In an effort to educate the community on the potential health benefits and legality of medical marijuana, Salubrious Wellness Clinic will host an educational fair Saturday in Tempe.
SWC Tempe, a state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary, opened in July. After seeing how many questions people had about medical marijuana and realizing that there was still a stigma attached with alternative medicine, general manager Caleb Tice said they started planning an educational fair.
“We wanted to bring the community together and it is an opportunity to answer a lot of questions,” Tice said. “A lot of people want to know more but don’t know how to get the information.”
The fair will take place from 12-4 p.m. on Oct. 5 in front of the dispensary in Tempe. There will be experts to answer questions about state regulations, alternative health and wellness programs and medical marijuana products.
There will also be free food from Cheba Hut, a massage therapy booth and hourly raffles. All members of the community are welcome.
“We want everyone to come out and get more information because there are a lot of people who have no idea about medical marijuana in Arizona,” said assistant general manager Molly Hennessy.
SWC Tempe carries 10-16 different strains of medical marijuana at any given time. Different strains have different amounts of cannabinoids, which result in different benefits, Tice said.
“Patients use medical marijuana for many different approved reasons so having different strains allows us to provide options to patients,” Tice said.
In the next week, SWC Tempe will also offer edibles, an alternative to smoking medical marijuana.
“A lot of people are really excited about edibles because there has been some concern around smoking so now there is another option,” Hennessy said.
Because medical marijuana is not covered by insurance, Tice said they have put programs in place to help lower the cost. SWC Tempe tracks patient purchases and gives back $5 for every $100 spent as part of a rewards program. They also offer 10 percent off for seniors and veterans.
As a new dispensary, SWC Tempe is putting a large emphasis on becoming a part of the community, Hennessy said. In October, they will participate in Walk for Hope, AIDS Walk, Autism Speaks Walk and other community-oriented events. Hennessy said she hopes the educational fair will draw in the community as well.
“This will allow a lot of people to learn about medical marijuana even if they’re not interested in using it,” Hennessy said. “It’s not all about the plant, it’s about the community.”
What: Medical marijuana educational fair
When: Saturday, Oct. 5, 12-4 p.m.
Where: In front of SWC Tempe, 2009 E. 5th Street, Suite 11
Information: Experts onsite to answer questions about state regulations. alternative health and wellness programs and medical marijuana products. Also, free food, raffles and massage therapy for community members.
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