What was illegal until just months ago is now decorated in ribbons at the Cowichan Exhibition. Cannabis has taken its spot along a wholesome aisle of homemade jams, pies and Juanita Carr’s first place winning crochet. Organizers say the cannabis at the exhibition is homegrown too and not one found in any fair before. “Finally they are out of the closet,” said Shari Paterson of the Cowichan Exhibition. “And they can show their products. This is the first time any fair I know of has actually had this as a division,. Inside a white glass case, that is covered up quickly when kids get close, is the prize-winning craft cannabis entries. “Obviously agriculture is all about growing and cannabis seems to be growing,” said Paterson.“And it’s sprouting up everywhere right now and it is [the] agricultural base so it seemed like a perfect fit for us,” she said. Carr said the change will take some getting used to. “To each there own I guess,” laughed Carr. “This is some of the best cannabis that’s come out of Vancouver Island to be shown at the fair,” said Paterson. Just like the baked goods, there is no sampling of the new entries, but organizers say just including cannabis is budding interest in the fair like they haven’t seen in years. “This is some of the best cannabis that’s come out of Vancouver Island to be shown at the fair,” said Paterson. The Cowichan Exhibition is underway all weekend (Sept. 5-8) long.