Saturday’s Canna Jam to be Southeast Michigan’s first licensed cannabis use event – Crain’s Detroit Business
Southeast Michigan appears to be getting its first-ever licensed cannabis consumption event this Saturday.
Pending temporary event approval from the state, the Canna Jam Music Festival will crop up in Riverside Park in Ypsilanti from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Attendees will be able to buy and use cannabis products while they peruse the festival’s music, food and drink options — though no alcohol is permitted. The music headliner is Pink Floyd tribute band and laser show Echoes of Pink Floyd. Comedian Mike Young is also scheduled to perform. The basic entry fee is $30.
Kalkaska-based grower Real Leaf Solutions is sponsoring the event. Festival organizer Michael Komorn, of Farmington Hills-based Komorn Law PLLC, said he expects Canna Jam to cost upwards of $50,000-$60,000 to put on.
Canna Jam would be the state’s fourth legal cannabis consumption event since Michiganders voted in 2018 to approve the drug for recreational use, according to records from the state. The other three were Dope Sounds in Addison in May, Niles Cannabis Festival in Niles in July and the 420 Cannabis Festival in Lansing in August.
Temporary marijuana events must be held by someone licensed with the state as a marijuana event organizer, according to the MRA. They also need a permit for the event itself submitted at least three months before the event takes place. Products bought at the event need to be sold by licensed cannabis retailers or micro-retailers.
Komorn’s licensed cannabis event organizer business is Creative Rec Events. An event license for Canna Jam has not yet been approved by the state, according to online records, though that could happen up through the day before the event.
“The city of Ypsilanti has been a leader in the progress of normalizing cannabis, including offering the state’s first local dispensary license to Third Coast Compassion over ten years ago,” Jamie Lowell, founder of Third Coast and director of advocacy for another event sponsor, The Botanical Co., said in a news release. “We can’t thank them enough for their leadership once again by allowing us to host (one) of Michigan’s first licensed cannabis events in the heart of the city.”
At least four businesses will be selling marijuana on-site: The Botanical Co, Sticky Ypsi, Pure Lapeer and Oz Cannabis.
Not many cities have opted to allow cannabis events to set up in their borders, said Komorn, also president of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association. Others who have include Marquette, Lowell in Kent County, Parma Township in Jackson County and Burton near Flint.
“It’s through these events that and only through these events we’re going to begin to destigmatize cannabis use in social settings,” Komorn said.