‘Cannabis Education Day’ set for new month
By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM
HESPERIA — The owners of Medical Cannabis Educational Center will host its inaugural “Cannabis Education Day” to discuss the medicinal benefits of cannabis.
MCEC will host the free non-recreational event on Feb. 23 at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Hesperia. The adult-only event will include more than 20 vendors, food trucks, giveaways, swag, activities and free coupons that can be redeemed for cannabis-based products.
“We want as many people to come and to ask questions about the benefits of medical cannabis,” said MCEC CEO Rick Casas, who helped open the first legal cannabis-based business in Hesperia last year.
The MCEC-hosted event is a “medical event only” and vendors are prohibited from giving out products other than CBD.
Vendors will give away free coupons to patients with a medical card. Coupons can be redeemed during delivery by MCEC when they place their first order, Casas said.
Cannabis and CBD user Marilyn Garrison, 55, believes the MCEC event will help “bridge the gap” for those wanting to try cannabis-based products but “don’t know who to ask.”
“I smoked a joint back in high school but never tried marijuana again until about five years ago when I injured my back,” said Garrison, a financial consultant who lives in Oak Hills.
In an attempt to stave off back pain and to avoid prescription drugs, Garrison began searching for medical alternative treatments such as acupuncture, herbs and deep tissue massage.
Garrison said a colleague at work recommend she try several indica strains of cannabis and CBD-infused products to treat her pain.
Not wanting to “smoke, toke or dab,” Garrison purchased THC and CBD-infused baked goods and candy, which she now uses regularly.
“Not everybody has a friend who can introduce them to cannabis that’s why these education classes, seminars and festivals are so valuable,” Garrison said. “They help people who want to try something different.”
Industry leaders say THC and CBD resemble the cannabinoid chemicals that occur naturally in the body. Ingesting THC or CBD stimulates the brain’s cannabinoid receptors, which many claim, reduces pain levels.
THC is a psychoactive compound that produces a high compared to CBD which also interacts with pain receptors in the brain but does not cause a high.
Casas said he hopes to make Cannabis Education Day an annual or even bi-annual event based on the success of next month’s event.
MCEC is billed as the first and largest Type M9, non-storefront, state-sanctioned medical cannabis delivery service based in San Bernardino County.
Cannabis Education Day is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m on Feb. 23 at the Courtyard by Marriott located at 9619 Mariposa Rd. in Hesperia. For more information on MCEC, visit www.mcecdelivery.com or www.facebook.com/MCECSoCal.