California legalized recreational marijuana on January 1st, ushering a new era for cannabis laws and use in the state. But apparently when you go to Coachella this year, it might as well be 2017 all over again.
Organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced that they will not allow fans to bring marijuana to the event this April. On their website, they said, "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." But the organizers gave no further reason for doing so.
And it's not like there's a law preventing them to do so! While California still bans marijuana use in public places, Coachella takes place on private grounds. Therefore, the organizers are allowed to determine what can or cannot be allowed, as long as the items are legal. It's the reason why selfie sticks, air horns and hula hoops are allowed banned from Coachella.
It's possible the Coachella organizers are simply trying to keep favor with the local community. The festival takes place in Indio, California, which is not a marijuana-friendly area. They currently have a ban on recreational cannabis and have also prohibited medical marijuana in their jurisdiction as well. But even if they don't like marijuana, are they really going to raise a stink if Coachella allows it, considering it's probably the only time people visit Indio?
We can only assume Coachella will be 100 percent marijuana free, just like every other musical festival across the United States.