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Cannabis conference postponed until fall

Jim Hole said the Cannabis Under Glass conference has been postponed until fall at Hole's Greenhouses in St. Albert.

A cannabis conference has been delayed until recreational use of the drug is legalized. Cannabis Under Glass, a two-day conference originally slated for March 22-23, will now run this fall.

Jim Hole, who owns Hole’s Greenhouses where the conference will be taking place, said sponsors of the conference wanted to wait.

“Even though it’s medicinal, the delay in the legalization of (recreational use) has caused some of the people looking at sponsorship thinking it’s a bit premature,” he said.

He said some of the potential sponsors have an interest in both recreational and medicinal cannabis. By holding off the conference Hole expects a wider audience to attend it.

The conference will put the plant under the microscope as industry leaders break down what the drug is and how it works. Regardless of legalization, it won’t be diving into recreational use of the plant.

“This is more on the higher-level medicinal side of the plant and what the plant is,” he said.

Hole is also the director of cultivation for Atlas Growers, a cannabis facility in Lac Ste. Anne County, northwest of Edmonton.

Cannabis Under Glass will feature various speakers from universities across Canada, cannabis companies, health care professionals and other stakeholders.

So far there will be 15 speakers throughout the two-day conference, but Hole said more speakers may be announced.

Hole will speak on the philosophy behind Atlas Growers, give an update on the facility, discuss technology used in the facility and talk about ethical cultivation of the plant.

He said speakers will discuss the scientific and medical properties of the plant, rather than how to consume and grow it recreationally.

“This is to educate the lay person about what cannabis is all about. There’s still a lot of questions and preconceived ideas about it,” he said.

The conference was created from conversations Hole had with professors from the University of Alberta. Together they had an interest in hosting a conference that would provide agricultural and medical aspects on the plant.

It is geared towards medical professionals, such as family physicians who need more information about the drug and prescribing it, as well as people interested in starting their own cannabis company.

“For me it’s all about learning about the plant science,” he said.

The event will aim to bring different professionals together to share their knowledge on cannabis. While Hole is an expert on plant health and cultivation, he said he knows little about cannabis in the medical world.

When it does run, the conference will still be a two-day event. On the last day Hole will answer any general questions people have about the plant, which could include information about different cannabis strains.

The conference will end with an evening exhibition, with ticket sale prices still to be announced.

For more information about Cannabis Under Glass visit: https://www.cannabisunderglass.com/register/

One cannabis conference that is slated to go ahead later this month is March 13-14  at Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel. Cannabis at Work, an organization that educates employers about medical cannabis use at the workplace, will host the two-day conference.

The conference will discuss cannabis, workplace policy and case law. Jason Fleming, director of human resources for MedReleaf Corp. will also be speaking.

For more information on Cannabis at Work visit: http://cannabisatwork.com/events/

Dayla Lahring :Dayla Lahring joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2017. She writes about business, health, general news and features. She also contributes photographs.