If You’re Going To Coachella Leave Your Weed At Home

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A woman carries a flag bearing marijuana symbols at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. (Photo via the Los Angeles Times)

Many California music lovers are looking forward to attending Coachella this year April 14-16 and April 21-23, and some no doubt hoped that the passage of Prop.64 would mean they’d be free to light up a joint while there, but the concert promoter Goldenvoice says marijuana is still a no-go.

This article in the Los Angeles Times points out that while weed is now not against the law, it is against the policy set forth for the venue; the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall explains why they’re still allowed to ban marijuana;

“The promoter has a standing right to the property, and they can determine what can and cannot be brought onto the premises,” Marshall said. “(For instance) you have the right to bear arms, but you don’t have the right to bear arms in my house.”

Concert security will place “amnesty boxes” at the entrances where concertgoers who forgot they have that marijuana or meth stash in their backpacks can deposit it, no questions asked.

Sgt. Marshall adds that state laws on drug possession will be enforced inside the gates, but for anyone who overdoses, the emphasis will be on getting him medical attention and not busting him or his friends.

Police would appreciate it if you didn’t try to steal the amnesty boxes.

For anyone who’s really disappointed by the idea of not going to the festival high, there’s still hope. TMZ reports that WeedMaps and marketing firm Talent Resources are partnering up to build an “oasis” for weed smokers, located six miles from the festival.

As they describe it: “Our ganja sources tell us the spot will feature 2 grow houses, a ‘greenhouse,’ and 5 geodesic domes to test different strains from GenX, Brass Knuckles and West Coast Cure.”

And, of course, “Budologists” will be on hand to help make recommendations.

It would seem that the only problem some concertgoers may run into at this point is forgetting to head off to the festival after spending time in the domes.