Marijuana Expo Across Street From Disneyland Draws Thousands

A group working to legalize marijuana in California will host Orange County’s first big medical marijuana expo today, featuring hemp products, speeches from activists and attorneys, and live reggae music.

Up to 20,000 people are expected to attend the Know Your Rights Expo, across the street from Disneyland Resort, at the city-owned Anaheim Convention Center, reports Eric Carpenter at The Orange County Register.

Legal experts will be discussing the status of California’s medical marijuana laws, and Proposition 19, a November ballot measure that would legalize, regulate and tax the sale of marijuana if approved by voters.

Anaheim has found itself squarely in the middle of California’s debate over medical marijuana. The city council passed a law which bans all medical marijuana dispensaries, which is being challenged in court by patients who believe the law violates Prop 215, the 1996 voter initiative that made California the first state in the union to legalize medical pot.

Advocates had been looking to the case to provide a clear precedent for other California cities, but an appeals court judge earlier this month sent the case back to trial court instead.

Expo organizers said the venue for Saturday’s event is mostly coincidental, and that Anaheim just seemed like a good central location.

“And with the court case and Prop 19 coming up, it seemed like the right time for a big expo,” said Kandice Hawes, president of Orange County NORML, the nonprofit legalization advocacy group sponsoring the event along with the Santa Ana-based law firm Glew & Kim.

Retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Jim Gray, an advocate for marijuana legalization, will speak at the expo.

Featured speakers at the expo will be retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Jim Gray, an advocate for Prop 19, and Duane Robert, a Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate.

The event will be hosted by “Radical” Russ Belville of The NORML Stash Blog.

Hundreds of vendors will be on hand to sell hemp-related products, according to expo organizers.

The expo, only open to adults 18 or older, will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, August 28, at the Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Avenue, Anaheim.

Tickets are $15 for those 18 to 54. Seniors 55 and older can get in for $10.

For information and tickets, visit

Steve Elliott, a working journalist since 1982, edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media’s site of cannabis news, views, rumor and humor.


3 Responses to Marijuana Expo Across Street From Disneyland Draws Thousands

  1. Vote -1 Vote +1guest
    August 28, 2010 at 10:34 am

    The stoners all in one building. Reminds me of “Inglourious Basterds”.

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1Lindsaydianne
    August 28, 2010 at 11:13 am

    You know Disney is my favourite place ever.
    I stayed in the Sheraton behind the Anaheim Convention Centre, I have a great picture from one of the towers. It’s a cool looking centre.

  3. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1shampoovta
    August 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Why am I here? Why did I need to come to some off the wall news site to fined a story like this? Pot Party across from Disney Land is a BIG story! The regular news sources are going to be absolutely F-ing useless for the 2012 election. I am ready to fumigate mainstream news like fleas on a dog.

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