Marijuana entrepreneurs, distributors and prospective employees are flocking to Boston this week to explore opportunities in the cannabis industry. The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo is the largest cannabis forum in the country. The event, held today and tomorrow at the Hynes Convention Center, features nearly 100 conference sessions.
The expo comes months before the recreational marijuana industry is fully legalized and operational in Massachusetts, after a ballot referendum on the issue passed in 2016. Starting this week, Massachusetts' Cannabis Control Commission is holding public listening sessions around the state about how to best regulate the industry.
Dan Humiston, founder of the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo and president of the International Cannabis Association, says he thinks Boston is going to be the "epicenter of this industry and will dictate where the industry goes."
The Expo is not about consumers, he says, but rather, attendees are professionals who are there to network with others in the industry.
To listen to the entire interview with Dan Humiston, click on the audio player above.