Anaheim Officials Welcome The Kush Expo–while Suing Small Pot Shops And Their Landlords | Oc Weekly

14 2015 at 2:05 PM Jeff Drew/OC Weekly E very summer for the past five years, the Anaheim Convention Center, a swirly tower of concrete and blue-tinted glass, transforms itself into a mecca of marijuana. This magical event, the world’s largest of its kind, lasts exactly two days and happens just across the street from the Disneyland Resort. It’s called the Kush Expo. On display inside the four-hall, football field-sized facility are dozens of vendors hawking products ranging from the latest vaporizers to bongs, soil nutrients and hydroponic growing equipment. There’s the annual Kush Cup Awards, offering recognition for best indica, sativa and hybrid strains; oil; wax; hash; edible chocolate; vape pen; and tube bong–to name but a few categories. Then there’s the Hot Kush Girl Contest, in which bikini-clad lasses with green numbers spray-painted on their thighs compete for up to $500 and a gift bag. If all the bare flesh and bong raffles aren’t enough to keep you entertained, you can step inside an open-air white tent out back, where folks with a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana can smoke pot while guarded by Anaheim police officers. Doctors are on-site and available to help out the poor souls who forgot their cards. For a small fee, they can figure out what ails you, and presto change-o, you’re a certified medicinal-marijuana patient. It’s a toker’s paradise, one that makes Colorado seem as libertine as a Mormon party, and is fully approved by the city, which owns the Convention Center.
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