Legal Marijuana Mellowed Outdoors Lands Mega-Festival


The smoke has cleared and the final results are in: The initially-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 healthcare 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 incredibly properly. It was the chillest location in the park on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,” mentioned a city official who asked to speak on background. “In truth, it ended up becoming a single of the safest locations in all of OSL.”

“No fights and no terrible attitudes. People have been polite and abiding by the guidelines. People consumed in suitable spaces, just a handful of had to be asked to smoke in designated spaces. Cops have been pretty impressed,” the official mentioned.

An Oasis From Alcohol

California is the only adult-use legalization state that licenses on-website cannabis sales and consumption at events. Voters authorized such permits as portion of Prop. 64 in 2016, lawmakers expanded eligible venues in 2017, and the initially permits have been issued in 2018. So far, the state has licensed 16 events for cannabis sales and consumption, but none have been as massive, central, or higher-profile as Outdoors Lands.

“It’s ridiculous we cannot have this at far more festivals,” mentioned 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.”

PAX supplied custom, laser-etched PAX Era vape pens for $25. (David Downs/Leafly)

Sprawled across many acres of a tree-shaded meadow—Grass Lands supplied a quieter, significantly less crowded, significantly less intense oasis from the 3-day music blowout in Golden Gate Park’s west side. It was substantially significantly less crowded and noisy than the VIP places.

Nestled behind fencing outdoors the key stage region, receiving 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. Everyone 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 fantastic. He drinks. I smoke. As a couple, you can now do each and be content.”

Fair Rates, Regional Brands

Just inside Grass Lands’ opaque fencing, far more than a dozen booths supplied 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 mainly you heard the bass from the nearby Heineken dance tent, or the muted sound from the key stage. Golden sunlight filtered in by way of the eucalyptus and cypress trees. Cannabis terpenes perfumed the air as folks lit joints or hit PAX Era vape pens filled with their preferred 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.

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Absolutely everyone was a winner at the Grass Lands fruit bong carving competitors. (David Downs/Leafly)

“This is crazy! You can obtain it and smoke it?!” passersby mentioned.

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 mates, and shared joints.

Most people came to see their preferred acts from amongst far 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 prior to gates opened.

Cannabis was the key draw for some, even though.

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Score! Extremely sought soon after new Cookies strains Gary Payton and Cheetah Piss for sale at Grass Lands—$70 per eighth with tax and costs. (David Downs/Leafly)

“As quickly as I heard they have been going to have a [cannabis] region, I mentioned, ‘Fuck it, I’m going’,” mentioned Johnny, 42, from San Mateo, California. He treated his fiancée, Sophia, and each have been content with the 15 mini-joints they purchased for $55.

Rates seemed fair, they mentioned. One particular-gram prerolls went for $10 every single.

“A preroll at $10 lasts all day, versus a beer for $10,” Sophia noted.

Soon after an hour or so of chilling, people left to catch their preferred act, braving the key 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 a single 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 key stage plucking exhausted, dehydrated, and heat-stressed teens out of the pit.)

San Francisco Mayor London Breed mentioned Grass Lands was a test run, and far more adult-use cannabis-permitted events might be coming to San Francisco. Soon after Grass Lands’ achievement, I feel you can count on it.


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