You Could Soon Buy Weed at the County Fair

Marijuana Gardens could soon be giving the Beer Garden a run for its money at the local county fair.

A bill approved Thursday that sought to reconcile exiting medical marijuana laws with newly-passed Proposition 64 has opened the door to sales and consumption of pot at the fair, according to the Sacramento Bee.


Tucked inside the language of the pot bill is a clause that would legalize weed festivals.

County fairs or district agricultural associations, which operate most fairgrounds throughout the state, would be able to apply for special permits to sell weed to visitors. But at least right now, it’s unclear whether you’ll be able to enjoy a joint and a corn dog at any old local fair…

Regulations are expected to further clarify the rules and define what “premises” mean after legislators vote on the bill. If they prohibit alcohol and marijuana sales from happening on the same property, it seems unlikely that the powers running local fairs would choose to sell weed over booze.

Critics have called this aspect of the bill “deplorable.” 

Even though it would be limited to people 21 and over and not visible to the general public, it sends a signal to children that marijuana use is normal, said Brook Lowe of Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM).