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Del Mar holds veto over pot festivals at fairgrounds

Del Mar holds veto over pot festivals at fairgrounds

When a longtime promoter tried to throw what would have been San Diego’s largest-ever cannabis festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds last year, the Del Mar City Council could do little more than send tersely worded letters and get in line to testify to the state agency that owns and operates the fairgrounds.

Due to a little-noticed provision buried within the massive regulatory framework California instituted over its cannabis industry in January, Del Mar now holds final, ironclad authority to prevent cannabis festivals from coming to the fairgrounds.

The myriad regulations that went in effect in January gave marijuana festivals the ability to sell and consume cannabis onsite,...

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