Lovely chords, lacy clouds and legal cannabis wafted through the west end of Golden Gate Park as tens of thousands of rock fans dug themselves in for the opening day of what could pass for Woodstock — half a century later.
Friday was the first of three days of the more-or-less legendary Outside Lands music festival, now in its 12th year and featuring, for the first time, legal cannabis and a ban on plastic straws.
The music was tight. The security was tight. The portable chain-link fences seemed to stretch to the horizon. There were more customers than security guards and cops, although at times it may not have seemed so.
Grass was more than underfoot. Cannabis was up for sale. And people were lighting up.
At the southern edge of the park was a wooded area known as Grass Lands where two dozen vendors sold cannabis in all its lovely forms —