“You Get a Better Deal!” California County Experiences its First Cannabis Festival

Customers examine marijuana buds at a vendor booth. (Image via Todd Guild/Register-Pajaronian)

On Saturday, Californians in Santa Cruz County experienced their first cannabis festival.

“You get a better deal, and you get more bang for your buck, that’s for sure,” James, who asked that his last name not to be used, told Register-Pajaronian, a local news website.

James purchased an eighth-ounce bag at the event, which offered its reportedly thousands of attendees to buy marijuana without the hefty taxes imposed by the county.

The fare’s 300 vendors gave consumers a wide-spectrum of choices. Budget-conscious buyers were able to buy $10 gram-sized bags for instance. 

For one of the managers, Dave Kegebein, the inaugural festival was a “dry-run,” to test if the event is worthwhile to be repeated once again in the future.

“We’re always trying a variety of things,” he said. “The nice part is that the people are super polite and responsible.”

California became the eighth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on Jan. 1. However, there is still some stigma surrounding the green herb.

“I’m a firm believer that we need to get rid of the stigma,” organizer of the event who goes by one name, Essex, said.

Essex said he developed interest for cannabis after his mom’s ordeal with cancer. He witnessed how medical marijuana helped her condition to improve.

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