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On Tuesday, the board that manages the state-owned venue rescinded a contract with organizers of the planned Goodlife Festival, saying the event — billed as the county’s largest-ever medical marijuana expo — doesn’t comply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.
“It may be (limited) to medical marijuana, but it has quite a bit of recreational feel to it,” said Russ Penniman, the president of the 22nd