LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — Dispensary owners, industry experts and medical professionals gathered Saturday in the ballroom of the Encanto Hotel for the Southern New Mexico Canna Convention.
This convention is described by its organizers as one of the largest of its kind in the state of New Mexico. The primary goal of the festival is to educate the public about medical cannabis, as well as the cannabis industry as a whole.
“A lot of people have the wrong perception of cannabis, but at a convention like this, you actually see what it’s all about,” said Albert Reyes, owner of Hashtag Cannabis in Las Cruces. He was one of several local dispensary owners to attend the convention on Saturday.
ABC-7 also spoke with one of the convention organizers, Christian Maes, and he said the Las Cruces area has always embraced cannabis culture.
“6 years ago when we did our first show, it was groundbreaking here,” Maes said.
“We have decided now that [since] recreational use and adult use have been introduced to the state, it’s time for us to come back and do some educational stuff,” he added.
The second day of the Southern New Mexico Canna Convention will take place on Sunday, August 14 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Encanto Hotel in Las Cruces. Tickets are available for anyone over 18, starting at $10. No products containing THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, are served at this convention.