The crowd at the Hemp Expo loved our hemp candy and our hemp tea.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 08, 2011
Over the Labor Day weekend, thousands of people came together for the first-ever medical marijuana street fair, held in the city on the front lines of legalization: Oakland. With a designated area for medical marijuana patients to light up—or eat up—in the open, the International Cannabis & Hemp Expo in Oakland went beyond the limits of most hemp festivals. Chronic Candy representatives were there to celebrate the educational event and help attendees cure their cottonmouth with their namesake hemp lollypops and signature Chronic Ice hemp tea.
“The crowd at the Hemp Expo loved our hemp candy and our hemp tea,” says founder Tony Van Pelt. “They were excited to see some of the other uses for hemp, and taste how delicious it can be, even when it’s not psychoactive. Lots of people told me it was exactly what they wanted after some of the other things they’d been trying over in the 215 area.”
Chronic Ice is a refreshing health tea, made with organic sugar cane, a green and black tea blend, lemon essence, ascorbic acid and, of course, hemp seed extract. The antioxidant-rich, healthy tea is free of preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup. Representatives were handing out samples of the all-natural hemp drink, and cans were available for purchase.
Chronic Candy also brought the lollypop that made its name. The hemp candy, available in four flavors, is not psychoactive—it contains no THC—but it is tasty. Varieties include the original hemp flavor, OG Kush; grape-flavored Purple Erkle; blueberry-flavored Blue Dream; and tropical-flavored Mango. Chronic Candy had individual lollipops, nickel bags, and dime bags available at the booth.
Chronic Candy was showing some love with free swag at the booth, too. Thousands of expo attendees stopped by to grab stickers and rolling trays.
The International Cannabis & Hemp Expo covered more than 5 blocks near the “Oaksterdam” neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday, including the area right in front of City Hall. Patients with a valid doctor’s recommendation were allowed into the “215 area,” where they could sample medicated drinks, cookies, and lotions; participate in a joint-rolling competition; or simply sit on the grass and enjoy music and comedy.
As the first city in America to tax and regulate dispensaries, Oakland has long been at the forefront of efforts to normalize marijuana use. The city government and police supported the event.
“Oakland voters and city officials have consistently voiced their support for marijuana legalization and regulation, as is evident by their willingness to embrace this event,” Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML and faculty member of nearby Oaksterdam University, told the Christian Science Monitor. “It makes no sense for the federal government to continue to cling to a policy that improperly classifies the tens of thousands of people attending this weekend’s event as criminals who deserve to be arrested, prosecuted, and incarcerated for their use of a substance that is objectively safer than either alcohol or tobacco.”
The event had a relaxed vibe because of the fair’s openness to medicating on the premises. “It was all love,” said Van Pelt. “The expo brought all these people from so many different groups together to show their support for the movement. It was incredible to be in the middle of that crowd.”
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