Could California’s New Rules Put Pot Festivals in Jeopardy?

The recently released emergency rules governing cannabis in California carry all sorts of potential implications. One of them concerns the 25 or so pot-themed festivals held in the state each year.

As the Californian notes, the state’s new regulations do carve out a place for these green jubilees. At the start of next year, organizers will be able to obtain permits to host festivals that include marijuana consumption.

But there’s a catch.

Those permits come with a slew of conditions that will make future marijuana festivals look less like the free-for-all events weed-loving Californians are used to seeing and more like closely regulated craft beer or wine festivals — but with cannabis. The rules also restrict marijuana events to happening at the 80 county fair or district agricultural association properties scattered throughout California.

Read more about what will be required of event organizers here