(Cannafornian) Yes, the new state law allows you to smoke marijuana on private property and possess about an ounce of weed if you are at least 21.
And yes, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is being held on private property, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
But no, even though marijuana and concerts are as synonymous as brownies and milk, you cannot bring marijuana to the concerts set for April 14-16 and April 21-23. It’s not against the law, but it is against the policy set forth by concert promoter Goldenvoice.
Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall explained the cage battle between law and policy this way:
“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.”
So we direct you to the concert’s website, Coachella.com, where it says drugs are not allowed (some non-marijuana prescriptions are OK) and answers this frequently asked question:
“I have a medical marijuana card and need to medicate daily … cool?”
“Sorry bro. Medical marijuana cards are not valid at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Even in 2017 and beyond. If that changes so will this answer.”