California Weed

Miss out on Cannabis Cup? It's a 2-hour drive to the next one, plus other weed events

Cannabis Cup Central Valley brought thousands of smokers and some big-time music acts to Cal Expo on Friday and Saturday for Sacramento's first festival permitting marijuana use.

It was a big milestone in California, which legalized recreational weed Jan. 1 of this year.

For pot enthusiasts who couldn't make it, fear not — the next Cannabis Cup is less than a month away, and not particularly far.

The Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa will host Cannabis Cup NorCal, June 2-3. Tickets are not yet on sale, but general admission will be $50 for one day or $90 for a two-day pass. (VIP: $80 one-day, $150 two-day. There's also a "Super VIP" pass for $420, of course.)

Cannabis Cup Central Valley in Sacramento featured Lil Wayne, Lauryn Hill and other big-name artists as part of its lineup. The NorCal exhibit has not yet released its lineup; the Central Valley show unveiled that info about two weeks in advance.

Perhaps a bigger question is whether marijuana consumption will be legally permitted at the event. While Sacramento's city council approved cannabis sale and use at the Central Valley festival just three days before it began, San Bernardino did not permit weed use at Cannabis Cup SoCal in April, also voting on it at the last-minute.

The Santa Rosa City Council's cannabis policy subcommittee will meet May 31, just two days before Cannabis Cup NorCal.

Sonoma County will also be the site of a new tour featuring two industries growing popular in Sacramento: marijuana and craft beer.

The Craft Beer and Cannabis Experience won't feature cannabis consumption, but it will give interested adults 21 and older full-day tour featuring grow sites and microbreweries, according to its website. It starts in San Francisco and takes guests across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sonoma County.

For $268 per person, enthusiasts can visit the country's biggest extraction lab, a dispensary and two breweries. Lunch, tastings and transportation are included.

The tours begin at 8:30 a.m. every other Friday starting May 11 and can be booked online.

According to, the Craft Beer and Cannabis Experience explores the "industrial similarities between the craft beer and cannabis industries."