The founder of one of the largest marijuana festivals announced a lawsuit against California’s cannabis regulatory agency on Tuesday after the massive Chalice Festival was denied a permit to hold a fully licensed event.
The Chalice Festival, a three-day event that was scheduled to take place at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, has run into complications with new regulations that followed the passage of California’s recreational marijuana law.
Specifically, California law requires that any “temporary cannabis event” must be held at a publicly owned venue such as a county fairground. Vendors must be licensed to sell and distribute marijuana products. And then event organizers have to get final approval from California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC).
That last part is where the Chalice Festival has found itself snagged in red tape.
The BCC requires permission from the local jurisdiction where a temporary cannabis event takes place. After consulting with attorneys, Doug Dracup, founder and producer of the Chalice Festival, determined that the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds was itself sovereign from the Southern California city of Victorville. While the board of the fairgrounds unanimously consented to the event, citing the economic benefits and the festival’s past compliance, the Victorville City Council pushed back.
“The BCC denied my application due to the city of Victorville’s disapproval of cannabis activity in their jurisdiction,” Dracup wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “We went and tried to get on the agenda at the Victorville city council meeting, they refused to put us on the agenda. It is not their jurisdiction.”
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