The Georgia Straight presents Grassroots: An inaugural event for Vancouver’s cannabis curious

Consumer-focused cannabis conference will bring world-class educators, exhibitors to UBC Robson Square

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      With legalization just a few months away, we know that residents of Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, and beyond have questions about cannabis and its potential: Is it safe? Does it have medicinal value? Can I use it on my pet? What about driving? These queries are just the tip of a very big iceberg.

      Recognizing this need for education, Vancouver’s longstanding source for news and entertainment, the Georgia Straight, will host Grassroots: An Expo for the Cannabis Curious at UBC Robson Square on the weekend of April 7 and 8. The weekend-long conference will feature space for exhibitors, a lounge area, and a stage for speakers and panels that will discuss topics like women’s health, identifying quality, cooking with cannabis, treating pain, and cannabis for seniors, among others.

      With the intention of connecting Vancouverites with some of Canada’s leading cannabis educators, brands, and start-up companies and answering their questions through speakers involved in all levels of the cannabis industry, Grassroots will give consumers a more intimate experience than other, more business-focused cannabis events. With experts and exhibitors from the medical field to the grow facility and the courthouse to the production lab, we’ll cover every facet of the emerging industry in a way will neither overwhelm the cannabis-curious, nor bore the lifelong user.

      Hosted in an educational setting in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, Grassroots will host speakers like mental health expert and associate professor at UBC Okanagan Dr. Zachary Walsh, cannabis chef extraordinaire and longtime activist Mary Jean “Watermelon” Dunsdon, government relations expert Jamie Shaw, and organic cannabis grower and entrepreneur Travis Lane, among others with unparalleled industry experience.

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