California State Fair To Feature Weed Sales, Consumption Lounge

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This year’s California State Fair will feature weed sales and a cannabis consumption area in the latest sign of marijuana’s growing acceptance by mainstream America. This year marks the first year that cannabis sales have been permitted at the event, which begins in Sacramento on July 12.

The California State Fair welcomed weed to the festivities for the first time in 2022 with an exhibition and competition, much like many of the state’s famed agricultural products including wine, cheese, olive oil and craft beer. The pot-friendly events will be expanded this year, with a broadened marijuana products competition, a weed consumption lounge and onsite sales operated by licensed cannabis retailer and event concessionaire Embarc.

“The California State Fair took a historic leadership position in 2022 with the introduction of a cannabis exhibit and competition,” Tom Martinez, CEO of the California State Fair, said in a statement. “This year, we’ve expanded our offerings to include onsite sales and consumption in a designated area to provide a platform to amplify California’s rich agricultural bounty and facilitate storytelling for farmers from diverse backgrounds and experiences.”

Shopping for Weed at the State Fair

This year will be the first time in the 170-year history of the California State Fair that cannabis sales and consumption will be allowed. The cannabis exhibition hall, which is restricted to adults aged 21 and up with government-issued identification, will include farm displays and educational information about California’s storied cannabis history. 

Visitors will be able to scan QR codes to learn more about Golden Bear award winners, add cannabis products to a virtual shopping basket and purchase them at Embarc’s on-site dispensary. The area will feature a 30,000-square-foot consumption lounge, accessible via a designated walking path, to give attendees over the age of 21 an opportunity to try …

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Author: A.J. Herrington / High Times

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