Vancouver expo shows growth of Canadian marijuana industry

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

Published Sunday, September 18, 2016 8:26PM EDT

Last Updated Sunday, September 18, 2016 9:27PM EDT

VANCOUVER — A two day marijuana exhibition in Vancouver is giving people an idea of just how large and varied Canada’s cannabis industry has become — and where it could grow next.

More than 100 businesses set up booths to showcase their wares at the event, but not a single cloud of smoke could be seen in the massive hall.

The expo is helping to break down stereotypes and prove that there’s a credible side to the industry, said Natasha Raey, spokeswoman for Lift Cannabis Co., which put on the show.

“It’s not just someone selling bud out of a ziploc bag anymore. You’re seeing real brand development. The industry is growing up,” she said.

A variety of wares were available throughout the hall. Among the booths selling seeds and growing equipment were some potentially …