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Expo returns to metro Detroit, with sessions
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Good Company: American Medical Marijuana Professionals
Expo returns to metro Detroit, with sessions
focused on education, ways to join industry
After a successful inaugural event last year,
the Second Annual Medical Marijuana Expo
plans a bigger and better edition this year at
Detroit’s Roostertail. Sponsored by American
Medical Marijuana Professionals, a Michiganbased company with a mission of educating the
public on the benefits of medical marijuana,
Michigan’s largest medical marijuana expo runs
March 23-25 and will offer speakers, classes,
demonstrations, vendors and an after-party
March 24 featuring Afroman and local artists.
AMMP owner Tom French says his goal is to
not only attract attendees who are familiar with
medical marijuana, but also people who are curious about the industry.
“We want to provide enough information
to attendees, so that they can make educated
decisions about this movement and industry,”
French says. “We want to get people not in the
industry involved, so they can get their questions
answered and learn about their rights.”
Classes and speakers at the expo
Good to Know
will cover topics such as the law and
your rights, medical conditions and
z The Second Annual Medical
Marijuana Expo, sponsored by
how marijuana alleviates symptoms,
The Roostertail in Detroit is hosting the Second Annual Medical Marijuana Expo, which
American Medical Marijuana
how to grow your own medicine, and
will feature speakers, classes, demonstrations, vendors and other opportunities to learn
Professionals, takes place 5-9
the history of marijuana, hemp prodabout the industry.
p.m.
March
23,
9
a.m.-9
p.m.
ucts, misconceptions and misinforMarch 24, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
mation. Open-mic sessions will take
voters approved the Michi- rights, and people want to go to a safe environMarch 25 at The Roostertail,
place with those in the medical and
gan Marijuana Medical Act ment to obtain their medicine,” French says.
100 Marquette, in Detroit. An
legal professions, along with profesin 2008.
“If the laws are more in favor of patient
after-party featuring Afroman
sional growers.
“There are opportunities rights, more people will want to obtain their
and local artists takes place
There also will be sessions that
in growing, dispensing and medical marijuana cards, therefore more
March 24. Admission is $15
focus on how to start a business and
hydroponics,” French says.
dispensaries, doctor certification centers and
per day.
industry-specific business needs.
“There are head shops, or
compassion clubs will open and all will require
z For more information on the
Vendors from the U.S., Canada and
you
can
teach
educational
employees.”
expo, the AMMP and its certifieven Europe will be in attendance,
classes. There are all sorts
French says the expo’s goal is to offer a safe
cation center, visit www.ammp.
including activist organizations, alterof
opportunities
that
boost
and
comfortable environment for people to learn
biz or call 877-794-2099.
native energy suppliers, hydroponics
the economy.”
about the law, movement and industry.
suppliers and distributors, dispensa“There are many opportunities to get involved
ries, compassion clubs, security providers and in- Business Opportunities
in this industry, and someone interested in or
surance agents, doctors and certification centers,
AMMP also operates a certification center at
simply having to move in new directions could
and pipe and z shops.
28349 Gratiot in Roseville, where patients can
take advantage of this,” he says.
French says there will be a focus on Michimeet with a physician who will make a decision
“Insurance and security needs are taking a
gan companies and Michigan-made products,
about a medical marijuana referral to the state. A new direction, and the alternative power sources
highlighting the fact that medical marijuana has
shuttle bus will run from the facility to the expo. and suppliers could utilize this to introduce
become a statewide business opportunity since
“The laws are changing in favor of patient
themselves to the industry. The sky is the limit.”
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