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SLO cannabis festival draws interest from surprising demographic, law enforcement

Nicolas Pitchon, left and Matt O’Connor are are organizing the county's first recreational marijuana festival. It involves a competition, hence the festival name San Luis Obispo Cup.
Nicolas Pitchon, left and Matt O’Connor are are organizing the county's first recreational marijuana festival. It involves a competition, hence the festival name San Luis Obispo Cup. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Organizers of the upcoming SLO Cup, the first recreational marijuana event in San Luis Obispo County, have received interest from an unexpected demographic: Baby boomers.

“San Luis is primarily a college town, albeit it is summer. We expected a younger crowd,” event organizer Nicolas Pitchon said.

What he’s found, is those who have expressed the most excitement and intrigue are older people, “who want to treat their medical ailments.”

Residents interested in the event who don’t have access to a computer can call 805-459-7551 for more information and to buy tickets. The exact location of the event, between San Luis Obispo and Avila Beach, will be announced to ticket holders Friday.

Festivities run from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and will include a trophy presentation for “the best flowers and extracts the Central Coast has to offer” along with vendors, food trucks and music.

Now that marijuana is legal in California, wedding vendors on the Central Coast are planning for brides and grooms who want to add some green to their something old, new, borrowed and blue.

It’s also meant to be an educational event for those interested in learning more about the industry and cannabis in general.

But some of the activities the festival planned to offer have had to be altered after the organizers received a call from the sheriff’s department because of the gray area of legality of recreational marijuana.

While consuming and sharing recreational marijuana was legalized in California last November, selling remains illegal until next year. Vendors at the event planned to give out joints or dabs in raffles or games, but the sheriff’s department said that would essentially be distribution, which isn’t allowed, Pitchon said.

“We encourage people to bring their own,” Pitchon said, noting that he cannot tell people not to share with each other.

“Next year, it’ll be different,” he said.

Monica Vaughan: 805-781-7930, @MonicaLVaughan

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