OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — Pot smokers were invited to light up outside Oakland City Hall for Saturday’s marijuana street fair.

The International Cannabis & Hemp Expo featured music, booths, vendors and what was called the “215 Area,” a designated spot outside City Hall where medical marijuana cardholders could smoke pot.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

The 215 is a reference to Proposition 215, the 1996 state ballot measure that legalized medical marijuana use.

It is believed the open-air marijuana smoking area is the first of its kind in the nation.

Festival chief Kim Cue said patients needed an opportunity to take their medicine.

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  1. PLW says:

    I watched the news last night and the Oakland Mayor said the city is allowing the street fair, the city will not allow smoking of marijuana in front of city hall.
    Now we have to wait and see what happens. Give an inch and they take a mile… Just like anyother special interest group……………..

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