This is the first time Spokane has hosted its annual medical marijuana event, which is expected to draw more than 1,100,000 people.
Spokane Medical Marijuana Committee President and CEO James Wilson said the event was originally meant to be the largest in the state.
“It’s very important that we don’t take away from that,” Wilson said.
The event, scheduled for Tuesday, will feature medical marijuana growers and dispensaries, as well as a special showcase of medical marijuana products, such as cannabidiol oils.
Wilson said his organization is expecting a healthy amount of marijuana traffic from Spokane.
The event is part of a statewide initiative by the City Council to provide more support for medical marijuana businesses and to provide an avenue for people who need it to obtain it legally.
Wilson and the committee are also hoping to attract a large audience to the event.
On Thursday, the Spokane City Council will hear from local business owners, medical marijuana advocates and the city’s Department of Emergency Management.
For those with health problems or other health issues, Wilson said there is a “need to have more information available to people who may be concerned about using marijuana.”
Wilson said the committee is looking into making Spokane an “alternative to the criminal justice system.”