Written by Tammee Miles
Cover photos by Cyndi Kazmirzak
This past weekend, GTI’s RISE dispensary in Mundelein, a northern suburb of Chicago, proved that cannabis-consumption events not only could happen but also that more cannabis-consumption events need to happen.
The Miracle In Mundelein concert festival grounds were located across the street from RISE Dispensary in an empty lot that was transformed into a “weed lovers” paradise. Two days of interactive displays, photo booths, markets, food to cure those stoner munchies, alcohol and cannabis drinks, DJs, and music legends and cannabis advocates, Cypress Hill, headlining Saturday night. Day-two headliner Joe Russso’s Almost Dead, a Grateful Dead cover band performed Sunday.
Dr. Dabbler provided dabbing stations with concentrates by Rythm throughout the grounds and a “rolling station” with tables where attendees rolled joints and blunts. Brand representatives from Revolution, Kaviar, Aeriz, Cresco, and Verano gave out special treats to people who spent “X” amount of dollars inside the dispensary. RISE offered specials during the festival with budtenders walking around with tablets for those who needed a quick re-up.
The real headliner of the festival was Lady Mary Jane herself, as you could see Lady Jane’s thick smoke and smell her pungent flowers throughout the day. People openly walked around smoking, and my friend mentioned she could tell people were finally happy to wear that weed shirt they felt funny about wearing. All jokes aside, I felt that people were excited and overjoyed to be able to open their stashes without the paranoia.
The relaxed, chilled-out vibes of the crowd were expected, as most of us had been smoking weed all day. I can say that because of the open consumption of weed at this event, fights and other distasteful events that happen when alcohol is involved, did not cross peoples’ minds, and it just goes to further the arguments that open consumption in legal states can and should happen. The Miracle in Mundelein was a great time for this Gen X stoner who used to dream about festivals like this.
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