There are many events related to Cannabis; Hempfest, Cannabis Cup, Emerald Cup, Dope Cup to name a few (a lot of cups). While the number of events has definitely gone up since legalization in a handful of states, all of these events still have their fair share of flaws. It’s nothing against the creators or producers (they obviously work their tails off to make these events happen and come to life) However there are a few factors that make cannabis events inevitably lame no matter how much work the creators and crew put in.
This varies by state but fits nonetheless. When going to a Cannabis event as a recreational user, be it in Colorado, Oregon or Washington, the closest you get to a sample is a free t shirt. Depending on the state you’re in, you may be able to get free samples only if you’re a medical marijuana patient but the chances of that are unlikely if in a state that has recreational cannabis.
indoors. For Oregon it’s under the Clean Air Act, for Colorado it’s under Amendment 64, For Washington state it’s under the House Bill 2136; In a way they make sense, especially the Clean Air Act, but as long as there is a smoking lounge for cigarette smokers in airports all over the country, not allowing adults to consume cannabis where they please at cannabis events sounds like more of a reflection on political correctness and control than a reflection on good intentions and logical regulations.
No selling of cannabis products
Even though the stands and tents that fill cannabis events are full of businesses following the necessary regulations, they still can’t sell you any cannabis products. That edible company you’ve been hearing about that sounds amazing who just happens to be at the cannabis event you’re attending? They might have a swag bag for you but definitely not any edibles and this is all due to regulations regarding the sale of cannabis and cannabis products within a licensed and compliant dispensary.
My complaints can sound juvial when looking at the bigger picture of cannabis legalization, but the truth is, for a substance supposedly being claimed as an equivalent to liquor it’s hardly being treated like one. You can leave a liquor store with a shopping cart full to the brim with alcohol. You can go to any liquor event, club, bar or lounge and consume alcohol till they kick you out whether under their roof or on their patio, but unless you bring your own cannabis to a cannabis event, you’re most likely in for a dull experience doing the very thing you could just do at home. After a handful of events, I’m considering no longer attending until the petty regulations are lifted.