In Massachusetts, legislators have not been speedy to issue retail recreational marijuana licenses, though three were approved this week for shops in Northampton, Brookline and Amesbury.
But legal hurdles haven’t stopped eager entrepreneurs from hashing out business ideas.
Hundreds of businesspeople, consumers and enthusiasts gathered at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Friday to promote products and discuss ways to cultivate marijuana-related businesses in the budding industry.
Seminar sessions talked business strategies and opportunity while vendor stalls showcased a wide variety of products like devices for making marijuana edibles, organic soil, growing lamps, distillery machines, fireproof security cameras, T-shirts, marijuana seeds and more.
Gabriel Smith, of South Windsor, Connecticut, said he came to learn strategy as he and a business partner shape up plans for a marijuana bakery and cafe in Massachusetts.
“I come from a culinary background, and my business partner did catering for 21+ years,” Windsor said. He added that he knows the benefits of