County Fair in California Canceled Because of Federal Scheduling of Marijuana

A county fair has been cancelled in Los Angles because of the federal Schedule 1 listing of marijuana. Recreational marijuana becomes available in California at the beginning of next year, and they are implementing some of the most relaxed rules for recreational marijuana in the nation.

County fairs where marijuana can be sold and fair-goers can smoke it, that is certainly going to test the federal government’s tolerance level. Do you think there is more to the relaxed laws that California is implementing than just their affinity for cannabis?

LOS ANGELES — Now that marijuana is set for legalized recreational use in the state of California, could pot start showing up at your local fair?

Organizers at the Del Mar Fairgrounds announced Tuesday the cancellation of a cannabis event that was initially set to take place in September, saying that while medical and recreational use of marijuana is legal under state law, both are still illegal under federal law.

The Goodlife Festival would have been San Diego’s largest-ever cannabis festival, and while cannabis would not have been sold or distributed at the event, medical marijuana cardholders were expected to be permitted to bring their own cannabis to smoke in certain designated areas.

Under a bill signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown outlining how to implement Proposition 64 starting in January, county fairs would have the option of allowing cannabis sampling and sales for anyone over the age of 21 with limitations.

Under a bill signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown outlining how to implement Proposition 64 starting in January, county fairs would have the option of allowing cannabis sampling and sales for anyone over the age of 21 with limitations.

A section of Senate Bill 94 states the law “does not prohibit the issuance of a state temporary event license to a licensee authorizing on-site cannabis sales to, and consumption by, persons 21 years of age or older at a county fair or district agricultural association event” provided those involved are properly licensed and adhere to existing state regulations.

Officials with Stanislaus County Fair have had “minor discussions” about the option of issuing temporary license, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Tulare county officials told The Bee they remain skeptical of integrating cannabis-themed attractions into the fair’s overall brand.

“It has the potential to bring a lot of problems to the fair,” Tulare CEO Pamela Fyock said. “We work very hard to make sure this is a safe, family-friendly environment.”

Some critics have voiced concerns about the sale of marijuana and marijuana-themed items alongside such kid-oriented county fair items as stuffed toys and cotton candy.

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