Fair board rescinds pot festival contract – The San Diego Union

Marijuana use might be legal under state law, but don’t expect to light up at a big medical cannabis festival previously announced for the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

On Tuesday, the board that manages the state-owned venue rescinded a contract with organizers of the planned Goodlife Festival, saying the event — billed as the county’s largest-ever medical marijuana expo — doesn’t comply with federal law.

Along with a designated smoking area for medical marijuana card holders, the Sept. 23 festival was set to offer live music by well-known local bands, gourmet cooking demonstrations — including how to cook with cannabis — and seminars on the health benefits of cannabis.

Board members said despite the healthcare emphasis, the overall vibe seemed to celebrate pot culture.