Oregon State Fair to Host Marijuana Plant Competition

Does your Blue Dream deserve a blue ribbon?

Funnel cakes, the petting zoo, ferris wheels, a Foreigner concert––these might be a few of your favorite things. It's also a list of attractions and activities going down at this year's Oregon State Fair. Let's add one more: A state-sanctioned marijuana competition. 

Wait, what?

Indeed, the (legal) weed plants will be on display and judged as any other piece of hot and sexy agriculture might––pitted against one another; vying for a purple, yellow, or blue ribbon; asked about how it would end world hunger, in a bikini.  Or as Don Morse, chairman of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council, a marijuana trade group and the event's sponsor, told Oregon Live: 

"The plants will have ribbons just like any other prize-winning crop. The plants will come to the fair having already been judged by a panel of marijuana growers. . . . Nine plants will be displayed in a greenhouse that will have its own entrance and exit. The area will be monitored by a security guard. Only people 21 and older will be allowed in." 

The competitive cannabis display is said-to-be a first for the herb, and also state fairs. But it's mostly a sign of the times: According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, marijuana is among the top 10 cash crops in the state. Earlier this year, the state legalized the recreational retail sales of edible cannabis products. 

"This is really a reflection of where Oregon is now as a state," a fair spokesman told Oregon Live

Fairgoers will be unable to sample any of the prize-winning weed. That being said, the state offers a tantalizing and wide array of medicating opportunities; so the petting zoo should be just as fun as any interspecies activity known to a lit humankind has ever been.