The World Medical Cannabis Conference took place in Pittsburgh only a few months after the state’s medical marijuana laws went into effect. PA state law limits medical marijuana to tinctures, topicals, liquids, and capsules. However, the state recently approved the sale of the dried cannabis flower for patients to smoke. Flower is expected to begin being sold later this summer.
PA’s medical marijuana program is expected to become one of the biggest in the USA.
When PA medical cannabis dispensaries began to sell to patients, they quickly found they had trouble keeping up with the demand for products. This was partly due to a large number of patients being accepted into the program before enough product could be grown, harvested, and supplied to the dispensaries.
At the start of the program, only a single grower was able to supply products to nine dispensaries throughout the state. The reason for the shortfall in supply may have been partly intentional. Growing too many plants before anyone could buy meant potentially wasting thousands of dollars. Now that more licensed growers have been established, supply levels are starting to recover.
World Medical Cannabis Conference Highlights
World Medical Cannabis attracted over 3,000 attendees and more than 150 exhibitors to Pittsburgh. Speakers included pro athletes, legal advisers, top level executives, and more.
A number of educational topics covered recent law changes, appropriate doses for edibles, banking challenges, potency and contaminant testing, and the ongoing schism between state and federal classifications of the plant.
New additions to this year’s conference included on-site PA medical cannabis evaluations and continuing education courses. The event showcased education, the latest research findings, advances in technology, cultivation techniques, dispensary management, industrial hemp, CBD products, licensing, and ancillary businesses that support the industry.
Ai Vacuum showcased a comprehensive line of cannabis processing equipment. Winterization, distillation, freezing, and purging are all made possible with this state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. UL/CSA certification of equipment is optional, but strongly recommended for laboratories in states where certification is either required by law or may become a requirement in the future.