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Sacramento City Council Votes To Allow Cal Expo Cannabis Cup

Capital Public Radio / File
 

Capital Public Radio / File

Sacramento City Council members Tuesday night voted to let Cal Expo host its first marijuana-focused event this Friday and Saturday. People will be able to use cannabis at the event.

It's called the Cannabis Cup. High Times magazine is putting it on. The event will include vendors, competitions to judge cannabis strains, on-site consumption of weed and music — including scheduled performances by Lil Wayne and Lauryn Hill.

Critics, like Councilman Jeff Harris, whose district includes Cal Expo, say the city doesn't have an ordinance to allow adult use of marijuana in public.

"Bringing cannabis into a lawful situation is a process, it takes time, and we're not there yet," Harris said.

City staff told council members the event could generate more than $200,000 in local tax revenue. That helped spur Councilman Jay Schenirer's "yes" vote.

"$200,000 potentially coming into the coffers of the city, honestly is very attractive to me because of the needs we have," Schenirer said.

The council voted 6 to 2 to approve a one-time permit for the event. 

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