Marijuana is big business at Boston's first annual CannaCon

After recreational marijuana possession and use was legalized last December, people have been able to blaze freely and grow small amounts of their own ganja as well. Legislation on retail cannabis sale, however, does not project licensed dispensary openings until at least July 2018. But as they say, the early bird gets the worm. Or perhaps, the early wake and baker.

CannaCon Boston is the “nation’s largest business to business cannabis trade show,” according to partner and general manager Dave Mesford. So, putting all the marijuana puns aside, this expo event focuses on the myriad of economic opportunities within emerging cannabis markets like Massachusetts and New England.

“We focus heavily on education and all things business,” says Mesford. “The interesting thing about this industry is that much of it is several times removed from the actual cannabis.”

For example, consider packaging. The product, especially now post-legalization and regulated,...

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