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Launching the Local Cannabis Industry

  • Opus - Downstairs 87 Washington Street Salem, MA USA (map)

“Launching the Cannabis Industry” will be a Q&A session featuring a panel of local experts and entrepreneurs on the opportunities, and obstacles we should expect with coming wave of new recreational marijuana businesses opening soon in Massachusetts and the north shore.


  • Shawn Collins Esq. was appointed as the first executive director of the Cannabis Control Commission in October 2017. He was previously assistant treasurer and director of policy and legislative affairs for Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg

  • Chris Edwards is executive director of Alternative Therapies Group in Salem, which became the first dispensary in Massachusetts to begin serving registered patients when it opened in June 2015. It has since been approved to sell recreational marijuana.

  • Jim Smith is the managing partner of Smith, Costello & Crawford, one of Massachusetts leading Cannabis firms.  The firm represents over two dozen businesses in the Cannabis space.

  • Perry Bailes is the CEO and founder of cannabis cultivator startup Wicked Frosty Farms. Bailes is a cultivator, enthusiast and lover of high-quality cannabis for years


  • Don Seiffert is the managing editor of the Boston Business Journal, and has been covering the advent of the medical and recreational marijuana markets in recent years.

Earlier Event: September 6
Innonorth End of Summer Mixer
Later Event: February 21
Kicking Off 2019: Networking Mixer