Boston hosts Cannabis expo for local companies

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The Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition arrive in Boston this week for the first time, a month before the state’s first anniversary of recreational marijuana legalization for an exposition.

The exposition features two days of programs, over 100 speakers, a bonus day of classes, and keynote speaker Al Sharpton.

A handful of local businesses will attend, from Milford-based Proverde Labs, whose founder and Chief Scientific Officer Christopher Hudalla is one of the featured speakers, to Framingham-based MCR Labs, one of the exhibitors, to Natick-based BloomBoss, the employees of which intend to just take it in.

Other talks at the exposition are about medical uses of cannabis, the physical security of plants, state retail laws, Maine’s marijuana situation, taxes, solutions to problems posed by growing, contaminant extraction, gourmet edibles, and more.

.Though this is the first time the event will come to Massachusetts, it was started four years ago, and it heads to New York City and Los Angeles every year. Humiston said he became interested in managing a more educational exposition after trying to learn about the cannabis industry on his own. An event in Seattle, Washington, where neither he nor anyone he asked knew what the speakers were talking about, motivated him.

Boston’s program varies slightly from the CWCB’s other expositions, Humiston said. The education conference has been expanded from the typical four to five rooms to seven, and a speaker overflow room has been added, to allow questions and conversation continue after a program has ended.