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If you were one of the lucky 2,000 people who got to RSVP to this past Sunday’s Summer Fair, then you must be sitting pretty on a stash jar full of goodies.  The Summer Fair, organized by The Oregon Cannabis Association and Oregon’s Cannabis Concierge, was a completely free cannabis event that allowed sponsors of the event to pass out samples of their products, and also featured a consumption tent (sponsored by yours truly The Daily Leaf, Truly Pure, Pistol Point, & Bloom)

Summer Fair Swag Bag

This is the first event of its’ kind in Portland since ONI put the kibosh to consumption events like GanjaCon, Portland 4/20, & The Cultivation Classic. OCA did an amazing job in actually pulling something of this magnitude off, while not violating any OLCC, OHA, or ONI rules.

The event not only brought out 2,000 Portlanders interested in the recreational cannabis industry, but brought together probably close to, or over, 200 CannaBiz professionals looking to gain exposure for their brands and products. It is an exciting time in Oregon as the industry moves into a fully legalized system.  In the Oregon cannabis industry, recreational sales of products hit full swing this October 2016.  While consumers can currently purchase 15mg of edibles, 1000mg of oil, and 7 grams of flower, the program will cement itself later this year with licensed facilities and tracking systems for the plants every move.

Video Courtesy of James Martin

The Summer Was was widely covered from local news channels, and was featured in a viral video from NowThis Weed. The event ended up being a huge success for everyone involved from vendors/sponsors to the average consumer looking for education.  It brought out a widely diverse group of individuals who were all on the same page of wanting to know more about what they could expect for years to come.  From brands like Lunchbox Alchemy and Oregrown to dispensaries like Greenbuds, everyone was out in full force during the 90 degree day to educate responsibly.

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Photos courtesy of Mike Emmons for Oregon Cannabis Association