The culinary cannabis dinner scheduled to take place tonight was cancelled in response to intervention by State authorities.
The organizers issued a statement Thursday,
It is with great sadness that we must announce the last minute cancellation of Cultivator Country Fair: Farm to Fork Cannabis Dinner Aug. 24th 5-9 PM due to direct request by the State of Maine. We have done everything in our power to find an alternative to a cancellation, and discussed alternatives with law enforcement, but no compromise has been received. Despite the best efforts of our founders and lawyer, we were left with no other choice but to cancel the event. This conclusion has essentially been decided for us and we have been advised that if we persist we will be met with resistance. Although similar events such as ours have transpired successfully and without repercussion, the State of Maine has stated they are ‘cracking down’ on multiple caregivers coming together and have chosen to make an example with this public event. Despite this being a benefit for children, in their eyes, what we are trying to do is being considered illegal.
The dinner was going to feature food by chefs Josh Potocki and Scott Nicoll. I was looking forward to attending, am so am sad to see not be able to go forward.
For more information, see this article from the Press Herald.