Learn about the expanding marijuana industry, meet people in the business, hear former Mexico President Vicente Fox’s views on legalization, or just breathe deeply of cannabis culture.
“It’s a one-stop shop for people who want to work in the industry, employ people in the industry, network, and understand policy and legislation,” said Demetri Downing, a co-founder and advisor for the SWCC Expo. “We just try to create an environment that allows for the best information — the best discussion — to happen.”
The main event begins on Friday and Saturday. Passes cost $49 per person, per day.
The expo will feature more than 180 booths featuring various companies and people who offer products, services, or information focusing mostly on medical marijuana, which is legal under Arizona law. About 140,000 Arizonans are now authorized to possess and use medical cannabis under the state program.
Expo attendees can expect to find information on cannabidiol (CBD), THC, how medical marijuana can enhance other types of therapies, the many different forms of ingestion, and other ideas on how marijuana can be used as medicine, said Downing, who also happens to be the executive director of Arizona’s Marijuana Industry Trade Association.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for people to … come and discuss and learn from hundreds of experts,” he said.
Will Humble, director of the state Department of Health Services
Mark Hegyi, who runs a cultivation-supply business called GrowLife, said this would be his company’s first expo in Arizona, and he expects not only to have his firm seen by thousands of people, but to check out other exhibitors and network at the event.
“This is something we wanted to support,” he said. “Arizona … has very progressive cultivators.”
Guest speakers including Vicente Fox, Will Humble, (former director of the Arizona Department