First marijuana and hemp conference in Fresno happens at Bitwise

Business owners looking to open marijuana dispensaries in Fresno

Fresno, Calif. - The first Fresno cannabis and hemp conference happened Wednesday.

Farmers, business owners and people who just simply like to smoke weed flocked to Bitwise to attend.

They showed a documentary, had a workshop and an open discussion about the future of marijuana and the Central Valley's place in it.

"I'm in Tulare county looking to come into Fresno county," said Christopher Renville, medical marijuana business owner.

Renville went to the conference to learn more about local and state regulations.

"It's very confusing," said Michael Green, Conference Organizer.

Green organized the event to help people like Renville who want an opportunity to get into the Fresno market.

"Medical cannabis has been legal for roughly 20 years but in the city and county of Fresno we haven't seen much of that 'legalness'  because we have bans on dispensaries and cultivation and what have you," said Green.

Marijuana Attorney Bill Mcpike says the only real benefit of the legalization of pot for fresnans that smoke is it reduced the punishment.

"Anyone convicted of a marijuana felony could go back to court and have them reduced to misdemeanors or dismissed completely," said Mcpike.

Mcpike says you grown six plants in your home or have up to an ounce of marijuana legally.

For Renville he just hopes one day he'll be able to open up a medical marijuana dispensary in the city of Fresno.

"It's going to take some time, but doors should open so we could move forward with this," said Renville.

If it's up to Fresno city council member Gary Bredefeld Renville will never open up any marijuana business in the city.

He's leading the charge to ban marijuana dispensaries in the city.

He says that piece of legislation will go before council within the next 30 to 60 days.


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