San Luis Obispo County

SLO County's first recreational cannabis festival underway as future of the crop remains uncertain

SLO Countys first recreational...

AVILA BEACH, Calif. - Tucked away near Avila Beach on Saturday, around 200 people packed in for the SLO Cup, a festival and competition put on by SLO NORML.

They say it's the first event of its kind in San Luis Obispo County.

"This is an area where collectives and special growers are gonna be able to market their collective and their product and show it to individuals who have a medical card but there is still no sampling or selling that is happening," says Event Organizer Nicolas Pitchon. 

Only those with medical cards and ID's were allowed into the section of the event with marijuana. Organizers and growers hope however, that will all change next year when the next phase of Prop-64 goes into place.

"Best case scenario - they legalize recreational sales here in San Luis Obispo County as well as let us start a brick and mortar sales systems throughout the Central Coast and it looks like that's the way it's gonna go already," explains Stephen Fagan, a grower for SLO Grown. 

So far as they begin their drafting process, SLO County Supervisors have established an urgency ordinance which put a ban on new grows and required existing sites to be registered with the county. 

Cultivators say they would ultimately like to see the cannabis industry regulated like wine. "It creates jobs and economic value in our area just like the wine industry does here in San Luis Obispo which it does a lot - you know it stimulates our local economy a bunch," Fagan says. 

Despite the uncertainties of the future of recreational marijuana, these growers are confident the Supervisors will make a decision that's in the best interest of everybody. 

"There's a bright future for the sales of recreational and medicinal cannabis here on the Central Coast undoubtedly, due to that collaboration of the cannabis community and the community of local government," says Fagan. 

The SLO County Planning Commission will be meeting next week to have a study session, discussing the current state laws and regulations regarding cannabis.

It's unclear if the meeting is open to the public. 


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