Spotlight on a Growing Industry

Thursday Dec 9th 2021
Barking Dog Ale House
77 Washington Street
Haverhill, MA 01832

About the Event

Massachusetts is emerging as a leader in the legal Cannabis industry across areas of regulatory, home growing, retail, related fields and more. Join us for a afternoon of panels, presentations and networking with industry leaders in the region.

Event Schedule

This is an educational & networking event. There will be coffee, food & drinks available all afternoon and evening for purchase. 21 years or older with ticket/registration required. No sale or consumption on premises.

4:00-5:00 PM

Arrival &

Light food and coffee provided. Cash bar open for purchasing drinks.
5:00-5:45 PM | Session 1

Health and Wellness

Tom Rand
Laura Beohner
Dr. Marion McNabb
Dr. Uma Dhanabalan
5:45-6:15 PM


6:15-7:00 PM |Session 2

Dispensary Talk

Representatives from Haverhill local dispensaries:
Full Harvest Moonz
7:00-7:30 PM


7:30-8:15 PM | Session 3

Regulatory Talk

Barney Frank
Architect Matt Juros

Blake Mensing
8:15-8:45 PM


8:45-9:45 PM | Session 4

Grow Workshop

Led by Andrew Mutty of Beantown Greentown
Introduced by Kathy Fitts
Ed DeSousa
Jim Wolterding
Mark Leone Aka - Dr. Dank
9:45-10:00 PM

Networking Wrap Up Session

*Additional Presentations TBD. Speakers are subject to change.

Featured Guests

Our lineup of speakers includes some well-established and successful professionals who have been in the industry for years.

Health and Wellness Panel Speakers 5-5:45

Dr. Uma

Dr. Dhanabalan is a highly-respected physician trained in Family Medicine and Occupational & Environmental Medicine from Harvard Medical School. Follow @uplifting_health_and_wellness

Tom Rand

Patriots Helping Vets’ mission is to provide U.S Service Veterans the materials, support, and education to start their own gardens, so they may find peace in the daily activity and benefit from Horticultural Therapy along the way. Follow @patriotshelpingvets

Dr. Marion McNabb

Dr. McNabb is the CEO of Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN) a cannabis-focused research and project implementation company. Follow @cannabiscenterofexcellence

Laura Beohner

Andover-based Healing Rose, where Laura is a co-founder and president, makes body-care products from organic CBD oil like salve, body oils, essential oils, butter. Follow @thehealingrose_

Dispensary Panel Speakers 6:15-7pm

Rob Difazio / CNA Stores

Owner of CNA Stores follow


Jackie Brayman

Brand & Product Development Manager at Full Harvest Moonz


Caroline Pineau

Co-Owner of Stem Haverhill @stemhaverhill

Meaka Brown

General Manager at Mello Cannabis Dispensary, Herbalist, Canna Educator Follow @mellohaverhill

Regulatory Panel 7:30-8:15

Barney Frank

Former Congressman, author, CNBC contributor, political columnist, public speaker & retiree

Blake Mensing

Attorney Blake M. Mensing is The Mensing Group LLC’s Founder and Chief Counsel, and brings a no-nonsense approach to cannabis law in Massachusetts. Follow @mass-cannabisattorney

Matt Juros

Matt is a registered architect with over 25 years of experience. Before starting Fishbrook he worked at architectural firms in Boston and Cambridge.

Grow Workshop Panel 8:45-9:45

Ed DeSousa

Co-owner and managing partner of RiverRun Gardens, a licensed cannabis Micro-Business located in Newburyport, MA Follow @riverrungardens_ma

Jim Wolterding

Professional cannabis cultivator that specializes in large scale greenhouse cannabis cultivation @r.a.w.exotics

Dr Dank

Dr Dank is the nucleus of the Beantown Greentown growing team. His adventurous style produces some quality results. Follow @drdank_beantowngreent

Presenters from GrowWell Conference

Andrew Mutty

Andrew Mutty / Co-Founder and Host of GrowWell, and Original Founder of Beantown Greentown. Follow @thereelmutty

Kathy Fitts

Local garden club aficionado from Haverhill, MA.


It would not be possible to host this event without helping hands. We have several sponsors who volunteered to help us physically and financially make this thing happen.

Participating Dispensaries

CNA / Haverhill + Amesbury
Stem Haverhill
Mello Haverhill
Full Harvest Moonz

Grow Well Support for Non-Profits

For Non Profit Support Please
Contact GrowWell
Patriots Helping Vets

About the Organizers

Food Karma Projects was started by Jimmy Carbone & produces a variety of community events.

Beantown Greentown is a cannabis culture, lifestyle, clothing and cultivation company in Boston.

Andrew Muddy is co-founder/director of the The Grow Well Conference

Jimmy Carbone is co-founder/organizer of The Grow Well Conference.

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