LECTURE TIME: This story is a perfect example of how archaic & untrue attitudes towards cannabis is hurting communities. A festival of this size will have tens of thousands of dollars of economic impact yet Hazel Park – a community that has multiple festivals every year with alcohol – has decided that marijuana is a bridge too far. Kudos to Ypsi and other communities for living in reality & not in some reefer madness fantasy.
The Detroit Metro Times shares that the Spark in the Park cannabis & music festival with hip-hop acts like Method Man, Redman, B-Real, Ying Yang Twins, Trick Trick, and more is headed for Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11:
The inaugural event was originally planned to be held last year at Hazel Park’s Green Acres Park, but was canceled after Hazel Park City Council rescinded its approval, citing parking and capacity concerns.
“We’ve been really happy with the city of Ypsi,” says Jared Jeffries, the executive producer for Spark in the Park. “They have such a forward-thinking mentality when it comes to these types of events.”
After Michigan voters approved Proposal 1 at the ballot in 2018, Riverside Park has hosted a number of other cannabis festivals, including events like Canna Jam and Reggae on the River. Proposal 1 allows for adults age 21 and older to consume cannabis, as well as for temporary event licenses where cannabis can be purchased and consumed.
Plus, Riverside Park has more than triple the capacity of Hazel Park’s Green Acres Park.
Jeffries says the event could draw up to 5,000 people per day, while the Hazel Park event would have been capped at about 2,000 people per day.
“They’ve been incredibly easy to work with, very responsive, very helpful,” Jeffries says of Ypsilanti. “The location is excellent.”
Even if you miss out on tickets, they have a great deal going on their website!