The smoke has cleared and the benefits are in: The 1st-ever legal cannabis sales and consumption at the 12th annual Outdoors Lands music megafestival was a key hit more than the weekend.
San Francisco officials report zero police calls for service to the fenced-in legal cannabis region, dubbed Grass Lands. Medics reported zero requests for health-related transport. And attendees agreed that the legal cannabis portion of the 200,000-individual mega-festival was the chilliest spot in the vast Golden Gate Park.
“It went quite nicely. It was the chillest spot in the park on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,” stated a city official who asked to speak on background. “In reality, it ended up becoming 1 of the safest areas in all of OSL.”
“No fights and no terrible attitudes. People have been polite and abiding by the guidelines. People consumed in right spaces, just a handful of had to be asked to smoke in designated spaces. Cops have been really impressed,” the official stated.
An Oasis From Alcohol
California is the only adult-use legalization state that licenses on-internet site cannabis sales and consumption at events. Voters authorized such permits as component of Prop. 64 in 2016, lawmakers expanded eligible venues in 2017, and the 1st permits have been issued in 2018. So far, the state has licensed 16 events for cannabis sales and consumption, but none have been as huge, central, or higher-profile as Outdoors Lands.
“It’s ridiculous we cannot have this at much more festivals,” stated Nick, a 26-year-old from Los Angeles, who declined to give his complete name. “This is most likely the most peaceful region of the complete park.”
Sprawled across many acres of a tree-shaded meadow—Grass Lands provided a quieter, significantly less crowded, significantly less intense oasis from the 3-day music blowout in Golden Gate Park’s west side. It was considerably significantly less crowded and noisy than the VIP places.
Nestled behind fencing outdoors the major stage region, having into Grass Lands essential a valid ID displaying you have been age 21 or older. A snaking entry line gave guards time to ask people to toss their beers. Any one who looked also inebriated got turned away. No mixing of alcohol and cannabis was permitted in Grass Lands.
Nick’s girlfriend, Nicole, 24, from San Jose, prefers cannabis more than alcohol. “It’s excellent. He drinks. I smoke. As a couple, you can now do each and be delighted.”
Fair Costs, Nearby Brands
Just inside Grass Lands’ opaque fencing, much more than a dozen booths provided low-dose cannabis drinks like Hi-Fi Hops, microdosed edibles like Kiva Terra bites, and lots of prerolls from brands like The Lemon Tree and Cookies.
PAX and Moxie kept music low at their booth, and largely you heard the bass from the nearby Heineken dance tent, or the muted sound from the major stage. Golden sunlight filtered in via the eucalyptus and cypress trees. Cannabis terpenes perfumed the air as individuals lit joints or hit PAX Era vape pens filled with their favored disposable pods, like Legion of Bloom’s terpene-wealthy, single-supply sauce pods.
All day lengthy, you could hear newcomers come in and get awestruck.
“This is crazy! You can purchase it and smoke it?!” passersby stated.
3 designated consumption places marked with indicators and fire extinguishers drew a steady flow of guests who came in, took a seat on chairs and tree trunks, sparked up, and relaxed. We stretched our sore feet. We chatted, created new buddies, and shared joints.
Most people came to see their favored acts from amongst much more than 150 playing—including Childish Gambino, Blink-182, and Paul Simon. Legal cannabis just sweetened the pot. Promoters obtained their cannabis permits just 36 hours just before gates opened.
Cannabis was the major draw for some, even though.
“As quickly as I heard they have been going to have a [ cannabis] region, I stated, ‘Fuck it, I’m going’,” stated Johnny, 42, from San Mateo, California. He treated his fiancée, Sophia, and each have been delighted with the 15 mini-joints they purchased for $55.
Costs seemed fair, they stated. One particular-gram prerolls went for $10 every.
“A preroll at $10 lasts all day, versus a beer for $10,” Sophia noted.
Right after an hour or so of chilling, people left to catch their favored act, braving the major festival maelstrom with its beer-soaked masses packed shoulder-to-shoulder for acres and acres. I identified myself not wanting to leave Grass Lands’ oasis, so I didn’t. I caught Blink-182’s nostalgia set from afar, preroll in hand.
Through all of Friday, I saw just 1 individual seem to overconsume—a middle-aged lady who lay napping in her husband’s lap, as he draped her with her jean jacket. A medic checked up on her, but she was fine. (Meanwhile, medics stayed busy on the major stage plucking exhausted, dehydrated, and heat-stressed teens out of the pit.)
San Francisco Mayor London Breed stated Grass Lands was a test run, and much more adult-use cannabis-permitted events might be coming to San Francisco. Right after Grass Lands’ good results, I consider you can count on it.