Brief: CannaCon Expo Coming to Tacoma This Weekend

CannaCon, the self-proclaimed “world’s largest cannabusiness and lifestyle exposition” is coming to Tacoma, WA this weekend — exact dates are August 14-17.

Despite sharing the weekend with Seattle’s well-known and longstanding Hempfest, CannaCon will be a four-day event featuring one day of about 60 seminars offered by cannabis professionals, followed by three days of something resembling a home and gardening show tailored towards the cannabis industry. There will be more than 500 exhibitors present, including professionals involved in healthcare, law, tourism and more.

“I have done home-and-garden shows around the nation, and after going to Hempfest and the Cannabis Cup, I wasn’t overly impressed. I felt I could do a better job,” said organizer Bob Smart of Edmonds, WA.  He’s encouraged patrons to focus on the exposition side of the event, and not on the overarching theme of cannabis. “There’s no smoking at the event,” he explained. “There will be no marijuana products for sale.”

However, marijuana enthusiasts should expect to find nearly everything else weed-related at CannaCon: pipes, vaporizers, grow lights, trimmers, potting soil, nutrients, closed-loop extraction equipment, electricians, gardening experts — all of the gadgets and tons of professionals will be made available for one long weekend at the Tacoma Dome.

“It seems to me with an emerging industry like we have that it needs to be something different from a bunch of people getting together and smoking. It has to be more professional,” Smart said. Nonetheless, CannaCon will be offering a free shuttle for those patrons who wish to swoop by neighboring Seattle’s Hempfest for some old-fashioned smoke outs throughout the weekend.


Photo Credit: Eric Kilby

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