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Cannabis convention sees growth in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- The largest trade show of its kind for the cannabis trade industry is taking place this week in Las Vegas and has shown considerable growth since it started 15 years ago.

Southern Nevada is currently in the process of licensing medical marijuana dispensaries which may be driving that high interest.

The Champs trade show, which is at the Las Vegas Convention Center, only had around 30 vendors in 1999, mostly selling glass pipes, incense and candles. This year's show has more than 600 vendors selling a variety of hemp and cannabis products that could soon be on sale at local medical marijuana dispensaries. Vendors say a lot of business deals are happening at the three-day trade show.

"We set up a ton of distributions already," said Jason Golec with Haenep Source. "We got stores ready to go and people even got pre-orders."

Golec and his company which is based out of Southern California want to stock up southern Nevada medical marijuana dispensaries with commercial hemp or CBD based products. These products include items such as vaporizer pens, energy drinks and chews that are not considered marijuana but will be sold alongside the drug once the dispensaries open up.

Andrew Hard with Hemp Meds is looking to do the same with smoke products geared toward medical marijuana patients.

"People think medical marijuana is roll up a joint and you are going to smoke it out the window. The industry has advanced so far beyond that and people don't understand," he said.

The organizer of the trade show says with more states legalizing medical marijuana, he expects the trade show will keep growing. This year he's expecting to see some $4 million in sales.

The show is not open to the public.

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