For 13 years (and counting) Revista THC has been the go-to magazine for cannabis culture in Argentina and Uruguay. Medicinal, recreational, commercial, every possible side of the marihuana debate has been covered by the cult magazine run by Sebastián Basalo. So it’s only fitting that Basalo and THC would be the people behind the upcoming Expo Cannabis Argentina, the first full-on fair of its kind in the country, which will be taking place from October 4-6 at La Rural in Palermo. “The main objective of the event is to inform, debate and spread the message of the huge benefits of cannabis in terms of improving people’s quality of life,” Basalo explained to Infobae.
Expo Cannabis Argentina will focus on two main ideas. The first will center on the health benefits of cannabis and its proven benefits for treating conditions like fibromyalgia, migraines, autism spectrum issues, insomnia, epilepsy, lupus, asthma, glaucoma, and countless others. To support this, there will be a bundle of expositions by therapists, scientists, and doctors from Argentina and all over the world. “There will also be free medical assessments for those with doubts about treatment and free legal counseling as well,” as Basalo explained.
The other idea around which the Expo will be framed has to do with the development of the local cannabis industry. Just for reference, countries like Canada and the United States currently have booming businesses and are projecting a market in the next few years of around US $5 billion and US $15.4 billion, respectively. This encapsulates not only medicinal products but cosmetics, food, beers, papers, textiles and even designer products. “In the US alone the industry surpassed 300,000 registered workers last year,” explains Basalo. “And in Argentina there are already over 200 specialized shops that are creating jobs and [paying taxes].”
One important caveat about Expo Cannabis is that smoking (tobacco or marihuana) on the premises will not be allowed, probably so that people actually pay attention to the speakers and don’t drift away laughing to the closest kiosko to buy a bag of Doritos.
Here’s hoping a special appearance is made by Cypress Hill’s Eric Bobo, famous BA resident and outspoken cannabis supporter:
— EricBobo (@ericbobo) July 25, 2019