Last week’s column discussed Aloft’s first attempt hosting a medical marijuana conference in Jacksonville, and this week’s is about the second. The inaugural Florida Cannabis Coalition was held Oct. 28, a Saturday morning; the corridors were nearly full by 9 a.m., which no one was expecting. It may have helped that the hotel was packed with tourists in town for the Florida-Georgia game, which made for an interesting cross-section of people, mingling in the smoking section out front.
It was a very different crowd from the group that had assembled just five days earlier for the inaugural (and perhaps last, thanks to Reefer Madness-minded city officials) local Medical Marijuana Awareness Day. Local dispensary reps were augmented by vendors who’d traveled from as far away as Utah, paying fat fees to hawk their wares to a crowd that skewed younger and hipper than their peers earlier in the week.
Attendees included entities like Buds For Vets, CR World, Connie Siu, Diamond CBD, Gorilla Grow Tent, Green Roads World, Hydroponic Unique Goods, Printwise Promotions, Provida and Relief Resources. The folks