The Hemp Health and Innovation Expo took place at Sydney’s Olympic Park at the weekend, the first time the event has run since Covid-19 put paid to face-to-face gatherings in 2020.

Thousands of people visited the two-day expo, which showcased everything from hemp fibre, food, beverages, clothing and textiles, to medicinal cannabis products, extraction gear, vapes, art, building materials, beauty products and gardening equipment.

Fun activations included a ‘roll a joint under trying circumstances’ competition, with participants doing their best to skin up while ‘helpers’ with leaf blowers and spray guns tried everything to put them off. 

And more serious sessions included PlantMed’s Dr John Teh explaining the endocannabinoid system and the benefits of medicinal cannabis to a packed – and highly attentive – crowd.

Meanwhile, the Legalise Cannabis Australia Party, fresh from its stunning result in the federal election, received plenty of interest, including from the Channel Ten film crew in attendance.

Organiser Evan Alexander said there had been a steady flow of traffic on both days, with families particularly prevalent on Sunday. Further events will be announced soon.

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...