Linda Barrett
Written by Linda Barrett

Before we begin, let’s set the record straight: even though marijuana laws have loosened, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is NOT cool with you blazing on festival grounds.

Obviously attendees are indulging (and then some,) but openly handling weed is frowned upon by Event Staff bros.

However, on the outskirts of the Empire Polo Club grounds (à la pool parties,) there are two major weed-friendly events that are garnering bong loads of attention — along with a limited-edition “Coachella Blend” of packaged, pre-rolled joints.

First, the events.


Co-produced by the “Yelp of marijuana dispensaries,” Weedmaps, and marketing firm Talent Resources, “Marijuana Oasis” (located 6 miles outside of Coachella) offers VIPs legal access to FREE weed during the festival.

Dubbed the “Weedmaps compound,” the undisclosed venue will reportedly feature two grow houses, a greenhouse, and five geodesic domes for consumption.  Whoa.

The herb will be provided by Xzibits Brass Knuckles and West Coast Cure.


Photo by Brandon Marshall

If you’re not rolling VIP status, Kushella is more your scene.

The homegrown event, planned to take place in a parking lot on the corner of Calhoun Street and Avenue 50, is described by organizer Umberto Bagnara, owner of All About Bud marijuana dispensary in Desert Hot Springs, as a “forward-thinking cannabis festival.”

Held April 14-16, 20-23 and 28-30, Kushella will reportedly feature a beer garden, live music and air conditioned lounges.

For more information and ticket sales, visit (currently down.)


Just in time for the trademark protected festival, Santa Barbara-based Lowell Farms has released a limited-edition “Coachella Blend” of packaged, pre-rolled joints.

Available through the the Palm Springs Safe Access dispensary, the limited-edition hybrid blend of “Dog Walker, Single White Girl, Chocolate Hashberry and Lenny OG” strains has been renamed #NotChilla after receiving a cease and desist notice from the festival’s parent company, AEG.



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Linda Barrett

Linda Barrett

Native San Diegan who's been smoking weed longer than YEW!