Lawmaker wants to ease restrictions on legal weed at special events

Monday, February 5, 2018

Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

A state lawmaker wants the state to relax its policies prohibiting organizers of festivals and other special events in California from allowing marijuana sales and use unless the event is at a county fairground.

Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) said Monday he introduced a bill on behalf of the city of Oakland, which wants marijuana sales to be allowed at its annual Art and Soul Festival this summer.

“These events support local economies and small businesses,” Quirk said in a statement.

“Despite the fiscal and communal benefits such events bring to a city or local community, current law prohibits local governments from approving applications for cannabis sales at special events if they are held anywhere but county property,” he added.

The bill would allow pot sales and use at special events on public and privately owned property, but would not supersede any local ordinance that bans smoking in some public places in a city.