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Marijuana street fair promises ultimate smoking lounge

September 2, 2011 | 10:19 am

Marijuana varieties show in Portland, Ore.
Talk about the ultimate smoking lounge.

A street fair this weekend in Oakland is devoted to marijuana and will feature speakers, hundreds of exhibitors, music and what organizers call a "Patient Consumption Area and VIP Lounge" with "approved onsite consumption" -- located directly in front of City Hall.

Tickets for the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo start at $18.

For $300, you get a Golden Ticket that includes, according to the expo's website, "a judge's pass that allows you to sample dozens of strains," access to a tented "Vapor Lounge" and two "complementary hash bars."

"A true VIP experience," organizers promise.


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Photo: Marijuana varieties on display in Portland, Ore. Credit: Rick Bowmer / Associated Press