Article by Julia Wong, Global News
Licensed marijuana producers are eagerly anticipating legislation from the federal government to legalize cannabis.
More than 50 vendors from across Canada and the United States took part in the first annual Cannabis and Hemp Expo at the Edmonton Expo Centre on Saturday; the first event of its kind in Alberta.
“We decided to go ahead with it once the Liberals came into power because they obviously are going to be recreationally legalizing cannabis and that was a huge, huge boost to the industry,” said show director Kevin Blackburn.
Blackburn describes the expo as a place for retail vendors and licensed producers to reach out to customers.
“The point of all of this is to educate the public and create a forum for cannabis and hemp users to come down, purchase new products, get an understanding of the industry and where it is going,” he said.
It will be up to provinces to set a price for marijuana, the legal age and how it will be sold and distributed. The federal government will regulate supply. Municipal governments will be responsible for zoning, licensing, distance separations as well as local law enforcement.
Philippe Lucas, vice president of research and access for Tilray, said the company is planning to enter the recreational market as result of the expected legislation. The company is a medical cannabis production and research facility right now.