TORONTO, July 16 (UPI) -- Organizers of Toronto's International Medical Marijuana Expo say they want to attract people tired of taking pharmaceutical drugs with adverse side-effects.
Marco Renda, organizer of this weekend's Expo said: "We're not trying to promote: 'Come down to the convention center and get stoned.' This isn't what it's all about. This is about educating yourself on the benefits of cannabis as medicine," the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday.
More than 30,000 visitors from the United States and Europe are expected to attend "the first expo promoting the respectable and responsible use of marijuana as medicine," organizers said.
The expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Center will feature product vendors "who specialize in the medicinal use and production of high-quality medical marijuana," Renda said.
Canada allows the medical use of marijuana, providing an applicant undergoes a lengthy process to obtain one of the more than 1,600 strains of the drug from Health Canada, the CBC said.
Many medical marijuana users obtain their drug from "compassion clubs" because Canada's investment in the growth of medical marijuana is limited, Renda said.
"There isn't one pill in the pharmacies -- so how can one strain of cannabis help with all these various ailments? It can't. It needs to be treated as a proper herbal medicine," Renda said.