Medical Tourism Industry and Medical Marijuana Converge at the World Medical Tourism Congress Hosted by the Medical Tourism Association! (medicaltourismassociation.com)
This past September I had the esteemed pleasure to be a panelist at the Medical Tourism Association's annual conference the "World Medical Tourism Congress". Thousands of medical, travel, and health professionals were on hand to learn more and network in the field of medical tourism. This past January I contacted the MTA to find out if they had interest in a panel to learn about the participatory action research I was conducting regarding the synergy of medical and scientific international cannabis law, the business of cannabis, and medical tourism. It was no surprise to me that after explaining the results of my research that I worked in conjunction with the MTA to create a stellar panel.
As I walked the trade show floor with CHA training documents on cannabis the exhibitors were fascinated with the depth of knowledge that I was presenting. I had the opportunity to speak with professionals from all over the globe, sometimes through translators, and with the exception of very few, interest was very high despite an extreme lack of knowledge on the topic. I made it a point to promote the panel to everyone I spoke with the first day of the conference and to my surprise we had almost a full house of professionals interested in the panel. It was an honor to share the panel with a drug rehabilitation expert and cannabis testing laboratory owner and explain the topic of marijuana and hemp. To no surprise, everyone was blown away with the facts and data I was sharing. What I found the most exciting was the overall acceptance and desire to learn more. Most notable we had several PhD's connect with me after the panel to work on high level projects and the Director of Operations for a notable Native American tribe seek consulting for a full rollout to the nation.
Here is a recap of the key points that I brought forth to the audience (full medical tourism reports are below):