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Proposed Marijuana Festival at Del Mar Fairgrounds Canceled

A medical marijuana festival scheduled at the Del Mar Fairgrounds has been canceled for now.

The board that manages the venue voted unanimously Tuesday to rescind the contract with the organizers of the so-called Goodlife Festival.

The way the event was organized didn't comply with federal laws despite the fact the venue is owned by the state, board members said.

The biggest concern was a designated area for people to smoke marijuana.

The board says if the promoter reworks the contract they'll reconsider the festival.

The festival, set for Sept. 23 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, was estimated to draw 6,000 people to learn about cannabis through a day of exhibitions and seminars.

California voters passed a law in November to legalize recreational marijuana. The sale and taxation of recreational marijuana go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

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