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Recent events

Variety, value and vision are what you can expect at all ELEVATE Northeast events. Whether it's one of our monthly business- and career-nourishing networking events where you learn applicable skills to help you succeed in your cannabis career, a volunteer day with a local charitable organization, or an evening reception with a fun twist, you are sure to enjoy ELEVATE events. 

May 22, 2019

Partner event

CANNABIZ: The Business of Marijuana

​ELEVATE Northeast is proud to partner with Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine in the creation of a first-of-its-kind cannabis event to be held on the Cape: CANNABIZ: The Business of Marijuana. The goal of this afternoon summit is to provide entrepreneurs, business owners and the “canna-curious” with knowledge, tools and insights about the state of cannabis and related business opportunities in the Commonwealth. Experts from various corners of the Massachusetts cannabis industry will share their knowledge and best practices to help attendees understand the current law and regulations, build a successful cannabis entity, and support those shaping local regulations and creating new cannabis-related businesses and jobs locally.  Regardless of how you voted on Question 4 in 2016, the now-legal cannabis industry in Massachusetts is a freight train coming down the tracks and every business needs to prepare for the opportunities and roadblocks ahead as best they can.


Master of Ceremonies Welcome – Beth Waterfall  President, Beth Waterfall Creative and  Executive Director ELEVATE NE

Opening Comments – Wendy Northcross – CEO Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

“Establishing the Perspective” with Commissioner Shaleen Title, The Massachusetts Cannabis Commission

Commissioner Title will share the status of the current law, where are we in the process, and what is on the horizon that may impact the business community.

“The Entrepreneurs Panel”

Panel Moderator: Beth Waterfall

Learn from pioneering entrepreneurs who have made the decision to pursue the cannabis industry from the ground floor and get an understanding of what the nation’s first cannabis business accelerator program is all about.

Aja N. Atwood, CEO and Co-Founder Trella
Michael Dundas – Chief Executive Officer, Sira Naturals
Laura Boehner – Founder, The Healing Rose
Tim McNamara – Principle, Holistic Health Group

“The Business of Medical Marijuana”

Kevin O’Reilly – COO -Triple M
Keith Tibbetts – Director of Extraction & Processing

Research has shown legitimate medical uses for marijuana and substantial reasons to continue studying the drug’s medicinal uses. Learn about the importance and enduring significance of RMDs in Massachusetts’s evolving cannabis economy from an executive at Cape Cod’s first medical dispensary.

“The Economic Outlook”

Mitzi Hollenbeck – Partner, Citrin Cooperman
Adam Fine – Partner, Vicente Sederberg

Two of the most experienced and in-demand legal and financial resources the Commonwealth has to offer will provide an overview of the cannabis business license types and share the economic indicators and drivers that are key to having a smart, sound and controlled business process.

May 08, 2019

Expert Panel Discussion

Exploring the Future of Cannabis Retail

Come participate in a discussion with four expert design professionals from the northeast who have answered these questions for some of the world's most recognizable brands, including Calvin Klein, Burton Snowboards, Juicy Couture, MTV and Phish. The evening’s conversation will cover practical suggestions retail operators, whether they be in dispensaries, CBD boutiques or ancillary products, can consider when undertaking a design or redesign of your space, how design choices can impact the customer experience, and finally what the future of cannabis retail design holds. 

Apr 03, 2019


Western MA Cannabis Industry Mixer

Kick off spring and come out for a fun and productive night of networking, noshing and gaming with ELEVATE Northeast at Quarters! Guests will enjoy a variety of tasty snacks while connecting with cannabis industry professionals, patients, advocates and businesses from Western Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and Connecticut, to name a few!


Don't miss this fun night out to kick of spring with like-minded people! More details coming soon.

Feb 23, 2019

Career Development

​Cannabis Cultivation: 5-Week Education Program

ELEVATE Northeast is continuing its 5-Week Education Program and kicking off 2019 with a program focused on cultivation. This is a unique opportunity to learn from legends and award-winning growers like Danny Danko, Ellen Brown, Noni Goldman, and more! 

