Although California formally launched its leisure marijuana sector at first of 2018, creating probably the most mammoth statewide hashish market within the nation, organizers with the notorious Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival are nonetheless refusing to let adults get stoned on the occasion – even when it does fall on four/20 this yr.
It was just lately revealed that the Coachella pageant is as soon as once more banning the possession and consumption of all issues marijuana when it opens the gates to its common live performance occasion in April. The occasion web site explicitly states that, “Marijuana or marijuana products aren’t allowed inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Even in 2018 and beyond.”
But attempt to not get too upset about this ridiculous coverage, as it’s nothing new.
Ever since Coachella started internet hosting a few of the largest names within the music business virtually 20 years in the past, organizers have by no means given individuals the inexperienced mild to smoke grass freely on the premises. Not even medical marijuana sufferers have been allowed entry with their stash.
But that was earlier than the Golden State voters took a stand towards pot prohibition within the 2016 election. Now, adults 21 and over can stroll into their pleasant neighborhood marijuana dispensary and buy quite a lot of pot merchandise in method just like beer.
Perhaps the Federal Government Has Coachella Organizers Frightened
It is conceivable the dimwitted forces of the federal authorities, particularly the large league thugs deemed the Trump Administration, could also be one of many main causes Coachella’s anti-drug coverage isn’t budging.
Sources near the state of affairs say that occasion organizers are nonetheless nervous about opening the live performance as much as weed because of some concern that it might develop into a tough goal for Uncle Sam’s drug warfare shenanigans.
Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that has given states the liberty to experiment with authorized marijuana with out federal interference since 2013. The famed Cole Memo, which was by no means a binding settlement between the Feds and pot-friendly states, was type of an phantasm that gave everybody who cultivated and bought marijuana in a taxed and controlled market the sense they have been protected from prosecution. But the smoke and mirrors of the pseudo coverage might have come crashing down at any time. Why it took a yr for Sessions, a person who has fought towards weed since his days within the Senate, to toss this nugatory piece of paper within the trash is anybody’s guess.
The consensus across the advocacy group is that this renewal of the struggle on weed is extra symbolic than a heavy handed menace from the goons on the Department of Justice, however the people accountable Coachella aren’t prepared to take any possibilities.
Coachella Wants to Be Neighborly
It is extra doubtless that Coachella organizers are sustaining the weed ban as a strategy to maintain in good standings with the group. In the town of Indio, the place the Coachella pageant goes down, officers have taken a mighty stand towards the idea of authorized marijuana. Under state regulation, every metropolis can select whether or not to open its area to the hashish business or it stomp it out. Indio has gone with the later. This means there isn’t a cultivation, distribution or gross sales of something pertaining to the hashish plant allowed within the metropolis limits. So, as a strategy to appease the city and stop future hassles, Coachella organizers have merely determined to maintain its prohibitionary commonplace in place.
“The promoter has a standing right to the property, and they can determine what can and cannot be brought onto the premises,” Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall informed the Los Angeles Daily News. “(For instance) you have the right to bear arms, but you don’t have the right to bear arms in my house.”
Final Hit: You’re Not Going to Jail As Long As You Use Common Sense
Much like final yr, studies point out that Coachella will present “amnesty packing containers on the entrance to the grounds as a solution to give individuals one final probability to eliminate hashish earlier than stepping inside. Anyone caught smoking weed in the course of the occasion might be punished underneath state regulation, which suggests they are going to be slapped with a $100 wonderful for public consumption.
But it’s completely authorized to hold small quantities of marijuana, so there’s not likely a risk people might be dragged to jail for making an attempt to smuggle marijuana into Coachella. It’s not fairly than draconian. Although it might get them kicked out of the occasion.
Furthermore, whereas “marijuana and marijuana products” have been banned from the present, a resourceful stoner can all the time discover a strategy to benefit from the festivities with out catching any warmth from safety.
This yr’s Coachella pageant takes place April 13-15 and once more on April 20-22. The 2018 lineup consists of Eminem, A Perfect Circle, Beyonce and quite a lot of others. Most of which we’re positive could have weed backstage.