Hempcon will feature a variety of vendors selling hemp products.

By Andrea Estrada


From cooking-with-cannabis workshops to business advice from entrepreneurs (or rather, cannapreneurs) and even evaluation doctors on site, Hempcon Cannabis Expo features the latest in the cannabis industry.

Among the many cannabis connoisseurs expected to speak are Ian Pedersen, Aari Ruben and Emily Scarbrough. Ian Pedersen, the founder of Source CBD in Cottonwood, creates products infused with cannabidiol (CBD), which are not used for psychoactive effects, but rather as anti-inflammatories and antidepressants, and have even been known to prevent seizures. Medical practice manager and cannabis entrepreneur Aari Ruben is the owner of Desert Bloom Re-leaf Center, a medical marijuana dispensary and grow operation based in Tucson. Ruben, who has been an advocate of Prop 205, which would have legalized recreational marijuana in Arizona and failed at the polls in 2017, strongly encourages the growth of businesses like his own. Female business owner and CEO Emily Scarbrough founded Empress Extracts in Oakland, California, where she supplies medicinal and holistic products. Scarbrough received the first-place award for “Best Wax” at Hempcon two years in a row.

Many other industry leaders like Pedersen, Ruben and Scarbrough will be at this year’s Hempcon sharing experiences, information and tips and answering questions.

The expo runs from June 15 through June 17 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street in Phoenix. Tickets, priced at $22, are available both online and at the door. Attendees, who must be at least 18, will have access to seminars covering a number of topics including starting a dispensary, emerging markets and medical cannabis laws. Industry leading clubs, associations, publications and educational institutions will also be part of the exhibition. For more information, visit hempcon.com.

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