LIMA — Lima’s first-ever cannabis expo is coming to Veterans Memorial Civic Center Friday, April 19 and 20.
Representatives from Ohio-area dispensaries and medical marijuana processors will be at the Civic Center for the two-day expo, answering questions about their operations and Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program. Attendees can browse the booths or sample a CBD-infused lunch.
Several MMCP physicians will also be present to evaluate patients interested in obtaining a medical marijuana patient card, a requirement to purchase and consume medical marijuana in Ohio.
Joshua Hayes, one of the organizers behind the Ohio Holistic Health and Cannabis Expo, said anyone interested in meeting with the physicians will need to bring a copy of their medical diagnosis verifying they have one of the state’s 21 qualifying conditions.
“If they have that they can see one of the physicians and get their (medical marijuana) card that weekend,” said Hayes, a chiropractor who founded holistic health stores Garden Grove Holistic and One River Collective.
This is now the seventh holistic health expo Hayes has organized in Lima. Due to growing demand and the recent availability of medical marijuana, Hayes decided to invite representatives from Ohio dispensaries, MMCP physicians and others to talk about the state’s medical marijuana program.
His new practice, One River Collective, has started working with an MMCP-certified physician to see patients interested in obtaining a medical marijuana several days each month.
“We’re able to incorporate that into our treatments (now),” Hayes explained.
One River Collective is one of several locations in the Lima region hosting MMCP-certified physicians. Hayes said One River Collective sees upwards of 20 patients per day when the MMCP physician visits. Common conditions include fibromyalgia, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer’s.
General admission to the Ohio Holistic Health and Cannabis Expo starts at $5.
The expo will be held from noon to 5 p.m. April 19 and April 20 at Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima.
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.