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.
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.
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.