Be the best grower you can be -- whether for your own personal use or to help you reach your professional cultivation goals!

Feb 07, 2019

Panel Discussion

What the Hemp? Opportunities Post-Farm Bill

​Now is the time to understand what hemp is and how recent changes to national legislation are creating new legal pathways for hemp farming and the creation and interstate sale of some hemp-derived products. 

In addition to participating in valuable networking, attendees will leave empowered with a firm understanding of:

  • What the heck is hemp anyway and why was it ever illegal?

  • How does the 2018 Farm Bill affect farmers and CBD product manufacturers?

  • Is CBD officially legal now?

  • What are some hemp or CBD business opportunities for entrepreneurs?

  • Where are the opportunities for technology and innovation for hemp cultivation and processing?


Speakers include Hempologist John Dvorak;, Laura Beohner, CEO of The Healing RoseAngela Foster, founder of KINDLab; Julia Agron, Outreach Coordinator for the Northeast Sustainable Hemp Association (NOSHA); Ellen Brown, founder of Sensimilla Seminars; and Devon Soloniewicz, founder of Northern Lights Hemp Company. Don't miss this timely event so you can connect with local hemp and CBD leaders and to understand the history and future of hemp in the Northeast and beyond. Click here to learn more and register today!

Dec 19, 2018

Members attend free!

Holiday Mixer in the VIP Room at the Living Room

It's always the most wonderful time of the year when you're fortunate to work in our industry!

ELEVATE Northeast invites you to attend our 2018 Holiday Social on Wednesday, December 19 in Boston. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and try their luck in the raffle while networking in the Living Room's VIP lounge.

Join us to reminisce on 2018 and see who and how we can connect to help each other in 2019!

This event will also feature a brief introduction to Youth on Fire, a Cambridge, MA-based nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services to at-risk youth, including housing assistance, medical care and other LGBTQIA+ support services.

Nov 01, 2018

Free event

Pioneer Valley Community Conversation

Kick off November by joining ELEVATE Northeast for a panel discussion and networking opportunity in Amherst! The Cannabis and Your Community panel discussion was designed to bring residents of the Pioneer Valley together to learn about how legal cannabis, including CBD and medical marijuana, can fit into their lives. We will also discuss how the growing recreational market might look for the region.

Speakers include:

  • Geoff Kravitz Town of Amherst Econ Development Director

  • Rebekah Hanlon, Owner, Limb by Limb Bodywork

  • Seth Frappier, Owner, Chronic Trips

  • Daniel Attella, Dispensary Manager for RISE Massachusetts, Amherst dispensary

  • Master of Ceremonies: Julia Agron,ELEVATE Northeast


If you are a resident of, or business owner in (or hoping to operte in), the Pioneer Valley, don't miss this event to learn how cannabis may be able to help you, and how the growing cannabis industry may affect the region.

Aug 09, 2018

​Live it up with ELEVATE at the Living Room Boston

ELEVATE NE Members' Summer Mixer

ELEVATE NE members and sponsors are invited out for a special evening of networking and building new relationships. You'll also pick up your official ELEVATE nametags!

Jun 27, 2018

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Microbusiness Licensing: Types + Tactics for Success

ELEVATE NE is proud to welcome the preeminent marijuana policy law firm, Vicente Sederberg, to lead a discussion about securing licensure for microbusinesses in Massachusetts. Attorney Valerio Romano, who represents cannabis dispensaries and other cannabis businesses from the Berkshires to Provincetown, and Matthew Bartling, who has expertise assisting small cannabis businesses in Massachusetts and Colorado, will present key information to help microbusiness applicants:

Understand the types and levels of licenses and know which is right for you

Implement proven best practices for winning host community approval

Avoid mistakes in application filing

Submit an effective and complete application using Vicente Sederberg's proven tips and strategies

Differentiate your small cannabis business from others in a growing marketplace


The presentations will be followed by open networking to help microbusiness owners and other professionals connect in a collaborative environment. Bring your business cards and a plan for meeting the types of service providers and partners your team needs!

