Lee DeVito of the Metro times shares that the new Field of Greens music & event venue in Baldwin will be offering alcohol and cannabis sales & consumption, possibly a US first:
While cannabis is legal for recreational use in Michigan, music venues have been slow to officially embrace it due to regulations on liquor licenses.
But organizers of Michigan’s Cannabash music festival say they have devised a workaround, and plan to open what they believe will be the first music venue in the U.S. to offer both alcohol and cannabis sales and consumption.
Grams & Jams Productions is gearing up to open the Field of Greens, an outdoor concert venue in Baldwin, this spring.
…For Field of Greens, Grams & Jams Productions partnered with Baldwin Provisions, a cannabis dispensary that happens to be located on 30 acres. (owner Connie) Maxim-Sparrow says she also liked the space because of its proximity to Idlewild, a historic African American vacation destination, but also because it was already ideal for large events.
“It was an old gun range and driving range at one point,” Maxim-Sparrow says. “It’s wide open, with power, lights, and everything because it was being operated as a driving range and a shooting range many years ago. It’s already all fenced in.”
Though Baldin is located more than an hour north of Grand Rapids, Maxim-Sparrow believes the venue has the potential to become a destination for tourists, pointing out that more than half of Cannabash attendees came from beyond the Great Lakes region.
And while liquor license regulations prevent cannabis and alcohol from being sold and consumed in the same space, Maxim-Sparrow says they will solve this problem by dividing the venue in half with a fence, with alcohol on one side and pot on the other, and acquiring a temporary 24-hour liquor license through its nonprofit arm. The venue will be ages 21 and up only.
Lots more in the Metro Times.