This May Be Why CES 2019 Is Shunning Marijuana Products

05:37 01/11/2019

CES is the world's largest consumer electronics convention that goes from Tue, Jan 8, 2019 – Fri, Jan 11, 2019. The convention is wrapping it up today and while many may think it was another good year, there are some marijuana tech companies that aren't very happy as organizers did not allow them to exhibit and they were forced to exhibit off-site at CES, even against the will of the organizers. "We’re not allowed on the showroom floor, and it’s apparently because [organizers] say they haven’t created a category for cannabis vaporizers yet," said Jeff Brown, who is the vice president of public policy and communications at PAX Labs, an electronic vaporizer company. "Apparently they’re not comfortable with cannabis. It’s odd and mildly frustrating. Nevada is a medical and recreational [consumption] legal state, and there’s certainly no shortage of alcohol being served at CES. There are concessions everywhere. To draw the line at a technology company demoing cannabis is odd and frustrating," added Brown. According to an emailed statement CTA wrote to Mashable, "There are no cannabis or e-cigarette products on the exhibit floor at CES, as the show does not have a category pertaining to that market. As the industry and regulations evolve, we continue to assess all categories." "It feels counterintuitive for a platform centered around innovation and progression to have such a conservative viewpoint on something that millions of people use and find significant benefit from," remarked Roger Volodarsky, the founder of portable vaporizer company Puffco. "We think the biggest challenge facing the cannabis industry right now is that millions of people are trying cannabis for the first time, and millions of people are coming back after a long hiatus, and they don’t know what to expect," Brown also said. "Technology can help solve that problem, but CES won’t let us do that." "This movement has too much momentum to be stopped now," added Volodarsky. "CES has the opportunity to lead the stage for innovation in our field. Not doing so just gives the opportunity to someone else to capitalize on all the interest in the cannabis space."

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