Press panels addressing cannabis pain control solutions for athletes will be headlined by 11-year NFL veteran and Super Bowl star Marvin Washington.
Washington, who was voted by Sports Illustrated as the 36th best NY Jet of all time, said that cannabinoids as neuroprotectants “make the game safer” and can protect professional, recreational and child athletes — all without any psychotropic effects or impact on performance. He will also address the debilitating effects of concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
SPORTS PRESS PANELS: Saturday, October 15
Cannabis solutions for opioid dependence and addiction: 1:00 -1:45 p.m.
Pro Sports and Cannabis/CTE: 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Tonkin is one of the nation’s premier pain management specialists with board certifications in anesthesiology and pain management. He’ll address questions on how to alleviate prescription opioid addiction with cannabis. Doing so through legal channels reduces the demand for fentanyl and street drugs such as heroin, that can have deadly effects.Larry Banegas believes addiction — a brain disease — should be a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use. As founder of the Native American news resource Kumeyaay.com and Kuseyaay Healing Center at his reservation, Barona, Banegas will share his experience of empowering individuals with cannabis knowledge for spiritual and therapeutic uses. According to Banegas, people have overcome addictions to alcohol and prescription drugs with cannabis at his healing center.
The event comes at a pivotal time for Arizona voters, as next month they’ll decided upon Proposition 205, a “tax and regulate like alcohol” type of measure sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project.“We invite the public to learn everything there is to know about the local and national cannabis economy,” said Demetri Downing, event director.
Researchers at the ArcView Group predict the American market for legal cannabis will exceed $7 billion this year.
The trade show kicks off on Friday at 8 a.m., with an intensive all day boot camp presented by Medicine Man Technologies.
The show floor will open to the general public at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and will remain open until 5 p.m. both days. According to organizers of the Expo, hundreds of cannabis, hemp and CBD related exhibits will vie for your attention, and industry experts will discuss ever aspect of the emerging industry.
Expo organizers said they expect a large turnout as voters throughout the nation are taking a look at marijuana policy and legislation affecting medical and recreational cannabis.
The Phoenix Convention Center is located at 100 N. 3rd Street. General admission to the event is $50 per day; Friday’s cannabis boot camp costs $99. For more information, visit www.swcexpo2016.com.