A proposal was filed in hopes of adding marijuana to the annual Labor Day weekend festival, which is entering its 25th year. Recreational marijuana has been given the green light in the city, with the city commission approving licenses for three marijuana businesses just last month.
However, Royal Oak commissioners on Monday rejected a proposal to allow marijuana at the end-of-the-summer festival with a 4-3 vote. The proposal reportedly sought to allow cannabis sales in a fenced off area for adults 21 years old and older.
The event, which attracts around 400,000 people each year, is scheduled for Sept. 2-5. Commissioners against the idea reportedly referenced concerns for public safety at the all-ages festival.
Still, commissioners didn’t dismiss the idea entirely: Royal Oak officials said that they could reconsider a proposal after observing how other communities handle marijuana permits at events.