Pontiac — Event promoters are high on the recently reopened Pontiac Silverdome again — maybe a little too much so, the city’s top cop says.
A three-day “pot party” planned at the Silverdome over Halloween has caught the police chief and others by surprise.
A postcard-sized announcement for “The First International Cannabis Convention” — featuring a giant marijuana plant bursting through the Silverdome roof — began showing up in local businesses this past week. The ad also includes a smiling jack-o-lantern smoking what appears to be a reefer.
“We just learned of this two days ago,” said Pontiac Police Chief Val Gross. “Does it cause some concerns? You bet it does.
“You would think we would have at least been consulted first.”
City approval of events at the formerly city-owned Silverdome is not required, said Gross, who also noted the City Council recently passed a moratorium on medical marijuana initiatives or businesses operating within the city.
“It (the convention) raises a wide variety of questions about what is not only inappropriate but illegal,” Gross said. “One thing is certain — marijuana is not legal in Pontiac. Any marijuana-smoking paraphernalia is not legal in Pontiac. And I believe, considering the new cigarette smoking laws in Michigan, smoking anything even in a privately owned building like the Silverdome is also illegal.
“The question is: … how are you going to enforce this?”
The convention is planned for Oct. 29-31 and will feature entertainers, exhibits, vendors, guest speakers, “friendly vaporization tents” and edibles for qualifying patients with current medical marijuana cards. It will include seminars and symposiums on subjects ranging from cultivation to legal issues to business opportunities, according to the announcement.