Cannabis forum aims to help educate community

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A cannabis forum is underway today at Kennedy Park.

Organizers say the goal of the forum is to educate the community and get rid of the stigma around cannabis products.

There are about 20 different vendors participating at the event.

Many vendors are handing out cannabis information and some are also selling their CBD products.

Ian Nugent, organizer of the Grassroots Cannabis Forum, says he's looking to reach out to families and skeptics.

"As medical expansion continues in the state, [cannabis]  is going to be present in everyone's life and we really want to show how helpful it can be," Nugent says.

CBD is a legal version of cannabis that uses hemp oil.

Lynda Kearny says she first started using CBD oil after hurting her back during a 5K race.

"My niece was with me and she pulled out CBD oil and she said try this and in five minutes, it was gone," Kearny said. "It really, really works."

Treats for dogs were also available at the event. Some owners say that giving their pets CBD has helped them with anxiety.

Veterinarians say there hasn't been enough testing done to show whether or not CBD is safe for pets. The FDA has not officially studied its effects on humans.

Recreational marijuana is not yet legalized in New Jersey. It will be back up on the ballot in 2020.

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