The high points of the Cannabis Sessions

Saturday’s weed-focused event was an educational first for the region.

The Coast Cannabis Sessions hit Halifax on Saturday to get people talking and learning about weed.

The event aimed to spread of knowledge about cannabis use, what can improve it and other helpful tips that all kinds of pot users may want to know.

This included panels on the still-present stigma on pot use despite legalization; different weed consumption methods and which company offers which method; what terpenes are and how they work, headed by Nick Robertson, product manager for OrganiGram; how women are represented in the weed world; the future of the cannabis industry, especially when the buying and selling of edibles becomes legal in October; and all the other questions that consumers might have that weren't already addressed.

“I think it’s something that is perhaps a little over due for Nova Scotia and the community here,” says Courtney Langille, community engagement specialist with Tweed. “It’s clear from the conversations in the room today that there’s been a lot of people that have long awaited a platform to get education and to be able to navigate the market in a way that’s a little more tailored to their taste.”

The event had a wide range of brand representation. There were some more local companies, like Aqualitas from Bedford, while others came from further away, like Up, partly owned by The Tragically Hip, from Ontario and Broken Coast from British Columbia.
Ben Carter, owner of the Halifax-based You Cann Grow that sells equipment for growing cannabis plants from home, was part of the panel on just that: learning how to grow plants from the comfort of your own growing tent.

When asked about what sort of advice he could give to new pot growers, Carter suggested to "keep it simple."

"Start small, get through that first growth period, get some flower and once you see the results from that, you're going to fall in love with it. It's going to become your hobby, it's going to be therapeutic and you'll probably grow it for the rest of your life, like myself," he said.

According to attendees, the event saw a lot of success and positive feedback, particularly with the amount of people who showed up and the quality of the swag bags given.
The event was not exclusively for pot users, however.

Of the over 200 people who attended Cannabis Sessions, a number of non-users also came out to the event out of curiosity and amazement of how much companies knew about the plant.
Annie MacEachern, consumer channels coordinator at The Supreme Cannabis Company, has spoken at other cannabis events and said she was surprised to see so many folks of different generations in attendance. “It has been awesome,” she said. “And the people here have been really diverse crowd, which I wasn’t expecting.”

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