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No 'spooktacular' weed show. Cannabis Cup has ghosted Sacramento at the last minute

Michael McGough, The Sacramento Bee on

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tickets had been on sale for about six weeks, but before Cannabis Cup California could set a music lineup or secure a permit, the half-music festival, half-smoke session has been either postponed or canceled.

It's not clear yet whether anyone will get a refund.

The marijuana exhibition, originally set for Oct. 27-28 at Cal Expo and sponsored by High Times Magazine, has been scrapped for 2018, Sacramento Chief of Cannabis Policy Joe Devlin told The Bee on Tuesday.

The sudden absence of Cannabis Cup California on High Times' official website seems to confirm the cancellation of October's show.

"We have not taken that item before (city) council as of yet," Devlin said. "I believe we're going to be taking it sometime before the end of the year."

The item in question is a permit for cannabis use on-site, a requirement for the legal consumption and sale of marijuana at such an event. The approval of a permit was pulled off the City Council's law and legislation committee agenda for a Sept. 18 meeting.

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The City Council committee won't meet again until Oct. 23, just four days before the concert had been planned. Devlin said matters relating to Cannabis Cup won't be on that agenda either.

The event will be tentatively rescheduled for April 2019, the city pot czar said. Marijuana enthusiasts who were planning on attending the "spooktacular" pre-Halloween bash will apparently be out of luck.

October's event was canceled seemingly without any warning or announcement to potential attendees. An official website for the event that remained up as late as Friday afternoon was defunct as of Tuesday morning. Mentions of Cannabis Cup California can no longer be found on High Times' website.

The homepage section titled "Upcoming Cannabis Cups" now lists no future exhibitions. Front Gate Tickets gives a "404 error" for the Sacramento event, but no explanation of cancellation.

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