Hundreds gathered Saturday at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa to do something that's pretty rare in this country: legally buy and consume marijuana products at the same place.
Organizers say the two-day Cannabis Cup, put on by the marijuana media company High Times, is just the second event in the country to allow visitors to buy and consume marijuana all in one place.
To make it happen, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds was turned into a farmers market of marijuana, smoking devices, clothing and even potting soil. There's also music featuring performances from Phil Lesh, Miguel and several others.
"In 1968 when I was born this was a wild dream," says Erin Hay, who says she's smoked marijuana for most of her adult life. "There's a lot of people living their dreams who are in their 70s. There's a lot of people in their 20s and 30s taking it for granted that this is just the way we live now, and it's pretty cool."
Michael Beck, who's working a booth that sells soil specially formulated for marijuana plants, says the industry has shifted from primarily mom-and-pop growers to large-scale farms.