Lisa Marie, of Oakland, California, takes part in a 420 Day rally in front of the Federal Building in downtown Oakland on Friday, April 20, 2012.

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Public Pot Sales Could Become Legal At Festivals

Jenna Lane
March 14, 2019 - 10:12 am

SAN FRANCISCO — The longstanding, but illegal, tradition of brazen marijuana use at popular music festivals and outdoor events may soon be regulated by the city. 

Outside Lands, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Pride and Carnaval are some of the events that could become even friendlier toward pot under legislation approved by the Board of Supervisors.

With certain restrictions, legal cannabis sales would be allowed there, said the city's Office of Cannabis' Acting Director, Eugene Hillsman.

Only weed retailers who already have permits to sell marijuana in the city could apply to get a temporary permit to operate at the special events, Hillsman said. 

"It's really important to communicate to consumers that they should purchase product from legal retailers," said Hillsman. "That's one of the things that's really important about the possibility of this legislation in the future, but also something that we want to emphasize now, even while we don't have permits, is to purchase product that you know is safe."

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If Mayor London Breed signs the bill, it would create a pilot program, but it would not be set up in time for this year's 4/20 event. 

Recreational marijuana sales began in 2018.