Article by Trent Wilkie, Gigcity
The stigma around marijuana is changing.
Sure, some politicians still have no functional grasp of the subject of pot. Before voting on Canada’s Cannabis Act last week, Senator Nicole Eaton said that “four grams is about four tokes.” But the marijuana community isn’t allowing ignorance to stop them. In fact, it is emboldening them to trudge forward in hopes of educating the unenlightened.
The annual Hempfest Cannabis Expo at the Shaw Conference Centre this weekend is drawing an ever evolving conglomerate of pot enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and educators. Yes, there’s still the dreadlocked bongsmith demographic (thankfully), but with the legalized weed on the horizon, the face of the cannabis scene is taking a different form – especially when it comes to informing those that don’t know much about the herb.
Education was a hot topic at the festival, which continues through Sunday. Mark Lindal, cannabis counselor and medical outreach educator at Canadian Cannabis Clinics, stepped in with an empathetic perspective for politicians and lawmakers: “It puts them in a tough spot because they have to ramp up their game very quickly in a short amount of time.”
His suggestion on how to get to the head of the class when it comes to marijuana?
“They should try it,” he said. “There is very little to lose and no risk in trying it. Especially when it is a chemical that is not harmful to the body. You can’t overdose, there is no possibility of death. Give it a shot. See how it makes you feel. And connect with people who are educated and understand the product completely.”