Cannabis Celebrated at Breakaway Music Festival in Michigan

September 19th, 2023 Culture & Lifestyle
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Michigan's legalization of cannabis has found its way to the festival scene, and Breakaway Music Festival is leading the charge.

Travelling across five states every summer, Breakaway Music Festival graces cities from coast to coast, featuring acts like Zedd, GRiZ, Flume, and many others. Its Grand Rapids stop at Belknap Park on August 18-19 was an electrifying edition, with stellar performances from top artists such as deadmau5, RL Grime, Porter Robinson, and Tiësto. Robinson's ethereal set stood out, a mesmerizing blend of new tunes and beloved classics. Meanwhile, Tiësto's remix of Lana Del Rey's "Say Yes To Heaven" ignited the crowd into a frenzy.

But the real buzz? The festival's embrace of the cannabis culture. JARS Cannabis was the primary sponsor, with other local cannabis businesses such as Ascend Dispensaries, Cloud Cannabis, and House of Dank making their presence felt. Festival-goers were treated to a plethora of freebies, from pre-roll coupons to THC-related merchandise. It was a unique scene, a nod to the shifting perception of cannabis. However, a call for more educational information about THC and CBD's benefits was noted.

The festival had its challenges. The crowd's energy was a mix, with some attendees seeming new to festival etiquette, making for some disruptions. However, the overall experience remained positive.

Living at the intersection of music and marijuana advocacy, I commend Breakaway for joining festivals like Northern Nights and Outside Lands in championing cannabis. It's thrilling to see festivals embrace cannabis culture as legalization and normalization continue across the U.S.

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