A carnival-themed Cannabis consumption event is coming to downtown Muskegon, Michigan, this summer, reports MLive. A second event will follow in autumn, at the city’s baseball field.
The Canna Carnival, with carnival rides and games and cannabis edibles and smoking, will be Aug. 20 inside and outside the Trinity Health Arena.
The Falling Leaves Festival marijuana consumption event will be Sept. 24-25 at the city’s Marsh Field on Laketon Avenue.
“Marijuana Now Is Just As Legal As Alcohol”
The Musegon City Commission approved both events at its Tuesday, April 26 meeting. Muskegon city officials have warmly welcomed the marijuana industry.
“These sorts of events are not new to us,” said Muskegon City Commissioner Michael Ramsey. “We do consumption events all the time – they’re just done with alcohol, and marijuana now is just as legal as alcohol.”
Exspiravit, a West Bloomfield company, organized the events. Michael Webster, founder and manager of Exspiravit, praised city leaders and staff for their welcoming “openness and transparency.” Webster said other communities could learn a lot from Muskegon’s hospitable attitude toward the Cannabis industry.
“Various Methods Of Consumption”
“This has been, I won’t call it a rolling out of the red carpet, but it’s tantamount to that,” said Webster. He said he can’t get officials in other communities to even return his phone calls.
The Canna Carnival will feature “various methods of consumption” – including marijuana-infused popcorn and cotton candy. It will have a “theme of nostalgia,” according to a description provided to commissioners.
Organizers describe the event as a “time-travel worthy return to some of the 80s & 90s most iconic entertainment.” It includes such video arcade games as Donkey Kong, Ms. Pacman and Frogger; face painting; a DJ; carnival games and carnival rides.
Outside Smoking Area
The rules prohibit smoking inside the arena. But organizers will likely block off an outside smoking area between the arena and the VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center, Jacqui Erny, an administrator with the city’s public works department, told commissioners.
Organizers will fence off a carnival ride area in the arena’s rear parking lot along Shoreline Drive, she said. Exspiravit will shield diners at arena restaurants, Rad Dads’ Taco & Tequila Bar and the soon-to-open Carlisle’s, from the marijuana event, according to Erny.
City police and fire officials toured the arena with Exspiravit representatives to plan security and safety details, Webster said.
“We Have Made The Choice To Be A Marijuana-Friendly Community”
“We are committed to making this a Muskegon event,” Webster said. “We’re not carpet baggers or interlopers coming in to take advantage of an opportunity. We’re here to build something locally.”
Commissioner Rebecca St. Clair voiced her support for the festivals. St. Clair said society “villainized” Cannabis for years. She wants to be “part of the process of undoing some of that stigma.”
“In Muskegon, we have made the choice to be a marijuana-friendly community,” St. Clair said. ”And I believe that involves whatever opportunities are available to the community members and the entrepreneurs who are trying to make a good living at this.”