Nighttime photograph of the neon lights on a Ferris Wheel and the "Moscow Circus" attraction inside the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds.

Matthew Dillon

Orange County, California Fair Prohibits Cannabis Events, Sales & Ads

The Orange County Fair Board has voted to prohibit cannabis events, cannabis sales, and cannabis paraphernalia at the Costa Mesa, California fairgrounds, the Los Angeles Times reports. The new rules were approved unanimously by the five present members of the nine-member board.

The rules also bar sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors from making any references to cannabis, including: “promotion, information or advertisement” from canna-businesses “or third parties that sell or promote cannabis-related products or drug paraphernalia.”

The board indicated the rules at the grounds were necessary due to Costa Mesa’s prohibition on the cannabis industry and the fairground’s location near Costa Mesa High School, Davis Magnet School, and TeWinkle Park. California state law prohibits cannabis industry operations within 1,000 feet from schools, recreation centers, and parks.

Last August, officials for the Del Mar Fairgrounds – the site of the San Diego County Fair – canceled a contract for the Goodlife Festival, which would have allowed attendees to bring their own cannabis to the event and smoke it in designated sections. Fairgrounds CEO Tim Fennell told the San Diego Tribune that the board was waiting for the state Department of Food and Agriculture “to provide rules and regulations in order to proceed with these types of events.”

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