With recreational marijuana legal on both sides of the state line, the owner of a local agricultural company is spearheading an expo that seeks to shed more light on the issue.
The California Oregon Cannabis Exposition will bring live artists, vendors and experts in the marijuana industry to the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Saturday. The winners of the first-ever California-Oregon Jefferson Cup will also be on display, said Patrick Smith, owner of Grean Bicycles.
“It’s a flower competition for cannabis,” Smith said, adding that the flower is the most potent part of the cannabis plant and is usually what people buy. “There’s entries from both states, but since technically cannabis is not supposed to cross state lines, we’re having judging events in both states.”
The exposition will be a 21 and over event and there will be no consuming on site, Smith said. The event may include people selling cannabis oil salves, but there will be no edibles or anything else psychoactive available for sale, he said.
Judging for the Jefferson Cup took place last weekend, Smith said. The judges examined 30 entries looking at the different smells, colors and effects. Smith compared the differences in cannabis flowers to the differences in wine.
“Some people can’t tell the difference like myself and some people are really fanatic about the different terpenes and the smell and the CBD or THC balance,” he said.
The exposition will be held in three different buildings at the fairgrounds. In addition to the vendors, there will also be fire dancers, belly dancers and other live artists, Smith said.
The Arts & Crafts Building will be devoted to speakers representing different aspects of the industry, Smith said. These include representatives from laboratories, geneticists and Professor Tony Silvaggio of Humboldt State University’s Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research. Smith said Silvaggio researches the sociological and environmental effects of cannabis.
Other speakers will include representatives of Compassionate Cannabuds, a group of Brookings senior citizen ladies who share their cannabis recipes, Smith said. He said he also expects a representative from the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office to be at the exposition as well as Jesse Davis, chair of the Cannabis Working Group.
The Cannabis Working Group was approved by the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors in September and includes four county staff members, including Sheriff Erik Apperson, and five members of the public. The group is tasked with helping the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors put together and refine an ordinance governing commercial cannabis growing, manufacturing, transportation, zoning and sales.
“I reached out to the highway patrol and I have a meeting with the police chief,” Smith said last week. “I would just like them to be able to answer questions —What’s allowed? Can you drive? Questions a lot of people have.”
Visitors to the expo will also have a chance to obtain a cannabis seedling of their own, Smith said.
“We call it the organic experience where you can get a container, build some soil with organic matter, get either a seed, a cannabis seed to plant, or possibly an escallonia if you’re not a cannabis grower, make a clone of that, and water it with organic tea and walk away with a plant,” he said.
There will also be a shuttle taking people from the exposition to Port o’ Pints, Enoteca, Sea Quake and a few of the local dispensaries, Smith said.
The California-Oregon Cannabis Exposition will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, 421 U.S. 101 in Crescent City. Admission is $20. For more information, call 707-951-2392 or visit www.calorecannaexpo.com.