Marijuana festivals bring big money, some controversy to local communities

Brad Goukler procrastinated.

When the 32-year-old tried to book a hotel room less than a week before the big Chalice hash festival kicked off July 7 in the high desert’s Victor Valley, 40 miles north of San Bernardino, he expected high rates. But not to be completely shut out.

“There are no hotels anywhere,” Goukler said as he rolled a joint with weed he’d purchased from a grower on Chalice’s opening day. “The entire valley is sold out.”

Goukler and his friends, who bought VIP...

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