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Cannabis conference coming to Convention Centre

John Law

By John Law, Niagara Falls Review

Canadian pot advocate Jodie Emery will be among the speakers for the first Grow Up Cannabis Conference & Expo in Niagara Falls next month. PHOTO: Tony Caldwell / Postmedia

Canadian pot advocate Jodie Emery will be among the speakers for the first Grow Up Cannabis Conference & Expo in Niagara Falls next month. PHOTO: Tony Caldwell / Postmedia

With legalized marijuana coming next summer to Canada, the buzz has begun for a two-day pot conference in Niagara Falls next month.

“The response we’ve been getting is overwhelming,” says Welland’s Randy Rowe, president of the Grow Up Cannabis Conference & Expo coming to the Scotiabank Convention Centre Oct. 6 and 7. “We’ve got people coming in from all over North America.”

He’s expecting about 3,000 people to attend the conference, which will feature more than 90 speakers and dozens of exhibitors.

Interest has been spiked by the recent announcement of legal marijuana by next July, which will allow Canadians to grow up to four cannabis plants per household.

Ontario’s Liberal government, in turn, announced last week it will sell recreational marijuana through 80 LCBO-controlled outlets throughout the province. About 150 outlets are expected by 2020.

Pot will still be illegal to use in public spaces and workplaces.

Rowe says many of the first cannabis conferences he attended “weren’t very focussed.” The Niagara Falls event, from the same producers as Toronto’s O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo, will look at the education, collaboration and development of the industry.

“From a consumer point of view, there’s a lot there for people to take in,” he says. “We’ll have people in the booths to help people, guide them, and see if they qualify to have a medicinal card. Show them how to do it.”

Another sign cannabis culture is no longer taboo? Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati will deliver the welcoming address.

Guests over the two days include Canadian cannabis advocate Jodie Emery, whose husband Marc served four-and-a-half years in a United States federal prison for selling mail-order pot seeds into the U.S.

Shortly after he was extradited to the U.S., Jodie Emery led a protest against Niagara Falls MP Rob Nicholson at his St. Paul Avenue office in 2010. Nicholson was Canada’s Minister of Justice at the time.

Two people were arrested at the protest after the group was denied entrance into Nicholson’s office.

Also attending the Falls conference will be Ample Organics president and CEO John Prentice, CannTrust president Brad Rogers, Beverly Hills Cannabis Club founder Cheryl Shuman and the ‘Guru of Ganja’ Ed Rosenthal.

A $199 two-day admission allows access to all speakers. There will also be $129 one-day admissions, and $25 admission for access to just the exhibitors.

www.growupconference.com

jlaw@postmedia.com

  



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