It's a big year for the San Francisco music festival Outside Lands. Along with having some of the biggest and most interesting musical acts — Childish Gambino, Paul Simon, Anderson. Paak, Tiera Whack, Flying Lotus, Toro y Moi, and others — a last-minute addition is on lineup: weed, baby.
Only a few days before opening its doors to an expected 200,000 attendees, the festival has been granted state and local licenses for temporary, onsite adult-use cannabis sales and consumption during the event, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Outside Lands will be the first event in California history to have onsite weed consumption along with sales. The license is valid from Aug. 9 to 11, 2019, the entirety of the festival's run. The Northern Nights Music Festival was the first in the state to offer onsite sales earlier this year, but didn't have permission for consumption.
The festival's weed-centric Grass Lands space will allow its vendors to sell cannabis products. Additionally, in an opaque, fogged-glass consumption area, a makeshift lounge for weed consumers will be tucked away in the Grass Lands space. Neato!
“This event is unprecedented; 200,000-plus adults are given the chance to legally purchase and consume California cannabis in an extremely special setting,” said Michael Ray, founder of San Francisco-based Bloom Farms, one of the cannabis brands sponsoring Grass Lands.
Weed will be available to purchase for festival goers 21 and older, but with low limits: just 7 grams of cannabis flower and 2 grams of concentrates. Golden Gate Park still has a strict no-glass policy, so if you bring in cannabis paraphernalia, it needs to be plastic or papers.
Beside the onsite sales and consumption, here are five reasons 2019 Grass Lands at Outside Lands can't be missed.
Kiva is the Willy Wonka of Cannabis Chocolates
Kiva will offer its pop-up confectionery at Grass Lands, complete with cannabis-infused chocolates, gummies, and mints available for sale, in both single-serve and multi-serve options.
“The Kiva Confectionery brings together product education and interactivity in a beautiful way to heighten the experience of learning about cannabis,” said Kiva co-founder Kristi Knoblich Palmer. The Kiva Confectionery has a modernized 1950s candy shop-feel, and as Palmer explained, exists to “push cannabis further away from stigma and stereotypes, and into a new place in consumers' minds as a great option for wellness, relaxation and fun.”
Dab Bars and Weed-Beverage Taps Are Where It's At
Lagunitas and AbsoluteXtracts offer their Hi-Fi Hops line in Grass Lands' Hi-Fi-Dration station. Hi-Fi Hops is not a beer but instead, a “hoppy sparkling water” containing 10 milligrams of THC, or 5 milligrams of and THC and cannabidiol (CBD), and more options, depending on your preferred dosing and desired effect.
“We had an area at Grass Lands for HiFi last year, but regulations would not allow sampling or sales,” Lagunitas Brewing Co. representative Karen Hamilton told Weedmaps News. “So, it's very exciting to be back again this year with an expanded opportunity.”
The Hi-Fi-Dration station is similar to a tap house with a row of options for infused drinks.
If dabs are more your speed, Moxie will be selling single dabs for $10. According to Leafly, festivalgoers can order a single 50 milligram dab of Golden State Banana or Piña Colada.
Bloom Farms Offers Cali Vapes and a Terpene-Infused Oxygen Bar
A terpene-infused oxygen bar is the modern festival luxury you never knew you needed. Bloom Farms' Farmhouse space will be selling an exclusive, California-inspired line of vape products called highlights. Plus, Bloom Farms has a unique offering: its relaxing, Instagrammable, terpene-infused oxygen bar.
“As a brand that was born here in San Francisco, it's an honor and completely surreal to have Bloom Farms included,” Jim Walsh, founder of Bloom Farms, said of 2019's cannabis-friendly festival space.
The Greenhouse from Cresco Labs will offer free chair massages and flower crown-making and sell cannabis vapes and concentrates.
First-Time Grass Lands Stage Will Pop Off
For the first time, Flow Kana will bring comedians, performers, speakers, and blunt convos to the Grass Lands stage. Cannabis-industry heavyweights and comedians to grace the stage include Laganja Estranja, Ngaio Bealum, The Dank Duchess, Matt Besser, and more.
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The Musical Lineup is the Best in Years
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Paul Simon will grace the stage. Childish Gambino, who in 2018 said he was retiring the Childish musical name altogether, makes one last appearance. Others joining include Blink-182, Anderson .Paak, Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, Kygo, Twenty One Pilots, Lil Wayne, The Lumineers, Flume — a lineup as diverse in genres as Outside Lands 2019's crowd itself.
Feature image: Weed has long been part of the Outside Lands experience. But in 2019, for the first time, cannabis will be permitted to be sold and consumed onsite during the three-day festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. (Photo by Josh Withers/Shutterstock)