Grassroots Expo a success

Event geared to the cannabis curious captures an audience eager to learn

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      The Georgia Straight staff behind this past weekend’s inaugural cannabis event couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.

      The audience looks on.

      Melanie Friesen

      Highlighting local cannabis experts, advocates, and academics alongside patients with real stories made for heartfelt, honest, and balanced conversations on health-related topics like cancer, pediatric epilepsy, mental health, and addiction, while B.C.–based growers, lawyers, consultants, and advisers had much to lend to discussions focused on craft growers, changes to the law, and the history of cannabis in Vancouver.

      Guests try CBD water.

      Melanie Friesen

      Among about 50 speakers were B.C.–based cannabis greats such as the legendary barrister John Conroy, B.C. Compassion Club founder Hilary Black, baker extraordinaire Mary Jean “Watermelon” Dunsdon, long-time medical-cannabis supporter Dr. Arnold Shoichet, organic grower Travis Lane, and lawyer Kirk Tousaw.

      Exhibitors provided conference guests—many of whom were new to cannabis—with information on how to use and access locally made products and services, while experts like veterinarian Katherine Kramer and cannabis lab technician and researcher Jaclyn Thomson shared their expertise with guests in info-packed breakout sessions.

      “Marijuana and matters of mental health” featured Dr. Zach Walsh, Clint Younge, Salimeh Tabrizi, and Piper Courtenay.

      Melanie Friesen

      With such a successful first event under our belts, we are excited to announce that we’ll be taking Grassroots on the road. Stay tuned for details.

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