UPDATE: FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS HAVE POSTPONED THE EVENT – STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES
Crains Detroit reports that CEP Presents is bringing their iconic Michigan cannabis festival to the Motor City on Saturday, April 29, 2023 for the 420 Music Festival: Block Party Edition.
The indoor/outdoor event will take place at 2000 Brooklyn St (just off Michigan Ave in Corktown) and will be the very first festival allowing the legal consumption of cannabis in downtown Detroit.
In approving the request for consumption at the festival, members of city council said they appreciated the transparency of the process and the fact that D & G Venture had produced other events in the state that had gone off smoothly. The company said it was their sixth in Michigan, and other cannabis-centric events had less fighting and fewer arrests than those centered around alcohol.
“We see other cities taking advantage of this opportunity,” said Council President Pro Tem James Tate, who helped write the city’s cannabis ordinance. “Now, we’re celebrating the opportunity for this industry to grow in the city of Detroit.”
Tate said the festival’s approval was a way to “fully execute” the city’s ordinance. Council Member Fred Durhal said the approval was a way to “follow the will of the people.” Still, there were some concerns. Council Member Latisha Johnson asked whether the festival was required to have “budtenders” or people who monitored consumption at the event. That isn’t required, but organizers said state laws limiting how much cannabis a person could purchase would remain in effect.
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