Festivalgoers will not be able to bring in cannabis inside the event at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which runs between the weekends of April 14-16 and April 21-23. It’s easy to forget that the gargantuan festival is held on private property, and thus rules established by property owners must be followed, regardless of what state law dictates. Fortunately, despite the rules of the festival, several cannabis-friendly spinoff events are popping up all over the valley.
Sgt. Dan Marshall with the Indio Police Department explained how the legal status of cannabis does not necessarily affect concert rules. “The promoter has a standing right to the property, and they can determine what can and cannot be brought onto the premises,” Marshall told The Press-Enterprise. “[For instance] you have the right to bear arms, but you don’t have the right to bear arms in my house.”
“Amnesty boxes” will be provided for those who “accidentally” brought cannabis or other drugs to the event. Attendees may stash their items in a box, no questions asked. Galore magazine will host a nearby private party featuring a cannabis bar sponsored by Humboldt Brothers and Snoop Dogg’s platform Merry Jane. Six miles away, WeedMaps and Talent Resources will run a cannabis oasis, for those who want to consume cannabis. Get Lit, another cannabis-related Coachella spinoff, will offer music, food and cannabis for three days at a secret location in Indio. Lowell Herb Co. is releasing “The Coachella Blend” 15 minutes away at dispensaries in Palm Springs and is selling a wearable cannabis headpiece designed for the event.
The multi-weekend event will feature some of the biggest names in show business including the Gorillaz, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, DJ Snake and Future. Most notable to the cannabis industry will be guest speaker Steve DeAngelo of Harborside Health.