Ontario recently decided to allow recreational marijuana sales, but no dispensaries are open yet. In preparation, there will be an inaugural Eastern Oregon Cannabis Festival. The event will be held on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Malheur County Fairgrounds.
The festival is open to those that are at least 21 years old, the Idaho Statesman says. At the same time, Hotbox Farms will open its CBD store and will celebrate its grand opening.
On April 20, Hotbox Farms will offer free trial-size products to customers while supplies last.
Repealing the recreational marijuana ban in Ontario has been a welcomed change for many.
Ontario City Councilman Freddy Rodriguez said, “If you know nothing about cannabis, you can show up and learn.”
The admission for the festival is just $5.
The festival will include:
- Live music
- 85 vendors with some selling marijuana products that are THC-free
- Informational exhibits
- Beer garden
- Headliners Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats
Event organizer Stormy Ray said, “I know there’s a little bit of concern because they’re not sure what we’re going to do. We’re going to have a good time and abide by Oregon laws 100 percent. There’s no smoking on the fairgrounds, including tobacco vapor pens.”
No smoking of marijuana products will be permitted at the event, since public consumption remains prohibited in the state.
There will, however, be a private area for those with medical marijuana cards.
It’s estimated that between 3,000 and 5,000 guests will attend the festival. The organizers have rented buildings totaling roughly 13,000-sqft. for the event with grass areas in between and ample RV parking.