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Denver County Fair Expands Cannabis Pavilion

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(via hempbeach.com)

“Regulate marijuana like alcohol” has been a very popular (and effective) campaign slogan in Colorado and really, across the country. Colorado Amendment 64 Campaign Director Mason Tvert has said those the slogan, along with reminding folks that marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol, was the strongest weapons the Amendment 64 campaign had during the 2012 Election, and understandably so.

At the Denver County Fair, cannabis appears to be more popular than alcohol. Per the Daily Caller:

The Denver County Fair is canceling its planned beer pavilion in it’s 21-and-older section and doubling the size of its pot pavilion. This marks the first time in which newly legal marijuana will take center stage over Colorado’s famed craft beer industry.

The pot pavilion — where no actual pot will be allowed, either as plants or in its ready-to-use recreational form — will feature a variety of marijuana competitions, including speed joint-rolling contests, ribbons for best plants, and honors given for best homemade bong and best pot-brownie recipe.

Even though actual cannabis won’t be allowed at the pavilion, it’s still significant to see an interest in cannabis surpass alcohol at a fair event. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this happen at other county fairs in Colorado, and eventually Washington and other states that inevitably legalize cannabis. Beer gardens and concessions can certainly lead to rowdy, and event violent, behavior by fair goers, which can be frustrating for security staff and event organizers. However, proper precautions can likely be implemented to ensure that adults can responsibly partake in cannabis and/or alcohol. Education, proper regulation and commons sense of attendees are all that are required.

Cannabis consuming fair goers, are probably more relaxed and are more likely to buyout the elephant ear stand than they are to pick a fight. The huge turnout at the Seattle Hempfest and other cannabis-centric events across the country certainly illustrate that cannabis users can come together and not turn too rowdy or violent. Cannabis is not more dangerous than alcohol and should be regulated like beer and wine, truthful slogans that can’t be repeated enough. It’s true now, it always has been true, and always will be true. It’s time other states followed Colorado’s lead and started taking a new approach, stop treating marijuana use as a crime and regulate it like beer and wine.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference


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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.


  1. kinda mind blowing……beer is just fine. with all the violent drunks. hardly ever see a violent pothead….unless they have been drinking too.

  2. “Regulate marijuana like alcohol” are empty words if they don’t allow ACTUAL MARIJUANA in the pavilion ! They’ve always allowed BEER at the county fair ! Separate but UNEQUAL !

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