Coachella Is Banning All Marijuana Use — Despite California Legalization

Coachella will not allow any marijuana inside festival grounds, according to event owner Goldenvoice.

It sounds like a great time. Listening to an amazing lineup while puffing on your favorite strain. Even with California’s recent legalization of marijuana, Coachella isn’t on board. In fact, the festival announced that marijuana use will not be permitted on Coachella grounds.

Of course, Coachella has prohibited because it was illegal. But the festival owner isn’t changing its earlier policies on the matter, for a number of reasons.

Firstly, California’s game-changing legalization has set off a turf battle with the US Government. For that reason, giant music events could present high-profile targets for the feds. Secondly, the town of Indio has elected to adopt stricter limits on marijuana consumption. Now, it seems like Coachella owner, Goldenvoice, has opted to play nice with local officials.

Casual sales and dispensaries will not be allowed in this town. However, carrying small amounts of cannabis is still protected by California state law. In addition, neighboring cities like Palm Springs, Cathedral City, and Desert Hot Springs are all weed-friendly. If you’re over 21 you can hit up a licensed dispensary there.

Should but Won’t – even with Medical Marijuana License

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California’s Coachella may fall on 4/20, but the music festival will not be allowing weed into the venue this year. via ALT Press

“Sorry bro,” the festival explains on its FAQ page.

“Medical marijuana cards are not valid at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Even in 2018 and beyond. If that changes so will this answer.”

Coachella critics are likely to blame billionaire Philip Anschutz of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), who owns the mega-festival. Earlier, Anschutz came under pressure for donating heavily to an anti-LGBT, anti-abortion, and pro-gun organization.

Anschutz declared those reports ‘fake news,’ though hard evidence backs the claims.  “Not so friendly reminder that the owner of Coachella is right-wing, capitalist, anti-LGBT, anti-climate change, and actively donates money to anti-LGBT organizations,” @ggglad blasted on Twitter.

“If you’re willing to forget that because the lineup is ‘good’ then….ok! I hope it’s worth it.”

Meanwhile, the festival’s double-weekend sold out in just a few hours. So perhaps people don’t really care about weed restrictions or politics.

The first weekend of Coachella this year will open on Friday, April 13, and the second weekend will end on Sunday, April 22, and will be headlined by Beyoncé, Eminem, and the Weeknd.