Canna Jam festival at Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park features live music, marijuana and food trucks – MLive.com
YPSILANTI, MI – People gathered Saturday at Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park to celebrate Canna Jam with live music, standup comedy, a laser light show and other activities, while enjoying marijuana.
Organizer Michael Komorn, an attorney whose firm works in cannabis licensing, said the annual festival and others like it aim to remove the stigma surrounding cannabis use in social situations.
‘Canna Jam’ festival offers music, comedy and marijuana in an Ypsilanti park
Activist and poet John Sinclair performed jazz poetry beside saxophonist Johnny Evans during the event that kicked off at noon Oct. 9.
“The marijuana legalization movement is one of the last vestiges of pure democracy in our society” said Sinclair during his performance.
“Today, the crooks in the legislature are trying to change the law and change the caregiver system that’s worked for 13 years,” he said. “So, I’m going to dedicate my reading today, such as it is, to fight against these assholes and pray that we keep them from resuming their power over our lives that we fought so hard to get rid of.”
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Canna Jam is the fourth “temporary marijuana event” allowed under state law since the permit originally became available in November 2019, according to Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency spokesperson David Harns. The law normally prohibits consumption in public spaces.
Festivalgoers had the opportunity to buy from licensed cannabis vendors OZ Cannabis, The Botanical Co., Sticky Ypsi, Pure Lapeer and Quality Roots. Available products ranged from pre-rolls, pen cartridges and edibles to glass pipes, t-shirts and pins.
Katilyn Murphy, known as Kaitie Marie on Facebook, spoke about the inclusivity of the community she’s created – Loner Stoner Girls, a global Facebook group.
“We do not have any sort of stigmatization in the group, and I feel very strongly as an advocate of marijuana that everyone should be able to smoke for whatever reason it is that they want to smoke,” she said.
Some other performers included stand-up comedian Mike Young, music by DJ Joey Pistols and a live performance by Pink Floyd cover band, Echoes of Pink Floyd, with a laser show.
The event is scheduled to end at 10 p.m. A crowd estimate was not available before publication but some 500 tickets for the event had been sold or given away as of Thursday, Oct. 7, according to organizers.
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