October 2016 in Calgary the first ever HempFest Cannabis Expo was held in Alberta at the world famous Stampede Park's Big Four Building by HempFest Canada. 2017 has proven to be very different with 4 Cannabis Expos in less then two months from March 11 to May 7 with two in Edmonton and two in Calgary.
Next is Red Deer June 24-25 and the sixth by HempFest Canada will be in Calgary at the BMO Centre Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, a space size up grade from the Big Four Building last year in Oct. 2016.
Alberta 420 / Calgary 420 and NORML Canada was represented at the 4 events that are now part of Alberta’s cannabis/hemp history.
Cannabis and Hemp Expo Calgary 2017
This was the second Lift Cannabis and Hemp Expo in Alberta. First Lift event was April 1-2, 2017 in Edmonton.
About a hundred exhibitors were in attendance including at least two celebrities. Gold Metal Olympian Ross Rebagliati and former CBC Dragon’s Den entrepreneur and investor Brett Wilson. Brett strongly refused any involvement with a medical cannabis entrepreneur on the Dragons Den in a past episode. Even Calgary’s last chief of police Rick Hanson was there working with exhibitors at the expo. Times are changing fast in the growing cannabis industry and it is not even legal yet.
Crop King Seeds was a exhibitor and sold seeds at both expos in Edmonton but with less then 2 weeks until the Calgary's Cannabis and Hemp Expo decided to pull out and not attend. Sales of seeds was not part of the Calgary expo. Thankfully local retail store Bongs and Such (one of Alberta 420 / Calgary 420 and NORML Canada sponsors for well over a decade) stepped up yet again and had greeters at the entrance and around the show floor giving out free 420 sway during show hours both days.