CannaBash, the first-ever outdoor marijuana consumption festival in Muskegon, begins on Saturday, July 9 at Softball World in Muskegon Township. In this 2021 file photo, Alex Holton smokes in his tent during Cannajams, a cannabis festival, in Ypsilanti. (MLive file photo)Alyte Katilius | MLive.com
MUSKEGON, MI — A marijuana festival, expected to draw thousands, is bringing together cannabis, live music and local cuisine.
CannaBash, the first-ever outdoor marijuana consumption festival in Muskegon, is scheduled for Saturday, July 9, at Softball World in Muskegon Township.
Cannabis Lupus Cafe is set to host the long-awaited event as a way to educate the community on local recreational marijuana. Muskegon Township officials approved the festival in March.
“One of the biggest things that cannabis events bring to the community is destigmatization,” organizer Connie Maxim Sparrow told MLive/Muskegon Chronicle. “We have younger people, older people, people of different ethnicities and backgrounds all celebrating cannabis legalization together. I don’t think it gets any better than that.”
Planned for 3-11 p.m., the celebration will have a $25 general admission fee. VIP tickets are $125 but have already sold out, Sparrow said. Tickets can be purchased here.
Seven marijuana retailers, three of which have earned a High Times Cannabis Cup award for premium-level cannabis, will be on site: Kai Cannabis, Cloud Cannabis, Lucky’s, High Profile, Skymint and NOBO.
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General admission tickets will include access to a marijuana dab bar, a smoke lounge, nine food trucks, two concert stages, games, fireworks, and 35 market vendors with marijuana merchandise.
Sparrow told MLive she expects the event to be sold out come Saturday, with an estimated 7,000 people in attendance.
There will be no alcohol at the event, but Sparrow said she hopes to gain a temporary liquor license for next year’s event.
“We have brands that are getting creative,” Sparrow said. “Some of them will be doing tie-dye, custom paints, and demonstrating how to grow cannabis with tomato plants.”
Beginning at 3:30 p.m., visitors will be able to enjoy several live performances until the event ends at 11 p.m., including:
All proceeds collected from the event will go towards the Canna Social Equity Foundation for donation to a social equity project, said Sparrow, who is the foundation’s executive director.
Sparrow told MLive the CannaBash is planned to be an annual event, beginning with next year’s expansion to two days instead of one.
”I kind of sat back and thought that if Muskegon is known for all of its music festivals in the summer, we might as well bring something cannabis related,” she said.
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