Fireman, Levine and Shaw of MariMed to speak at NEREJ's Cannabis Real Estate Summit on Feb. 8

February 01, 2018 - Front Section
Robert Fireman


Jon Levine


Tim Shaw


Needham, MA Three MariMed Inc. executives with decades of collective executive management experience in the commercial real estate, financial services, hydroponics and cannabis industries will be featured speakers at the New England Real Estate Journal’s (NEREJ) 2018 Summit titled “Cannabis…the next phase in commercial real estate.” The Summit is February 8, 8 am to noon at the Sheraton Needham Hotel, 100 Cabot St.  Register at
MariMed CEO Robert Fireman, CFO Jon Levine and COO Tim Shaw will share their expertise in the panel discussion and networking sessions based on their experience creating numerous cultivation, production and dispensary facilities in five states, with several more in progress.  The panels will be moderated by Jim Borghesani, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol director of communications, whose efforts were instrumental to the legalization of Cannabis in Massachusetts, and Mike Fitzgerald, co-founder of New England Grass Roots Institute.  
The Summit panel topics include:
•    Real Estate Investments in the Cannabis Industry
•    Solar and Energy Storage as Potential Solutions
•    Retail and Medical Dispensary Facilities
•    New Adult Use Cannabis License Timeline
•    Zoning, Permitting and Insurance Issues
•    City or Town Approval and Limitations
“What makes a cannabis real estate venture fly or fail?  It all comes down to experience -- really knowing the industry and understanding how all the constituents surrounding it intersect,” said Fireman.  “We are looking forward to sharing MariMed’s insider tips and helping attendees connect with the right resources to succeed in this booming industry.  Educating all the potential players and collaborating with a wide network of professionals brings out the best in everyone for successful projects and lays the groundwork for future programs.”

Rick Kaplan

“We started the NEREJ Cannabis Real Estate Summit last year to help dispel misconceptions of how the cannabis industry operates and what its needs are, so that the related industries can work together more effectively,” said NEREJ director of events Rick Kaplan.  “This is not your typical real estate crowd.  This Summit brings together professionals in real estate, law, insurance, construction, architecture, and finance, plus investors to get educated on the industry from experienced cannabis pros who have track records of success.   It’s a great networking opportunity for people from various areas to connect and develop business relationships.” 

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