Bill Allowing Marijuana to Be Sold and Smoked at County Fairs Gains Momentum


A bill that would allow the sale and consumption of marijuana at county fairs in California is gaining traction in the state legislature and could have an impact on how other states proceed. The bill, AB 148, was introduced by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and has the support of several county fair associations.

Provisions of the Bill

AB 148 would allow county fairs to designate certain areas as ‘cannabis consumption areas’ where visitors could legally purchase and consume marijuana. The bill would also require fairs to implement security measures and age verification procedures to ensure that only adults over the age of 21 could access these areas.

Arguments in Favor of the Bill

Supporters of the bill argue that it would provide a safe and controlled environment for adults to enjoy marijuana at county fairs. They also contend that it would generate revenue for fairs, which are often struggling financially.

‘County fairs are a beloved tradition in California, and this bill would help keep them vibrant and relevant,’ said Quirk. ‘It would also create a new, safe, and responsible way for adults to enjoy marijuana.’

Arguments Against the Bill

Opponents of the bill express concerns about the potential for increased marijuana use and impaired driving. They also argue that it would send the wrong message to children and young adults.

‘County fairs are family-friendly events, and we don’t need marijuana turning them into drug dens,’ said Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City).

Current Status of the Bill

AB 148 is currently in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. It has passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee and the Assembly Public Safety Committee. If it passes the Appropriations Committee, it will move to the Assembly floor for a vote.

Potential Impact

If passed, AB 148 would make California the first state to allow the sale and consumption of marijuana at county fairs. It could have a significant impact on the state’s marijuana industry and on the future of county fairs around the United States.

The bill allowing marijuana to be sold and smoked at county fairs is a controversial proposal that has sparked debate in many states including our state of Tennessee. While it has the support of some county fair associations and marijuana advocates, it also faces opposition from those concerned about the potential for increased marijuana use and impaired driving. The ultimate fate of the bill remains to be seen, but it is likely to continue to generate discussion and debate in the coming months.