A special rally for U.S. military veterans will kick off the opening of the Southeast Cannabis Conference and Expo (SECC Expo) on June 10 at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard. Admission for active military and veterans is free and the expo runs through June 11.
The SECC Expo along with sponsors FlavRx, EveRx, Buds for Vets and Weed for Warriors Project invite the public to begin gathering at 9:30 a.m. for an inspiring event to honor, support and show gratitude to those who have served. The conference and exhibit hall opens at 10 am, with a Veterans and Cannabis session at 10:30 a.m.
The SECC Expo wants to educate and help those who have served our country have access to safe medications to treat injuries, chronic illness, PTSD and depression. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, veterans accounted for 18% of all suicide deaths among U.S. adults (July 2016 report). They also report Florida has one of the largest populations of veterans, third behind California and Texas, which makes large-scale educational events like the SECC Expo vital to getting alternative medications and therapies like medical cannabis to this underserved community.
The cost of admission to the expo for veterans will be covered by sponsor FlavRx. Other sponsors, EveRx and Honest Hemp Co., will have giveaways at the rally for veterans.
For information or tickets, visit seccexpo.com.
“Veterans and their families who serve our country with them are in dire need of alternative medications and therapies to treat chronic illnesses and conditions opioid medications can’t control or improve,” said conference co-chair Demitri Downing. “The Southeast Cannabis Conference & Expo is proud to honor and serve our veterans by offering a one stop place to learn how medical cannabis might help them live a happier, healthier and more productive life before considering suicide as an option.”
James Roswell Quinn, speaker and author of Love-Based Leader, will inspire guests sharing his experience with cannabis in his wife’s MS treatment. The spokespersons from Buds for Vets, Vets for Autism and Weed for Warriors Project will also briefly address attendees while Bill Monroe of Honest Hemp Co. will serve as the emcee to keep the rally exciting and kick off the grand opening of the expo.
Inspiring speakers, educational sessions and exhibitors will share valuable information on medical cannabis not found anywhere else. In the exhibit hall, Weedables has helped assemble Florida doctors who will help veterans start the certification process on-site.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Montel Williams, the original celebrity advocate for medical marijuana, himself a 17-year patient winning the battle against MS. Other high-profile speakers are Ricky Williams, former Miami Dolphin and Heisman Trophy winner, joined by former NFL players Marvin Washington, Boo Williams and Treyous Jarrells in a special pre-conference event, Pro Athletes Pro Cannabis on Friday, June 9, at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel.
This non-consumption, educational event is a gathering of patients, entrepreneurs, job seekers, advocates, scientists, doctors, and curious citizens who just want to know more as Florida races toward a more advanced medical marijuana policy.