It’s expo time!

The biggest cannabis trade show in Canada is in Vancouver this week.

More than 18,000 people will be at Lift & Co.’s Cannabis Business Conference and Expo in Vancouver, which started Thursday. About 280 exhibitors and 100 speakers are expected over the three-day event.

With the Vancouver Convention Centre as the venue, it’s a chance to mingle and see what’s trending in the industry. There is a strong focus this year on Cannabis 2.0 products, including edibles, topicals and concentrates.
Launchpad for brands
"This is our fourth year hosting the Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo in Vancouver. This event started as a hub for the medical cannabis community to connect, and has now grown into Canada's largest cannabis industry and consumer event in the country,” says Matei Olaru, CEO of Lift & Co.

“The Lift & Co. Expo has become a launchpad for Canadian brands and new products, and the mainstage for our industry’s top thought leaders.”

“On the industry side, cannabis is the most exciting sector right now because it is the next major consumer packaged goods industry. For professionals and investors, this is an incredibly important moment to take advantage of the networking and learning opportunities the expo and our stage programming provides,” he says.
Valens on the main stage
Canada’s biggest cannabis companies are in attendance, including Tweed, Aurora and Supreme.

Newly rebranded Kelowna extraction business, The Valens Company, is among the feature presenters today on the mainstage; they’ll be talking about the future of the industry.

There are several other cannabis brands from the Okanagan attending, including licensed producer Flowr, as well as local companies in extraction, crop nutrients, manufacturing, packaging and edibles.

For example, LYF Edibles from Kelowna is getting traction by giving away non-infused samples of their new gummies, chocolates and baked products lines. Also, Oakum Cannabis Corp., an up-and-coming LP, is exhibiting at the show.
Expo evolved
Lift & Co.'s CEO says the expos have evolved alongside the industry through to legalization.

The weekend opened Thursday with the Cannabis Business Conference, talking about data and analytics, brand reputation, and special sessions on emerging markets abroad.

Friday is Expo Industry Day and Saturday is Expo Consumer Day.
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Lots of interest in edibles

An important takeaway from a Castanet poll this week on edibles is that nearly half of the 6,000 respondents are at least somewhat into pot. That's pretty mainstream.

There’s also clearly a lot of interest in edibles.

A few people have asked us about edibles now that Cannabis 2.0 products are available in Okanagan cannabis retail stores.

Here are the two most common questions we’ve been asked:

Do I have to keep edibles in the fridge?
Health Canada regulations state the products must be shelf-stable. That means they can be safely stored at room temperature and don’t have to be kept refrigerated. Make sure you keep them safely away from kids and pets.

How much do I eat?
Everyone is different. If you’re timid, just start with a 2.5mg dose of THC — about one square off a chocolate bar. I’ve felt mild effects at about 4mg. For some, eating a whole 10mg chocolate bar isn’t enough to faze them.

Vape fear

Nearly half of Canadians want vaping products banned, an Angus Reid poll has found.

Forty-six percent of Canadians want a total ban on vaping products; however, 33% say that would be a step too far.

Despite the sentiment, vaping continues to spread. The Angus Reid Institute found that in 2019, one-quarter of Canadians now say they have vaped.

Health Canada recently has announced an expansion of its intention to better understand cannabis vaping products now on the market through Cannabis 2.0.

Quick hits

Ask Me Anyth–… NOPE!
We moderated a forum Thursday for a BC Cannabis Store employee to answer questions on Reddit at r/thebccs. Only a few hours after it was posted, it got deleted by the user. #thingsthatmakeyousayhmm...
Read us on Castanet
Our column now runs biweekly on popular Okanagan news source, Castanet. We write about the local cannabis space in a business-type column. Email us with submissions.
Straight Cannabis sold
Vancouver’s “hippie” paper, The Georgia Straight — which also publishes Straight Cannabis — was sold for $1.25 million

Dad jokes

I met a man named Jim Apple the other day. He has trouble introducing himself in France.
Why was 2019 afraid of 2020?
Because they had a fight and 2021.

A German tourist jumped in the freezing water to save my dog. After he climbed out, he said, “Here is ze dog, dry him off and keep him warm, he vill be fine.
I asked him, “Are you a vet?”
He said, “Vet? I’m fucking soaking.”

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