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More cannabis-themed festivals coming to San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in October

VICTORVILLE — Move over pumpkin spice: It’ll be a pot-filled autumn when multiple cannabis-themed festivals roll into the High Desert.

The San Bernardino County Fairgrounds will host three marijuana-themed events in October, starting with the two-day Shatter Cup California music festival on Oct. 6.

Dubbed the “largest music concentrate cup event festival,” Shatter Cup organizers said the event will offer “tons of your favorite brands’ products,” dabs, vendors, food and drinks.

They also listed several musical performers who will appear, such as Rick Ross, Juicy J, The Game, Nipsey Hussle, Madeintyo, OT Genasis, Famous Dex, Lil Pump, AD, Problem, Rj, Flip Major, Compton Av, Radio Base, Finnatics, Jooba Loc, Pomona Dre and Dj Carisma.

The Shatter Cup was originally scheduled for August, but a fire that damaged the Choice Medical Group community building in July forced the event to be rescheduled.

Geoff Hinds, the CEO/general manager of the fairgrounds in Victorville, told the Daily Press the community building has been deemed “a total loss,” with state officials not yet releasing the results of their investigation.

Shatter Cup visitors must be 18 or over to attend and those entering the Prop. 215 area must have a valid California doctor’s recommendation or be 21 or over with a valid California ID.

The Shatter Cup is scheduled to run from noon to midnight on Oct. 7 and 8. Ticket prices start at $30. For more information and for tickets, visit Shatter Cup California on Facebook or visit www.shattercupcalifornia.com.

Hinds said the lines have become “blurred” when it comes to categorizing events at the fairgrounds as “cannabis-themed.”

“We live in an evolving Prop. 215 world, where state-owned fairgrounds can allow cannabis sales during different events,” Hinds said. “It’s an ever-changing world and we’re currently adapting our fair policies for different events, including the fair.”

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Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 94 in June, which combined both medical and recreational cannabis laws. The bill also includes designated enclosed areas at fairgrounds for cannabis use and other activities.

“We also have a concert by Ruthless Records, which is not considered a cannabis event, but there is a cannabis element to it,” Hinds said. “We’re going to see more of these events as cannabis use becomes more mainstream and becomes part of the lifestyle.”

Ruthless Records Inc. will host the End of Summer Sesh Hip Hop Festival, which will include nearly a dozen musical artists, including Lazie of Bone Thugs N Harmony, Dogg Pound, Lady of Rage, Eastsidaz, Tha Alkaholics, WC of Westside Connection, HC of Ei4T and a tribute to Eazy E by Lil Easy-E and E-3.

Ruthless Records is a record label founded by Eazy-E and Jerry Heller in Compton. The label’s albums include releases by N.W.A, Eazy-E, MC Ren, The D.O.C., Michel’le, J.J.Fad and Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony.

The Summer Sesh is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the fairgrounds, with tickets prices ranging from $49 to $85.

Rapper The Game is one of the announced acts for the upcoming Shatter Cup festival in San Bernardino County. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

For tickets and more information on the Summer Sesh, visit www. ruthlessrecordsinc.com or search “End of Summer Sesh Hip Hop Festival” at www.eventbrite.com.

Hotbox Productions is also bringing its High Desert Hotbox Harvest Festival to the fairgrounds for an evening of live music, art, glass blowing, food trucks, full bar, games and plenty of cannabis in the Prop. 215 building.

Some musical artists at Hotbox include Roots of Mine, Special Blind, Inner Waves and Skunk Dub Music. The main stage and Prop. 215 building hosts include Mr. Hollyweed, The Official Robbie Rosin and MVS The MC.

The Hotbox Harvest Festival is scheduled from 3 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 26. Tickets are $10 and festival visitors must be 18 or over to attend. Those entering the Prop. 215 area must have a valid California doctor’s recommendation to enter. For tickets and information, visit. www.Hdhotbox.com.

Hinds said fair staff is not “reaching out” to cannabis-themed event partners, nor are they “judging them,” adding that, “We welcome all partners that want to host an event with us.”


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