Puff, puff, no — you won't be able to smoke cannabis at this two-day convention. Well, not this year. While the legalisation of marijuana for medicinal use is still in the works, the Australian government legalised the sale and consumption of hemp food products on November 12 last year — which, alongside a huge range of other hemp products and uses, is what the Hemp, Health and Innovation Expo is all about.
A heap of exhibitors from around the globe will be selling and sampling hemp fabrics, textiles, clothing, food and beauty products. If you've spent enough time in health food shops, you won't be a stranger to hemp products — hemp protein, hemp chocolate bars and hemp milk — that were previously marketed as 'beauty products', ie — you weren't supposed to eat them. But, now you can. So, go forth and eat hemp to your heart's content.
Alongside the expo, the Hemp, Health and Innovation Symposium will be taking place. Doctors, academics, entrepreneurs, authors and activists — all specialising in marijuana and hemp products — will be holding talks and Q&A sessions. Curious about the benefits of medicinal marijuana? Want to know exactly how sustainable hemp products are? Should you actually be listening to the 'wisdom' spouted by 'that friend'? The Mary Jane masters are here to answer your questions.
Hemp, for the uninitiated, is a variety of cannabis grown for its industrial use. It has really low levels of THC (the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis), so, no — you won't get high from smoking your hemp tote bag and we really don't encourage trying it. But the massive on-site crop at the Rosehill Hemp Expo will definitely be a site to see.
The Hemp, Health and Innovation Expo will run from 9am–7pm on Saturday, May 12, and 10am–4pm on Sunday, May 13.
Images: Craze Co & Ballin' On A Budget – The Hemp Health & Innovation Expo 420 Stunt Sydney