Music festival attendees in Alberta, Canada will be able to get non-smokable cannabis products delivered under new provincial laws that took effect on Tuesday, the Calgary Herald reports. Under the model, festivals and live events will offer attendees a designated consumption area where products will be delivered and consumed with food or beverages, as long as the service isn’t being sold or combined with alcohol.
The program is subject to municipal approval. The change was made possible when the province moved to allow private cannabis retailers to sell online and make deliveries.
Nathan Mison, president of Diplomat Consulting and a former cannabis retailer, said he hoped that smokeable products would eventually be allowed under the model but called the reforms “a big deal” and applauded Alberta officials for being “very willing to have unique and beneficial conversations” on the plan.
“We do believe we can get there, that we can push for that . . . we know in the long term there’ll be a combustible garden. We do know (allowing smoking at festivals) would be another reason for government consternation.” – Mison to the Herald
For the first time, in 2019, the Calgary Folk Music Festival worked with Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis and city bylaw officials to offer a designated cannabis-smoking space in the rear of the venue, and festival officials indicated they would gauge the success of the pilot before deciding whether to repeat it. The festival has been canceled over the last two years due to the pandemic.
Calgary Folk Music Festival Executive Director Sara Leishman, who also oversees the winter Block Heater Festival, said that organizers “are not at that stage” in their planning cycle and did not want to comment on the reforms.
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