September 15 & 16, 2018
SFU Harbour Centre

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The Georgia Straight: Cannabis Thought Leaders Since 1967

When publisher Dan McLeod printed his first issue of the Georgia Straight in 1967, an entire two-page spread was dedicated to Peter Hlookoff ’s Bum-Tripper’s Guide, a column that detailed the benefits of cannabis use in an era when users were dubbed “hippies” and “beatniks”.

Fifty years later, our coverage of cannabis may lack the terminology of yesteryear, but you can be sure that our feisty takes and fearless approach are just as pro-cannabis as they were in the sixties.

Whether its politics, industry info, lifestyle tips, medical advice, or community news, we’re keen to inform our readers of the latest cannabis-related stories as they happen.

As we move forward, we look forward to participating in this growing industry and reaching an audience that is just as excited about cannabis as we are. The Grassroots Expo is an extension of what we have been doing for the past 50 years. Our solid history and reputable business experience has made us one of the most powerful independent media voices—not only in Vancouver—but in Canada.

In Association with

Groundwork Consulting

Jamie Shaw

Cannabis Policy Consultant; Partner, Groundwork Consulting

Travis Lane

Cultivating cannabis for over 20 years; Partner, Groundwork Consulting

Courtland Sandover-Sly

Partner, Groundwork Consulting

Take a peek: Speakers, panels, and workshops

* Topics subject to change/move dates.


The origin story: A brief history of cannabis

  • Jamie Shaw

From its spiritual worship in nomadic societies to its widespread economic impact, the roots of the cannabis plant run through many cultures. Join renowned advocate and political consultant, Jamie Shaw, as she takes a walk through one plant's incredible history.


Down to the DNA: Cannabis genetics 101

  • Ryan Lee

These days cannabis connoisseurs have a virtually limitless selection of strains to choose from. How did we get here? Cannabis researcher and breeder Ryan Lee takes us on a genetics journey, from the fundamentals of hybridization to the huge scope of phenotype matter expressions we see today.


Marijuana and matters of mental health

  • Clint Younge
  • Salimeh Tabrizi
  • TBA
  • TBA

Is the jury still out on cannabis and mental health? While some research states that cannabis use can increase a person's risk for mental illness, many patients struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other related conditions have found significant relief with marijuana. A panel of industry experts help explain where this powerful plant fits into society's ongoing conversation about mental health.


Green and clean: An organic approach to growing weed

  • Sarah Lane
  • Travis Lane

The organic movement has won the hearts of Vancouverites when it comes to out food - but what about our weed? Join Sarah and Travis lane as they explain the science and importance of growing clean, unadulterated pot.


Beyond the White Noise: The impact of cannabis legalization on ethnic communities

  • Julie Domingo
  • Barinder Rasode
  • TBA
  • TBA

Each individual has a unique relationship with cannabis—this is also mirrored in the mosaic of different communities across Vancouver. Often the narrative of a white, middle-class perspective takes centre stage in the media, but rarely is it asked how various minorities experience the cultural and therapeutic impact of the plant. A handful of thought-leaders from an assortment of cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds come together to discuss the impact of legalization on their community.


Weed behind the wheel: Cannabis and impaired driving

  • Sarah Leamon
  • Grant Gottgetreu

As the Cannabis Act made its way through the legislative process, so did the less publicized Bill C-46, which redefined the laws surrounding impaired driving. Sarah Leamon, a trained drug recognition expert and cannabis lawyer, breaks down impairment, risks, field sobriety tests, and your legal rights when it comes to driving and consuming.


The weedshop series: topicals 101

  • TBA

Cannabis balms, patches, and lotions can be game changers when it comes to treating a whole host of conditions. These infused products can provide long-lasting and fast-acting relief for painful problems like skin rashes, muscle and joint pain, and eczema. In this weedy workshop, join a topicals expert as they explain the science behind cannabis creams and how they can work for you.


The exit drug? The role of cannabis in the opioid crisis

  • TBA

While much of North America is mired in an opioid crisis, Vancouver is at the forefront of harm reduction efforts that are changing the way people think about addiction. In Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, a number if grassroots organizations have come together to offer users an alternative to hard drugs: cannabis. Local experts and advocates will come together for a thoughtful and informative discussion on how cannabis can serve as a subsitute for opioids, alcohol, and more.


The pot talk: Breaking down cannabis for your kids

  • TBA

As cannabis moves from an illicit drug to a medicine and recreational substance, it can be difficult to communicate that shift to a child. While schools are racing to keep up with the shifting social perceptions, parents and educators need tools now. A local expert will build a framework of myths, concerns, and age-appropriate conversation topics to touch on while talking to youth.


The other pot talk: Navigating the cannabis conversation with your parents and seniors

  • Hilary Black

Shifting a mindset that was raised during a staunch prohibition can be a tricky conversation - one that Hilary Black is well-accustomed to having. As the director of patient advocacy at Canopy Growth and with over two decades of advocacy under her belt, she will guide you though the steps of deconstructing myths and creating a safe place for a responsible introduction to cannabis use for parents and seniors.


Higher learning: The science of cannabis

  • Enid Chen
  • Adolfo Gonzalez

What's the difference between a sativa and indica? Is CBD really non-psychoactive? What are terpenes? If you're starting your weed knowledge from scratch, or just need a refresher, this mini course if run by two of the top cannabis educators in the country. Enid and Adolfo have developed a comprehensive beginner's guide to understanding the fundamentals of the plant, including helpful resources and tools to enhance your learning.


The weedshop series: Joint rolling 101

  • Craig Ex

Say goodbye to stockpiling dispesary pre-rolls of begging your nimble fingered friends to wrap up your weed. Craig Ex of Expert Joints is here to teach you how to master the technique of rolling the perfect joint.


The weedshop series: consumption tools 101

  • TBA

There is so much more to cannabis consumption than joints and gummy bears. Join a local budtender as they breakdown the basics of the cool tools you’ll find in your local head shop—bongs, dab rigs, pipes, and more. This workshop is designed to help you find your favourite consumption method, highlighting everything from usage tips to cleaning and maintenance of your glassware.


Hilary Black

Director of Patient Education and Advocacy, Canopy Growth

John Conroy

Barrister and Solicitor

Kirk Tousaw

Barrister and Advocate, Tousaw Law Corporation

Piper Courtenay

Cannabis Writer, The Georgia Straight

Andrea Dobbs

Co-Founder & Brand Manager, The Village

Enid Chen

Creative director/co-founder, CannaReps

Adolfo Gonzales

Seminar Leader/co-founder, CannaReps

Julie Domingo

CEO, CannaReps

Travis Lane

Founding Director, BC Independent Cannabis Association

Jamie Shaw

Cannabis Policy Consultant; Partner, Groundwork Consulting

Courtland Sandover-Sly

Partner, Groundwork Consulting

Liam Oster

Lawyer, Watson Goepel LLP

Barinder Rasode


Terry Roycroft

President MCRCI & Croft Consulting Inc.

Walter Sorto

Managing Director, Sunrise Wellness Foundation

Salimeh Tabrizi, M.Ed

Founder, Cannabis Hemp Conference & Expo

Clint Younge

CEO, MMJ Canada

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