It’s never fun to mourn the loss of old, celebrated pastimes at festivals, but it looks like Rothbury, Michigan’s Double JJ Ranch will need to be without any outside alcohol this year for the Electric Forest Festival. Because of a new state law that forbids people from leaving the premises of the venue with alcoholic beverages, the promoter has decided to take a cautious route by implementing the new policy,

Per Michigan state law, any alcohol that is found during the search of your vehicle on entry must be confiscated. This applies to both the campgrounds and the festival venue.

It’s not what any of this year’s attendees want to see, but it beats the alternative of more lenience and the risk of never seeing Electric Forrest again because of a series of conflicts with the law.

“mcl 436.2021(4) This act and rules promulgated under this act do not prevent a class A or B hotel designed to attract and accommodate tourists and visitors in a resort area from allowing its invitees or guests to possess or consume, or both, on or about its premises alcoholic liquor purchased by the invitee or guest from an off-premises retailer and does not prevent a guest or invitee from entering and exiting the licensed premises with alcoholic liquor purchased from an off-premises retailer.”


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