought of cannabis as healing.

Join us on September 14th, 15th, and 16th to experience Massachusetts cannabis culture, community, and industry as legalization expands its roots into a legitimate way of life. Step out of the cannabis closet and learn all about the history of cannabis, how prohibition changed the course of civilization, and how cannabis can help us now in the Education Village.

Let’s make it normal and plant the seeds of knowledge with what this amazing plant can do.

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2. Harvest Moon Festival

September 22 @ 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: TBA after ticket RSVP
Cost: $20

JOINT the UCGA for our First Annual Harvest Moon Festival (being held on the oldest black owned farm in Massachusetts). We will bring together a variety of vendors, artists, speakers and cannabis enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds to create a day filled with peace, pot & POTential. The Harvest Moon Fesrival will be a MaryJane melting pot for those looking to network, enjoy elevated entertainment and POTsitive vibes!

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3. Cannabis Community-Led Research Symposium: Final Series Event

September 23 @ 11:00 AM – 5 PM  
District Hall 75 Northern Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02210
Cost: $36-$60

JOIN US for the FINAL EVENT in our 2018 series: A cannabis community-led research symposium 

If you are student, contact Joseph Gilmore for a FREE ticket!

Event Schedule
11 AM – 12 PM: Welcome and Speakers (three tracks) 
Noon – 2:30 PM: Networking Lunch and Design Sessions
2:30 PM – 5 PM: Plenary and Discussion 

Three Tracks 
1. Cannabis Cultivation and Extraction Best Practices 
2. Medical Cannabis 
3. Cannabis Advocacy and Educational Innovations 

What can you expect?

– Expert panel discussions and a plenary session with key industry leaders and policy makers
– Networking with policy makers, academics, healthcare providers, and cannabis industry leaders
– Interactive education stations provide opportunities to learn about cannabis science, research, and policy
– Event report summary emailed post event
– Lunch
– Contribution to a community led research agenda through a design and networking fair

Who will be there?
Local cannabis businesses, advocacy groups, cultivators, students, patients, clinical, public health, academic, policy, advocacy, consumer, and community leaders

What’s the cost? 
– Regular Price: $60. Medical cannabis patients, veterans, seniors, nonprofits get 40% off!
– Are you a student? Contact Joe Gilmore at for a FREE TICKET! 

For registration info, click here:

4. Growing Hemp in MA: Opportunities for Farmers and Others

September 18 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM 
Franklin Regional Council of Governments
12 Olive St Ste 2, Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301
Cost: FREE

Growing and refining hemp (which refers to strains of cannabis plants and products made from it used for industrial purposes, such as to make textiles, CBD oils, or other consumer products) is now legal in Massachusetts, and following the passage of new state legislation, there is new information for farmers and others on responsibilities and options. 
This workshop is sponsored by CISA, NOFA, and MDAR, and will address:

> A brief overview of the hemp economy. 
> What does Massachusetts law allow and require?
> Lessons from Vermont and MA on challenges and best practices in hemp production. 
> MDAR regulations that apply to potential hemp farmers and product manufacturers.

Taryn LaScola, Director, Division of Crop and Pest Services Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)
Heather Darby, Extension Associate Professor, University of Vermont

A light dinner will be served. Registration is required.

For registration info, click here:

5. The Intersection of Cannabis & Equity

September 25 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
National Center of Afro-American Artists
300 Walnut Ave. Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119
Cost: FREE

Millennials of Color are invited to learn about opportunities to start, manage, or work in Marijuana Establishments and meet Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission representatives who can share helpful resources for entering the legal, adult-use cannabis market, including the Commission’s first-in-the-nation, statewide Social Equity Program. 

Those who register by September 12 will be entered to win tickets to a pre-game mixer followed by the Red Sox vs. Orioles game on September 24! All winners will be notified by email before the kick-off of the festival.

What Can I Expect?
Participants should expect an engaging event in which they can explore galleries of Afro-American artists and network with other millennials who want to create or support adult-use cannabis businesses. They will hear from keynote speaker Commissioner Shaleen Title, who co-authored Massachusetts’ marijuana legalization referendum and has consulted on marijuana policy around the country.

Commission staff will lead a discussion about the effects of marijuana prohibition on certain communities, the steps Massachusetts is taking to include those who have been disproportionately harmed, as well as the growing entrepreneurial and employment opportunities in Massachusetts. Staff will also be on hand to answer questions for attendees who are thinking about getting involved in the legal industry.

Contact the Cannabis Control Commission if you have questions about The Intersection of Cannabis and Equity.

For registration info, click here:

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