The 5th Annual New England Cannabis Convention (NECANN) in Boston will once again gather the best and brightest bud businesses at the Hynes Convention Center for three days of cannabis-related education, panel discussions, networking and investment potential. The convention will take place March 22-24, 2019, hot on the heels of Massachussetts’ legalization of retail sales of recreational marijuana — a significant turnaround for the first state in the nation to criminalize the recreational drug a century earlier. Cannabis connoisseurs at the convention will find about 10,000 like-minded devotees of the plant’s qualities in attendance, whether consumers, growers, retailers or wholesalers. The full-spectrum convention features information on current trends, store merchandise, production and the science behind the scenes. Businesses can build client leads and trade partnerships through the largest cannabis convention series in the world. NECANN’s Community Awards shine a spotlight on the cannabis community throughout New England while and showing appreciation for the industry’s players as a whole, and this year’s nominees include a year-old enterprise that serves medical patients, a veterans’ opioid-reducing organization and a non-profit research network entity that teamed with UMass Dartmouth.