Since 2014, the Chalice Festival has celebrated music and marijuana in Southern California. In 2018, the gathering will become the first such festival to allow recreational marijuana to be purchased on site from legal vendors. Slated to take place at the San Bernadino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, CA, from July 13th to 15th, Chalice Festival will feature performances by Bassnectar, Ludacris, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Sizzla Kalonji, Curren$y, Cut Chemist, Pharcyde, and Thriftworks. While past events have catered to medical marijuana users and paraphernalia aficionados, this year’s event will allow on-site marijuana consumption and purchases for adults aged 21 and older. “On-site product vendors will be on hand to take advantage of the post-prohibition reality that legally mashes up recreational cannabis products with the large-scale music festival concept,” representatives from the festival reportedly said in a press release.Of course, the event will also showcase plenty glassblowers, hash makers, and street artists—just as it has since 2014. However, another thing that will set this year’s Chalice apart is the size. While the debut event drew 5,500 people to the fest, organizers are preparing for a crowd of at least 45,000 to show up in July.Voters in California approved a marijuana legalization initiative back in November of 2016, but the legal changes didn’t go into effect until January 1st, 2018. Once that happened, festival organizers around the state became eligible to apply for permits that allow them to host events where marijuana can be legally sold, smoked, and otherwise consumed, provided those events take place in one of 80 authorized county fair or district agricultural association properties in the state (such as the San Bernadino County Fairgrounds).Chalice has always been a marijuana-centric festival, so it’s no surprise that organizers have jumped at the chance to take advantage of California’s new approach to recreational marijuana. It’s a stark contrast with other Golden State festivals like Coachella, which won’t even allow attendees to bring their legally-acquired marijuana out to the festival grounds, let alone purchase it on site. “We’re expecting fifty to sixty thousand people this year, no exaggeration,” Chalice Founder Doug Dracup told Cannabis Now. “You know this isn’t just an opportunity for me, brands are bringing their A-game to really be seen and get put on the map. There are people coming from all over the world. For us, it’s just a crazy opportunity to show everybody what a legal cannabis festival looks like.”Tickets for the 2018 Chalice Festival are now on sale. Attendees must be 21 or older to enter the festival grounds.
Published on December 3, 2018 at 10:02 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco In the early 2000s, Jordan Roland wandered into the Syracuse locker room with his brother, Ryan. They had special access: His father, Rahsaah, knew then-assistant coach Rob Murphy from Detroit.Roland met Hakim Warrick and Gerry McNamara, among others. He went around with a poster of the team, asking for autographs. By the end of the night, the poster was filled.Tuesday night, Roland, a Syracuse native, will find himself inside the Carrier Dome once again. This time, it’ll be in the visitor’s locker room. Roland is the leading scorer for Northeastern (4-4) in his first season since sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules, averaging 15.9 points per game. The Westhill (New York) High School graduate will return “home” with a chance to spoil the Orange’s (5-2) recent string of success.“I’m just really excited to play in front of my family and friends that don’t really get to see me play as often,” Roland said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorRoland played in the Carrier Dome twice in high school. He’s been in the stands plenty times as a fan. But Tuesday night is incomparable. It’s a game that he circled in his calendar since finding out the Huskies scheduled the matchup.At Northeastern, Roland has immediately become a star. In his Huskies debut, he struggled a bit in a three-point loss to Boston University. After a few up-and-down performances, including a five-point game against Alabama and a 35-point showing against Harvard, Roland has cemented himself as the team’s go-to scorer. Especially with starting point guard Vasa Pusica out 4-to-6 weeks with a fractured left wrist.In the last three games, since Pusica’s injury, Roland has scored 21.3 points per game shooting 64 percent from the field and 61 percent from 3.Out of high school, Roland committed to George Washington. Two years later, he decided to transfer. Since his transfer, allegations surrounding ex-GW head coach Mike Lonergan arose, according to multiple reports. Lonergan was accused of verbally abusing his players, causing one player to seek therapy and quit the sport entirely. He was fired in Sept. 2016 after an independent investigation from the school.“For a kid that young to have a long-term outlook and not just a short-term outlook,” Rahsaah said. “I knew he was going to make a good decision.”Courtesy of Northeastern athleticsAfter receiving looks from Colgate and Siena, among others, Roland found that Northeastern had his perfect mix of academics, basketball competition and proximity to home.Once he joined the Huskies, Roland was largely unbothered by sitting out another year. Midway through the 2017-18 season, Rahsaah and Roland’s mom, Kerry, asked Roland if he had been bothered by the year off.“It’s not as bad as I thought,” Rahsaah remembered his son said.While practicing with the team, Roland would talk things through with Pusica, who transferred from San Diego the year prior. Their bond helped ease the process.“There was familiarity and things didn’t work at GW and this was a natural fit for him,” Northeastern head coach Bill Coen said. “We were in need of a player just like him.”Rahsaah has motivated Roland as the game with Syracuse quickly approaches. It comes in form of “trash talk,” joked Rahsaah, who played college basketball at Mercyhurst. Rahsaah tells Roland that he’ll be too afraid of going up against the 2-3 zone. That he’ll pass rather than shoot.It’s all in an attempt to motivate Roland to do the opposite — and stick to his game, which has helped lead Northeastern to back-to-back wins.“Just try to put him at ease,” Rahsaah said. “It’s not as big as you think. Relax, have fun. You know these guys.”When Roland steps on the court Tuesday night, he’ll do his usual pregame routine. Stretch out. Shoot around. Talk to teammates. But this time, the usual warm ups will have added meaning.When he walks over to the bench for a breather, his parents will be a few rows behind. Then, as he steps back on the court, friends and family will scream and clap for him.Because he’s back home. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+