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The International Cannabis & Hemp Expo is coming to Daly City, California’s Cow Palace next month. Organizers say no marijuana will be sold during the expo, planned for April 17 and 18.
“It’s mainly to bring awareness and education to the public” on the medical, recreational and industrial uses of cannabis, according to Bob Katzman, the expo’s chief operations officer.
“We want to enlighten people on the fact that we are looking at an estimated $8 billion-a-year industry in California alone,” Katzman said, reports Neil Gonzales of the San Mateo County Times.
Patients are allowed to bring their own medical marijuana to the Cow Palace, according to organizers, but they will need to show valid documentation before they can enter a “safe, secure” designated outdoor smoking area.
”It will be an area outside the building and only accessible to people who prove to have a valid prescription [he means a doctor’s recommendation]for medical marijuana use,” Cow Palace CEO Joe Barkett told The Oakland Tribune.
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“We are putting lots of procedures in place and what not, to be sure that the laws are met,” Barkett told KGO-TV.
Barkett said Cow Palace officials have been working with the expo’s organizers for several months to ensure the event is run in a “legal, safe and professional manner.”
“We’re satisfied” that the right measures have been taken, Barkett said.
Although Daly City recently established a 45-day moratorium on the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries, that has no bearing on the expo, according to Vice Mayor Carol Klatt.
“They have a right to come, and it’s state property,” Klatt said. “It’s the state that is allowing it to go there. We have no control of that.”
Key figures in the marijuana movement, including activist/entrepreneur Richard Lee of Oakland — who is behind the state’s current marijuana legalization ballot initiative — and state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), sponsor of a separate pot legalization bill in the Legislature.
Local bands including the Lovers Drugs and Hypnotic Vibrations will perform, and vendors will sell hemp apparel, music and books, nutrients, and legal services.
The expo will draw an estimated 20,000 people over two days, according to Katzman.