420 Cannabis Festival is on after 1-year delay – Lansing State Journal

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A marijuana music festival that had been in the works before the pandemic is set for this summer – more than a year after its originally scheduled dates and with a new feature.

The inaugural 420 Cannabis Festival, a music event aimed at celebrating the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan in December 2019, had been slated for April 2020 at Lansing’s Adado Riverfront Park. Then coronavirus derailed the plans.

Despite its name and timing, the original event had not planned to allow sales or consumption of marijuana onsite.

However, this year’s festival, scheduled for Aug. 13-14 at Adado Riverfront Park, will feature the Hot Box consumption lounge, where attendees may use cannabis.

As a result, the event transitioned from all-ages event to a 21-and-over only.

“Its really exciting that this is coming true,” said Dan Doyle, an organizer of the event.

According to Doyle, the consumption lounge has been approved by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency and the city of Lansing.

Musical entertainment will feature performances by artists Sada Baby and Saving Abel.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 14. Fridays music features pop and rock, while Saturday features rap and hip-hop artists. Other artists expected to perform, according to the event’s website, include Full House, La Corporacion, Keegan, Rock City, Rich Regal, Cutthroat Situation, Doobie, Kelsey Lynn, Sway Boi and No Sleep Milli.

Tickets for the event are on sale now with prices ranging from $55 for a Friday-only pass to $200 for a 2-day VIP pass. The festival website says tickets include access to the Hot Box consumption lounge. VIP tickets also include an exclusive, secured viewing area and gift bag.

The 2020 event had begun selling tickets that January, before COVID-19 upended the effort.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say it was frustrating having it canceled because of the safety concerns,” Doyle said. “Obviously safety comes first. That was the main concern.”

Despite the uncertainty, organizers carried on.

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“There was never an idea to drop it,” Doyle said.  “We always believed that we’d come to a new norm. And it’s one of those events that was going to happen eventually, we just want to make sure we can do it in a safe and secure manner.”

Additional information about the 420 Cannabis Festival can be found at www.420cannabisfestival2021.com.

Contact business reporter Christian Martinez at cmartinez@lsj.com or (517) 267-1342. Follow him on Twitter at @ChristianM_CA.

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