Potiguaya Comes to Pittsburgh


Inside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Daevan Mangalmurti, Editor

Today marks the beginning of the 2018 World Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center between the 12th and 14th of April. This is the second year the conference has been held in Pittsburgh, and 6,000 visitors are expected to attend. The conference has been organized by Compassionate Certification Centers, a Pittsburgh-based, doctor-run organization that works to expand legal access to medical cannabis across the nation through care centers and assistance in obtaining certification for growers.

Among the main attractions are a number of athletes -including Stanley Cup winner Dennis McCarty- who will discuss the benefits of medical cannabis, several speakers who will share results from treating PTSD with cannabis, two individuals who have sued Attorney General Jeff Sessions on federal marijuana regulations, and a presentation on cannabis as “America’s job creator.” There will also be several instructional events about topics like entering the medical marijuana business and discussing cannabis with medical professionals, along with a cannabis career fair.

This convention comes right on the heels of the legalization of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania, one of the 29 states to have done so. Forecasters for the medical cannabis industry expect the market nationwide to grow from $17 billion in 2017 to $24.5 billion in 2021, mostly due to increased legalization and deregulation. The expansion of the medical cannabis market could also lead to the employment of 242,000 people by 2021.

Editor’s Note: Potiguaya is a dialectical Spanish word for cannabis.