HONOLULU, HI – The annual Hawaii Cannabis Expo was held in Honolulu this weekend with the goal of educating the public on the potential health benefits of cannabis, Hawaii News Now reports.
The event brought thousands of people to the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall to hear the insights of cannabis experts and industry leaders. The expo also featured vendors of various cannabis-related products, including food, clothing, and CBD. In addition, attendees were given information about how to safely access cannabis in Hawaii as a registered patient.
Hawaii was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 2000, and it was reported that there are currently over 26,000 patients in the state who take it for such ailments as severe pain, PTSD, muscle spasms, severe nausea and some types of cancer.
Hawaii Cannabis Expo Medical Director Jonathan Kim told KITV, “A lot of people don’t know that cannabis kills cancer cells, so we have a lot of people that use it to fight cancer, not just the symptoms like pain and nausea, but actually killing cancer cells – there have been numerous reports on epilepsy and pain, even more everyday things like sleep.”
Cannabis advocates at the expo hoped to inform the public of how beneficial cannabis can be for their health while also stressing that it is not harmful. “It’s really a miracle for a lot of patients. It’s all non-synthetic, it’s all herbal, it’s all natural, right from the soil,” said Paul Klink, founder of Honolulu Wellness Center, which helps patients apply for state medical marijuana cards.
Attendees also expressed optimism that Hawaii would soon legalize recreational marijuana. Bills proposed in the state legislature would allow adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and up to five grams of cannabis concentrates.
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