Cannabis expo brings businesses, community together

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) Medical marijuana advocates come together to educate the community and hire people looking to get into the budding industry.

Event organizers said bigger cities like Oklahoma City and Tulsa held educational and hiring events like these, but none in southern Oklahoma.

Nue Leaf of Ardmore owner and event organizer Anndrea Duvak said one of the main goals of the event is to inform the community.

"I just want to make the community aware of who is all out there, what stores are available, what each place has to offer and just basically educate the community about the cannabis industry," Duvak said.

Another goal is to match job seekers with hiring businesses.

Elexus Hill said she came to find out more about jobs in the cannabis industry.

"I'm a fan of marijuana itself," Hill said. "So, just learn more about it."

Todd Larkin, owner of Pure Wellnes, said his dispensary is the first to open its doors in Ardmore and has been selling medical marijuana since Wednesday.

"It's been amazing to see people, local residents come in and able to get their medicine that most of them have been buying illegally for years," Larkin said.

Larkin said he was happy to see the hundreds of people who came to the event.

"Just the turnout today and what's going to come in the afternoon shows that people are very accepting of this," Larkin said. "People want to get into the industry and people want to make a change for Oklahoma."

Vendors at the expo, including Pure Wellness, said as they expand operations and carry more products, they will look to hire additional employees in the next few months.

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