The battle over marijuana-themed events in California took a turn for the worse when, on July 3, Victorville officials voted to not permit Chalice California on July 13-15 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds due to California’s new cannabis laws.
“In years past, the fairgrounds could rely on their sovereign rights as a state facility to host cannabis-themed events, despite the city’s ordinance,” Victorville spokesperson Sue Jones said. “Now, the new state requirement to obtain local jurisdictional control effectively waives the fairgrounds’ sovereign rights, therefore making them adhere to the city’s ordinance.”
Chalice sued the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) and has postponed the festival for “approximately four months.” The event’s website posted the following message (typos included):
“We must take a stand that cannabis culture and business brings value to cities. we are a huge stimulus in the economy. We bring over 30 million to the areas we throw events. As a culture we should not grace anti-cannabis areas with the positive impact that our events bring.
“We have a history of creating and maintaining a safe atmosphere and we will continue to provide this culture with a safe place to be who you are without fear of arrest