Are you an Economic Empowerment Priority Applicant already certified by the Cannabis Control Commission? Contact team@elevatene.com with your application number to request a discount code for you and a colleague.

Apr 25, 2018

Be a part of the solution

Time's Up: A Discussion about Sexual Harassment in the Cannabis Workplace

You've seen the headlines: From Harvey Weinstein to Al Franken and Steve Wynn, our newsfeeds have been rife with disturbing allegations of employers and others in positions of power committing acts of sexual harassment and assault against women and LGBT individuals in particular. And while Hollywood and the halls of Congress feel far away, the issues of workplace sexual harassment and sexual violence exist in all industries, cannabis included. 

However, unlike established industries, we in cannabis have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create an industry with higher standards and to weave into the fabric of our companies and brands a commitment to protecting our employees.

That's why ELEVATE New England is proud to invite employers and employees alike to join us on May 2, 2018 (originally March 8) for a vibrant conversation about what cannabis businesses can do to empower and protect their organization, leadership, and employees when sexual harassment occurs in their workplace. Our speakers will also provide attendees with tips and resources for reacting and responding to workplace sexual harassment.


  • Kim Napoli, Attorney and Cannabis Advisory Board Member

  • Sharon Schiffrin, Community Awareness and Prevention Services Coordinator at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

  • Maggie Kinsella, Press Secretary at MassCANN/NORML

  • Beth Waterfall, Executive Director of ELEVATE New England

Thank you to our event partners, Burns & Levinson and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), and to our event sponsor Sensi Magazine.

Apr 07, 2018

Are you ready for spring and summer gardening?

Home Cultivation Workshop with Ellen Brown

Are you ready for the great outdoors and maximum yield this spring and summer?

ELEVATE New England and Sinsemilla Seminars are proud to present this 3-hour in-depth class that will cover how to set up, maintain and harvest your home grow from seed to cure. Whether you're a first-time grower looking to get it right from the start or an experienced grower looking to refine your skills, there's much to learn from renowned cannabis educator and cultivator Ellen Brown.

Apr 04, 2018

Cannabis goes mainstream at the BCAE

Cannabis in the Commonwealth

Join the BCAE for a timely, interactive conversation with a panel of cannabis industry experts, discussing what legal marijuana will look like in Massachusetts in 2018 and beyond. Joining us are cannabis therapeutics specialist, Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, MD, MPH, FAAFP, founder and CEO of Global Health & Hygiene Solutions LLC; attorney, inventor, and Cannabis Advisory Board member, Shanel Lindsay; Marijuana Policy Project’s Massachusetts political director, Will Luzier; and former President of the Boston City Council and real estate attorney with expertise in the cannabis industry, Michael P. Ross. Beth Waterfall, founder of ELEVATE New England, will moderate.

Note: BCAE Promotional discounts do not apply.

This event is sponsored by ELEVATE New England.

Mar 24, 2018

New England Cannabis Convention - Boston

The 4th annual New England Cannabis Convention is the largest gathering of Cannabis & Hemp industry professionals in the northeast. The trade show will take place at the Hynes Convention Center in Downtown Boston and will feature a variety of informative and inspiring sessions for patients, professionals, and anyone interested in experiencing the largest cannabis-related B2B and B2C event.

Jan 31, 2018

The first can't-miss networking event for cannapros in 2018

ELEVATE New England Launch Party

Come celebrate the launch of ELEVATE New England at Hard Rock Boston's funky Cavern Club room! The event kicks off with an inspiring keynote message from Meg Sanders, CEO of the Mindful Dispensaries in Colorado and Managing Director at Revolutionary Clinics in Massachusetts. You'll also meet the team behind ELEVATE New England and enjoy tasty snacks and beverages while networking with fellow industry professionals, activists and patients.

Dec 13, 2017

06:00 PM

Cannabis Professionals Holiday Soiree

Come out for an evening of merriment and celebration of a very productive 2017 for the Massachusetts cannabis movement at ELEVATE New England's Holiday Soiree!

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