It's been the site of many events over the years, from rodeos and and roller derbies to rock concerts and controversial gatherings, like a gun show last month.
The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo is coming to the Cow Palace for the first time ever on April 17 and April 18. (Coincidence that it's right up next to that magical number 4/20. Sure.) It's a chance for the public to learn from vendors and speakers and see 100,000-square feet of displays showing off products to grow and ingest marijuana. Bands and musical acts will entertain.
Here's a description from the event's Web site:
We are offering a forum for awareness, education and advancement of the hemp industry and medical cannabis community. Our objective is to educate the public on the differences between industrial hemp, medical cannabis and recreational cannabis, and to show the public the benefits of each.
Marijuana won't be sold at the event but there will be a designated place for legally-certified medical cannabis patients to consume their own.
Key figures in the move to legalize marijuana will be speaking at the event, including activist, businessman and Oaksterdam University founder Richard Lee. He's the main thrust behind the legislation that just qualified for the November 2010 ballot to allow adults to use marijuana for recreational purposes. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, is also scheduled to speak. He's sponsoring a separate bill to decriminalize marijuana in the state.
Tickets for the expo are $15 for a single day and $24 for a two-day pass.