No diggity: Cannabis festival coming to Virginia Beach, along with famed R&B group Blackstreet

At the first-ever CannaFest in Virginia Beach on Sunday, you can see a custom car show. You can hear half a dozen musical acts, including one of the ’90s’ hottest R&B acts, Blackstreet. You can learn about uses for CBD oil, hemp and other cannabis-derived products. But no smoking, buying or selling the plant at the event, though carrying a small amount of if it became legal in Virginia on July 1. (Photo Courtesy of CannaFest)

Anthony Brown, the organizer of CannaFest VA 2021, said the purpose of the festival is to celebrate the decriminalization of marijuana and to educate people on the many uses of cannabis and the new law.

People 21 and older can have up to an ounce of marijuana — including growing four plants at their residence for personal use — but they can’t buy it, sell it or use it in public. Legislators are still working on what the landscape will look like in 2024 when a regulated marketplace to buy and sell marijuana is scheduled to be in place.

Brown said it’s been a little like the “wild, wild West” since the law’s passage.

“The event is an ideal first opportunity for cannabis aficionados to come together and connect,” he said.

His hope is that attendees will understand cannabis beyond what’s depicted in movies and that the festival will become an annual event like the National Cannabis Festival in Washington, D.C., last month.
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In addition to more than 25 vendors, Sunday’s event will feature a custom car and motorcycle show, with a $500 prize for best-in-show. Grammy award-winning Blackstreet, known for hits “No Diggity’ and “Before I Let You Go,” will headline the entertainment. Brown said he is thrilled to bring Blackstreet to perform in Virginia Beach, where the group was once based.

In light of the pandemic, the event will include a COVID-19 vaccination station, and ticket sales will be limited to 5,000.





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