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Permit Denial Leaves 4/20 Cannabis Cup Dry, Not High

High Times’ Southern California Cannabis Cup, the fabled brand’s first event in the state’s regulated legal cannabis era, will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday—but without the cannabis sales and open consumption that festival-goers were anticipating.

Because of a missed deadline, the San Bernardino City Council denied High Times’ application to allow cannabis sales and open consumption.

On Wednesday night, the San Bernardino City Council unanimously denied High Times’ permit to stage the SoCal Cannabis Cup at the National Orange Show Events Center under state regulations that now allow sales and consumption at state fairgrounds and agriculture district venues.

The council’s 6-0 vote followed the city’s adoption of an ordinance last week requiring city approval for such events at venues within city limits. The council cited High Times’ failure to meet the 60-day advance lead time required for event approval under state law.

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Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018

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