SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 12: Festivalgoers watch Janelle Monae perform during the 2018 Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 12, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) FILMMAGIC
For decades, countless music fans have considered cannabis and concerts to go hand-in-hand. As legalization spreads across the country, this has led to questions about the future of cannabis at concert venues, and how consumers can legally and more conveniently enjoy marijuana at live events. Does the legalization of recreational cannabis mean that dispensaries will now be able to set up shop at these venues, and is there a roadmap for effectively rolling them out?
The answer, unfortunately, is that accomplishing this will be difficult from a legal perspective. This is due to the fact that established entertainment venues generally have alcohol on the premises which, under the laws in most states, is not to be mixed with cannabis consumption. Accordingly, such an establishment would need to only sell cannabis, and alcohol consumption would not be permitted on-site. In addition, the venue would be required to obtain a special license that is both highly regulated and competitive, and most states are still working out the regulation of the sales and production market. As a result, these locations are particularly sparse.