Chem Tales: Outside Lands Makes History with Legal Cannabis Sales, Consumption

Rumors were flying this summer: Would Outside Lands — the crown jewel of the Bay Area’s festival scene — be the first event to obtain one of the city’s newly established temporary cannabis event permits?

Marisa Rodriguez, director for San Francisco’s Office of Cannabis, told SF Weekly in June that the city was hoping to issue its first event permit (which allows for cannabis sales and temporarily waives local anti-smoking ordinances) this fall, but in recent weeks, chatter began to circulate that officials with Outside Lands were making a strong push to get things done in time for the festival this past weekend.

Their successful efforts, which were confirmed less than 72 hours before the first musicians were scheduled to hit the stage, resulted in this year’s greatly improved version of Grass Lands. Located near the festival’s main stage, the area required that guests prove

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