MEXICO CITY – The America Expoweed cannabis fair, which runs through Sunday in Mexico’s capital, will be primarily focused for the first time on the plant’s medicinal uses and also offer free-of-cost consultations for patients.
The drug’s medicinal benefits are center-stage at this year’s fair after medical marijuana legislation was signed into law by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in June.
In a press conference on Friday, Dr. Gady Zabicky said this year’s edition of America Expoweed was extraordinary from a psychiatric and medical point of view.
“It’s not often that doctors have such a close connection with society, with its demands and concerns,” he said.
The psychiatrist told EFE that last year’s fair had already delved into the subject but that the 2017 event marked a turning point.
“We can think of a before and after Expoweed, because from this point forward medical use of cannabis has been legitimized,” he said.
Six doctors from different Mexico states are offering free consultations to patients during the three-day fair, and the number of appointments made thus far already has exceeded expectations.
For now, doctors in Mexico cannot prescribe cannabis, although they can assist patients with a complete medical consultation and afterward an attorney can help obtain the necessary medication legally.
Zabicky stressed the importance of the coexistence of both recreational and medicinal uses of marijuana, adding that the former has contributed to the discovery of the uses and benefits of the plant.
“Doctors and patients have benefited from citizens’ recreational use,” he said.
The fair will take place at Mexico City’s World Trade Center through Sunday and include 42 speakers, 34 exhibitors and even six musical performances.
Companies from Spain, the Netherlands, India, the United States and Mexico are taking part in America Expoweed.
The fair’s ultimate objective is to achieve acceptance of cannabis as a normal part of society and not just as a medical alternative.