Medical marijuana trade show draws big crowd to Bangor

April 19th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

BANGOR, Maine — Entrepreneurs, caregivers, physicians, patients and people who believe pot should be legalized for recreational use packed the third annual Home Grown Maine trade show Saturday.

Sponsored by the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, the show featured a combination of exhibitors and workshops. Information offered ranged from information on greenhouses and grow room construction to security systems to organic cultivation to business formation and taxes.

“This is the best turnout we’ve had in three years,” Paul McCarrier, who organized the show, said as people streamed into the Spectacular Event Center on Griffin Road in Bangor. “We had 500 people come through the doors in the first hour and a half and had to use the parking lot at [the Department of Health and Human Services] office. People are really interested in seeing what we can do for them and they are looking at future employment.”

The total number of people who attended the daylong event was not available Saturday afternoon.

McCarrier said that there are 1,400 caregivers in Maine, who employ 500 people. With just eight dispensaries in Maine, more caregivers and providers are needed.

“We need to break the green ceiling and let small medical marijuana businesses grow and thrive in Maine,” he said.

Lewis Rosero of Columbus, N.J., said that he and his brother came to the show looking for information on how to become caregivers in Maine.

“I’m looking for a way to make a living for my family and live in peace,” Rosero, who has been

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