A question lingered over people’s heads at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition at the Jacob K. Convention Center in Manhattan on This past Thursday How do you present your wares in a place where going about using them would be against the law.
The sales presentation were carefully honed.
“These are for tobacco only,” Raj Tiwary, a vice president for the vaping accessory maker Ultimate Vapor Source, stated over and over while demonstrating a line of pipes and pens. “Tobacco and dry herbs.”
Close by a set of self watering pots contained several prospering tomato plants “the pots work well for all kinds of plants,” Marc Lippman, one of the owners of Aqua Camel, emphasized and a $2,000 vacuum sealing device was on display with a demonstration of showing its power by repeatedly reinflating and resealing a bag filled with spinach. On the next row over, Vaughn Fitzgerald, who is a representative of Desiccare, described his company’s packing machine for preserving organic materials.
“You put your weed in here — in theory — and seal it up, and it’ll stay pristine for the next 15 years.” Asked about the sample “weed,” which looked close to florists’ moss, Mr. Fitzgerald laughed and replied, “It’s New York, hon. We all gotta play the game a little bit.”
The vibe was light, however for the people in the room, the gathering was all business. Cannabis is now legal in one way or another in more than 20 states, and next year the big apple will be added to the list, with the New York’s first medical marijuana shop that is set to open in January. Businessman in a wide range of industries displays a rare window of opportunity. Roughly 2,000 attendees, many in suits and ties, were in attendance to network and to see new products that are on the market.