Outside Lands returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend (8/9-8/11), and for its 2019 edition, the festival will for the first time allow on-site marijuana sales and consumption to attendees 21 and over in a designated "Grass Lands" area.

The festival will transform an area of the park into a sprawling marijuana exhibit called Grass Lands. It will feature about a dozen cannabis companies, mostly licensed vendors whose products are sold on San Francisco marijuana delivery app Eaze, which is also a sponsor. The city’s new regulations require that the areas for consumption remain separate from where cannabis is sold, so that sellers aren’t impacted by secondhand smoke, the city agency said. Both areas must be hidden from view by an opaque barrier.

Festivalgoers may buy up to 7 grams of non-concentrated cannabis, like dry plant material, and 2 grams of cannabis concentrates, which are found in vape pens and edibles, across all vendors.

As California Bureau of Cannabis Control spokesperson Alex Traverso told LA Times, so far Outside Lands is unique, as a large outdoor music festival held in a park, to be granted a permit allowing marijuana; despite its legal status in the state, it still isn't allowed to be consumed or smoked in public, among other restrictions. Outside Land's permit, granted at the last minute ahead of the festival, is, officials told LA Times, "part of a test program to allow on-site consumption at seven events, including the next PRIDE festival and Folsom Street Fair."

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