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1,500 Attend New England Cannabis Convention's Inaugural Vermont Show | Ganjapreneur

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Date:
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

About 1,500 attended the New England Cannabis Convention’s inaugural show in South Burlington, Vermont, meeting the expectations of organizers and setting the stage for an event next year – when cannabis use and possession will be legal for adults in the state.

“The hype is real,” said Eli Harrington, co-founder of Heady Vermont and one of the event organizers, Saturday on the show floor. Harrington, who also led the panel discussions over two days, noted the event’s variety of attendees – shirts, ties, camo, and flannel – and called the event “hugely important” for the state’s existing hemp producers.

“Everyone has a chance to showcase in a more conventional tradeshow space,” he remarked as the afternoon crowd bustled behind him. “This is phase one – hemp and legal CBD – and phase two is everyone getting ramped up for July 1 and ready to grow.”

Harrington, and his Heady Vermont partner Monica Donovan, laid the groundwork for the convention two years ago – in the meantime organizing a Hemp Fest last September and a series of hemp and CBD farmer’s markets throughout the state – and eyed a relationship with NECANN, who have successfully held conventions in, now, six markets.

Organizer Marc Shephard stands behind the NECANN inaugural Vermont show ’ s ticket booth. Hemp plant on display from Humble Roots Horticulture. Will Read speaks with an event attendee at the CannaPlanners booth.