Pot at Outside Lands: You can smell but you can’t buy

For the first time, San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival — which runs through Sunday — has added a sprawling marijuana exhibit called Grass Lands to its usual lineup of music, food, beer and comedy.

The expansion follows the legalization of recreational marijuana in California and is the first such feature at a major national festival, transforming a wooded area on the southern edge of Golden Gate Park. Among the features is a smell wall with various marijuana scents, and vendors include Kiva Confections, which infuses chocolate with cannabis; Barbary Coast, a marijuana lounge in the South of Market neighborhood; and Flow Kana, a Mendocino weed distributor.

Highlighting the uncertain legal status of marijuana, though, is this irony: You can smell, but you can’t buy. Regulations forbid the sale of cannabis on the festival site, so vendors can only promote their brands and take signups for deliveries.

Nonetheless, festivalgoers, vendors and industry

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