Cannabis may be legal in California, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some pot party poopers around in the state. It is a little surprising, though, that some of those party poopers happens to be operators of one of the biggest parties in the state.

Post-recreational legalization, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival organizers have not changed their marijuana policy. As per their FAQ page:


Sorry bro. Marijuana or marijuana products aren’t allowed inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Even in 2018 and beyond.  If that changes we will update this answer.”

Why is weed still a no-go at the huge music festival known for being a place where everyone does tons of drugs? This isn’t so clear.

In years past (when California was a medical marijuana only state), Coachella’s policy was that doctor’s recommendation cards were not valid. Last year, Sgt. Dan Marshall of the Indio, California Police Department explained to the LA Daily News that: “The promoter has a standing right to the property, and they can determine what can and cannot be brought onto the premises.” For example, Marshall said, “you have the right to bear arms, but you don’t have the right to bear arms in my house.”

But now the anti-420 rationale has actually changed. According to The Wrap, the reason the festival is a no weed zone even in the post-legalization era is that “Indio, the desert town that hosts Coachella, has chosen to keep pot sales and public use illegal.”

So is it the promoter’s decision or is it the town’s? And why are umbrellas also banned, while parasols are cool? Great questions. Wish we knew.

It probably won’t be too many years before Coachella starts selling their own supply on the festival grounds (why would the organizers or Indio want to leave all that money to the black market?). In the meantime, if this year is anything like last, you can probably find a place nearby that’s a little more cannabis friendly.

Photo via Flickr user Jason Persse