Marijuana is now legal in Oregon and as Tony Soprano sits somewhere weeping into Carmella’s chicken parm, businesses are springing up all over our state that will, grow, sell and serve the evil weed. Although it was illegal for many years, even the most law abiding of people have, at one time or another sampled a joint at a party or perhaps indulged in a pot brownie. However, when it was illegal most people knew that that had to take what they could get.
Legalized pot means that the herb will be available in many different strains and a plethora of different forms. It is a good idea for consumers to bolster their knowledge of pot before the legal shops open in July of 2016. One of the best places a person can learn about pot is at The Oregon Hemp Convention at the Portland Expo Center on October 10 and 11, 2015. The event will educate patrons about the different uses for pot and all the many forms it comes in.
The Hemp Convention will feature over a hundred different medical dispensaries and growers in the states of Oregon and Washington. Whether it is edibles, vapables, drinkables or smokeables an attendee craves, he or she is certain to find a knowledgeable budtender to assist with selecting the correct form of the popular and profitable herb.
In addition to the many vendors at the event there will be a host of speakers giving talks about every conceivable aspect of marijuana. Featured speakers will include Cyd Maurer, the former news anchor for KEZI 9 in Eugene who was fired for smoking pot and Jennifer Tyler who is a classically trained chef and owner of her own edibles business.
Whenever a law changes, there are certain to be problems putting that law into practice. These problems are compounded when something is legal in some states, but not in others.
What if someone lives in a state where pot is legal, but works in a state where it is illegal; can their employer test them for THC? What if an apartment building wants to make it their policy not to allow smoking of anything on their premises?
Fortunately, there will be many lawyers at the convention to answer these and other questions about the laws pertaining to marijuana. Legal lecturers will include, Leland R. Berger, who has represented medical cannabis patients and their providers for 19 years and Paul Loney, who is the founder of a law firm that handles cannabis cases.
If an attendee is more interested in building a house of hemp or a hemp fueled car then in rolling a joint, he or she may want to check out the talk by David Seber. Mr. Seber is the co-founder of Fiber Alternatives, which develops hemp based composite applications for building materials.
It wouldn’t be a convention without a motivational speaker and the Hemp Convention is no exception. In addition to all the attorneys and activists Kat Bohnsack, who is known as “The Cannabis Coach,” will give a talk about marijuana education. She is the author of the “Your Amazing Itty Bity Marijuana Manual,” book series.
There will also be plenty of giveaways at the convention and there are certain to be plenty of food vendors in the area to sate the conventioneers’ munchies. One of the best parts of the event is the awarding of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Cup, which will honor the very best cannabis products in the state. Growers and vendors who wish to compete for the prize will pay $175 to enter the contest. Proceeds will benefit the Oregon Food Bank.
Tickets to the event are $10.00. The doors open on Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m. and the event will end on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.