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Coachella adorably attempts to ban weed from this year's festival

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Jeff Sessions and his elves are working on it, but for the time being, as of January 1, 2018, marijuana—sorry, cannabis—is legal for recreational use in the state of California. Nevertheless, the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival, with the studied innocence of a high schooler who swears she’s just holding the baggie of pot her dad found in her room for a friend, is continuing to “ban” marijuana products from the grounds of its annual music festival.

As The Wrap explains, the festival actually has a reason for this policy (beyond giving artists something to rail against on stage): California’s new state law contains a provision allowing cities and towns to opt out of the new regulations, and Coachella’s host city of Indio, in what appears to be a passive-aggressive attempt to get these damn kids and their crocheted bikinis out of their town for good, has chosen to keep marijuana sales and public use illegal. Not that anyone who attends Coachella will pay a damn bit of attention, but hey, they tried.


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