November 13, 2023 08:00 am ETEstimated Read Time: 4 Minutes
Boston Cannabis Week (BCW) is an annual week-long series of events highlighting the northeast’s vibrant cannabis community. The events promote education and networking opportunities for local professionals, consumers, and innovators in the cannabis industry. Best of all, many of these events are free to the public — an effort from BCW to normalize cannabis culture.
This year, marked the BCW’s fifth anniversary. To celebrate, BCW brought together a fantastic lineup of activities, events, artists, and cannabis celebrity attendees. Here are just some of the activities and events attendees were able to participate in:
A golf tournament
A fashion show
Did you miss out on this special week of New England cannabis festivities? Not to worry, we’re here to give the highlights from this unforgettable Boston Cannabis Week.
Fashion on Fire
Fashion on Fire is an annual BCW attraction that brings together local artists, musicians, and designers to celebrate the area’s diverse cannabis community and culture. This year, the event took place at the New Dia Cannabis Co.’s unique “cannabis mall” located in Boston’s iconic Fenway Park. The “cannabis mall” neighbors the Red Sox, the House of Blues, and Boston’s MGM Music Hall. The location acts as more than a dispensary, hosting community events. New Dia Cannabis Co.’s location showcases several minority-owned businesses featuring an extensive menu that celebrates diversity and progressive cannabis culture.
Fashion on Fire serves as an engaging platform for local and regional artists to showcase their talents and connect with the Boston community. Local musicians such as Roxbury hip-hop artist Najee Janey, Cambridge R&B singer Miranda Rae, Emmy-winner Devin Ferreira, and the inspiring Boston DJ L’Duke were all part of the event’s lineup. Artworks and live art were provided by Alvin “Acoma,” a 20-year art industry vet.
The event featured DIVERSITY Consignment, a consignment shop based in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood that promotes local artists and offers quality name-brand and vintage women’s, men’s, and unisex fashion. Alongside DIVERSITY and other local clothiers was the Boston-born and nationally recognized brand, Laced. The family-owned business, known for its sneakers, also provides other streetwear offerings and consignment options.
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The event’s fusion of cannabis, art, and fashion provided a stunning spectacle with a relaxed vibe. New Dia Co. offered a unique atmosphere where attendees could explore cannabis products while taking in the sights and making engaging connections. The relaxed ambiance combined with artistic displays made for a memorable night of creativity, community, and celebration.
The High Note Mixer
As a women-owned and women-led enterprise, BCW is especially involved in supporting women in the industry. With The High Note networking mixer, BCW organizers aimed at facilitating meaningful business connections between women in the cannabis industry. The empowering and inspiring social event highlighted local and regional women “making weed happen.”
The event was hosted at Boston seaport’s Howl at the Moon Club. Attendees ranged from entrepreneurs and executives to eager newcomers enthusiastic about the industry. Whether discussing business ventures, sharing industry trends, or collaborating on game-changing ideas, everyone was eager to share their experiences.
BCW closed out the week with a High Tea honoring black women and their contributions to the cannabis industry. Under BCW’s newly formed Executive Leadership, the organization aims to elevate the voices of the often unheard. High Tea was an event dedicated to empowering and connecting black women in the cannabis industry through a welcoming and nurturing space facilitating networking, mentorship, and community-building.
Guest speakers recalled the rich history of black women entering the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. Local business owners and legal changemakers working in cannabis were featured in a display honoring the accomplishments of black women in Boston’s cannabis scene. High Tea facilitated meaningful exchanges of knowledge and connections that will allow individuals to further thrive in the cannabis industry, while also honoring the incredible contributions of black women who have been paving the way.
If you missed this round of cannabis festivities, there’s good news: BCW isn’t over yet! Enthusiasts can still look forward to the Winter Wonderland Gala taking place in Somerville on December 13, 2023. With details still emerging, the next item on the BCW agenda remains a mystery. As such, we must wait to see what new exciting offerings are in store.
Sheldon Sommer is a Southern Californian philosopher with a lifelong interest in the biological world. She is enthusiastic to contribute her fascination with philosophy, natural history, psychology, botany, biochemistry and other related topics to providing cannabis education for the similarly curious. Outside of writing, she enjoys painting, singing opera and Taylor Swift songs, as well as spending quality time with a certain beloved orange kitty cat.
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