CALIFORNIA: The best parts about the Cow Palace these days are the memories. The site of legendary concerts and epic pro wrestling bouts is today best known for gun shows, the annual Dickens Fair, and a hockey franchise that has — so far, anyway — survived playing in one of the poorest venues for hockey we’ve seen.
That said, everyone is lining up behind the San Francisco Bulls, whose second year in Daly City begins tonight when Mayor Ed Lee drops the ceremonial first puck. One reason for the Bulls’ popularity — aside from the quality of play, which is quite good — may be the atmosphere at the Cow Palace on game nights: it’s full of weed smoke.
Hockey is a lot of fun to watch stoned (we hear), and while the Zambonis are running between periods, the “smoking” sections outside are veritable Bob Marley concerts.
And the Bulls will cement their reputation as playing in the nation’s most marijuana-friendly pro sports venue on Nov. 16, when they host a fundraiser for Americans for Safe Access. That’s right: it’s going to be weed lobby night at the Bulls.
t’s worth mentioning that the Cow Palace has been the site of ground-breaking marijuana performances before: In 2010, the state-owned site hosted the first International Cannabis and Hemp Expo, a cannabis convention that has since moved on to decidedly less pot-friendly venues — like San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, where no smoking was allowed this year.