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Philadelphia Flower Show for Medical Marijuana Spotlight
News by Anj Herrington on February 28, 2020
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For the first time, Hemp will be the subject of some performances at the prestigious Philadelphia Flower Show, which opens this weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The show’s three performances will feature cannabis, although none will be on cannabis plant or product display.
The Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event, started in 1829 by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. Held annually, the show features prominent floral and landscape designers.
However, until this year, cannabis has remained taboo. An exhibition on display in 2016 was last canceled in what was described as a misunderstanding. But legalization of recreational pot in Pennsylvania and things have changed since 2018, according to legislation considering medical marijuana. Last year, the horticultural society reached out to cannabis, the marketing agency for cannabis, advising that marijuana would be integrated into the show.
As a result, this educational show ‘The Greenroom’, will be an educational showcase containing information on medical marijuana programs in Pennsylvania and neighboring states of New York, New Jersey and Maryland. The exhibition’s two sponsors, dispensary chain Keystone Shops and Cultivator Prime Wellness, also made their appearance at the show.
“Our job is to get the word out, hoping to tell 250,000 show-makers that medical marijuana has arrived,” said Chronic’s Sarah Simonson. “People can find information about doctors, diseases that marijuana has been approved for treatment, and medical dispensaries can be found throughout the region and what people can expect when they travel.”
No utensils allowed
But one thing notably absent from the cannabis-themed performance in the Philadelphia Flower Show: Cannabis. The horticultural society forbids the display of any real hemp plant. Artificial weed plants are either on display or are trying to defy some of the warnings of the leadership of the horticultural society.
Greg Ricciarsi, CEO of Chirik and its sister agency 20 Nine, said, “To do this, nothing can be said on display that it can be considered a real pot plant. But it was unfortunate.”
The green room is decorated with pastel-colored paper cutouts in the shape of cannabis leaves, but even hemp plants, which are now legal under federal law, are off-limits.
“Consider keeping controversial topics to a minimum,” said Keystone Shops CEO Mike Bade. “The health department approved us, but one condition was that we are living cannabis plants. We considered planning on keeping them anyway. “
Asked whether Chris Goldstein, Chris’s regional organizer of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Law, said cannabis “absolutely” got a place in the country’s most famous flower show.
“If you look at cannabis as a plant, it is the most popular flower that Americans interact with on a daily basis – either regulated or unregulated,” Goldstein said. “It has many strains, varieties, forms and marks. And it takes roses far and wide. “
The Philadelphia Flower Show opens on Saturday, February 29 and runs until Sunday, March 8.