Are you tired of simply reading about me smoking really great marijuana every week? Well, thanks to my new friends over at Sensi Magazine, I now have the ability to show you instead.
Nearly 100 cannabis brands (and up to 2,000 guests) are set to converge next week at a south Lansing hotel for Sensi Magazine’s and Float Presents’ first onsite marijuana consumption event in Michigan. And it’s expected to be the biggest stoner party to come to the Capital City since Snoop Dogg performed at Common Ground in 2015 — except this time, it’s totally legal.
The Mardi Gras celebration — billed by its organizers as both a party and an exposition — will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fat Tuesday (March 1) at the Causeway Bay Hotel, 6820 S. Cedar St. Exclusive Brands, RAIR, the Botanical Co. and the Hempire Collective will be selling a wide assortment of cannabis products. Dozens of other brands will be passing out free samples.
And here’s the best part: You can stroll out to the courtyard to smoke as much pot as you’d like. The event is fully licensed by both the city and state for recreational cannabis sales and on-site consumption — making it only the second event in Lansing history to have that designation. The first was the 420 Cannabis Music Festival last summer at the Adado Riverfront Park.
City Pulse was so stoked that we reserved a table. I’ll be there all night with a few other staffers. So stop in, find some great weed, chat with some leading industry professionals from across Michigan and then find me in the courtyard; I’ll be out there double-fisting some prerolls.
Tickets can be purchased at the entrance or in advance at sensimag.com/mardigras2022. General admission is $25. I can’t promise there will be any VIP tickets left by the time you read this, but those are $50 and come with a dank goody bag and access to some extra munchies.
The event is only for ages 21 and up. And no, you can’t bring in your own weed into the party.
Sensi Magazine is a cannabis-focused lifestyle publication that made its 2016 debut in Colorado and has expanded to include a print and digital presence in California, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Florida and, of course, Michigan. You can find its quarterly print copies at several Greater Lansing pot shops like Skymint, Pure Options, JARS, Gage and the Botanical Co.
In addition to hosting invitation-only events for industry professionals, Sensi Magazine also partners with Float Presents to host community-wide events — like next week’s Mardi Gras party — to educate people about the cannabis industry and introduce them to new brands.
“We’re very community-focused, and the whole point of this is to consistently bring people together to help build relationships and help build this industry,” said Jamie Cooper, publisher and market director of Sensi Magazine. “These consumer-facing events are to help give our industry, as a whole, some more exposure and also to help educate those who want to learn more about these cannabis brands and the industry.”
Food trucks will be stationed on site throughout the event. Live entertainment — and snazzy mood lighting — should also help make the expo feel a bit more like a nightclub, Cooper said.
“This industry is very competitive, and our event is designed to create a space for everyone to celebrate what we have going on in Michigan,” she said. “We’re all going to be getting along.”
Kyle Kaminski is City Pulse’s managing editor and a cannabis enthusiast who has been smoking marijuana just about every day for the last decade. Editor & Publisher Magazine has also labeled him as “arguably, the state’s authority on everything you need to know about cannabis.” Have a suggestion for a cannabis product? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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