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HempCon: Featured Event of the Week

I got request from my blog readers to present featured events for the week, as there are so many things are going on, and there is limited time available to take part in all of them. While the blog proposes the listing for all California’s events, as resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, I will naturally give preference to the festivals and workshop, happening in proximity.

Featured Event of the Week

HempCon Cup

January 23-25, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California

San Jose HempCon is one America’s biggest medical marijuana shows and features a huge number of exhibits sponsored by medical marijuana dispensaries, caregivers, legal services, evaluation services, equipment, and accessories. San Jose HempCon also features live music performances and plenty of food and drink.

* Over 100 collectives
* 200+ cannabis related exhibitors
* Onsite evaluations (you can get medical marijuana certification onsite if you qualify).
* State of the art grow products
* The coolest glass & vapes
* Seminars by leading cannabis experts

Cost: $30. Tickets are available for purchase on the day of the show.

Age: The event is 18+

Medical marijuana ID cards or documentation are not required to enter, except for special prop 215 area of the exhibition.

Marijuana Legalization in California

Starting from November 2014, surprisingly, there is a single state of the West Coast, which is still remained unwelcoming to recreational pot: California. Despite our groundbreaking, 1996 initiative that made us the first state in the union to legalize medical marijuana, the Golden State has been slow to join the recreational craze.

But, with voters in Oregon and Alaska legalizing the use and sale of marijuana — joining Washington and Colorado in inviting retail spreads of cannabis-infused teas and brownies and joints — advocates see fresh momentum behind the slow shift in how the public regards the green stuff and those who enjoy it.
California residents rejected legalization in 2010, with a 54 percent vote against it, but supporters of recreational marijuana are growing more confident about reversing that result in the 2016 election. California, alongside Arizona and Nevada, have legalization measures in the works for the 2016 election, when the presidential race is expected to deliver younger voters to the polls who tend to be more supportive of pot.

Based on the poll DPA, conducted last February 2014, 58 percent of Californians were supporting marijuana legalization at the time, and the pro/con ratio is shifting towards legalization every day.

“The bottom line is that people are no longer fooled by the anti-marijuana propaganda,” said Chris Lindsey, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, which filed paperwork this fall to raise money for California’s legalization measure. Echoing what has been seen as a winning talking point for cannabis proponents in recent years, Lindsey said, “Voters are increasingly savvy to the fact that marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol and really should be treated that way.”

The electorate has fundamentally changed to include more Millennials who are tolerant of the drug, alongside Baby Boomers who grew up with it in the ’60s. Another factor is that more than 20 states as well as the District of Colombia now permit marijuana to be prescribed for the sick, meaning many communities have grown accustomed to the drug.

Even without legalization, many law enforcement agencies have made busting pot users a low priority — as a trip to most any outdoor concert venue will prove. Critics have long said that most medical pot users obtain their “medicine” for recreational purposes.

“The sky didn’t fall. Usage rates and abuse didn’t change. All the doom-and-gloom scenarios that we were told would happen didn’t come to fruition, and people are seeing that,” Lindsey said.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris may have won re-election in the state last month by beating the pro-weed Republican candidate Ron Gold, but recently she said she has no “moral opposition” to marijuana and is “not opposed” to legalizing the drug.

In fact, Harris said she thinks the idea of legalizing the drug has a “certain inevitability” about it. She did not go as far as endorsing legalization, though, adding that she does have concerns over the law enforcement implications of legalization.

"I am not opposed to the legalization of marijuana. I'm the top cop, and so I have to look at it from a law enforcement perspective and a public safety perspective,” Harris told Buzzfeed News in an interview. “I think we are fortunate to have Colorado and Washington be in front of us on this and figuring out the details of what it looks like when it’s legalized.”

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