Actor Jim Belushi is headlining Victoria's Grow Up Conference and Expo next month (Tyler Maddox)

Grab your best buds!

A three-day cannabis expo is kicking off summer in BC’s capital, with a well-known actor headlining the inaugural event.

Grow Up Conference and Expo is set for June 20th to 22nd at Victoria Conference Centre.

Organizers expect the expo to attract over 3,000 international industry experts, businesses and professionals, saying attendees will learn from leaders in both cannabis and psychedelics.

Among the experts is actor, cannabis farmer and connoisseur Jim Belushi, who currently stars in Discovery Channel’s Growing Belushi and looks to share his journey into the industry through his keynote speech.

“With a rich cannabis history and culture in the west, it is a natural hub to host top experts to gather, learn, network and discuss how the industry moves forward,” said Grow Up Cannabis president Randy Rowe.

Grow Up was established in 2017, previously holding expos in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Rowe says he’s thrilled to be coming to the West Coast, pointing to “a jam-packed three days of valuable programming for those in the cannabis and psychedelics space.”

Some events scheduled during next month’s expo in Victoria include hands-on workshops, an extraction zone and a psychedelic summit.

Tickets range from $50 for an early bird one-day pass to $349 for an early bird VIP pass and are available online here.

BC cannabis industry soars

In British Columbia, non-medical cannabis was legalized in October 2018.

As the industry continues to grow, the province’s cannabis stores recorded a record $554 million in sales last year, up from $370 million the year before, according to the BC government.

It’s prompting BC officials to seek input on non-medical cannabis consumption spaces, launching a survey last month to gauge public opinion.

Until May 9th, online engagement will help inform decisions about whether to permit these spaces and how they could be regulated.

The BC government defines a cannabis consumption space as a business or special event that provides cannabis for on-site sale and use, including cafes, lounges, concerts or festivals, ticketed events, and spas.

Grow Up Conference and Expo

  • When: June 20th to 22nd
  • Where: Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street
  • Tickets: Available online

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