Police, organizers discuss pot convention

July 30, 2010 at 2:07 PM
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PONTIAC, Mich., July 30 (UPI) -- Police in Michigan said they have scheduled a meeting with organizers of a planned cannabis convention to discuss concerns about illegal activity at the event.

Pontiac Police Chief Val Gross said he and other officials are scheduled to meet with organizers of the International Cannabis Convention, scheduled for Oct. 29-31 at the Pontiac Silverdome, to discuss concerns including possible illegal use of marijuana and sales of cannabis paraphernalia, The Detroit News reported Friday.

"There are a lot of things to go over, but I'm trying to remain optimistic we can work everything out," Gross said.

Edmund Kresty of the Holistic Health and Educational Center in Saline, Mich., an organizer of the event, said all city and state laws regarding marijuana will be followed during the convention and there will be "no sales or trading" or marijuana at the convention. Advertising for the event said "vaporization tents and edibles" would be made available for convention-goers with medical marijuana licenses.

Kresty said the convention, which is expected to draw 25,000 to 50,000 people, will serve as a trade show to discuss the laws and use methods associated with medical marijuana.

"We expect it will generate a lot of revenues for area restaurants, hotels and other businesses," he said.

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