With the doors opening on Kauai’s first medical cannabis dispensary in Kapaa, Kauai local Dale Rosenfeld said she noticed an avalanche of questions and misconceptions about the plant and its uses.
So, she joined with a group of volunteers to form KauaiCannCare LLC, which is debuting its educational cannabis conference and expo on Kauai in September.
“This is an educational conference and expo for people who think that they know about cannabis, for people who do not know, and for people who want to know more,” Rosenfeld said.
December brought Kauai’s first cannabis conference to the island, but the focus was on business connections and developing a cannabis-based business.
“We’ll have testimonials ongoing through the day, so you’ll be able to hear what CBD has done for people, for example,” Rosenfeld said. “We’ll also have speakers from the Mainland, other islands, and local speakers.”
Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar is the keynote speaker, and he will be delivering his message via taped interview because he’ll be off-island for a conference.
“He’s talking about how the world has changed and that there’s bigger fish out there than marijuana crimes,” Rosenfeld said. “The opiods are the bigger problem. He’s not prosecuting marijuana crimes, but he is prosecuting opiods and that’s the biggest thing.”
The difference between hemp and cannabis, THC and CBD, and what’s legal on a state level and what’s not — all of it will be explained at the conference, which will have educational booths and literature, vendors and music along with the speakers and time for personal testimony.
It’ll be a display of everything you need to know when it comes to the benefits and uses of medical cannabis and industrial hemp, and is set up to be an open discussion.
“We believe it’s time for patients and non-patients to come out of the dark,” Rosenfeld said.
In concert with the KauaiCann Cannabis Conference and Expo, set for Sept. 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn, KauaiCannCare has launched a video series with five episodes called “Out of the Dark,” airing on Hoike Community TV.
“Out of the Dark means I have come out of the dark,” Rosenfeld said. “I am open about the fact that I’m a medical marijuana user and I’m encouraging others to come out of the dark, too.”
On the show, Rosenfeld and her team talk about ways to consume medical marijuana and the benefits for those who have no idea about the plant, or for those who would like to know more.
The other goal is to encourage those who have been keeping their medical use of marijuana a secret to join the conversation.
“We are legal,” Rosenfeld said. “I’m diabetic and I don’t have to hide that from people. I take medicine for it.”
The cannabis conference is directed at the general public and tickets cost $10 each for entrance to the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Live music is scheduled throughout the day, with a reggae band taking the stage at 8 p.m.
Volunteers are needed for jobs like helping with equipment and distributing water, and KauaiCannCare is looking for vendors.
For tickets, visit www.KauaiCann.com. For more information, contact Dale Rosenfeld at 639-0283 or email KauaiCann@gmail.com
Jessica Else, environment reporter, can be reached at 245-0452 or email@example.com.