California’s state flower has long been a source of fascination among the state’s residents, and now that the state is poised to become the first in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana, some are eager to cash in.
But how will the state reap the rewards?
The first annual California Honeysuckers Flower Show will take place in January at the University of California, Riverside.
“It will be one of the most anticipated events in the state,” said Jeff Fagan, the co-founder of the Honeesuckle Flower Show and the company that created the event.
Fagan and his team plan to produce a large number of honeesuckles to sell at the event, and they want to make sure people understand the plant and how it’s grown.
“We’ve got an entire room filled with flower, so we have to make it easy for people to understand it,” Fagan said.
“We’ve also got a lot of people who will be going out to show people that this is a real thing.
It’s very unique and it’s very hard to grow, but theres no way we can’t grow it.”
The state has been considering legalizing recreational marijuana since 2010, and the last time it did so was for five years.
But after voters in the November 2014 election approved Measure 91, the state legalized the sale of small amounts of recreational marijuana and it became legal to grow the plant.
Fannon said the Honesuckle Flower Event is the first of many he hopes to host.
“This is one of those rare things that we’ve had that actually has been successful, so hopefully we can create a lot more of interest in this industry,” Fagans said.
“People really want to know more about the plant, so it’s going to be a great opportunity to introduce people to it.”
In a news release, the show organizers wrote that the show will feature a number of different events including a “honeesucker cocktail hour” and a “tribute to the HONEESUCKERS” exhibit.
Honeysucker flowers are produced by an illegal underground industry and are not yet legal in California, but Fagan and the other organizers hope the show’s popularity will help draw more tourists to the state.
“I think the flower industry is really the backbone of our state,” Fahan said.